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2014 Gwinnett Girls Soccer Team-by-team Previews

Staff Photo: John Bohn Parkview's Morgan Fleming (24) defends against Collins Hill's Paige Hoover (5) during a second round Class AAAAAA state playoff girls soccer game on Tuesday.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Parkview's Morgan Fleming (24) defends against Collins Hill's Paige Hoover (5) during a second round Class AAAAAA state playoff girls soccer game on Tuesday.

REGION 8-AAAAAA

Archer

Coach: Brian Zirbel

2013 record: 5-7-3

Returning starters: F Megan Chambers-Wilson, Sr.; F Caroline Mangum, Jr.; F Tina Ekwue, Sr.; MF Shelby Pallone, Sr.; DEF Courtney Terilli, Sr.; DEF Gabrielle Coumes, Sr.; DEF Carson Batye, Jr.; DEF Jordan Cornwell, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: F Makena Tucker, Fr.; GK Hannah Galbraith, Jr.

Outlook: The Tigers were much more competitive last season in 8-AAAAAA play, going 4-4. Eight returning starters are back from that team as Archer looks to continue its improvement.

Berkmar

Coach: Roland Yancy

2013 record/playoff finish: 4-11

Returning starters: F Raven Mathews, Jr.; MF Karen Alvarez, Jr.; MF Viviana Santana, Sr.; MF Cynthia Juarez, Sr.; MF June Orocio, Sr.; MF Akua Aduboffour, Jr.; MF Yaya Figueroa, Jr.; MF Katey Lopez, Jr.; MF Brenda Nambo, Sr.; MF Rose Agyekum, Jr.; MF Taylor Johnson, Jr.; DEF Pamela Araujo, Sr.; DEF Jennifer Yanes, Soph.; MF Michelle Ramirez, Jr.; DEF Aliyah Brevard, Jr.; MF Leslie Najera, Jr. DEF Stephanie DeLeon, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: F/MF Dominique Gatewood, Sr.; F/MF Brenda Cosme, Jr.; DEF Ashari Gordon, Fr.

Outlook: A challenging schedule awaits new head coach Roland Yancy, who will rely heavily on a large junior class this season. Berkmar will look to build on last season’s improvements, including three region victories.

Brookwood

Coach: Jeff Becker

2013 record/playoff finish: 16-5, state semifinals

Returning starters: DEF Sanon Williams, Sr.; F Jenny Allen, Sr.; DEF Michelle Allen, Sr.; MF Fiorella Gamarra, Sr.; MF Francesca Ellis, Sr.; F Shannon Maloney, Sr.; DEF Denver Ellison, Sr.

Other key players/newcomers: MF Mollie Leeuwenburg, Sr.; DEF Sophie Pleger, Sr.; GK Rebecca Head, Sr.; F Martina Juric, Soph.

Outlook: Brookwood made a nice playoff run last season, rebounding from a stunning loss to rival Parkview in the regular-season finale to thump 7-AAAAAA champion Mill Creek 4-0. The defense should be stout again with Sanon Willliams (a Furman signee) and Michelle Allen (Armstrong Atlantic) heading up the group. Forward Jenny Allen (23 goals, five assists), along with midfielders Fiorella Gamarra and Francesca Ellis, lead the attack.

Central Gwinnett

Coach: Mike Yocca

2013 record: 5-9

Returning starters: DEF Kalkidan Aboneh, Sr; F Erin Davison, Soph.; MF Lindsay Lee, Soph.; GK Lydia Lombard, Jr.; F Mimi Sangosina, Jr.; MF Hannah Supple, Sr.; DEF Jessica Todd, Sr.

Other key players/newcomers: MF Melissa Coralic, Soph.; MF Yuritzia Gomez, Jr.; MF Araceli Gomez, Fr.

Outlook: Central has a solid nucleus back from last season, led by captain and team leader Hannah Supple in the midfield. Mimi Sangosina also is a key player after scoring 17 goals as a sophomore.

Dacula

Coach: Jason Guzzardo

2013 record/playoff finish: 11-8, state first round

Returning starters: MF Valeria Bermeo; F Katie McAdams; GK Maddey Glunn; DEF Sheyenne Powell; MF Sydney Thomas; MF Lauren Vick; MF Siara Zedonek; Sabrina Seibel; Halie Hammond

Other key players/newcomers: Taylor Severy; Abby Preteroti; Laura Ann Williams

Outlook: A perennial playoff competitor in recent seasons, Dacula hopes to be back this season. Region 8-AAAAAA midfielder of the year Valeria Bermeo (two goals, 13 assists) and forward Katie McAdams (12 goals, four assists) lead the returning players. Bermeo, the school's all-time assist leader, has signed with Mercer and McAdams with Truett-McConnell.

Grayson

Coach: Terry Klinect

2013 record/playoff finish: 15-3, state first round

Returning starters: DEF Savannah Selby, Sr.; GK Cadye Picklesimer, Sr.; MF Brittney Bennett, Jr.; DEF Melissa Castaneda, Jr.; DEF Josie Ouellette, Jr.; DEF Allison Pickett, Jr.; MF Ella Stevens, Soph.; MF Tessa Craft, Soph.; F Amanda Baker, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: F Jennifer Westendorf, Soph.; F Melissa Longmore, Sr.

Outlook: Grayson has the potential for a big season, thanks to some of the nation’s top young talent on the roster. Both Ella Stevens (a Duke commitment) and Jennifer Westendorf (Notre Dame) are U.S. Under-17 National Team players, while Brittney Bennett (13 goals, 10 assists last season) is a Florida commitment. The Rams also return a solid defense led by goalkeeper Cadye Picklesimer (Presbyterian) and defender Savannah Selby (Eastern Kentucky).

Parkview

Coach: Judson Hamby

2013 record/playoff finish: 20-3, state champions

Returning starters: GK Mariah Garner, Sr.; DEF Madison Ober, Sr.; MF Morgan Fleming, Jr.; MF Emma Carlson, Soph.; MF Katie Hickman, Soph.; MF Kristin Telford, Jr.; DEF Sarah Nguyen, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: F Emily Nixon, Jr.; MF Emma Manting, Jr.; MF Christy Albertson, Jr.; DEF Kiara Campbell, Soph.; GK Megan Wiley, Jr.; DEF Izzy Ober, Jr.

Outlook: While the Panthers won the state championship last season, they weren’t built as a one-year wonder. Many of their key players during the title run were young, leaving bright hopes for the next few seasons. Duke commitment Emma Carlson had 27 goals and five assists last season, with most of her production coming late in the regular season and the postseason. Region 8-AAAAAA goalkeeper of the year Mariah Garner, one of the heroes of the state title match, also is back.

Shiloh

Coach: Michael Nash

2013 record: 3-14

Returning starters: DEF Ashley Noel; DEF Eniola Ibisanmi; DEF Paola Ortega; MF Kennedy Gibson-Wynn; MF Irma Dogic; MF Kaylee Griswold; F Tsion Adula; MF Clarke Powell; GK DeAundra Green

Other key players/newcomers: DEF Caroline Sosebee; MF Karen Depaz-Veliz

Outlook: A pair of strong senior leaders return for the Generals in Kaylee Griswold and DeAundra Green. Griswold is vital in the Shiloh attack, while Green was peppered with shots on goal last season but acquitted herself well under fire.

South Gwinnett

Coach: Shannon Robertson

2013 record: 2-14

Returning starters: MF Kelly Geary, Sr.; MF Gaby Silva, Sr.; DEF Chelsea Lavender, Sr.; MF/F Karina Perez, Soph.; F Iman Williams, Soph.; DEF Aliyah Dunn, Sr.; MF Miranda Rolon, Jr.

Other key players/newcomers: MF/DEF Claudene Bent, Fr.; GK Allison Nelson, Jr.

Outlook: The Comets are out for better results this season with a solid core of returning players. Leading the way is West Georgia signee and longtime playmaker Kelly Geary, a Gwinnett Goal Club all-county selection as a junior.

REGION 7-AAAAAA

Collins Hill

Coach: Jeff Tinklepaugh

2013 record/playoff finish: 14-4-2, state second round

Returning starters: MF Paige Hoover, Sr.; DEF Michaela Routh, Sr.; DEF Payton Newlon, Sr.; MF Dena Cisic, Jr.; F Desiree Bowen, Jr.; F Kelsey Lawrence, Jr.; MF Regan Wilhite, Jr.; GK Halla Jibreen, Jr.

Other key players/newcomers: DEF Latia Jones, Sr.; GK Ariana Bryant, Soph.; DEF Marisol Estrada, Soph.; F Paula Maldonado, Soph.

Outlook: A loss to eventual state champion Parkview in a difficult, second-round matchup ended the 2013 season, marking the fourth straight year that Collins Hill has lost in the playoffs to the eventual state champ. The Eagles’ returnees are strong in the attack, with Georgia Southern signee Paige Hoover (18 goals, 12 assists) leading the way from the midfield alongside Dena Cisic. Desiree Bowen and Kelsey Lawrence also combined for 18 goals and 13 assists last year. The key to success will be filling the holes on defense left by graduation.

Duluth

Coach: Lauren Dodson

2013 record/playoff finish: 9-7, state first round

Returning starters: MF Hannah Huizenga, Sr.; GK Tiffany Sornpao, Soph.; DEF Lexie Luther, Sr.; DEF Rebecca Miller, Sr.; F Sarah Miller, Sr.; MF Madison Whitley, Sr.; MF Klaudia Cancino, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: MF/DEF Avanna Brewington, Jr.; MF/DEF Kailah Jeffries, Fr.; DEF Madison Richardson, Fr.; F Nikita Kakkad, Fr.; F Nadia Dixon, Fr.; MF Roya Behzadi, Fr.

Outlook: On the heels of its first playoff appearance in 10 years, the program is under the leadership of a new coach in Lauren Dodson. She replaces Vince Hayes, now the Mill Creek girls’ head coach. College of Charleston signee Hannah Huizenga (18 goals, 13 assists) and dynamic goalkeeper Tiffany Sornpao are among the top returnees for an experienced team that also features seniors Madison Whitley, Lexie Luther, Sarah Miller and Rebecca Miller.

Meadowcreek

Coach: Hugh Beasley

2013 record: 7-11

Returning starters: F Leslie Ceballos, Jr.; MF Valerie Gutierrez, Jr.; DEF Iridian Marquina, Jr.; MF/F Milago Mejia, Jr.; GK/DEF Sandy Prado, Jr.; F Hilda Trochez, Soph.; DEF Laura Juvencio, Sr.; DEF Sarahi Bueno, Jr.

Other key players/newcomers: MF/F Nayeli Espinoza, Soph.; DEF Kimberly Serrano, Fr.

Outlook: Meadowcreek’s recent improvements could continue this season if a large junior class keeps developing.

Mill Creek

Coach: Vince Hayes

2013 record/playoff finish: 15-3-1, state second round

Returning starters: DEF Caroline Fleming, Sr.; MF Lauren Navas, Jr.; DEF Lexie Froh, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: MF Megan Welch, Jr.; MF Keely Hoppmeyer, Fr.; DEF Kristina Burkinstock, Fr.; F McClaine Logsdon, Soph.

Outlook: Brent Leitsch built the Hawks into one of the state’s top teams in recent seasons, and new coach Vince Hayes, previously the head coach at region rival Duluth, inherits the program. Graduation took a heavy toll on Mill Creek, which must replace among others Georgia signee and Daily Post player of the year Lauren Tanner (37 goals, nine assists) and goalkeeper Rachel Allred.

Mountain View

Coach: Veronica Cross

2013 record: 8-8

Returning starters: MF Emily Stout, Sr.; F Shelby Gray, Sr.; MF Ansley Roley, Jr.; MF Bree Britton, Sr.; F Janine Kfouri, Sr.; F Ashley Lewis, Soph.; MF Hailey Jones, Jr.; DEF Katelyn McCorkle, Jr.; DEF Brittany Doyle, Soph.; GK Katie Darby, Sr.

Other key players/newcomers: MF Alex Fegler, Soph.; DEF Alexis Henderson, Soph.; DEF Danielle Dean, Sr.

Outlook: Mountain View has been competitive in recent seasons, which it hopes continues under a new coach, Veronica Cross. She inherits a solid group of returning players, including goalkeeper Katie Darby. Darby averaged more than 15 saves per game as a junior.

Norcross

Coach: Kristina Marchman

2013 record: 11-7

Returning starters: F Jordan Lewter, Sr.; F Maddie Stephen, Sr.; F Jenna McEachern, Sr.; F Arielle Silvers, Jr.; F Jordan Browne, Jr.; MF Nicki Willis, Sr.; MF Rachel Dykes, Soph.; MF Karla Gonzalez, Soph; DEF Jordan Shapiro, Sr.; DEF Kat Saunders, Sr.; DEF Meghan Revell, Soph.; DEF Erika Lupuloff, Soph.; DEF Hannah Shapiro, Soph.; GK Kennedy White, Sr.; GK Leanne Francis, Sr.

Other key players/newcomers: MF Kaitlin Mayer, Jr.; MF Kara Henderson, Fr.; F Natalie Simon, Fr.

Outlook: After narrowly missing the playoffs in a tough region, Norcross wants to break through this spring with a veteran team. Among the top returnees are forwards Jordan Lewter (13 goals, 12 assists) and Maddie Stephen (Georgia College and State University signee). The Blue Devils also added center midfielder transfer Kaitlin Mayer, a starter last season on Greater Atlanta Christian’s state runner-up team.

North Gwinnett

Coach: Corban Cofer

2013 record/playoff finish: 9-10, state second round

Returning starters: F Raina Davis, Jr.; F Katie Strand, Jr.; MF Caroline Gualdoni, Sr.; MF Amanda Delgado, Jr.; MF Stephanie Lee, Jr.; DEF Meaghan Powell, Sr.; DEF Caroline Shimkus, Sr.; DEF Devin Gaskill, Jr.

Other key players/newcomers: GK Mackenzie York, Jr.; MF Kendall Welkley, Jr.; MF Andrea Herrera, Sr.; DEF Jordan Goldring, Sr.

Outlook: Replacing the graduated Taylor Burns, who scored 83 career goals, won’t be easy but the Bulldogs have some depth at forward. They also have Georgia signee Caroline Gualdoni in the central midfield, while Caroline Shimkus anchors the central defense.

Peachtree Ridge

Coach: Megan Hill

2013 record: 8-9

Returning starters: GK Cosette Morche, Jr.; F Briana Bagnasco, Jr.; MF McKay Culberson, Soph.; F Allie Hoxie, Soph.; F Jordyn Missel, Jr.; DEF/F Kinsey Dziwura, Soph.; F Erica Misener, Jr.; DEF Phoebe Palmer, Sr.; DEF Kayla Thomas, Jr.; MF Ashley Balmforth, Sr.; MF/F Rebecca Owens, Jr.; MF Nicole Misener, Sr.; MF Amanda Ferry, Jr.; DEF Sumer Culberson, Sr.

Other key players/newcomers: MF Kim Santos, Soph.; DEF Dorian McGraw, Fr.; F Erin Harris, Fr.; MF/F Grace Green, Fr.; MF Smriti Singh, Jr.; MF/F Sydney Kohne, Fr.; MF Courtney Miller, Sr.

Outlook: In a difficult region, the Lions just missed out on a playoff trip last season. Earning that postseason berth is a goal this year thanks to a solid group of returnees, including defensive leader Kinsey Dziwura (11 goals, three assists last season), playmaker Jordyn Missel (11 goals, four assists) and defenders Phoebe Palmer and Sumer Culberson. Tall goalkeeper Cosette Morche also gives Peachtree Ridge another impact player.

REGION 8-AAAA

Lanier

Coach: Jack Hughes

2013 record/playoff finish: 13-6, state second round

Returning starters: F Tori Wyant, Sr.; MF/DEF Samantha Helmink, Sr.; MF/F Bethany Blanton, Sr.; MF Casey Wilkes, Sr.; DEF Alyssa Santana, Sr.; DEF Edith Perrotti, Sr.; MF/F Maddie Corley, Jr.; MF Amy Groth, Jr.; GK Emily Polanco, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: MF Ashley Burton, Jr.; MF Beatriz Calva, Fr.; DEF Brooke Gatzmeyer, Jr.; DEF Roxiana Amieva, Sr.; MF Aleaka Cooper, Sr.

Outlook: Steady improvements have the Longhorns excited to build off last season’s state playoff appearance. Speedy forward Tori Wyant (23 goals, six assists) heads the key returning players along with stopper Maddie Corley, sweeper Alyssa Santana and center midfielder Amy Groth (seven goals, 10 assists).

REGION 7-AAA

Buford

Coach: Crystal Fowler

2013 record/playoff finish: 19-1, state semifinals

Returning starters: F Elexa Bahr, Soph.; DEF Isabelle Grest, Soph.; MF Ambria Shutts, Soph.; F Brie Smith, Soph.; GK Lane Crawford, Jr.; MF Mia Edmond, Jr.; DEF Brooke Horist, Jr.; MF/F Ceely Coker, Sr.; MF Tara Dambach, Sr.; MF Caitlyn Dawkins, Sr.; MF Jessi Vaverka, Sr.

Other key players/newcomers: MF/F Hannah Davis, Fr.; DEF Annie Mayo, Fr.; MF Dalila Arroyo, Sr.; DEF Lisbeth Arroyo, Sr.; F Gracie Eubanks, Sr.; MF/DEF Anna Mills, Sr.; MF/F Abie Oates, Sr.; MF/GK Izzy Ortiz, Sr.

Outlook: The Wolves proved themselves state-wide last season, advancing to the Final Four before losing a high-scoring showdown with eventual state champion St. Pius. Nearly every contributor is back off that team, including forwards Elexa Bahr (24 goals, three assists) and Ceely Coker (24 goals, 14 assists) and Brie Smith (15 goals, eight assists). Defensive leader Jessie Vaverka and goalkeeper Lane Crawford also return.

REGION 6-AA

GAC

Coach: Troy Bendickson

2013 record/playoff finish: 19-2, state runner-up

Returning starters: MF Heather Ferrari, Sr.; DEF Brynn Finneran, Sr.; DEF Tayler McPherson, Sr.; F Danielle Marcano, Jr.; DEF Abbie Abrahart, Jr.

Other key players/newcomers: F Halle Huff, Jr.; MF/F Kaylann Boyd, Soph.; DEF Tori Wisted, Soph.; GK Melissa Gray, Soph.; MF/DEF Katie Irwin, Jr.; F Reagan Glisson, Fr.

Outlook: It was nearly another state championship season for GAC last spring, but a first-half deficit in the title game proved too much to overcome. It’s difficult to replace a loaded senior class led by high-scoring Georgia signee Rachel Garcia, but the Spartans have strong talent back like Tennessee commitment Danielle Marcano, North Georgia signee Brynn Finneran, Belmont signee Heather Ferrari, center back Tayler McPherson, left back Abbie Abrahart and Georgia Southern commit Halle Huff. Marcano had eight goals and seven assists last season, splitting time between forward and right back.

Wesleyan

Coach: Lacy Gilbert

2013 record/playoff finish: 6-13-1, state semifinals

Returning starters: MF/F Maddie Hall, Sr.; MF/F Christina Moraitis, Sr.; DEF Lizzie McIntosh, Sr.; DEF/F Hope Morgan, Jr.; MF Taylor Panther, Jr.; MF Regan Lochmandy, Jr.; GK Vivian McCoy, Jr.; MF Beck Coxhead, Soph.; MF/F Ellie Hall, Soph.; DEF Caroline Hodges, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: DEF Caroline Robertson, Sr.; MF/F Rene Rindik, Jr.; F Rachel Ritter, Jr.; DEF Megan Williams, Soph.; DEF/MF Anna Mosley, Soph.; DEF Ellie Bradach, Soph.; DEF/MF Abbey Mitchell; MF/F T.J. Anderson

Outlook: A rough 2013 regular season of rebuilding was followed up by a nice run to the Final Four. That playoff experience gave the Wolves confidence, as did playing in a difficult region that produced all four state semifinal teams last year.

AREA 8-A

Hebron

Coach: Calin Pop

2013 record/playoff finish: 14-2-1, state quarterfinals

Returning starters: F Sarah Boyd; F Alex Probst; MF Tyler Roof; F Kendall Towe; MF Emma Garner; MF Breanna Stone; DEF Lydia Powell; DEF Madison Cagle; GK Lexi Kent

Other key players/newcomers: DEF Derien Bender; DEF Taylor Garner; MF Hannah Lentz; MF Emma Boyd; F Mikayla Burrell; MF Hannah Hardin; DEF Maddi Hardin; DEF Isabelle Sandoval; DEF Savannah Shugart

Outlook: The Lions would love another deep playoff run this season with this experienced team. Heading up the attack is Lee University signee Sarah Boyd, who had 17 goals and 11 assists as a center midfielder in 2013.

Providence

Coach: Todd Henry

2013 record/playoff finish: 14-6, state second round

Returning starters: F Kat Slayton, Sr.; F Robyn Lowndes, Sr.; F Savannah Flynn, Sr.; DEF/MF Brittany Tuttle, Sr.; DEF Ashley Thompson, Jr.; MF Anna Bougas, Jr.; DEF Audrey Park, Soph.; MF Bekah Henry, MF

Other key players/newcomers: GK Anna Lee Garner, Jr.; DEF Rachel Lowery, Fr.; GK Mallory Larson, Fr.; DEF Kelsey Hoskin, DEF

Outlook: The Storm’s 2013 season ended with a second-round loss to the eventual state champion, leaving a hunger for more success this season. Plenty of talent returns off that team, including Kat Slayton (16 goals, 13 assists) and Robyn Lowndes (nine goals, 13 assists) at forward, as well as Georgia commitment Bougas in the midfield.