Girls Soccer: 2018 Season Preview Capsules
Winters Mill junior Shelby Reppe and Poolesville junior Ali Markoff vie for the ball during the first half of their game in New Market Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (Dylan Slagle/Carroll County Times)

Coach: Sara Figuly, 15th year

2017 record: 5-9-1, 3-3 county


First game: Sept. 4 vs. Marriotts Ridge

Key losses: Lisi Hurst, Kelsey Morrison, Kaylee Titus

Key returners: Summer Morrison, junior MF; Emily Rusk, senior MF; Jordyn Vanarsdale, junior GK

Outlook: The Knights lost Titus, an all-county defender, Morrison and Hurst to graduation, but return a solid core of midfielders that includes Rusk and Morrison. “We want to focus on playing with confidence and one unit,” Figuly said via email. “We have the talent to be successful as long as we play our game and play hard.”

Francis Scott Key

Coach: Scott Matteson, 2nd year

2017 record: 4-10, 0-6 county

First game: Sept. 4 vs. Catoctin

Key losses: Lauren Strine, Nicole Velotta

Key returners: Alexis Adkins, senior MF; Emily Dell, senior GK; Haley Sawyers, senior GK; Jodie Staub, senior D

Outlook: The Eagles are coming off a winless county record, but return key fixtures from last season that Matteson expects will make an impact. Adkins was one of the team’s leaders with 13 points (6 goals, 1 assist) in 2017. “Our young team from last year has a season under their belt with almost all starters playing varsity last year,” Matteson said via email.


Coach: Danielle Prietz, 3rd year

2017 record: 8-4-2, 2-2-2 county

First game: Sept. 4 at Gerstell

Key losses: Brittany Bennett, Emily Garrick, Morgan Grauel


Key returners: Kasey Lamb, senior MF; Caitlin Mulholland, junior GK; Carly Squalliaro, junior D

Outlook: Grauel, a first team all-countian who led the Lions with 21 points last season, has graduated, but look for a larger, experienced junior class to help round out the Lions with talent this season. “We are looking forward to continuing the success that we had last year and bringing it forward into this year,” Prietz said via email. Mulholland led Carroll last fall in save percentage (.930).

Manchester Valley

Coach: Denise Hoff, 3rd year

2017 record: 5-8-1, 2-3 county

First game: Sept. 4 at Wilde Lake

Key losses: Alison Briley, Carson Delmont

Key returners: Briana Bush, senior F; Maddie Lindstedt, senior D; Abby Zeigenfuse, senior MF

Outlook: Bush returns from last season’s all-county team after leading the Mavericks with 19 points (7 goals, 5 assists). This year’s roster boasts six seniors and a heavy junior class that should help the Mavs make strides this season. “Our team has great leadership and great chemistry,” Hoff said via email. “We’re looking to be competitive with all county teams this season.”

South Carroll

Coach: Andrew Isacco, 9th year

2017 record: 8-4-1, 4-2 county

First game: Sept. 6 vs. Linganore

Key losses: Hailey Bar-Haim, Kabe Brauer, Alyssa Chesney, Tori Franklin, Natalie Hoff, Emilee Schaeffer

Key returners: Jamie DiTullo, senior D; Sarah Langille, senior D; Megan O’Neill, senior MF; Brooke Sadler, senior D; Lexi Winkler, senior F

Outlook: The Cavaliers should rely on their strong returning class of seniors this season that includes returning first-team all-countians Langille, O’Neill, and Winkler. The Cavs are optimistic for another positive showing this season and the team is “focused and hardworking thus far and the coaches are looking forward to seeing how this group develops,” Isacco said via email.


Coach: Dannielle Midkiff, 1st year

2017 record: 9-5, 2-3 county

First game: Sept. 4 at Linganore

Key losses: None

Key returners: Ava Boussy, senior F; Caroline Zentz, senior D

OUTLOOK: Look for a young class to make some strides for the Owls this season. Midkiff said via email the sophomore talent should give the team some depth. Boussy led the Owls in scoring last season and returns from the all-county first team. “If the girls continue to work as hard as they have in preseason and continue to [jell] and work as a team, I think there could be a lot of really good things to come,” Midkiff said via email.

Winters Mill

Coach: Denny Snyder, 7th year

2017 record: 12-4, 6-0 county

First game: Sept. 4 vs. Mount de Sales

Key losses: Megan Alisauckas, Anna Diffendal, Adara Enrique, Abbey Fleet, Caroline Heffner, Tori Johnson, Sarah Rhoads

Key returners: Kelsey Barry, senior D; Kaitlyn Belfied, senior D; Kolby Brown, senior M; Kyla Holt, senior F; Shelby Reppe, senior MF; Erin Snyder, senior MF; Kaitlyn Thompson, senior MF; Megan Paschall, junior D; Madison Harmening, sophomore D

Outlook: The Falcons captured their first county title since 2009 last season and advanced to the 2A state semifinals. Diffendal, the two-time reigning Times Girls Soccer Player of the Year, graduated, among other key fixtures, but a solid core returns to help fill those holes. “We need some of the junior varsity players to step up and fill some roles this season,” Snyder said via email.