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Century

Coach: Sara Figuly, 14th year

Last year's record: 15-3, 5-1 county

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First game: Sept. 1 vs. Huntingtown at Bel Air Tournament, 2

Key losses: Kylie Davis, Allison Schaffer, Cari Rusk, Rachel Wagner

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Key returners: Lisi Hurst, senior F; Kelsey Morrison, senior MF; Emily Rusk, junior MF; Megan Snyder, junior F; Kaylee Titus, senior D.

Outlook: The Knights return as reigning county champions for the fifth consecutive year. Titus, a first-team all-countian in 2016, is back along with a number of talented players set to fill the roles of the Knights' 10 graduating seniors from last year's Class 2A West Region championship team. "We brought up a lot of new talent and are looking forward to them working hard with our returning players to build a solid, successful team," Figuly said via email.

Francis Scott Key

Coach: Scott Matteson, 1st year

Last year's record: 2-11, 0-6 county

First game: Sept. 5 vs. Catoctin, 6

Key losses: Jordan Grey, Anna Matteson, Bailey Sartori, Skylar Wheeler

Key returners: Allie Blizzard, senior; Melanie Gugliuzza, senior; Maddie Johnson, senior; Claire Stitely, senior; Lauren Strine, senior; Nicole Velotta, senior

Outlook: Matteson is confident in solidifying his roster with a good mix of talent this year after six seniors graduated from last year's two-win team. Look for captains Strine and Velotta to lead the Eagles this year. "I feel the team looks more solid this year," Matteson said via email. "We have a good mix of veterans with new, young talent to round the team out."

Liberty

Coach: Danielle Prietz, 3rd year

Last year's record: 4-12-2, 1-3-2 county

First game: Sept. 5 vs. Gerstell, 5:30

Key losses: Christina Charikofsky, Jess Cronin, Sydney Hartman

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Key returners: Kasey Lamb, junior MF; Emily Garrick, senior MF; Morgan Grauel, senior F; Hannah Steier, senior D

Outlook: The Lions will be without first-team all-county pick Hartman, who led the team's defense in three shutouts last season. But Prietz is looking forward to the development of her team's depth at all positions. "The seniors will lead a younger, faster team this year," Prietz said via email. "It is the best foot-skilled team we have had in a while."

Manchester Valley

Coach: Denise Hoff, 2nd year

Last year's record: 10-4-2, 3-2-1 county

First game: Sept. 5 vs. Wilde Lake, 6:30

Key losses: Lauren Bredenburg, Beanie Colson, Lauren Paulsen, Tayler Warehime

Key returners: Briana Bush, junior F; Alli Briley, senior MF; MJ D'Anthony, senior F.

Outlook: The Mavericks remained poised last season and handed reigning county champion Century its lone county loss of the season. Returning is a solid group looking to take on the roles once held by Lauren Bredenburg, Beanie Colson, Lauren Paulsen and Tayler Warehime. "Despite being a young team this year, the girls have a sense of eagerness, a strong work ethic and a positive outlook," Hoff said via email. Warehime opted to run cross country this fall, so the Mavericks are in need of replacing some offensive talent there. Colson was a first-team all-county pick in 2016.

South Carroll

Coach: Andrew Isacco, 8th year

Last year's record: 5-8-2, 1-3-2 county

First game: Sept. 6 at North Harford, 3:30

Key losses: Malayna Fowler, Mackenzie Wenczkowski, Christina White

Key returners: Hailey Bar-Haim, senior MF; Alyssa Chesney, senior F; Tori Franklin, senior MF; Sam Zolkiewicz, senior D.

Outlook: The Cavaliers lost first team all-countian Mackenzie Wenczkowski to graduation (three goals, two assists in 2016) from last year's squad that advanced to the Class 2A South Section 2 semifinal. Returning are eight starters from last year's squad,as well as several others Isacco said have significant varsity experience. "We have a veteran roster that is tested and ready," Isacco said via email. "If we continue to work hard and play to our capabilities, then we should have a successful season."

Westminster

Coach: Todd Muschik, 4th year

Last year's record: 10-5-2, 3-2-1 county

First game: Sept. 5 vs. Linganore, 6:30

Key losses: Caroline Frock, Taylor Whitmer

Key returners: Regan Miller, junior MF; Margie Spann, Nicole Roberts, Caroline Zentz

Outlook: The Owls return junior midfielder Regan Miller, a first team all-county pick in 2016, but will likely be without Carroll's second leading scorer from last season, Taylor Whitmer. Muschik's squad defeated county foe Man Valley in penalty kicks to advance to the Class 3A South Region final last season and are projected to be another tough force. "We will be young again this year," Muschik said via email. "With 7-8 returning starters, it will be a good year."

Winters Mill

Coach: Denny Snyder, 6th year

Last year's record: 10-4, 5-1 county

First game: Sept. 6 at Harford Tech, 6:45

Key losses: Hailey Bozzell, Kaila Brown, Hannah Klevins, Abby Howard, Shannon Snyder

Key returners: Megan Alisauckas, Anna Diffendal, senior F; Adara Enrique, Abbey Fleet, Kyla Holt, junior F; Megan Paschall, Erin Snyder, junior MF.

Outlook: The Falcons return Difffendal, the reigning Times Player of the Year, among a variety of young talent prepared to make another strong showing this season. "We have a nice core group of players returning," Snyder said via email. "I am cautiously optimistic about the upcoming season. We need some girls to step up to fill the shoes of the nine graduating seniors."

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