Girls soccer: Players to watch
Reservoir senior midfielder Katlyn Axenfeld, a four-year starter, is a force on offense and defense for the Class 3A state finalist. (Baltimore Sun photo / November 17, 2009)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.