Bishop Carroll girls soccer finds success with deep roster

By Joanna Chadwick

Bishop Carroll heads into its Class 5A regional championship on Thursday against Andover with an experienced and talented roster.

It’s difficult to know where to start on featuring individual athletes because, honestly, there’s player after player who deserves the spotlight.

Of Carroll’s 10 seniors playing varsity, seven signed to play at the next level.

“As a coach, I can’t ask for a better situation to have kids who have committed themselves to this team,” said coach Greg Rauch, whose team is 14-3. “… The players know that if you’re not learning from the older girls, that’s your fault. They need to learn the winning culture and then take their place when those seniors graduate.

“These seven players who are going on to play in college, they are very different individuals, but they’re all committed to the same end goal.”

Khloe Schuckman, Taylor Bockover and Jadyn Allen signed with Washburn, while Erin Walden is going to St. Mary, Claire Weber to William Jewell, Brianna Raya to Butler and Devynn Knipp to Bethany.

In the three seasons the seniors played — they missed 2020 due to Covid-19 — the Eagles scored 247 goals, gave up 32 and are 47-10-1.

Shuckman and junior Destiny Hoy are the Eagles’ top scorers.

“Khloe is one you can’t deny her pace,” Rauch said. “… She’s pretty tall, and she’s all length. She uses it to her advantage. Once she spins and gets that first step of acceleration, I’ve yet to see anyone stay with her.”

Schuckman had a goal on Monday in Carroll’s 10-0 regional win over Salina Central and has 20 on the season with 15 assists.

Carroll, which has scored 97 goals and given up eight, was led on Monday by Allen’s hat trick.

Hoy is back after suffering  a devastating injury her freshman year. She suffered a compound fracture and continued to play junior varsity that year.

In her first varsity game as a junior, she scored four goals against Trinity Academy in March. She has 16 goals and nine assists.

“The kid is healthy, which should scare opponents,” Rauch said. “She’s a good complement to Khloe. “She has never quit on a ball … and she’s one of those players who would honestly do anything. She’d run through a brick wall to get a loose ball. She’s also skilled.”

Carroll’s defense has also been on point with Bockover and Maul playing on the backline in front of junior goalkeeper Madi Wingler.

Wingler, who committed to Kansas State as a freshman and plays in the Olympic Development Program, is highly competitive and skilled.

“Her skill is pretty easy to see,” Rauch said. “You watch her and it’s, ‘wow, she makes it looks so very simple.’ She’s so, so confident. She’s confident because she’s done it and more, and she’s traveling all over the country doing it.”

After Wingler gives up a goal, she’ll watch film and then talk to Rauch about how she could have saved it.

“She never gives up one cheaply,” Rauch said. “… If you can break down Taylor Bockover and Lindsey Maul and beat Madi, you’ve done something.”