2013 girls soccer preview

September 06, 2013

Aberdeen

Head coach: Tara Larkin (second year)

2012 record: 4-10

Top returning players: Leah Hardin, Sr., (Midfield); Faith Edmonson, Sr., (Forward); Hunter Woods, Jr., (Midfield)

Key newcomers: Erin Baier, Fr., (Forward)

Outlook: "We are looking to improve upon last year's record with a core group of returning starters from last season," coach Larkin said. "This year's roster is packed with upperclassman, including 10 seniors."

Bel Air

Head coach: Josh Clemmer (ninth year)

2012 record: 8-7-2

Top returning players: Jordan Layfield, Sr., (Midfield); Caroline Lozzi, Sr., (Defense); Natalie Decker, Sr., (Forward); Shannon Williams, Jr., (Midfield); Kayla Klock, Jr., (Forward)

Key newcomers: Andrea Sipos, So., (Goalie); Gabby Encarnacion, So., (Midfield)

Outlook: The Bobcats return 10 starters from last year and look to make a run at the state playoffs. "We are solid all over the field and have an incredibly deep, mature roster that is ready to compete with anybody," coach Clemmer said. 

C. Milton Wright

Head coach: Paul Austin (13th year)

2012 record: 17-2-1

Top returning players: Angela Kuhn, Sr., (Midfield); Alyssa Austen, Sr., (Forward); Katie Burgee, Sr., (Midfield); Stacy Venanzi, Jr., (Goalie)

Key newcomers: N/A

Outlook: Although only four starters return from last year's state finalist team, the Mustangs are filled with talented players who saw game time last year, but did not start because of a squad that had 10 seniors. Overall team speed is a strength as well as a group who buys into a team approach. Replacing the entire back four is one of the team's challenges as well as developing the needed chemistry with new faces in new roles.

Edgewood

Head coach: Mike Friskey (eighth year)

2012 record: 10-2

Top returning players: Alyssa Rankin, Jr., (Midfield); Caitlin Rankin, Jr., (Midfield); Ladae Boykin, Sr., (Forward/midfield/defense); Nina Heinlein, Sr., Defense); Shelby Richter, Sr., (Defense); Alex Van Graafeiland, So., (Forward/midfield); Megan Poniatowski, Sr., (Forward)

Key newcomers: Bella Barbieri, So., (Forward)

Outlook: "The Edgewood girls soccer team, coming off a Susquehanna Division championship last season, will dig deep to compete in the Chesapeake Division of the UCBAC this season," coach Friskey said. Helping the cause will be 10 returning starters from last season's squad that went 10-2 in the regular season. A change in the level of play will certainly be a challenge for these Rams, but they are looking to rise to the occasion.

Fallston

Head coach: Mark Hannahs (seventh year)

2012 record: 15-3-2

Top returning players: Beth Walton, Sr.; Brooke Nigrin, Sr.; Sierrah Taylor, Sr.; Megan Reilly, Sr.; Kayla Reilly, Sr.; Logan Gasior, Jr.; Maribeth Esposito, Jr.; Cortney Epstein, Sr.; Caroline English, Sr.; Skylar Bodt, Jr.; Carly Laubach, Jr.; Megan Shock, Sr.; Casey Baker, Sr.

Key newcomers: Chase Otenasek, Jr.; Alicyn Lose, Fr.; Sydney Crofton, Fr.; Maria Gentile, Fr.; Meredith Hannahs, So.

Outlook: "Have a great group of seniors with a lot of playing time," coach Hannahs said. "Will be starting two or three freshmen who will have to get use to the speed of play. Competition has been fierce in practice and we have a good amount of depth. If we work hard and play as a team and the freshman mix in well we should be pretty successful."

Harford Tech

Head coach: Matt Berg (eighth year)

2012 record: 10-5

Top returning players: Julie Ransone, Sr., (Goalie); Dana Waskiewicz, Sr., (Forward); Megan Doleschal, Sr., (Defense); Sarah North, Sr., (Midfield)

Key newcomers: Amanda Weir, So., (Defense); Tori Arcilesi, So., (Defense/midfield); Mackenzie Forsythe, So., (Forward); Julianna Kuessner, Jr., (Defense/forward); Kara Hayward, Jr., (Defense)

Outlook: "I'm really excited to see how this year pans out. We have strengths at every position this year and for the first time ever at Tech, we have good soccer players coming off the bench in relief as well," coach Berg said. "As long as we stay healthy, our goals are to win the Susquehanna Division and to garner a few wins against our Chesapeake rivals as well."

Havre de Grace

Head coach: Randy Cypher (third year)

2012 record: 6-7

Top returning players: Katie Thompson, Sr., (Defense); Carly Thompson, Sr., (Defense); Colleen Riding, Sr., (Halfback); Riley Arnold, Sr., (Goalie); Rachel Rossi, Jr., (Striker); Addie Richardson, Jr., (Defense); Lauren Herrington, So., (Halfback)

Key newcomers: Kaley Harris, So., (Halfback); Annelise Beer, Jr., (Defense); Courtney Knight, Jr., (Defense)

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