2:00 PM EDT, September 5, 2013
Head coach: Bill Wardle (10th season)
2012 record: 4-7-1
Top returning players: Tyler Green, Sr. (Midfield); Frank Jiogo, Sr. (Defense); Duane Keller, Jr. (Midfield); Matt Mengel, Sr. (Goalie); Devin Murray, Sr. (Defense)
Key newcomers: N/A
Outlook: "We strive each day to play with passion for the game," coach Wardle said. "We want to bring honor and glory to our program's name."
Head coach: Dominic Rose (13th season)
2012 record: 8-3-1
Top returning players: Drew Adams; Martin Palacious; Matt Rannie; Shamus Riley; Logan Szekalski; Brandon Tolson
Key newcomers: N/A
Outlook: "We look to continue to build on what we have done over the past few years," coach Rose, whose Bobcats took the UCBAC crown last year, said. "Our goals is to win the county and the region title, and get a chance in the state tournament. We are returning eight starters from last year's team, so we have a lot of experience. Our biggest challenge will be filling the goal-scoring responsibilities left behind by Carson Kalama and Nat Hand. If we can manage that, we will be very competitive."
C. Milton Wright
Head coach: Brian Tully (first season)
2012 record: 6-6
Top returning players: Steven Cantor, So. (Midfield); Manny Mastromanolis, Sr. (Midfield); Colin Miller, Sr. (Goalie); Dakota Stern, Sr. (Midfield); Kyle Thomas, Sr. (Defense)
Key newcomers: Andrew Mastromanolis, Jr. (Midfield); Ryan Nevins, Jr. (Defense)
Outlook: "We look to play an attractive quality style of soccer that will allow us to be competitive against the tough schedule we face," Tully said. "We will always look to grow as individuals, and as a team, and strive to be better today than we were yesterday."
Head coach: Ho Chang (fourth season)
2012 record: 3-9
Top returning players: Keenan Kros, Sr. (Goalie); Alex Poniawski, Jr. (Defense); Jake Weinstein, Sr. (Midfield)
Key newcomers: Kyle Erway, So. (Midfield); Tyler Hofmann, So. (Forward); Dylan Noble, Fr. (Midfield)
Outlook: "With the loss of 11 seniors last year, we are looking forward to building the team this season," head coach Chang said. "Eight of our 11 starting positions have been filled by underclassmen."
Head coach: Drew Bisker (first season)
2012 record: 5-5-2
Top returning players: Pat Coonan (Goalie); Chris Grant (Midfield); Wes Rumple (Midfield)
Key newcomers: N/A
Outlook: Head coach Bisker, who took the helm after the departure of Christopher Hoover, had this to say: "Chris built a fine soccer program at Fallston, and I can only hope to fill those large shoes that he left. With three starting players returning from last year's team, and a first-year head coach, we are just looking to improve on what we did last year. The Chesapeake (upper) Division is always competitive, and we will have our share of battles. As far as players to watch on this team, I'd have to say it's all of them at this point."
Head coach: Bryan Wilson (ninth season)
2012 record: 12-3
Top returning players: Jordan Crank (Defense); Paul Franco (Midfield); Tim Guertler (Defense); Seth McCarty (Forward); Ryan Redmond (Forward)
Key newcomers: Alex Caldwell (Defense); Ian Edwards (Forward); Luke Fletcher (Midfield); Phillip Good (Goalie); Mike Lavin (Midfield); Ben Weaver (Midfield)
Outlook: "We graduated only three seniors from the 2012 team, which went 12-3 and won the MACSAC championship," coach Wilson said. "Expectations are very high for this veteran-cored group of seniors and juniors."
Head coach: Andy Bleichfeld (22nd season)
2012 record: 8-8
Top returning players: Adam Bednarek, So. (Goalie); Jeremy Brown, Sr. (Defense); Steve Chapman, Jr. (Midfield); Nathan Haskell, Sr. (Forward); Justin Morris, Sr. (Midfield, Defense)
Key newcomers: Dennis Fleming, Jr. (Defense); Alex Sorlin, So. (Defense)
Outlook: Bleichfeld, who has been with his program longer than other current Harford County boys soccer coach, said this about the 2013 Cobras: "Harford Tech returns quite a few players from last year's 8-8 squad. The team is working hard, and has seemed to gel very quickly."
Havre de Grace
Head coach: Tom Wintz (first season)
2012 record: N/A
Top returning players: N/A
Key newcomers: N/A
Outlook: The Havre de Grace coaching staff did not provide information for this preview
Head coach: David Orth (third season)
2012 record: 2-9
Top returning players: Dale Marx, Jr. (Defense); Bailey Sands, Jr. (Midfield, Defense); Thaliek Willis, So. (Forward)
Key newcomers: Austin Kocsan, Jr. (Goalie)
Outlook: "Having lost our four starting seniors last year, this will be a rebuilding year focused around a young group of players," coach Orth said. "Five of the core players are freshman."
Head coach: Matt Johnstone (eighth season)
2012 record: 10-1-1
Top returning players: Mike Boyko, Sr. (Defense); Cameron Brosh, Jr. (Forward); Michael Green, Sr. (Midfield); Garrett Sadtler, Sr. (Midfield); Josh Young, Sr. (Defense)
Key newcomers: Jordan Abuhantash, So. (Forward); Andrew Klapka, Jr. (Goalie); Kyle Munson, So. (Midfield)
Outlook: "We lost nine senior starters from last year's team, so we are looking to rebuild, and we think we have the right pieces," coach Johnstone said. "We will be very young, with eight sophomores on the roster, but I'm very excited because this team is coming together faster than I originally thought it would. This group is extremely hard-working and I can't wait until the season starts."
Head coach: Wes Rich (sixth season)
2012 record: 11-3-2
Top returning players: Laz Cardwell, Sr. (Midfield); Logan Hennlein, Sr. (Forward); Pat Kiley, Jr. (Midfield); Colin Leary, Sr. (Defense); Tommy O'Neill, Sr. (Defense); Joey Ricks, Sr. (Defense); Jake Ross, Jr. (Midfield)
Key newcomers: Ben Adams, Jr. (Defense); Mike Dinatale, Sr. (Midfield); Larsen Green, So. (Forward); Caleb Hebb, Jr. (Forward); Chris Jones, So. (Midfield); Kevin Neumann, Jr. (Goalie)
Outlook: "This year's Husky team looks to improve upon last years school record breaking 11-3-2 season," coach Rich said. "Returning five starters and 10 seniors, the leadership is there to continue building upon the success left by past graduating classes. We have one of our strongest groups of new players coming up from last year's junior varsity team, and along with our senior leaders, the Huskies look to work and play hard, and have some fun this season."
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