Breaking down stacked Class 2A ahead of the Baltimore-area girls soccer season

The metro area in girls soccer is stacked with talent, particularly at the offensive end, where 109 goals were scored last season by the six returning All-Metro first-team forwards and midfielders alone.

Taking a closer look, the Class 2A stands out among the public schools. The class has five teams ranked in The Baltimore Sun’s Top 15 preseason poll, with defending champion River Hill coming in at No. 4.

Plenty of candidates are primed to knock off the Hawks, which competes in the South region. Joining them is Howard County rival Wilde Lake, which brings back all 11 starters and comes in at No. 7 after playing two one-goal games against the Hawks last season.

State runner-up and North region champ Hereford comes in at No. 5 with nine starters back. Two formidable Carroll County teams — No. 15 Century and No. 15 Winters Mill — can’t be overlooked. Fallston is another constant threat.

Expect goals to be scored this season with River Hill senior Brigette Wang, Wilde Lake senior Julianne Bonner and Hereford sophomore Payton Patrick all looking to make their mark. The three returning All-Metro first-team forwards combined to score 63 goals last season.

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