Girls soccer: Players to watch

August 29, 2012|By Glenn Graham | The Baltimore Sun

Cassidy Babin

Archbishop Spalding, goalkeeper, junior

Another in a long line of standout goalkeepers at Spalding, Babin posted six shutouts and had a 1.31 goals against average in her first season as a starter last year to earn All-Metro second-team honors. She reads the game well and covers the angles to keep opponents frustrated.

Gracyn Bryant

Archbishop Spalding, midfielder, senior

The All-Metro first-team choice excels at two-way play in the middle for the Cavaliers. A savvy playmaker in her fourth year on varsity, Bryant is counted on to regularly win balls and turn them into something positive. She finished with five goals and seven assists last season.

Alli Cislo

Old Mill, forward, senior

The most dangerous forward in the Baltimore area possesses dazzling ball skills and unmatched quickness to offset the heavy marking she constantly receives. Cislo, an All-Metro first-team pick and four-year starter, finished with 16 goals -- including three hat tricks -- as a junior.

Olivia DiFonso

John Carroll, midfielder, senior

Technically sound and creative with the ball, the All-Metro first-team selection controls the pace for the Patriots. Equally adept at scoring and setting up teammates, she had 14 goals and 15 assists in the past two seasons.

Eliza Harris

Friends, midfielder, junior

Harris is a dominating two-way central midfielder who can impact a game in many ways. The All-Metro second-team selection, who finished with 22 goals and 12 assists last season, gets possession with fierce defense and can produce instant offense.

Danielle Hogarth

Bryn Mawr, midfielder, junior

Equally strong with the ball at her feet or when making timely runs, Hogarth is a dynamic threat who finished with 13 goals and 12 assists last season. The All-Metro second-team pick is equipped to take on more responsibility with the departure of graduated standout Riley Barger.

Abby Noble

Hereford, forward, senior

A four-year starter, the All-Metro second-team choice has gifted ball skills, exceptional vision of the field, a fine understanding of the game and strong leadership. With a more experienced cast around her this fall, expect the Bulls to build on last year's success.

Jordan Pearson

McDonogh, defender, senior

The area's most consistent defender at outside back, Pearson is always in the right position and wins the important one-on-one battles. The All-Metro first-team selection also provides an added offensive weapon, getting forward to record three goals and five assists last season.

Abby Smucker

C. Milton Wright, defender, senior

An All-Metro first-team selection and four-year varsity player, the Mustangs' captain is always in the right position as a central defender. Her work rate and competitiveness set a positive tone, which her Mustangs teammates are quick to follow.

Sheridan Street

River Hill, forward, junior

Fast and resourceful near the goal, Street excels at being in the right place at the right time to finish scoring chances. Last season for the Hawks, she finished with 17 goals and four assists.

Other notables:

Bridgette Andrzejewski, McDonogh

Katie Arensmeier, River Hill

Amy Bednarek, Patterson Mill

Teresa Berg, Bel Air

Sammy Bost, Liberty

Morgan Crable, Marriotts Ridge

Mackenzie Farley, North Carroll

Megan Frailer, C. Milton Wright

Lydia Frierson, Chapelgate

Maggie Furlong, St. Paul's

Sam Gasior, Fallston

Jenny Gavigan, Westminster

Samantha Kirk, Archbishop Spalding

Samantha Knapp, Loch Raven

Zoe Krulak-Palmer, Poly

Kacie Longo, South River

Emily Lord, Broadneck

Casey Martinez, McDonogh

Kourtney McLain, Chesapeake-AA

Ellie McNulty, Broadneck

Summerly Merson, South Carroll

Mackenzie Murray, Westminster

Jennifer Nonn, Catonsville

Mo Ostrowski, Archbishop Spalding

Alex Pryor, Mercy

Delaney Reiff, Reservoir

Kelsey Ritter, Severn

Emily Shandruk, Perry Hall

Jada Talley, Mount Carmel

Abby Thomas, Severna Park

Danielle Turner-Moore, Western

Marissa Walker, Fallston

Morgan Webster, Patterson Mill

Nicole Wojcik, John Carroll

Taylor Zucco, Glenelg

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