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2012 girls high school soccer preview

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Aberdeen

Head coach: Tara Larkin (first year)

2011 record: NA

Top returning players: Leah Hardin, Jr., (Midfield); Samara Miller, Sr., (Midfield); Becca Lewis, Jr., (Defense)

Key newcomers: Anna Benko, So., (Defense); Kiera Young, Fr., (Forward)

Outlook: With the majority of the team returning from last season, the players are looking to improve on last year's record and win more close games, according to first year coach Tara Larkin.

Bel Air

Head coach: Josh Clemmer (sixth year)

2011 record: 12-4-1

Top returning players: Teresa Berg, Sr., (Midfield); Jordan Layfield, Jr., (Midfield); Brooke Lorber, Sr., (Forward)

Key newcomers: Morgan Hollenback, So., (Defense); Natalie Neff, Fr., (Defense)

Outlook: Although the team has 11 new players from last year, the Bobcats are poised to challenge for the UCBAC Championship and make a run at states, head coach Josh Clemmer says. "There are key returning players at the core of each position on the field and the team demonstrates excellent ball control and is already developing a chemistry and ability to play high-level team defense."

C. Milton Wright

Head coach: Paul Austin (12th year)

2011 record: 14-5

Top returning players: Abby Smucker, Sr., (Central Defender); Megan Frailer, Sr., (Forward); Liz Burgee, Sr., (Halfback); Angela Kuhn, Jr., (Halfback); Kelsey Targarona, Sr., (Defender/Halfback); Stacy Venanzi, So., (Goalie)

Key newcomers: NA

Outlook: The 2012 Mustangs have 10 starters returning from 2011, highlighted by all-state honorees Smucker and Frailer. This group will be a very experienced team with strong senior leadership, according to coach Paul Austin. The team possesses good overall team speed with team depth to match. The Mustangs will face one of the toughest out-of-conference schedules with the Tuscarora Tournament of Champions and individual games with Mercy, John Carroll, Mount de Sales and Spalding to help prepare the team for conference play.

Edgewood

Head coach: Mike Friskey (seventh year)

2011 record: 11-4

Top returning players: Morgan Kaseman, Sr., (Midfield); Ladae Boykin, Jr., (Forward); Caitlin Rankin, So., (Midfield); Alyssa Rankin, So., (Midfield/Defense); Nina Heinlein, Jr., (Defense)

Key newcomers: Alex VanGraafeiland, Fr., (Midfield); Abigail Olah, Fr., (Midfield)

Outlook: Edgewood has a small, but talented team this season. The girls are looking to build on the taste of success and playoff experience they gained last season, notes coach Mike Friskey. Two key seniors graduated and their contributions will be missed. Leadership, determination and work ethic will determine whether the Rams can duplicate or exceed last year's success.

Fallston

Head coach: Mark Hannahs (10th year)

2011 record: 12-5-1

Top returning players: Sam Gasior, Sr., (Midfield); Marissa Walker, Sr., (Forward); Brooke Nigrin, Jr., (Forward); Beth Walton, Jr., (Midfield); Kayla Reilly, Jr., (Goalie); Ashley Mozingo, Sr., (Back); Kirsten Murphy, Sr., (Back); Katie DeCarlo, Sr., (Forward)

Key newcomers: Logan Gasior, So., (Back); Lauren Woollen, Jr., (Midfield); Sierrah Taylor, Jr., (Forward); Megan Shock, Jr., (Back); Megan Reilly, Jr., (Midfield); Erin Propheter, Jr., (Midfield); Caroline English, Jr., (Midfield); Anna Holehouse, Jr., (Midfield); Casey Baker, Jr., (Midfield); Cortney Epstein, Jr., (Back)

Outlook: "The team came in to camp in great shape. We are a little inexperienced at some positions but as the season progresses we will get better," coach Mark Hannahs said. "We have great senior leadership which will really help our younger players and our AD gave us a real tough out of conference schedule including the number one team in the country last year in Good Counsel. This will only make us better prepared for the tough conference schedule and the states. We as a team only have one goal every year and that is to be at UMBC in November. This team, if they continue to play hard, can accomplish that goal."

Harford Tech

Head coach: Matt Berg (eighth year)

2011 record: 8-6-1

Top returning players: Julie Ransone, Jr., (Keeper); Dana Waskiewicz, Jr., (Forward); Cierra Singleton, Sr., (Midfield); Katie Doleschal, Jr., (Defender); Sarah North, Jr., (Midfield)

Key newcomers: Paige Chapman, Jr., (Forward); Rachael Raspe, Jr., (Defender)

Outlook: "I believe this team has a lot of talent and am anxious to see how everyone is challenged by their role on the team," coach Matt Berg said. "The underclassmen are working hard for playing time and the upperclassmen are working hard to keep their time on the field. I feel that the senior leaders will have a big say in how successful we will be this season."

Havre de Grace

Head coach: Randy Cypher (second year)

2011 record: 1-10

Top returning players: Helen Boniface, Sr., (Striker); Madeline Larrimore, Sr., (Defense); Riley Arnold, Jr., (Goalie); Rachel Rossi, So., (Striker); Addie Richardson, So., (Halfback)

Key newcomers: Colleen Riding, Jr., (Halfback); Lauren Herrington, Fr., (Halfback)

Outlook: "With the big monkey off our back with that first win in many years last year, we are looking to add more than just one win to the win column this year," coach Randy Cypher said. "With a hard working group of returning players that have worked very hard this off-season on their game and a splash of new talent we are ready to compete. So bring on the season."

John Carroll

Head coach: Gary Lynch (15th year)

2011 record: 14-3-1

Top returning players: Olivia DiFonso, Sr., (Midfield); Nicole Wojcik, Sr., (Attack); Sopie Centi, Jr., (Defender)

Key newcomers: NA

Outlook: "Although losing only four seniors, they were the heart of the defense and most of those spots will be filled with much younger players," coach Gary Lynch said. "Success will depend on the ability to build the team from the back-to-the-front and the ability to have younger players make big contributions."

Joppatowne

Head coach: Megan Bongiovanni (fifth year)

2011 record: NA

Top returning players: Joelle Matthews, Sr., (Forward/Defense); Sami Soul, So., (Forward/Midfield); Paige Miller, Sr., (Midfield)

Key newcomers: Breanna Kazamias, Fr., (Midfield/Forward)

Outlook: Joppatowne has seen a huge transition after losing 14 players to graduation and transfers. The team has placed a focus on rebuilding and skill development. "The returning players have continued to have a positive attitude and have truly stepped up to be leaders to the newcomers to the team," coach Megan Bongiovanni said. "This year Joppatowne's girls soccer team is a young and small squad but has literally been getting better with every practice and scrimmage. We look forward to looking back in October and seeing great strides of improvement from August."

North Harford

Head coach: Tom Berg (28th year)

2011 record: 8-7-1

Top returning players: Haley Jacobs, Sr., (Goalie); Megan Root, Sr., (Halfback); Leah Monticello, Sr., (Fullback); Sam Verzi, Sr., (Halfback); Nicole Latgis, Jr., (Halfback)

Key newcomers: Tessa Mirjafary, Jr., (Forward)

Outlook: "With only four returning starters, 10 new players who have never played a minute of varsity soccer, four freshman and two sophomores on the roster, we have a completely new look," coach Tom Berg said. "There is some talent, but it will take time to put everything together. Our defense will have to carry us in the early stages of the season. We are young, so young that two of our players listed Dr. Seuss as their family doctor on the player information form. Our future looks bright."

Patterson Mill

Head coach: Mike Parker (fifth year)

2011 record: 9-4

Top returning players: Amy Bednarek, Sr., (Midfield); Morgan Webster, Jr., (Midfield); Logenn Schoen, Sr., (Defense); Sam Wuerfl, Jr., (Forward)

Key newcomers: Jenna Staton, Fr., (Midfield); Peyton Marge, So., (Forward)

Outlook: "Looking forward to a great season with a lot of good competition," coach Mike Parker said.

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