Record-setting freshman leads D.C. Everest Soccer
WESTON, Wis. (WSAW) -D.C. Everest girl’s soccer is once again very good, as they head into the playoffs with a matchup against Wisconsin Valley Conference rival Wausau West on Tuesday night.
The formula though, has changed.
“Yeah, you know it’s different, because the last couple of years we haven’t had any freshman on varsity,” explains Lucas Kollross, D.C. Everest’s head coach. “Then all of a sudden this year, we get seven on there.”
It helps when one of those freshman breaks the all-time conference scoring record in her first year as a varsity player.
“It’s really crazy, I mean that’s a really big achievement.”
“I mean, nothing surprises me with her.”
31 conference goals later, the cat is out of the bag on Jenna Baumann, even she wasn’t expecting this.
“Not really,” says Baumann on if she thought she would have a season like this. “I mean like, I kind of knew, but I didn’t really expect it to be this dramatic.”
The freshman sensation has hat tricks in well over half her conference games.
The people around her every day know she’s something really special.
“Yeah, she’s got about four or five speeds, where the average high school girl is going to have two or three speeds,” Kollross says. “She just kind of lulls you to sleep a little bit, and then boom.”
“She is just like a little powerhouse,” says Lydia Ellis, a senior forward for the Evergreens. “Like she’s just everywhere needs to be, and she’s just owning it.”
Everest lost to Rapids 4-2 on Friday night, handing the Red Raiders the conference title. It was an experience that could be valuable to Evergreens’ large freshman class down the road.
“I think like when we’re seniors, we have a big game, like last game of the season, I think looking back on this moment, or Friday’s game, we just have that experience,” Baumann says.
With a talent like Baumann leading the way, it seems safe to say this young Everest team has plenty of big games ahead of them.
Kickoff between the Evergreens and Warriors will come at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at D.C. Everest Middle School.
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