Roosevelt has developed a rich history of success in several prep sports, but is still in the process of finding its footing on the soccer field.
So far in 2019, the Bears’ legs seem to be working just fine.
Roosevelt features a relatively new soccer program compared to its Downriver League counterparts, but the team has already seen significant growth in its early years after turning in its first winning season last year and running out to a 7-3-1 record this spring.
Roosevelt coach Gene Stephens entered the season with a goal of finishing in the top half of the Downriver League for the first time in team history and attributes much of the early strides towards this achievement to the amount of cohesiveness on his experienced team.
“The chemistry is just amazing this year,” Stephens said. “They know each other well, so they know where to pass and they know where to run for they pass. They’ve all just really matured.”
Senior captain Lillie Corby has returned at goalkeeper for the Bears after making the transition from being in the field as a defender midway through the year last season and has continued to make strides for Roosevelt.
The Bears also rely heavily on senior captains Erin Replogle (center midfield) and Lizzie Gilbert (center midfielder) along with senior Becca Amison (right defender).
Junior forward Bella Kohlstrand is one of the most dangerous goal scorers on the team and helps spearhead an offense that also features junior right midfielder Kylee Gabert.
Junior Alina Kosinski’s speed has been useful at center defender for the Bears this spring as she plays a prominent role along with junior Elliana Sawicki in stopping opposing offenses.
Olivia Harder – a sophomore – was named the fourth captain for the team and has performed well at center defender this spring as has sophomore midfielders Alayna Jacobs and Mia Morford.
Junior reserves Kara Amison, Kate Simpson and Kaylee Fuller provide loads of depth for the bears at outside midfield and forward this spring, which has helped with Roosevelt’s improved offense in the early going.
“We’ve scored more goals this year because we’re playing smarter, we’ve gotten much better at sending and receiving passes and we’re taking good shots,” Stephens said. “Last year, we played well, but they’ve really, really grown this season.”
That growth has led to the most successful start in team history this season with a record of 7-3-1 with the Bears outscoring their opponents 24-12
Roosevelt kicked off the 2019 season on March 20 with a 4-1 win over Dearborn Edsel Ford.