Stellar seniors help soccer surge for Saugatuck

It started with a special season in volleyball, then transferred to basketball as Saugatuck put together its best team in a decade in each sport.  

Now it has moved to soccer and the senior-led Trailblazers are on their way to their best season in school history — and the season isn’t even halfway over.  

Saugatuck, which has had just winning season in history, did not allow a goal through its first seven matches to start 6-0-1.

The stellar senior class is looking to put a lasting impact on one more sport.  

“Seeing that group have a great year in volleyball and basketball, I was just hoping they had the energy to keep going and do it one more time,” Saugatuck coach Jordan Campbell said. “We are a younger program and we haven’t had a lot of success. This was a group we were eyeing for a while. I teach in the middle school, so I had them all in class in the sixth grade. You could tell they were a close group and an athletic group. Being a smaller school, if you have a group that can excel, they are going to excel in a lot of different areas.  

“We knew they would make a difference right away. Their freshman year, they made an impact, sophomore year was the first year our team was over .500, and we thought junior year was their year to make themselves known. But we didn’t have it.” 

Now, the group is making the most of its senior finale.  

“The fact that we didn’t have a season last year gave everyone so much more motivation to work harder, especially the big senior group. We have played together since we were 9 or 10. We have bonded so much over the years,” senior Zoe Myers said. “All of us are very athletic, no matter what sport. Once I watched us play volleyball and see our speed and movement. Everything was quicker and smarter. Going to a new sport, even though it is different, we still have the quickness, agility and movement.