Coach: Scott Booker, 2nd year
2012 record: 9-5-2, 4-2-1 county
First game: Tournament at Northeast, 8 a.m.
Key losses: Chris Herbert, Scott Kinsey, Andy Murosko, Eric Samuels, Chris Tan.
Key returners: Andrew Bergamaschi, senior defense; Mark Broomfield, senior midfield; Casey Fleishell, senior midfield; Zach Knock, senior midfield; Andrew Watts, senior goalie.
Outlook: Watts returns after starting in goal for the Knights during his junior season. ... Kinsey led Century with 15 points last season but has since graduated. ... "We have a solid core of returning players for having lost as many seniors as we did last year," Booker said via email. "We are looking for those returners to step up and be leaders for the new guys on the team."
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Coach: Dave Storey, 15th year
2012 record: 6-7, 4-3 county
First game: Friday, Sept. 6 at North Carroll
Key losses: Nobert Bayelle, Brady Cook, Krys Mihulka, Marcus Osterhouse
Key returners: Colin Puckett, senior midfield; Braden Redhi, senior defense; Josh Rexroth, senior striker; Hunter Strine, senior striker; Matt Turner, senior striker; Brady Weller, senior defense.
Outlook: Strine led the Eagles in scoring last year with five goals and six assists. ... Redhi returns to anchor a solid Eagles' defense. ... "The team is working hard right now to improve individually and collectively," Storey said via email. "I am pleased with their effort and hope that it continues."
Coach: Chuck Greensfelder, 1st year
2012 record: 14-3, 7-0 county
First game: Saturday, Sept. 7 vs. Glenelg in Lions Classic
Key losses: Chad Artman, Luke Devine, Kyle Hawkins, Sam Lipsky, Brett Sussman
Key returners: Ben Warren, senior defense; Harrison Whittle, senior forward.
Outlook: The Lions won the county going undefeated before falling to South Carroll in the Class 2A West final. ... Lipsky, last season's Times' Player of the Year, led the county with 27 points but has since graduated. ... Liberty will have to replace 15 departed seniors, but Greensfelder said he is confident the new players will be able to adapt and keep the winning tradition going.
Coach: Will D'Addario, 1st year
2012 record: 8-9, 3-4 county
First game: Friday, Sept. 6 Tournament at Catonsville, 5 p.m.
Key losses: Zac Egolf, Brendan Krivak, Scott Meredith, Drew Rose
Key returners: Ryan Day, senior midfield; Isiah Dorsey, junior striker; Kyle Johnston, senior goalie; Hayden Oursler, senior midfield.
Outlook: The Mavericks will be looking for offense after the graduations of Rose and Krivak who were second and fourth respectively in the county in scoring a season ago. ... Eight seniors have graduated from last year leaving a young bunch for first-year coach D'Addario. ... "This is a very inexperienced defense," D'Addario said vial email, "but I am very excited for the challenge and being named the new head coach."
Coach: Andrew Harrell, 2nd year
2012 record: 6-10, 1-6 county
First game: Friday, Sept. 6 vs. Francis Scott Key 6:30 p.m.
Key losses: Ben England, T.J. Joyce, Gage McQuaid, Sean Nevin
Key returners: Dalton Derr, senior defense; Luke Gonzalez, senior goalie; Charlie Kiler, senior defense; Paul Klapp, defense; Mikey Mantzouris, senior striker; Joey Riesett, senior midfield; Ryan Waskiewicz, senior midfield
Outlook: The Panthers won the Class 1A West region before falling to Washington 5-1 in the state semifinal. ... The Panthers will have to find a way to score goals after leading scorer England (16 points) has graduated. ... "We have a lot of strong returners and [a] handful of newcomers that will have an immediate impact," Harrell said via email. "We're looking to be more competitive in the county and make a run deep into the state playoffs."
Coach: Tim Novotny, 6th year
2012 record: 10-6-2, 5-1-1
First game: Friday, Sept. 6 Tournament at North Point, 5 p.m.
Key losses: Phil Breno, Kyle Moore, Bobby Spear, Sam Willingham
Key returners: Brett Bashem, senior defense; Tyler Britt, junior midfield; Austin Campbell, senior forward; Brandon Quinn, senior goalie, Tommy Spear, sophomore midfield.
Outlook: Lost to eventual state champion Marriotts Ridge 1-0 in the 2A state semifinal a season ago. ... The Cavaliers will need to replace five starters from last year's squad. ... "We return a lot of players and [are] looking forward to seeing the newcomers in action this year," Novotny said via email.
Coach: Fran McCullin, 14th year
2012 record: 5-11, 1-6 county
First game: Saturday, Sept. 7 Tournament at Oakland Mills
Key losses: Ryan Brown, Ryan Drenner, Greg Fultz, Matt Keffer
Key returners: Ben Cuizon, senior midfield; Jared Mapp, junior striker; Jake Rampolla, senior defense; Ben Reynolds, senior striker; Pearce Riggin, senior defense; Brent Thomas, senior midfield.
Outlook: The Owls will need to find some offense to replace Drenner who was fifth in the county in scoring last season with 21 points. ... With only six returning players, McCullin said this will be his youngest varsity team at Westminster. ... "With a very tough stretch to open the season (Howard, Urbana, Liberty) in the first two weeks, we will find out a lot about this team in a hurry," McCullin said via email.
Coach: Andy Hicks, 2nd year
2012 record: 5-10, 2-5 county
First game: Monday, Sept. 9 at Boonsboro, 6:45 p.m.
Key losses: Ryan Ackerman, Mark Gibson, Ben Morse, Joe Sands
Key returners: Domenic Cascia, senior midfield; Ben Chase, senior midfield; Devin Fleet, senior midfield; Nick Over, senior goalie.
Outlook: Over returns in goal to anchor a solid Falcons' defense. ... With Ackerman and Sands gone, WM will have some new faces in the midfield. ... "They are ready for the challenges ahead and have shown great maturity and dedication needed to achieve all of our team goals," Hicks said via email. "The attitude and work ethic are like none that I have encountered."
- compiled by Brian Haines