Bay Rivers girls soccer: Jamestown looks to fend off Tabb, others in tight district race

Jamestown High emerged as the 2012 Bay Rivers District girls soccer champion in a tightly contested battle with Tabb and Grafton.

Tabb beat them both en route to the Region I title, before Grafton fared best in the AA state tournament by nearly upsetting eventual champion Woodgrove.

Experience seems to favor a Jamestown repeat this season, although Tabb's second-year coach Kendra Perry feels her team could be better this year than last.

Senior-laden York and rebuilding Grafton will look to make the title race a four-team affair.

1. Jamestown (8-0-1). There's talent and experience everywhere, from Hannah Sams in goal (93 saves), to all-state pick Marissa Segala on defense, to Shelby Foret (nine goals, eight assists) in midfield, to Paige Majdic (11 goals, 12 assists) and Aaliya Lyttle (eight goals, nine assists) in attack.

2. Tabb (7-1-1). Two Tigers went to Division I, but there's firepower in F Alison Harmatz and freshman F Leah Tyson. M Macy Peebles will run the attack superbly, while G Kelsey Hecker, D Hayley Mills and D Marissa O'Brien make it difficult to score on the Tigers.

3. York (5-3-1). Eight seniors include a trio of all-district standouts: F Jennifer Pandolf (21 goals in 2012), M Ashley Pandolf and D Jenna Kinney. M Kisa Reck, and freshman Michelle Shin and Katie Larsen add talent.

4. Grafton (6-0-3). Graduation losses included four first-team all-district selections. G Cassie Heinselman, MF Kaylee Pearce, MF Rachel Curtis and D Jaime Brown will attempt to lead the Clippers back to states under first-year coach Johnny Yu.

5. Warhill (6-3). The talent level isn't as high as when the Lions won the 2011 district and regional titles. With F Vicky Underwood, M Lindsey Williams and freshman Shaye Doherty and Aaliyah Tyler, there's enough to compete for a regional spot.

6. Poquoson (2-6-1). The coach, Steve Butler, is a veteran, but the team is young. He'll count on M Morgan Ayers, F Camile Freeman, D Poppy Crawshaw, transfer Emily Bauman and at least three freshman.

7. New Kent (0-7-2). Cathy Anderson's first game as Trojans' coach was an 8-0 win over Varina as Lelie Schrijber, a transfer from the Netherlands scored five goals. F Taylor James, M Caitlyn McGlaughlin, M Rachel Beyers, M Leigh Cargill and D Megan Kettle will be key.

8. Lafayette (3-6). New coach Emily Nealor began with a 2-0 win over Lakeland thanks to Alicia Lee's two goals. But only three starters return, so MF Peyton Kilgore, D Carson Pokorny, D Casey Fleming, D Hanna Abrahms, M Kate Saverse and others face a challenge.

9. Bruton (1-6-2). Graduating eight starters, including Meredith Baldasere (VMI) and Alli Stauffer (Slippery Rock), to the college ranks makes this a rebuilding season. CM Kayla Copeman, D Kassie Abbinanti and D Amy Shartzer should help ease the transition.

10. Smithfield (0-6-3). The Packers' best player, all-state goalie Tiffany Lennon, has decided to run track and her replacement is recovering from an ankle injury. MF Kiley Machart is a good ball-handler. Katelyn Tucker and Casey Smak are solid defenders.

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