Bickling tabbed as new girls soccer coach at Warren

There will be a new face guiding the Warren girls soccer program this season

Jeremy Bickling was approved Monday as the new head coach at the Warren County School District Board of Directors meeting.

He replaces longtime coach Bob Domville, who guided the Lady Dragons’ program since its infancy for 10 years. During that time, Domville compiled a record of 92-86-7 before recently stepping down.

Bickling will take over a program that won the Region 4 championship last season with a perfect 8-0 record and finished 12-7 overall, advancing to the District 10 Class AA playoffs before falling to Slippery Rock.

They will have to replace nine seniors, including team captains Katlyn Adams, Kathryn Lobdell and Cheylee Smith, as well as leading goal-scorer Summer Rosendahl, among others.

Lobdell was Region 4 Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-District 10 team, while Adams and Rosendahl were First Team Region 4 picks and Smith a second-team selection in 2015.

There will be plenty of talent returning, however.

MacKenzie Bickling, who was the team’s third-leading goal scorer as a freshman last season, figures to lead the offense, along with senior midfielder Olivia Ashbaugh.

Senior Samara Steber and juniors Taryn Phillips and Kelsey Fadale will be back to anchor the defense, as will senior keeper Paige McCullough.

McCullough, Steber, Fadale and Phillips were all First Team Region 4 All-Stars in 2015.

Fall practices start on Aug. 15.