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Who'll come out on top in Harford's boys soccer

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Aberdeen

Head coach: Bill Wardle (11th year)

2013 record: 7-3-2

Top returning players: Duane Keller, Sr., Forward; Wyatt Jordan, Sr., Defense; Juan Vera, Sr., Midfield; Jon Baldauf, Sr., Defense; Matt Merchant, Sr., Defense; Ethan Mauzy, Sr., Forward

Key newcomers: Too numerous to name individually.

Outlook: The team is excited to play at all times with passion for the game and bring honor and glory to the program's name, according to Wardle.

Bel Air

Head coach: Dominic Rose (15th year)

2013 record: 7-8-1

Top returning players: Matt Rannie, Sr., Midfield; Logan Szekalski, Sr., Defense; Drew Adams, Sr., Midfield; Alex Munley, Sr., Midfield; Evan Reinhardt, Sr., Defense

Key newcomers: Colin Rolston, So., Forward; Noah Rusinko, So., Defense

Outlook: "We look to improve on last year's performance.  We made a few mistakes last year early in games and it ended up costing us. This year we look to eliminate those mistakes," Rose said.

C. Milton Wright

Head coach: Brian Tully (second year)

2013 record: 10-4-4

Top returning players: Andrew Mastromanolis, Sr., Midfield; Ryan Nevins, Sr., Defense; Kyle Walters, Jr., Defense; David Bishop, Jr., Forward; Steven Cantor, Jr., Midfield

Key newcomers: Seth Walter, Jr., Defense; Ryan Miller, Fr., Goalie

Outlook: Tully says the Mustangs goals for the season are to continue to build on the success they had last season while focusing on player development and an attractive style of play. "We want to challenge ourselves against some of the top teams in the Greater Baltimore area and want success to come as a byproduct of playing the game the right way," Tully said.

Edgewood

Head coach: Ho Chang

The Edgewood coaching staff did not supply information for this preview.

Fallston

Head coach: Drew Bisker (first year)

2013 record: 15-2-3

Top returning players: Jordan Puglisi, Dalton Riedlbauer, Nick Esser, Nick Pirovolidis, Ryan Buckler, Ben Word

Key newcomers: Matt Walker, Cooper Andrus, Ryan Tarrant, Timo Raith, Grant Stefan

Outlook: "As a first year varsity coach, I could not have asked for a better year. Last year's team set the bar very high for this team, despite losing 12 to graduation and the UCBAC being so very competitive," Bisker said. "I feel this team will work hard in training and play each game to the best of their ability. Our goal is the same as last year, to be competitive and play well into November. We are looking for a good year as long as we stay healthy."

Harford Christian

Head coach: Tim Olinger (first year)

2013 record: 15-0

Top returning players: Paul Franco, Sr., Midfield; Tim Guertler, Sr., Defense; Alex Caldwell, Sr., Defense; Ian Edwards, Jr., Forward

Key newcomers: N/A

Outlook: "Although we did not graduate a lot of seniors last season, we did see the departure of some very key players. This year's team will be looking to follow up on last year's success by playing with a more cohesive attack," Olinger said. "What we could do offensively last season with one or two individuals will now come from a variety of players who are able and willing to produce. I look for this year's team to have a great deal of success. We will undoubtedly be tested, but barring any injuries, I believe our team will continue to hold the high standard of soccer play that Harford Christian School has demonstrated over the past several years."

Harford Tech

Head coach: Andy Bleichfeld (23rd year)

2013 record: 8-8.

Top returning players: Steve Chapman, Sr., Midfield; Adam Bednarek, Jr., Goalie; Mark Maust, Jr., Midfield; Dennis Fleming, Sr., Defense

Key newcomers: Blake Melchior, Jr., Defense; Brian Triolo, Jr., Defense; Billy Bandy, So., Midfield

Outlook: This year's Tech team has come together well, according to Bleichfeld. "They have played all summer, they have worked hard in preseason and they have a wonderful work ethic. They will need to continue the effort so that they can win the Susquehanna Division and avoid placing second for a fourth year in a row," Bleichfeld said.

Havre de Grace

Head coach: Tom Wintz

The Havre de Grace coaching staff did not supply information for this preview.

John Carroll

Head coach: Jim Fendryk

The John Carroll coaching staff did not supply information for this preview.

Joppatowne

Head coach: Scott Sands (first year)

2013 record: 3-11

Top returning players: Bailey Sands, Sr., Midfield/Defense; Jarred Braglio, So., Defense; Austin Kocsan, Sr., Goalie; Dale Marx, Sr, Defense/Midfield; Thailek Willis, Jr., Forward/Midfield

Key newcomers: Dante Beckett, Fr., Defense; Moisemah Dedah, Jr., Defense/Forward; Tajohn Willis, Fr., Midfield; Zachary Wagner, Fr., Defense/Goalie; Jalen McNelly, Fr., Defense

Outlook: "After two, three-win seasons, we are looking to make the next step forward," Sands said. "The team is built around a strong senior presence with the added youth of a strong freshman class. We are looking to become a stronger presence in the UCBAC League."

North Harford

Head coach: Matt Johnstone (ninth year)

2013 record: 7-4-4

Top returning players: Andrew Klapka, Sr., Goalie; Kyle Munson, Jr., Midfield; Mick Green, Sr., Midfield; Cameron Brosh, Sr., Forward; Drew Ryan, Jr., Defense

Key newcomers: Khaled Abuhantash, So., Midfield; Aidan Riordan, So., Midfield; TJ O'Donnell, So., Forward

Outlook: "We look to continue to get better each day," Johnstone said. "Coaches are very excited to have seven starters back from last year, the boys are working hard and are eager to get the season started."

Patterson Mill

Head coach: Wes Rich (seventh year)

2013 record: 10-5-1

Top returning players: Jake Ross, Sr., Midfield; Ben Adams, Sr., Defense; Patrick Kiley, Sr., Midfield; Chris Jones, Jr., Forward; Larsen Green, Jr., Midfield

Key newcomers: Keye Garman, Jr., Midfield; Cory Bell, Jr., Defense; Kyle Goudy, Jr., Forward; Justin Duvall, Jr., Defense

Outlook: "This year's Husky team is one of the deepest and most athletic squads we've had and we look to be competitive throughout our conference games and make a deep playoff run," Rich said. "We have had a strong training camp as the players are expecting excellence and commitment each day from themselves and one another. With strong senior leadership and consistent effort each day, our goal is to improve each week and be a better team than the day before."

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