Girls Soccer Team capsule
GIRLS' TEAM CAPSULES
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.