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REGION 8-AAAAA

Team: Berkmar

Head coach: Tracy Crouch

2008 record: 2-8

Returning starters: Did not submit

Other key players/newcomers: Did not submit

Team: Brookwood

Head coach: Anita McLane

2008 record: 15-3, second round of Class AAAAA playoffs

Returning starters: GK Caroline Mellard, Sr.; GK Kelly McDaniel, Jr.; MF Chelsea Turner, Soph.; MF Alex Kraemer, Sr.; MF Ashley Gray, Jr.; MF Krista Barikos, Jr.

Other key players/newcomers: DEF Tayler Graves, Jr.; DEF Megan Morrow, Soph.; MF Joy Pianka, Soph.; FW Washida Blackman, Soph.; MF Katie Jesser, Sr.; MF Mel Thompson, Sr.; MF Kayla Brown, Sr.; FW Jordan Miller, Jr.

Outlook: The Broncos hope to challenge rival Parkview for the 8-AAAAA title with a deep roster, but one that will feature a good number of new starters. The senior class has talent, but the junior class is just as good with Miller (an Auburn commitment) and Gray, one of the county's fastest players.

Team: Central Gwinnett

Head coach: Allan Forbes

2008 record: 4-9, first round of Class AAAAA playoffs

Returning starters: MF Taiwo Adeshigbin, Sr.; DEF Arielle Sabina, Sr.; MF Laura Milardo, Sr.; GK Jessica Bailey, Sr.; DEF Jessica Engheben, Sr.; GK Yustin Nambo, Sr.; MF Lindsey NeSmith, Sr.; FW Chika Ibiam, Jr.; FW Erin Lee, Jr.; DEF Allison Fernandez, Soph.; FW Cinthia Nambo, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: FW Olivia Sabina, Fr.; DEF Salina Orzikowski, Fr.; FW Ingrid Guevara, Soph.

Outlook: Forbes is excited about returning seven senior starters from a team that finished fourth in tough 8-AAAAA. Adeshigbin is a speedy midfielder, while a senior-laden defense led by Sabina also is steady.

Team: Dacula

Head coach: Tracy Valentino

2008 record: 14-4, first round of Class AAAA playoffs

Returning starters: FW Bryna Lamb, Jr.

Other key players/newcomers: GK Megan Iwan, Sr.; Amanda Kent, Fr.; Ruva Chimedza, Fr.

Outlook: Lamb will carry a huge role as the Falcons' only returning starter from a very good AAAA team that moves up into tough 8-AAAAA this season. Iwan will be an impact player after spending the 2008 season on the junior varsity due to a permissive transfer. Kent and Chimedza give Dacula much-needed height.

Team: Grayson

Head coach: Terry Klinect

2008 record: 14-5, second round of Class AAAAA playoffs

Returning starters: FW Nikki Stamaris, Sr.; DEF Alexa Balsamides, Sr.; MF Samantha Lange, Sr.; MF Brooke VanBaush, Jr.; DEF Hannah Norwood, Jr.; FW Kelly Craft, Jr.; DEF Hadrian Plott, Soph.; DEF Erin Griffin, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: DEF Kara Seabrook, Jr.; MF Rebecca Allen, Jr.; MF Shayna Rogers, Soph.; GK Molly Williams, Soph.; GK Katie McGowan, Sr.

Outlook: Stamaris (Troy signee), Balsamides and Lange are key veteran leaders who know about winning - the Rams shared the Class AAAAA state title with Parkview when they were sophomores. They are among eight returning starters from a team that lost to Kennesaw Mountain on PKs in the state playoffs. Klinect is in his first season as head coach.

Team: Meadowcreek

Head coach: Phillip Hatcher

2008 record: 2-15

Returning starters: GK Tori Reyes, Jr.; MF Jennifer Nava, Jr.; MF Cecilia Hernandez, Soph.; DEF Yasmin Razzaq, Soph.; DEF Maria Diaz, Soph.; FW Zeida Osorio, Sr.; MF Mayra Rivera, Sr.; FW Brenda Contreras, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: Janeth Ramirez; Linda Rodriguez; Jennifer Valdez; Mariella Corvera; Joanna Flores; Laritza Sanchez; Fatima Muro; Alexus Sandovol; Marissa Suarez; Jazzming Soriano; Cynthia Benitez; Andrea Perez; Lizzette Aviles; Thalia Contreras; Maria Garcia; Laura Balderas

Outlook: Hatcher can at least count on a little experience on his first Mustang team, with eight returning starters from a team that was much more competitive last season than it had been in years.

Team: Parkview

Head coach: Judson Hamby

2008 record: 22-0, Class AAAAA state champions

Returning starters: FW Kristina Pascutti, Sr.; FW Megan Geiger, Sr.; MF Morgan Mitchell, Sr.; FW Kim Spence, Jr.; MF Maureen Buff, Jr.; FW Taylor Jackson, Sr.; DEF Kansas Bayly, Jr.; MF Elena Karakizis, Jr.; DEF Cherrelle Jarrett, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers:

Outlook: Although star goalkeeper Ashley Baker (now at Georgia) is gone, the Panthers have nine returning starters back from a team that posted the girls program's first undefeated season. Spence and Pascutti combined for 36 goals last season, while Geiger, when she joins the team after basketball season, is another offensive force. Buff is a talented junior midfielder and Jarrett and Bayly lead a typically strong Parkview defense.

Team: Shiloh

Head coach: Tiiu Maavere

2008 record: 5-10

Returning starters: MF Samantha Yarc, Sr.; FW Mariana Milan, Sr.; FW Sadarhi Williams, Jr.; MF Alex Ayers, Jr.; MF Sherry Mujkanovic, Jr.

Other key players/newcomers: DEF Kelsey Griswold, Fr.; DEF Lindsey McCullough, Fr.

Outlook: New coach Maavere inherits a team that should be strong on offense, led by strikers Williams and Milan. Yarc, Ayers and Mujkanovic lead a steady midfield.

Team: South Gwinnett

Head coach: Sara Forrester

2008 record: 3-10-2

Returning starters: GK Allison Schneider, Sr.; MF Emily Knain, Sr.; DEF Tess Buis, Jr.; DEF Kayla Primus, Jr.; DEF Meagen Varney, Jr.

Other key players/newcomers: DEF Ashlee Landry; MF Kalynn Stover; FW Danielle Blount; GK/MF Mallory Sayre; DEF Hollyann Philpott

Outlook: South has been hit hard by injuries in the preseason, including a season-ending knee injury to team captain Amanda Podgurski. The Comets, with only three seniors, will rely heavily on youth with 11 freshmen and sophomores in the varsity rotation.

REGION 7-AAAAA

Team: Collins Hill

Head coach: Jeff Tinklepaugh

2008 record: 12-6, first round of Class AAAAA playoffs

Returning starters: DEF Melissa Fishbein, Sr.; MF Taylor Herring, Sr.; MF Kylie Donohue, Jr.; GK Sage DoVale, Jr.; FW Lindsay Leonardo, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: DEF Kelli Leary, Sr.; FW Jaycelyn Mitchell, Sr.; MF Daesha Brown, Sr.; MF Jessica Gillespie, Sr.; MF Rebecca Peacock, Sr.; FW Sarah Rice, Sr.; DEF Lizzie Lohmar, Jr.; DEF Leah Beasley, Soph.

Outlook: Graduation took all but five starters from last season's Class AAAAA playoff team that finished 10th in the final state rankings. But the returning starters are talented and Tinklepaugh is expecting big things from his eight seniors, a group that includes Gardner-Webb signee Fishbein in the defense.

Team: Duluth

Head coach: Vince Hayes

2008 record: 5-10

Returning starters: DEF Andrea Morris, Sr.; DEF Colette Leima, Soph.; DEF Christina Howard, Jr.; GK Brooke Clement, Soph.; MF Laura Diaz, Jr.; MF Brehisy Zuniga, Jr.; MF Erin Falk, Soph.; MF Tylyn Avila, Soph.; FW Jessi Viller, Soph.; FW Gwen Davis, Sr.

Other key players/newcomers: FW/MF Tamaya Tompoe, Fr.

Outlook: A season ago, Duluth featured a young team and that should pay off this season. Only one starter graduated, leaving Hayes with a team of experienced players.

Team: Mill Creek

Head coach: Brent Leitsch

2008 record: 6-10-1

Returning starters: FW Torie Scalera, Soph.; MF Colleen Foy, Sr.; DEF Allyson Canganelli, Sr.; DEF Jaci Carithers, Sr.; MF Jenny Margert, Sr.; MF Tatum O'Keefe, Soph.; DEF Amanda Canganelli, Sr.

Other key players/newcomers: MF Lindsay Kempf, Soph.; FW Hannah Eison, Jr.; GK Taylor Cornelius, Soph.; GK Tessa Lukens, Soph.; MF Kari Goodbar, Sr.; MF Jessica Rose, Jr.; MF Christa Murray, Jr.; FW Aimee Herron, Jr.; MF Annalyse Grayson, Jr.; DEF Jessica Hall, Soph.; MF Megan Grizzard, Soph.

Outlook: The Hawks are shooting for their first state playoff berth with a team that features four college signees - Margert (Columbus State), Carithers (Columbus State) and the Canganellis (Georgia Southwestern). The team will build around a tough, veteran defense.

Team: Norcross

Head coach: Judas Kinchen

2008 record: 11-6-1, first round of Class AAAAA playoffs

Returning starters: MF Anna Cusick, Sr.; MF Jami Lupuloff, Jr.; MF Marissa Verbeten, Jr.; DEF Jamie Gilson, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: MF Shannon Geraghty, Jr.

Outlook: This year's lineup will be completely rebuilt with only four returning starters back from a state playoff team. Cusick (Tennessee-Chattanooga signee) is the only returning senior starter, but Lupuloff and Verbeten are important juniors.

Team: North Gwinnett

Head coach: Mark Karen

2008 record: 14-5, second round of Class AAAAA playoffs

Returning starters: FW Danielle Au, Jr.; FW Kelly Penston, Sr.; MF Halie Watts, Jr.; DEF Kaitlin Baker, Sr.; DEF Jessica Sapp, Sr.; DEF Casie Marshall, Soph.; DEF Abigail Groth, Soph.; GK Rebecca Ingram, Sr.; MF Abbi Edwards, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: MF Jessica Eberhardt, Fr.; MF Lauren Harriman, Fr.; DEF Mackenzie Loula, Fr.; MF Jena Jaragoski, Jr.

Outlook: The Bulldogs were very young last season, but still gave unbeaten Class AAAAA champion Parkview its biggest scare before falling 1-0 in the state playoffs. Au, a South Carolina commitment, was the Daily Post's 2008 player of the year after a 39-goal, 13-assist season. She pairs with another strong offensive player in Penston, while Ingram and Sapp lead a stingy defense.

Team: Peachtree Ridge

Head coach: Bill Holleman

2008 record: 11-7

Returning starters: FW Christine Watts, Sr.; DEF Sammi Badgio, Jr.; DEF Jessie Baumgart, Sr.; DEF Baillie Burmaster, Soph.; FW Michelle Campbell, Sr.; MF Carolyn DiNapoli, Jr.; GK McCall Gardner, Soph.; MF Emily Kwon, Jr.; DEF Melissa Lay, Soph.; GK Katie Lyle, Soph.; DEF Katherine Metz, Sr.; MF Courtney Powell, Sr.; DEF Ashton Sellers, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: FW Alexis Scott, Jr.; MF Jill Rivers, Jr.; DEF Katey Lippit, Fr.; MF Alana Dineen, Fr.; MF/FW Julianna Luther, Fr.

Outlook: A game-changer like South Carolina signee Watts (45 goals the last two seasons) alone makes the Lions dangerous, but she should be aided by the move-in of Scott, a Cincinnati commitment. They are joined by 12 other players with starting experience, including key defenders Badgio and Baumgart.

AREA 11-CLASS AA/A

Team: Buford

Head coach: Drew Eager

2008 record: 16-4-1, Class AA/A semifinals

Returning starters: FW Haley Holderfield, Sr.; MF Jacey Chandler, Jr.; MF Katie Garth, Soph.; MF/FW Liz Darden, Soph.; MF/DEF Jaime Clay, Jr.; GK Rachel Kaplan, Jr.; MF/DEF Lindsay Baxter, Sr.

Other key players/newcomers: DEF Natalya Jones, Soph.; DEF Liz Watkins, Fr.; DEF Kiley Jarck, Sr.; FW Moriah Mills, Jr.; MF/FW Lindsey White, Fr.

Outlook: Graduation losses took a large toll on the Wolves, who have been one of AA/A's best in recent seasons. But a good nucleus returns led by Holderfield, a Georgia State signee. Eager is in his first season as head coach.

Team: GAC

Head coach: Troy Bendickson

2008 record: 8-6

Returning starters: FW Samantha Abrahart, Sr.; FW Chelsea Cromer, Soph.; MF Madeline Barker, Jr.; FW Kelsey Pelletier, Soph.; DEF Anna Douglas, Soph.; DEF Morgan Hall, Sr.; DEF Elise Martin, Jr.; FW/MF Haley Carroll, Jr.; DEF Anna Arnau, Soph.; MF Quincy Meyer, Sr.; GK McKenzie Nelson, Soph.; MF Lauren Bryan, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: MF/DEF Kailey Bryan, Fr.

Outlook: The Spartans finished third in a brutally tough region that feature powerhouses Buford and Providence, but are loaded with experienced players this season. The group includes four consistent goal scorers in Abrahart, Cromer, Barker and Pelletier, who combined for 50 goals and 30 assists last season. Abrahart has signed with South Carolina and Barker is a Georgia commitment.

Team: Providence

Head coach: Jonny Williamson

2008 record: 11-8, Class AA/A semifinals

Returning starters: FW Leah Williamson, Sr.; MF Julie Jordan, Sr.; MF Maggie Brown, Sr.; MF Lauren Petmecky, Sr.; GK Taylor Sorrells, Sr.; DEF Liz Learst, Sr.; MF/FW Emily Bougas, Jr.; FW Tori Lopez, Jr.; DEF Kenzie Gray, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: MF Brooke Kelly, Fr.; DEF Lauren Hoyt, Fr.; DEF/GK Kaitlyn Milks, Jr.; MF Allie Mikle, Soph.

Outlook: The core of this team is a group of seniors that expects success - the Stars won the state title two years ago and made the Final Four last season. While that senior group has talent, two of Providence's most creative offensive players are juniors, Bougas (16 goals) and Lopez.

Team: Wesleyan

Head coach: Lacy Gilbert

2008 record: 10-8

Returning starters: DEF Rachael Duane, Sr.; FW/MF Paige Pickert, Sr.; MF Caylie Love, Sr.; DEF JoJo Prescott, Jr.; FW McKenzie Stanford, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: MF Jane Strader, Sr.; MF Kiersten White, Sr.; GK Hannah Duane, Fr.; FW/MF Meagan Hall, Fr.; DEF Abby Daws, Fr.

Outlook: The Wolves are led by the most creative player in the program's history in Pickert, who holds the school assist record (49) to go with 53 career goals. The Furman signee is joined by a solid core of veteran players and a promising group of impact freshmen.

AREA 16-CLASS AA/A

Team: Hebron

Head coach: Ian Driver

2008 record: 0-12

Returning starters: Did not submit

Other key players/newcomers: Did not submit