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GIRLS' TEAM CAPSULE

Girls Soccer Team capsule

GIRLS' TEAM CAPSULES

8-AAAAA

Team: Brookwood

Head coach: Anita McLane

2007 record: 17-4-1, state semifinalist

Returning starters: DEF Lindsay Mushett; DEF Emily Hughes; DEF Michelle Osborn; MF Natalie Douglas; MF Rachel Peckham

Other key players/newcomers : Erin Tate; Ashley Gray; Jordan Miller; Kelly McDaniel

Outlook: The Broncos should be very strong on defense in front of new goalkeeper McDaniel since most of the experienced players back are defenders, including Super Six selection Osborn. The offense took a huge blow in the preseason when forward Chelsea Catlin, a Daily Post Super Six selection in 2007, was lost to a season-ending knee injury.

Team: Berkmar

Head coach: Tracy Crouch

2007 record: 1-13

Returning Starters: MF Kathy Guerrero, Sr.; GK Brenda Franco, Sr.; MF Rosie Soto, Sr.; D Mary Fernandez, Sr.; F Lucero Garcia, Sr.; D Kristel Rivera, Sr.; D Karen Ramirez, Sr.; D Andrea Cardona, Sr.

Outlook: Crouch hopes to infuse the kind of winning atmosphere around the Patriots program that he experienced in his 11 years at Parkview - including two years as head coach, one of which resulted in the 2005 Class AAAAA state championship. He'll have plenty of experience with eight returning starters - all seniors - who are hoping improvements in conditioning and preparation will lead to tangible results on the field.

Team: Central Gwinnett

Head coach: Allan Forbes

2007 record: 9-7, first round of state playoffs

Returning starters: DEF Arielle Sabina; DEF Jessica Engheben; MF Taiwo Adeshigbin; MF/F Chika Ibiam; MF Lindsey NeSmith

Other key players/newcomers: Alex Mullen; Emily Routh; Erin Lee; Laura Milardo; Amanda Botts; Jessica Bailey; Yustin Nambo

Outlook: The Black Knights made great strides last season, reaching the AAAAA state playoffs as a No. 4 seed. They hope to improve their record this season and make a return visit to the postseason. Sabina leads the Central defense while Adeshigbin is a strong player in the midfield.

Team: Grayson

Head coach: Chris Wilson

2007 record: 18-2-2, co-state champions

Returning starters: GK Sarah Beth Anderson; DEF Kara Seabrook; DEF Jessy Flores; MF Brooke VanBaush; MF Hannah Norwood; MF Natalie Szlachetka; MF Sam Lange; F Courtney Craine

Other key players/newcomers: DEF Alexa Balsamides; F Nicole Peters; MF Kelly Craft; F Allie Spangler; DEF Shelby Lake; MF Nikki Stamaris; F Shayna Rogers

Outlook: After a surprising run to their first state championship, which they shared with Parkview after a state finals tie, the Rams are talented enough for another big-time season. A strong core of players return, although Grayson will miss the graduated Stephanie Parrish, a speedy forward. The team will get a big boost in March when GK Anderson, a Presbyterian signee, returns from a knee injury.

Team: Meadowcreek

Head coach: Chris Scott

2007 record: 5-11, 1-6 in Area 8-AAAAA

Returning Starters: F Daniella Valencia, Sr.; D Gabriella Martinez, Sr.; D Tania Ochoa, Sr.; GK/MF Iris Jiminez, Sr.; D Jennifer Nava, So.; MF Mayra Rivera, Jr.

Outlook: The Mustangs have climbed slowly, but surely in Scott's tenure over the last five seasons. They've improved from not scoring a goal and giving up 210 his first year at Meadowcreek (when he was an assistant coach) to a 14-71 goal ratio last year, and picked up their first area win in five years in the process. If they are to continue the upward progression, the Mustangs will have to do it with a very young starting lineup that could include as many as four sophomores and four freshmen. However, Scott is very encouraged by the team's talent level and depth.

Team: Parkview

Head coach: Judson Hamby

2007 record: 21-1-1, co-state champions

Returning starters: GK Ashley Baker; DF Abby Batchelor; MF Morgan Kammer; DF Caitlyn Dial; MF Megan Geiger; FW Taylor Jackson; MF Maureen Buff; FW Kim Spence; MF/DF Elena Karakizis; FW Ginny Leviton

Other key players/newcomers: DF/MF Kansas Bayly; FW Christina Pascutti; DF Cherrelle Jarrett; MF/FW Morgan Mitchell

Outlook: After sharing last year's state title with Grayson after a tie, The Panthers have a good shot at making another championship run. They only lost two players from the title team, although one was county player of the year and UGA signee Marah Falle. Despite that loss, plenty of talent returns all over the field, anchored by two high-level goalkeepers in Baker, a UGA signee, and Kirsten Ross, a North Georgia signee.

Team: Shiloh

Head coach: Jim Crase

2007 record: 6-11

Returning starters: FW Sadahari Williams; FW Laynie Gilbert; DEF Kelsey Floyd; MF/FW Ariana Walsh

Other key players/newcomers: MF Alex Ayers; MF Sherri Mujkanovic; GK Emma Crumpton; MF Alexia Watkins

Outlook: After suffering an unusual down year in 2007, the Generals aim for improvements this spring under a new coach. Building a midfield will be important for Shiloh, which returns some capable offensive players and a solid defender in its sweeper, Floyd.

Team: South Gwinnett

Head coach: Sara Forrester

2007 record: 9-7

Returning starters: DF Amanda Podgurski, Soph.; MF Megan Varney, Soph.; MF/DF Amy Kierath, Sr.; DF Katie Lane, Sr.; FW/MF Danielle Quintero, Sr.

Other key players/newcomers: Ashlee Landry, Fr.; Megan Smith, Fr.; Kalynn Stover, Fr.; Emily Knain, Jr.; Talia Chila, Sr.; Karina Sorenson, Sr.; Tess Buis

Outlook: This season will see plenty of new faces in the starting lineup, which must be rebuilt after losing eight players who started at some time last season. More than half of the players are underclassmen, leaving the Comets slim on experience. Forrester is looking to her five seniors for leadership as the younger players grow up.

Reg. 7AAAAA

Team: Collins Hill

Head coach: Jeff Tinklepaugh

2007 record: 10-7

Returning starters: MF Alicia Plotky; DEF Katie Oâ Brien; DEF Kelli Leary; F Alexa Jones; MF Tricia Smith; DEF Kelly Harrington

Other key players/newcomers: Kristin Brooks; DanI Kurowski; Esperance Uwamahora; Aubrey Tinklepaugh; Taylor Herring; Melissa Fishbein; Sage DoVale; Kylie Donohue; Lindsay Leonardo

Outlook: Collins Hill made the AAAAA Final Four in 2006, but failed to make the postseason last year. A new coach in Jeff Tinklepaugh aims to get the Eagles back in the playoffs behind a nine-player senior class led by Plotky, a top college prospect and Jones, a Furman signee. Brooks (Berry), O'Brien (Berry) and Aubrey Tinklepaugh (Georgia SW) also will play college soccer.

Team: Duluth

Head coach: Vince Hayes

2007 record: 1-18

Returning starters: MF Laura Diaz; MF Andrea Morris; DEF Lindsay Maclean; F Gwynn Davis; DEF Christina Howard

Other key players/newcomers: MF Erin Falk; DEF Collette Leima

Outlook: The Wildcats were very competitive not long ago, but they've fallen on hard times lately, most notably a one-win season in 2007. But a new coach in Hayes, a former assistant with the Duluth boys, hopes to turn things around. He inherits a young team that had no juniors in 2007.

Team: Mill Creek

Head coach: Brent Leitsch

2007 record: 7-7-1

Returning starters: GK Jennifer Vincent; DF Brooke Hoppmeyer; DF Jaci Carithers; DF Jaclyn Bailey; DF Lauren Dyer; MF Alexa Ruggieri; MF Lauren Fugel; MF Jennifer Margert; FW Jessica Beasley; FW Hannah Eason

Other key players/newcomers: MF Colleen Foy; MF Hannah Hoffman; DF Amanda Canganelli; DF Allison Canganelli; MF Kari Goodbar; FW Torie Scalera; FW Tatum Oâ Keefe; FW Lindsay Kempf

Outlook: The ever-improving Hawks are entering their fourth season and hoping for their first trip to the state playoffs. They feature a stout defense, led by Berry signee Hoppmeyer, so developing a productive offense will play a major role in the season.

Team: Norcross

Head coach: Judas Kinchen

2007 record: 12-5, second round of state playoffs

Returning starters: MF Lindsey Warthen; DEF Jenna Hanington; DEF Julie Ellenberger; DEF Lara Yoon; DEF Hanna Krek; MF Anna Cusick; GK Breanna Meeks; MF Jami Lupuloff; MF Marissa Verbeten

Outlook: Norcross could be a force again this season, with the core of last season's Region 7-AAAAA championship team returning. Meeks and a strong defense are among the returners, along with several strong players in the midfield. The Blue Devils lost some talented offensive players to graduation that must be replaced.

Team: North Gwinnett

Head coach: Mark Karen

2007 record: 11-8, first round of state playoffs

Returning starters: F/MF Danielle Au; MF/DEF Kaitlin Baker; MF/DEF Halie Watts; GK Rebecca Ingram; FW Kelly Penston; DEF/MF Jessica Sapp

Outlook: Karen has his youngest team to date, with no seniors and seven freshmen (he's never carried more than three ninth-graders on the varsity before this season). In addition to graduating eight talented seniors, the Bulldogs have lost five players to season-ending knee or leg injuries before the season started. The six North players back who do have starting experience will be relied on to hold the team together as youngsters work their way into the lineup.

Team: Peachtree Ridge

Head coach: Jim Mitchell

2007 record: 13-6, first round of state playoffs

Returning starters: FW Alexi Owen; MF Alex Morgado; FW Jessie Kupstas; FW Christine Watts; DF Katherine Metz; DF Jessie Baumgart; MF Sammi Badgio; MF Kristina Kutuk; DF Meg Systma

Other key players/newcomers: MF Carolyn DiNapoli; MF Emily Kwon; FW Candice Williams; GK McCall Gardner

Outlook: The Lions seek to build on their first state playoff appearance, which could be a good possibility with nine returning starters, including defensive anchor Systma, a West Georgia signee. Fellow senior Kupstas has signed with Mercer, and she gives Peachtree Ridge another capable offensive player to go with Watts, one of the county's top juniors who has already committed to South Carolina.

Class AAAA

Team: Dacula

Head coach: Tracy Valentino

2007 record: 12-7, first round of state playoffs

Returning starters: MF/DF Madison Kubal; MF/DF Jordan Weaver; DF Sam Harrison; FW Bryna Lamb; MF/DF Paige Placido; FW/MF Alexis Scott; DF Kelly Goetz; FW Lexi Vassell; MF Sasha Alonzo

Other key players/newcomers: MF Emily Kubal; DF Bri Adinolfi; DF Serena Rutter

Outlook: The Falcons broke through after years of struggles in girls soccer with a good season in 2007, capped by a subregion championship and a fourth-place finish in the region. Valentino returns virtually all of her key players from last season, while adding a solid crop of newcomers that should really boost Dacula's depth.

Class AA/A

Team: Buford

Head coach: Marianne Cagle

2007 record: 20-2, state semifinalist

Returning starters: F Maria Petroni, Sr.; MF Justine Clay, Sr.; SW Catherine Roadcap, Sr.; MF Abby Leiker, Sr.; F Haley Holderfield, Jr.; DF Jaime Clay, Soph.; DF Jacey Chandler, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: GK Rachel Kaplan, Soph.; GK Nichole Bell, Sr.; MF Lindsay Baxter, Jr.; DF Jamie Pridemore, Soph.; DF Kiley Jarck, Jr.; MF Katie Garth, Fr.

Outlook: The best girls soccer team in the short history of Buford's program returns with high hopes, thanks to a number of top returning players, led by South Carolina signee Petroni. The offense should be explosive with Petroni and Holderfield leading the way and the defense is solid, which should help the Wolves' inexperienced goalkeepers.

Team: GAC

Head coach: Troy Bendickson

2007 record: 13-6, first round of state playoffs

Returning starters: MF Kristin Frederickson; FW Samantha Abrahart; DEF Morgan Hall; MF Quincy Meyer; FW Madeline Barker; DEF Haley Carroll

Other key players/newcomers: FW Chelsea Gandy-Cromer; FW Kelsey Pelletier; MF Lauren Bryan; DEF Anna Arnau; FW Allie Peterson

Outlook: Bendickson doesn't have many veterans - just one senior and three juniors - but he likes the team's abilities. He returns an experienced team that has some playmakers like Abrahart, a junior who has committed to South Carolina.

Team: Hebron Christian

Head coach: Craig Collins

2007 record: 4-9-1

Returning starters: DEF Katie Hubbell; MF Emily Sharpton; FW Katie Wincek; MF Chris Battaglia; DEF Amberly Sanchez; DEF Fabi Rodriguez; FW Lizzie Miltiades; DEF Taylor Pitts; GK Victoria Thurmond

Other key players/newcomers: Arely Sanchez; Christina McGill; Hannah Styles; Charissa Potra

Outlook: The Lions hope to continue improving as they adjust to moving into Georgia High School Association competition. Collins is excited by the return of nine of 11 starters, which should bring better results in the upcoming season.

Team: Providence Christian

Head coach: Jonny Williamson

2007 record: 21-1, state champions

Returning starters: MF Erin O'Rourke; DEF Tricia Staudenmaier; DEF Lydia Brannen; MF Bekah Moye; MF Emily Bougas; GK Taylor Sorrells; MF Cassi Flowers; MF Tori Lopez

Other key players/newcomers: Leah Williamson; Maggie Brown; Kenzie Gray; Liz Learst; Julie Jordan; Lauren Petmecky

Outlook: The Stars won the AA/A state title last spring, and have plenty of experience back from that team. Unfortunately the one player they won't have is high-scoring Clemson signee Sarah Jordan, a senior who is lost for the season with a knee injury. Providence still boasts a stout defense led by sweeper Jordan Gotfredson, a Samford signee who hopes to return from a broken tibia in March. Moye (Liberty) and O'Rourke (Armstrong Atlantic) also have signed with colleges.

Team: Wesleyan

Head coach: Lacy Gilbert

2007 record: 12-6

Returning starters: DF Whitney Warren, Sr.; DF Madeline Russell, Sr.; DF Chelsea Pope, Sr.; MF Chloe Kelly, Sr.; FW/MF Molly Hawkins, Sr.; DF Rachael Duane, Jr.; MF Caylie Love, Jr.; FW/MF Paige Pickert, Jr.

Other key players/newcomers: MF Jeannie Kinnett, Sr.; MF JoJo Prescott, Soph.; FW Jessica Hovis, Soph.; GK Nina Wiersma, Soph.; FW McKenzie Stanford, Fr.

Outlook: Wesleyan lost just one senior off a solid team, while adding an exceptional group of young players. They join two dynamic players in Kelley, a senior who holds many of the Wolves' career records, and Pickert, a talented junior who already has committed to Furman.