Wallpher is one of the county’s top scorers but Ally Unkenholz and Lauren Schaaf will need to up their scoring production to replace goals lost to graduation. Coming out of the midfield, Linn should be able to help with the scoring.
Newcomers Kate Anderson (F) and Hannah Scheid (D) are projected to be impact players.
The Vikings will have other new faces too, including goalkeepers Chachi Kelehan and Sarah Seen.
Coach: Nikki Trunzo (fourth year)
2012 record: 1-10, 2-11
Top players: Senior Jordan Kerr (F); junior Maggie Zuelsdorf (D).
The scoop: Low numbers continue to plague Oakland Mills. The Scorpions have 15 on varsity, including four seniors and eight juniors. On the positive side, there are six returning starters. Kerr should be the team’s top offensive threat.
Newcomer Morgan Carral, a sophomore, is slated to play midfield and Zuelsdorf is the top returning defender.
The team works well together but coach Nikki Trunzo said that her players “need aggressive strong hard accurate passes” to improve last year’s performance.
Oakland Mills will play in the Southern-AA tournament on Sept. 7. Meade and Northeast-AA are the other teams.
Coach: Lindsay Beil (second year)
2012 record: 3-8, 3-12
Top players: Senior Allison Costenbader (MF); juniors Emily Blanchard (MF) and Monica Lamm (A/MF); sophomore Carly Clarke (MF).
The scoop: The core of this year’s varsity has essentially the same personnel as the JV team Lindsay Beil coached her first year at Reservoir. “We’re very excited to be back together,” she said.
The Gators’ strength in numbers comes from its junior class (10 of the team’s 17 players).
Clarke and Patricia Huerta are expected to be Reservoir’s top scorers. Connie Chung is the squad’s goalkeeper.
Beil said her team has speed and will need to use that in advancing the ball up the field. The Gators need to concentrate on scoring more goals, too.
Reservoir is playing the host team in the Paint Branch tournament and then will face either Sherwood or Long Reach.