What you need to know: With a surplus of offensive power returning for the Hawks in 2013, coach Brian Song is confident that his squad won’t have problems scoring.
While Street and Hamer both pose a serious threat to receive player of the year honors, don’t sleep on sophomores Becca Higgins (D) and Jessie Hopkins (MF/F). Song said these two should be “a major factor to our success.” Senior Maddie Haugh should also make a significant impact.
Coach: Davia Procida
2012 record: 6-4-1, 9-6-1.
Top players: Seniors Sarah Hulit (CM), Becca Riley (D) and Carliane LaGuerre (S); sophomores Rachel Lazris (MF) and Brynn Drury (S).
What you need to know: The Wildecats finished the season with a strong run — something second-year coach Davia Procida hopes will carry her squad into 2013.
“Our biggest challenge is to avoid any feeling of complacency,” she said. “We expect to be good this year, but we can’t forget that we have to earn it every day.”
After a strong showing at tryouts, Procida said she is confident in Wilde Lake’s potential, especially in Howard County’s “second to none” soccer culture.
Coach: Christen Gjeldum
2012 record: 2-10 IAAM B Conference, 3-11.
Top players: Seniors Lydia Frierson (S), Adeeba Tabassum (MF) and Christina VanWingerden (MF); junior Jennifer Lindauere (D).
What you need to know: Chapelgate only graduated one senior, and with IAAM B Conference All-Star Lydia Frierson returning, the Yellowjackets look to capitalize on the return of key senior leadership.
Frierson led the county with 32 goals and 65 points as a junior.
Glenelg Country School
Coach: Christy Cole
2012 record: 11-3 IAAM C Conference, 11-4.
Top players: Senior Ninah Dawson (D); juniors Chloe Lewis (D/MF) and Sabrina DeLeonibus (F).
What you need to know: Coach Christy Cole calls this year’s team the “most skilled and quickest group we’ve had to date.” Dawson returns after being named the 2013 Bel Air Honda Student Athlete of the Year for her performance last season and through the school year. Lewis joined Dawson on the IAAM C Conference All-Star list in 2012.
With goalkeeping an early question mark , Glenelg Country — a 2012 conference semifinalist team — will likely rely on strong offensive and defensive line play this year.