Girls soccer preview: Esko Eskomos

Esko returns 7 starters, but 10 new varsity players will determine season; first game Aug. 22 at North Branch

Esko's Alicia Maki (left) and Kristy DeMuth battle for the ball during practice Monday, Aug. 12. Jamey Malcomb/Pine Journal

Head coaches: Nicole Peterson, Alissa Anderson

Assistant coaches: Jessica Uecker, Sharon Lahti

Returning starters: Tori Vosburg, Kristy DeMuth, Alicia Maki, Christian Gunderson, Amber Grenger, Sarah Stuber, Mallory Sunnarborg

New faces to watch: Ally Thornton, Maya Emanuel, Aila Gabel

Team strengths: “This team plays as a unit,” co-head coach Alissa Peterson said. “It is not about individual players it is about the team as a whole.”


Biggest challenge: “We have named 10 new players to the varsity roster this year,” Peterson said. “Although they have a lot of skill and speed, the do not have varsity experience. This will come with time and we are excited to have the season start.”

Jamey Malcomb has a been high school sports reporter for the Duluth News Tribune since October 2021. He spent the previous six years covering news and sports for the Lake County News-Chronicle in Two Harbors and the Cloquet Pine Journal. He graduated from the George Washington University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history and literature and also holds a master's degree in secondary English education from George Mason University.
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