Preview capsules for area high school girls soccer teams which replied to The Courant's request for information. Compiled by Matthew Conyers.

CCC NORTH

EAST CATHOLIC-MANCHESTER

Last year: 9-8

Coach: Tom Malin

Top players: Ryan Kosis, sr., defense; Tom Parisi, sr., forward; Rory Twomey, so., defense; Chris Waung, sr., midfielder

Of note: Malin believes Eagles will be strong in the middle of the field but is unsure where the Eagles will get the bulk of their offensive production.

EAST HARTFORD

Last year: 4-7-4

Coach: Brendan Boyd

Top players: Kaleb Designes, jr., midfielder; Joe Rios, sr., defense; Mauricio Salazaar, so., defense

Of note: After losing seven starters to graduation, Hornets will relay on their defense to keep them in games.

GLASTONBURY

Last year: 9-4-3

Coach: Mark Landers

Top players: Luke McNabb, sr., midfielder; Matt Parmelee, defense.; Connor Trymbulak, sr., midfielder

Of note: Tomahawks have just four starters back and will be a surprising work in progress as they try to figure out how to remain among the best in the division.

MANCHESTER

Last year: 7-5-2

Coach: John Tedesco

Top players: Ben Carlson, sr., defense; Manny Caicedo, sr., defense; Tyler Clark, sr., midfielder/forward

Of note: Tedesco, who became Manchester's fifth coach since 1950 this offseason, will build around his defenders as he tries to make sure the Indians don't drop off in the competitive CCC North.

SOUTH WINDSOR

Last year: 11-2-2

Coach: Dave St. Jean

Top players: Evan Cheman, sr., defense; Christian Lopes, sr., midfielder/forward; Andrew Panteson, sr., midfielder; Andrew Smith, sr., midfielder

Of note: Bobcats are another team in the difficult position of replacing a talented and accomplished class from last year. The good thing for them is their current senior class isn't too shabby either. South Windsor will once again be a team to keep an eye on all year.

WETHERSFIELD

Last year: 16-2-1

Coach: Rob Jachym

Top players: Justin Caporiccio, sr., forward; Ricky Motta, jr., midfielder/forward; Matt Wlaz, sr., defense

Of note: Won't be easy to turn the page and move on without graduated Matt Barry but Eagles have done it plenty of times before and they'll be able to handle the change. Look for a young and an untested group to remain competitive in the division as it tries to figure out how win games without a true finisher.

WINDSOR

Last year: 3-11-1

Coach: Pete Lepak

Top players: Tyler Lacafta, jr., midfielder; Justin Nguyen, jr., defense; Mike Phang, jr., midfielder/forward; Isaiah Townsend, sr., forward

Of note: Warriors are more skilled than they've been in recent memory and have a chance to develop real chemistry and balance after the graduation of one starter.

CCC SOUTH

BRISTOL EASTERN

Last year: 10-5-2

Coach: Bill Sweet

Top players: Manny Calderon, sr., goalie; Ryan Chiasson, sr., defense; Andrew Malak, sr., forward; Nick Roberts, sr., midfielder

Of note: Lancers should take a step forward and not just challenge in the division but be able to challenge any of the top teams in the area.

BRISTOL CENTRAL

Last year: 10-5-2

Coach: Larry Covino

Top players: David Behmke, sr., defense; Owen Gillam, sr., midfielder/forward; Sean Heiser, sr., midfielder; Justin Jakubiak, sr., defense

Of note: Lost just three starters and has the ability to compete with the division's best.

BERLIN

Last year: 10-5-3

Coach: David Francalangia

Top players: Alex Bednarek, jr., midfielder/forward; Brajan Cano, sr., forward; Kevin Langevin, sr., defense; Ben Tencza, sr., defense

Of note: Led by Alex Bednarek, who is being recruited by several Division I programs, Redcoats should build on 10 wins from last year and be the early favorite in the division.

MIDDLETOWN

Last year: 1-15

Coach: Sal Emanuele

Top players: Sam DiMauro, sr., forward/midfielder; Patrick Michaud, sr., defense; Logan Pingree, jr., midfielder; Lucas Saunders

Of note: Blue Dragons will struggle against older and more experienced teams but will be a big improvement over last year's team.

NEWINGTON

Last year: 0-14-2

Coach: Jeff Brunetti

Top players: Kyle Gagnon, sr., midfielder; Chris Kapuscinski, jr., goalie; Patrick Teevan, sr., defense; Sasha Tokic, sr., midfielder

Of note: Despite failing to win a game last season, Newington was in nearly every single game it played and lost six games by a goal. That will play huge dividends this season as it tries to build around its returning core of players.

PLATT-MERIDEN

Last year: 4-10-2

Coach: Wojciech Kolc

Top players: Alex Checa, sr., forward; Mike Dipasquale, jr., midfielder; Adrian Kurzatkowski, jr., goalie; Tim Moro, jr., defense

Of note: Will need to develop experience as just two seniors are back but Kolc believes his team will compete well against older and more skilled opponents.

CCC EAST

E.O. SMITH-STORRS

Last year: 10-4-4

Coach: John Blomstrann

Top players: Xavier Fegan, sr., goalie; Gabe Lopes, jr., midfielder/forward; Joseph Phillips, so., defense; Dan Melody, so., midfielder

Of note: Panthers were hurt by the graduation of six starters and lack overall team speed but should be able to stay competitive behind the play of Fegan and developing underclassmen.

FERMI-ENFIELD

Last year: 9-7-1

Coach: Jim Russell

Top players: Adrian case, sr., defense; Conor Glettenberg, sr., forward; Casey Kajdan, sr., defense; Xavier Sarju, sr., defense

Of note: Defensive-minded Falcons have a real chance to steal the limelight away from traditional powers E.O. Smith and RHAM as it makes run at the division title behind its strong back line.

RHAM-HEBRON

Last year: 13-1-4

Coach: Jim Fromme

Top players: Brandon Fromme, jr., midfielder; Andrew Lavoie, sr., midfielder; Sean Levasseur, sr., defense; Josh Salan, sr., midfielder

Of note: Sachems remain one of the strongest technical teams in the division and once again one of the favorites to take the regular season title.

TOLLAND

Last year: 9-5-4

Coach: Jim Leahy

Top players: Ethan Culver, sr., midfielder; Keenan Devaney, sr., midfielder; Jack Moran, sr., forward; Cody Wasilewski, sr., defense

Of note: It will be odd watching Eagles without Eric Venezia in net (he graduated this past spring) but there's enough talent and technical skill in the midfield to make sure they remain in the division race.

CCC WEST

CONARD-WEST HARTFORD

Last year: 7-5-5

Coach: Adam Linker

Top players: Dan Gibson, sr., defense; Rodrigo Giraldo, jr., midfielder; Matheus Souza, jr., forward; Chris Warren, sr., midfielder

Of note: Expectations have been raised in West Hartford as Souza and Giraldo give the Chieftains one of the most dynamic offenses in the division. Should be among the season's biggest surprises.

FARMINGTON

Last year: 13-2-4

Coach: Steve Waters

Top players: Ben Cohn, sr., defense; Tyler Hoffman, sr., midfielder; Dan Manfredi, sr., defense; Justin Rappaport, sr., defense

Of note: Indians have to figure out its goalie situation after the graduation of standout Austin Peluso but anything less than another division title and solid run in the Class L tournament will be disappointment with this collection of talent.

NORTHWEST CATHOLIC-WEST HARTFORD

Last year: 3-9-4

Coach: Terry Phillip

Top players: Connor Krikawa, sr., defense; Robert Place, so., forward; Brendan Thompson, sr., defense; Alejandro Tobon, sr., midfielder

Of note: Will be another uphill battle for Indians but with solid midfield in place there's reason to believe this year can be better than last fall.

SOUTHINGTON

Last year: 5-10-1

Coach: Dave Yanosy

Top players: Sean Conway, jr., forward; Jared DeFeo, jr., forward; Ryan Perez, sr., midfielder; Kyle Sisco, jr., midfielder

Of note: After missing the postseason for the first time in a decade, Blue Knights will need big seasons from their midfielders and forwards if they want to get back to the state tournament.

NCCC

BOLTON

Last year: 5-10-1

Coach: Brian Dube

Top players: Mike Buckson, sr., defense; David Cowles, sr., forward; Chad Cordero, jr., defense; Will Davis, sr., defense

Of note: Lost just three starters and in position with improved midfield to compete for a state tournament berth.

CANTON

Last year: 10-8

Coach: William Phelps

Top players: Alex Boonvanostade, sr., defense; Nate Gallagher, sr., defense; Keith Loureiro, sr., defense; Jimmy Spatcher, sr., midfielder

Of note: Lost seven starters to graduation and lots of offensive production but Phelps has a quality starting defense.

COVENTRY

Last year: 10-7

Coach: Rob Topliff

Top players: Chris Bohr, jr., forward; Austin Croft, sr., defense; Reed Hoffman, jr., defense; Dan Manzi, sr., defense

Of note: Have the athleticism to stay in games against the league's best but need to replace nine skilled starters, which were among the most accomplished in the program's recent history.

EAST GRANBY

Last year: 11-4-1

Coach: Chris Pettee

Top players: Noah Fersch, sr., midfielder; Tyler Fricke, sr., goalie; Andrew Nigro, sr., defense; Andres Restrepo, sr., forward

Of note: East Granby has been knocking on the door of the league powers the last few years and this season will be no different. The Crusaders will challenge the blue bloods of the league with their quick and aggressive style but need to get better at defending late in the game if they want to breakthrough.

ELLINGTON

Last year: 11-5-1

Coach: Roy Gurnon

Top players: Zach Baskin, sr., defense; Drew Cohen, sr., midfielder/forward; Andrew Parker, sr., midfielder/defense; Kevin Stein, sr., goalie

Of note: Purple Knights look more vulnerable than normal but with a strong returning core and Gurnon at the helm they will still factor into the conference race and the Class M tournament.

ENFIELD

Last year: 2-10-4

Coach: John Mancuso

Top players: Kyle Casey, sr., midfielder/forward; Andrew Halgas, sr., defense/midfielder; Joe Linehan, sr., midfielder; LIam King, sr., midfielder/forward

Of note: Senior laden team hopes to finish above .500 after struggling last season.

GRANBY

Last year: 12-5-3

Coach: Dave Emery

Top players: Carlin Champion, sr., midfielder; Brent Goldman, jr., forward; Mike Noyes, sr., midfielder; Jake Yankauskas, sr., defense

Of note: Bears are always one of the most well-prepared and disciplined teams in the conference and this season should be no different despite the additions of several new players. Granby, which fell to Suffield in the Class M final last season, should once again be in the mix among the league's best.

STAFFORD

Last year: 3-12

Coach: Rob Schadt

Top players: Andrew Bachiochi, jr., midfielder; Jake Kalette, jr., goalie; Andrew Lauzier, sr., midfielder; Evan Theroux, sr., forward

Of note: Depth is still a major concern but the Bulldogs will be improved from last season in nearly every other department.

SUFFIELD

Last year: 19-1

Coach: Mark Beigel

Top players: Chris Luongo, sr., midfielder; Colin McFarlane, jr., defense; Sean Sullivan, jr., forward; Ben Woodhouse, jr., goalie

Of note: After allowing just two goals all season and winning the Class M championship, Suffield is set for a tough encore. But with Sullivan and sophomore midfielder Colten Grob, the Wildcats should be exciting on the attack and be right in the mix for league title.

WINDSOR LOCKS

Last year: 3-12-1

Coach: Daniel Eckert

Of note: Eckert starts his first season at Windsor Locks with just four returning starters.

SHORELINE

COGINCHAUG-DURHAM

Last year: 3-11-2

Coach: Chris Cap

Top players: Jeff Cumings, jr., goalie; Kyle Dupre, sr., forward; Alan Haberern, sr., midfielder

Of note: Will be another building year for Coginchaug as it looks to tighten up its midfield.

CROMWELL

Last year: 4-10-2

Coach: Jonathan Harder

Top players: Ryan Hopley, jr., defense; Ernesto Martinez, sr., midfielder; Aron Martinez, sr., midfielder/forward; Drew Parker, so., midfielder

Of note: Panthers will be eager to erase the memories of last fall but with a fairly young group of players assembled it won't be a quick process.

EAST HAMPTON

Last year: 17-3

Coach: Bob Boscarino

Top players: Ben Boscarino, sr. defense; Nathan Heroux, sr., defense; Nathan Landry, sr., midfielder; Daniel Wall, sr., defense

Of note: Bellringers lost nearly all their offensive production from last season's memorable campaign (17 wins) and will ask a lot of their young players as they try to return to the state tournament and contend in the conference.

HADDAM-KILLINGWORTH

Last year: 11-7-1

Coach: Brian Kelleher

Top players: Liam Blancaflor, so., forward; Kurt Isleib, sr., midfielder

Of note: Anchored by the play of Iseib, who is expected to be one of the best players in the conference, Haddam-Killingworth should challenge the trio of Valley Regional, Old Lyme and East Hampton at the top of the league.

HALE RAY-MOODUS

Last year: 3-11-2

Coach: Jeffrey Legg

Top players: Brendan Curley, sr., forward; Hunter Humble, sr., midfielder; Eric Tung, sr., forward; Zachary Wright, so., defense

Of note: With better team speed and a deeper bench, Hale-Ray is capable of doubling its win total from last year.

OLD SAYBROOK

Last year: 10-7

Coach: Samuel Barnes

Top players: Nate Corrado, jr., midfielder; Christian DeDominicis, sr., forward; JT Giegerich, sr., midfielder; Dan Murphy, jr., midfielder

Of note: Possession and finishing will be the two biggest factors for Old Saybrook as it tries to keep pace in the competitive shoreline conference.

PORTLAND

Last year: 13-7

Coach: James Stotler

Top players: Jack Kelly, sr., defense; Matt Ryan, sr., midfielder; Mike Tammaro, sr., midfielder; Mike Zampano, jr., midfielder/forward

Of note: The Highlanders made a memorable run to the Class S semifinals last year but should come back to earth a bit this season as they try to replace nine graduated starters and develop a new identity.

VALLEY REGIONAL-DEEP RIVER

Last year: 19-2

Coach: Mick Fearon

Top players: Jonathan Luster, sr., forward; Mason King, sr., midfielder; Chris Polo, sr., goalie; Ryan Pomroy, sr., midfielder

Of note: Defense will take a step back after last season but talented offense will keep traditionally strong Valley Regional among the toughest teams to beat in conference and in the Class S tournament.

CSC

CHENEY TECH-MANCHESTER

Last year: 1-14-1

Coach: Al Hovasse

Top players: Jordan Lacasse, sr., midfielder/forward; Tyler Mazzeo, sr., defense; Joe Murphy, sr., goalie; Dan Yeschick, sr., forward

Of note: It could be another lean year for the Beavers, who will try to keep the scores low as they develop their offense.

GOODWIN TECH-NEW BRITAIN

Last year: 4-11-1

Coach: Paul Soucy

Top players: Nico Bancalari, so., defense; Joel Carrasquillo, sr., defense; Chris Heredia, so., goalie; Eleni Talleos, sr., midfielder

Of note: Will still be in searching of goals but should compete well as it tries to stay above .500 in the wins and losses department.

 

UNIVERSITY-HARTFORD

Last year: 14-2-2

Coach: John Lowney

Top players: Muson Duric, sr., forward; Justin Haughton, sr., defense; Rizuan Mujic, jr., midfielder; Omar Sewell, sr., midfielder

Of note: Sewell will attempt to break the program’s single season record for goals and lead University back to the top of the conference.

WINDHAM TECH

Last year: 18-1-2

Coach: Charlie Rayner

Top players: Greg Freiman, sr., forward/midfielder; Brandon Krukoff, sr., defense; Brandon Martingano, sr., forward/midfielder; Anfernee Santiago, sr., defense

Of note: Should contend for a third straight CSC championship behind the play of Greg Freiman, who is set to break the school's scoring record, and the best senior class in the program's history.

SCC

HAND-MADISON

Last year: 8-5-4

Coach: Stan Latkowski

Top players: Tyler Kilkenny, sr., defense; Gavin Reeves, sr., forward; Ian Richardson, sr., midfielder; Greg Sydor, sr., defense

Of note: Latkowski feels Hand is in position to contend in the division and conference but needs younger players to step up.

LYMAN HALL-WALLINGFORD

Last year: 5-5-6

Coach: Arnie Jandreau

Top players: Alex Burr, jr., midfielder; Mike Grego, sr., midfielder; Rob O'Byrne, sr., goalie; Jacob Strubal, sr., forward

Of note: Jandreau expects Lyman Hall to be among the best in its division after disappointing five win season in 2011.

XAVIER-MIDDLETOWN

Last year: 6-8-4

Coach: Brian Fitzgerald

Top players: Zac Camner, sr., goalie; Anthony Chiozzi, sr., midfielder; Andrew Coburn, sr., forward; Callan Noone, sr., midfielder/defense

Of note: Falcons are confident that their possession-based style will help them improve and make waves in the SCC.

BERKSHIRE

LEWIS MILLS-BURLINGTON

Last year: 7-7-2

Coach: Ben Kulas

Top players: Pat Claffey, sr., defense; Kyle Eisenmann, sr., forward; Nate Kallenbach, sr., forward; Seth Ouellette, jr., midfielder

Of note: The Spartans haven't defeated tradition league favorite Nonnewaug since 2008 but this could be the year for the Spartans, who lost only three starters and have 13 seniors on the roster.

NVL

ST. PAUL-BRISTOL

Last year: 6-10

Coach: Bruce Mazzochi

Top players: Mike Edminston, jr.; John Flowers; Cameron Pilarski, jr.; Nick Villani, jr.

Of note: Falcons have the talent to improve upon last season's record.

Last year: 14-2-2

 

Coach: John Lowney

 

Top players: Muson Duric, sr., forward; Justin Haughton, sr., defense; Rizuan Mujic, jr., midfielder; Omar Sewell, sr., midfielder

 

Of note: Sewell will attempt to break the program’s single season record for goals and lead University back to the top of the conference.