“We have a great mix of girls that are all dedicated to the team and are working hard to get better,” said coach Colleen Delaney. She also praised her team’s work ethic.

Long Reach doesn’t have a spring tournament on its schedule this year.

Marriotts Ridge

Coach: Amanda Brady (first).


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2013 record: 11-0 county, 18-1 overall

Top players: Seniors Taylor Hensh (MF), Alexis Zadjura (MF), Jenna Kerr (A), Marissa Davey (A), Amanda Miller (D) and Rachel Ortell (GK).

The tweet: Marriotts Ridge has talent from goal circle to goal circle.

“We have multiple threats offensively.  Hands down any girl on the field can put the ball in the back of the net,” said new coach Amanda Brady.

Brady may be in her first year as varsity coach but she is not new to the Mustangs’ program. She was the JV coach in 2008 and moved up to varsity assistant before exchanging roles this spring with Natalie Gaieski, who is now the assistant.

Marriotts Ridge has toughened up its schedule. The Mustangs scrimmaged at the Cape Henlopen (Del.) Play Day, will face McDonogh, the No. 1 team in the nation, during the regular season and will host Mount de Sales, Conestoga (Pa.) and Century in a tournament.

That tough-game experience should pay benefits when it comes to playoff time.

“Our team is a really fun group of experienced and competitive players,” Brady said. “We are fast and skilled.  We have multiple threats on the offensive end and look strong defensively.  Our real strength is our camaraderie.”

Mt. Hebron 

Coach: Trish Derwart (fourth year)

2013 record: 10-1 county, 14-3 overall

Top players: Senior Tianna Wallpher (D); juniors Jen Giles (MF), Meghan Doherty (D) and Chachi Kelehan (A).

The tweet: After losing 11 seniors and nine starters, Mt. Hebron will be re-tooling this season.

“We’re excited, but we have a lot of work to do,” said coach Trish Derwart, who loves the challenge she’s been presented with. “It’s kind of wild to hit the reset button this year.   …We’re getting our offensive systems down and developing girls in new roles.”

Wallpher, Giles, Doherty and Kelehan will be the core that the Vikings build around. They will also help set the hard-working tone for the team.

Seniors Lauren Schaaf, Amanda Steinmuller, Morgan Beale and Monica Linn will be assets in the leadership department.