Players To Watch

Varsity -- Fall Preview

Girls Soccer

August 29, 2007

Julia Bouchelle

Notre Dame Prep, midfield

An under-17 national pool player and the Blazers' focal point, the four-year standout brings incredible ball skills, good vision and experience.

Ali Brennan

McDonogh, defense

A dominating presence at center back, the 5-foot-11 junior, who had four goals and seven assists in 2006, will have an impact in all facets with her high ball skills and athleticism.

Amanda Carta

St. Vincent Pallotti, goalie

Defense will be the Panthers' foundation and the starting point is with Carta, who went 16-2-1 and allowed just nine goals in the team's run to the Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title game.

Mara Hauf

Inst. of Notre Dame, forward

After finishing with seven goals and four assists as a junior, Hauf will be asked to provide the same endless energy along with leadership to help the Indians compete in the tough IAAM A Conference.

Gigi Mangione

McDonogh, midfield

Always around the ball, the creative junior is equally adept at distributing and finishing. Proof came last season when she scored nine goals and added 12 assists to lead the Eagles' attack.

Jessica Nonn

Catonsville, forward

A little time and space in the box usually adds up to a goal for Nonn, who has scored 38 going into her fourth season as a starter for the Comets.

Amy Olson

Arundel, defense

A four-year starter in the center, Olson is always in the right position. She is smart on long clears and passes well to help the Wildcats transition to offense.

Cheyenne Skidmore

Liberty, forward

Skidmore, who scored a team-high 13 goals and added four assists as a sophomore last year, will lead a powerful offense that could propel the Lions to the top in Carroll County.

Molly Stryker

C. Milton Wright, defense

The fast junior sweeper mixes smart decisions with aggressive play to anchor a strong defense that should keep the Mustangs in every game.

Erica Suter

River Hill, midfield

One of the area's top difference-makers on offense (14 goals, 11 assists in 2006), the four-year starter also will be counted on to supply leadership as the Hawks look to defend their Class 3A state crown.

Other notables -- Jessica Brockmeyer, Northeast; Allyson Carey, John Carroll; Meaghan Conlon, Liberty; Cassie Cooke, Winters Mill; Danielle Estill, St. Mary's; Jamie Fahey, Loch Raven; Monica Fisher, Fallston; Grace Gaeng, John Carroll; Megan Gibbons, McDonogh; Sarah Jessilonis, Chesapeake-AA; Lindsay Jones, Mercy; Sarah Mather, Maryvale Prep; Sarah Mosier, John Carroll; Samantha Novy, Severna Park; Jocelyn Papciak, Atholton; Kasey Parr, Westminster; Sarah Pfundstein, South River; Alex Priddy, Severn; Missy Rankin, Winters Mill; Colby Rhea, McDonogh; Kacie Ruark, Western; Katie Schwarzmann, Century; Sierra Smidinger, Arundel; Janie Tankard, River Hill; Lauren Vetock, Institute of Notre Dame; Faryn Watts, Wilde Lake; Amanda Wharton, South Carroll; Elsa Wu, Centennial.

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