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Girls soccer: Players to watch

By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

September 1, 2010

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Katlyn Axenfeld

Reservoir, midfielder, senior

A four-year starter, Axenfeld provides strong two-way play at center midfield. She defends, creates for teammates and can score. In earning first-team All-Metro honors, Axenfeld scored four goals and had five assists in helping the Gators capture their first Howard County championship and reach the Class 3A state title game.

Riley Barger

Bryn Mawr, midfielder, junior

One of the most technically sound midfielders in the area, Barger can dominate the flow of a game with her fine ball skills and vision. She scored a goal and added an assist in leading the Mawrtians to a 3-0 win over St. John's for the program's first Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title last year, finishing the season with 11 goals and 15 assists.

Madison Cyr

Winters Mill, forward, junior

Cyr came into her own offensively when she moved from midfield to forward early last season, finishing with a Carroll County-high 14 goals to go with three assists. Talk about clutch: The first-team All-Metro selection scored two tying goals and two game-winners during the Falcons' playoff run to the Class 2A state championship game.

Kara Kleinhammer

Loch Raven, forward, senior

A captain and four-year varsity player, Kleinhammer proved to be a jack of all trades when it came to providing offense for the defending Class 1A state champion Raiders. In scoring 15 goals and dishing out 13 assists last season, she displayed a heavy and precise shot, timely and unselfish passing and a long throw-in that caused fits.

Marisa Kresge

Severna Park, forward, senior

The Falcons' dangerous offense revolves around the creative play of the Maryland-bound Kresge, who brings talent and speed along with a calm demeanor and smart decision-making. Strong and accurate inside the penalty area, Kresge looks to build on her nine-goal, six-assist junior season.

Jocelyn McCoy

Archbishop Spalding, goalkeeper, senior

How's this for stingy: The second-team All-Metro selection posted 16 shutouts and yielded only four goals in going 20-0-1 for the IAAM A Conference champion Cavaliers last year. Athletic, technically sound and a strong voice in the back, McCoy will be leaned on heavily with the team's defense losing key pieces to graduation.

Maggie Morrison

Archbishop Spalding, forward, senior

Morrison emerged as the Cavaliers' go-to player last year and responded with an 18-goal, 10-assist season that sparked the team to the IAAM A Conference championship. The first-team All-Metro pick scored six game-winning goals, including a rocket shot in the Cavaliers' 2-0 win over Mercy in the final.

Ashley Spivey

McDonogh, forward, junior

A prominent member of the U.S. Under-17 national team, Spivey, a two-time All-Metro performer, is the area's most skilled and dynamic player. Smart with the ball and relentless, she scored 20 goals and had 14 assists for the Eagles last year and will enter her third varsity season with 45 goals and 26 assists.

Gabrielle Tana

Maryvale Prep, midfielder, senior

A standout in her first two seasons when the Lions played in the IAAM B Conference, Tana felt right at home when the team made the jump to the tough A Conference last fall. Also seeing time at forward, the versatile captain is a consistent producer with the ability to score or distribute to teammates. She finished with 13 goals and nine assists last season.

Kaylie Yapps

Fallston, midfielder, senior

In her third varsity season, Yapps controls the middle of the field for the defending Class 2A state champion Cougars with a combination of skill, determination and grit. She finished with five goals and five assists last season. Yapps is dominant in the air and strong on tackles to provide an effective defensive presence.

OTHER NOTABLES

Caroline Baker, Centennial

Dani Beard, Archbishop Spalding

Sydney Blomquist, Fallston

Alyssa Brummitt, Annapolis

Kristen Cannon, Manchester Valley

Lexi Cavey, Severna Park

Alli Cislo, Old Mill

Casey Clarke, Notre Dame Prep

Taylor Cummings, McDonogh

Kari Cunard, South River

Erica Diffendal, Winters Mill

Liz Ebeling, Glenelg

Brooke Echard, Southern

Lauren Federline, Maryvale Prep

Morgan Fraczkowski, John Carroll

Monika Harold, Institute of Notre Dame

Meghenn Jackson, Broadneck

Brittney Lozzi, Harford Tech

Jessica Martin, Patterson Mill

Kellie McKinney, C. Milton Wright

Kathryn Merrick, Bel Air

Peyton Morris, Century

Abby Noble, Hereford

Alexis Prior-Brown, Mercy

Alexa Quaranta, Perry Hall

Preslie Quaranta, Perry Hall

Erin Quinn, South Carroll

Morgan Rubin, Bryn Mawr

Gillian Sawyer, Wilde Lake

Alyssa Semones, Westminster

Lexa Stevenson, Arundel

Alyssa Stipcak, South Carroll

Anna Theisen, River Hill

Michelle Viegas, Reservoir

Sierra Webb, Patterson

Megan Will, C. Milton Wright

Rachel Woods, Catonsville

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