Coach: Patty McLaughlin, 1st year.
Assistants: Sandie Bowman, Susie Sumner.
Last year's record: 5-7.
Starters lost: 8.
Returnees: BettyPeterson (sr., D), Belinda Petrey (sr., D), Linda Fortin (sr., F), Amy Hodges (sr., F), Jen Reynolds (sr., F).
Top Newcomers: Heather Matthews (jr., G), Marleen Travers (jr., D), Melody Doran (jr., M), Tracy Dunne (jr., M), Diane Frost (jr., D), Donna Hernandez (jr. D), Jennifer Kravitz (jr., F), Melissa Lutz (jr., D), Pauline Sawyer (jr.,F), Jessica Rivera (jr., D), Tracy Bond (jr., F), Kyla Rohrs (sr., D).
Coach's outlook: "This group has a great attitude. They're veryenthusiastic and excited to win. Their confidence is higher than maybe it's been in a long time."
Harford County Sun's outlook: The Eagles had some great wins last year, and they are hoping to build on that. Although they are 1-2 in non-league competition, the Eagles are just one overtime goal away from having a winning record. Aberdeen lost, 2-1, in overtime to North Harford last week, but McLaughlin said her squad did not know how to play the seven-on-seven game required in overtime. The Eagles have no lack of aggressiveness on attack, withReynolds, Doran and Fortin expected to be big scorers. Goalie Matthews looks solid after moving up from JV. Peterson and Petrey bring experience to the backfield and will be the keys in helping Matthews deal with some strong attacking teams. The Eagles have the talent to push some of the county's top teams, and if they put it all together, they could pull off an upset.
BEL AIR BOBCATS
Coach: Phyllis Hemmes,20th year.
Assistants: Valerie Cooper, Carol Barker.
Last year's record: 13-2, state Class 3A semifinalists.
Starters lost: 7.
Returnees: Michelle Bowen (sr., F), Jill Schultz (sr., F), MichelleThomas (sr., F), Angelina Trionfo (sr., M), Amy Sullivan (sr., M), Carly Bivens (sr., M), Kellam Comer (sr., D), Shelley Paradise (sr., D), Beth Dail (sr., G), Danielle Newell (sr., D).
Newcomers: Susie Samuel (jr., F), Caryn Gural (jr., D), Beth Mack (jr., F), Aileen Wasson (jr., F), Cathy Adams (jr., M), Heng Ou (jr., D), Michelle McAvoy(jr., D), Linda Conway (jr., F), Laura Casey (jr., G), Cammie Bellaird (so, F).
Coach's outlook: "This group has a tradition to uphold. They don't want to lose. It gets harder when you start winning 13 games to win one more than last year, but they're on a quiet little mission -- they would like to beat Fallston in their senior year."
Harford County Sun's outlook: Two years ago, the Bobcats won the county title, and they have the potential to take it back from Fallston this year. Even though they lost seven starters, the Bobcats return seniors with plenty of playing time. Schultz, Thomas and Bowen are goal-hungry, and they should have no trouble getting the ball with Sullivan dominating the midfield. Defensively, the Bobcats look solid with Paradise, Newell and Dail, who only gave up three goals in 15 games last year. Hemmes is a little concerned about her right-side defense, the only area of inexperience. But the Bobcats have already blitzed through a tough non-league schedule. They've beaten Dulaney, Centennial, Howard and Glenelg -- outscoring them, 10-1.
Coach: Renda Respess, 8th year.
Assistants: Joan Portanova, Michelle McGinley.
Last year's record: 1-11.
Starters lost: 5.
Returnees: Kim Bennett (sr., G), Lisa Wilcox (sr., M), Shelly Marzicola (sr.,F), Jenny Longway (sr., F), Kelly Rider (jr., D), Nicole Chmura (jr., D), Lisa Fotia (so., M), Jackie Kinsey (jr., M), Jenny Blubaugh (jr., D).
Newcomers: Christie Santiago (jr., M), Karin Blackburn (jr., F), Holly Mohr (jr., F), Becky Hoover (jr., G), Tobea Cobb (jr., D), Robin Morrare (jr., F), Shonda McGrogan (jr., F).
Coach's outlook: "We looked strong in our first game against Oakland Mills (1-0 win). We equaled last year's win total, so we're on a roll. They played so well in the first game that now I know what they can do."
Harford County Sun's outlook: The Rams appear on their way to bettering the 1-11 record that has plagued them for the past two years. With a solid corps of veterans, Respess has no doubt that the Rams will only get better. With 10 players who have been to summer camp, Respess has already seen a great improvement. The Rams' greatest strength is in their midfield, where they return all three starting links, Wilcox, Fotia and Kinsey. The defense, sweeper Chmura, backs Rider, Blubaugh and Cobb, and goalies Bennett and Hoover, have held the opposition to just three goals in the first three games. However, the attack, led byLongway and Marzicola, has only produced one goal. If they get a little more aggressive on attack, the Rams should pick up at least a couple more wins.
Coach: Alice Puckett, 8th year.
Assistants: Vicky Boyd, Stecy Proudfoot.
Last year's record: 12-3-1, 3-time Class 2A state champions, county champions.
Starters lost: 7.