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Bobcats look to get back into state tournament for 5th straight year.

Girls soccer teams from around Harford County have been working hard for most of the month, readying themselves for the season that gets underway for all over the next week. Here's a look at this year's teams.


Aberdeen

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Bel Air

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Head coach: Josh Ruggiero (first season)

2016 record: 12-4-2

Players to watch: Carolyn Doheny, Sr. (Def); Lexi Kraemer, Sr. (For); Mackenzie Wallace, Sr. (Mid); Shelby Blaker, Sr. (GK); Julianna Henry, Sr. (Mid); Sara Tivvis, Sr. (Def); Lauren Asher, Sr. (Mid); Emma Manno, Sr. (For/Def); Elizabeth Hillman, Sr. (For); Gabi Hall, Sr. (Mid)

Outlook: The Bobcats and new coach Ruggiero are looking to build on the success of last year and make a run at a state championship. Leaning on the senior leadership and experience within the program will help with the transition of the new coaching staff, but not lessen any of the expectations in 2017. A strong nucleus of juniors and seniors will help make Bel Air girls soccer worthy of some attention within the state. With Kraemer entering her senior year as the programs's all-time goal scoring leader, she, and her teammates, are looking to add to that total and hopefully another chance at a state title.


C. Milton Wright

Head coach: Paul Austin (18th season)

2016 record: 10-6

Players to watch: Carolyn Mang, Sr. (Mid/For); Sydney Frank, Sr. (GK); Jordan Landsman, Sr. (Mid); Aubrey Hoover, Jr. (Mid/For)

Outlook: The Mustangs will look to replace seven starters from last year's squad, including the entire back four. Mang, a two-time All-State honoree and returning leading scorer, will lead the Mustang attack from the midfield along with junior Hoover. Senior goalie Frank will provide solid defense in the frame. Helping everyone find their roles and coming together as a unit will be key.


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Fallston

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Head coach: Carlie Andrews (first season)

2016 record: 14-4

Players to watch: Alynne Abney, Sr. (Def); Taylor Dudley, Sr. (Mid); Samantha DeCarlo, Sr. (Mid); Elyssa Emmett, Jr. (Def); Logan Ward, So. (For); Kayla Streett, Fr. (For)

Outlook: "We have a core group of seniors who have worked hard to develop into the leaders we are looking for," Cougars coach Andrews said. "Our younger players have responded well to high expectations and have stepped up to the pace, skills and knowledge of varsity level soccer."


Harford Tech

Head coach: Matt Berg (12th season)

2016 record: 8-4-1

Players to watch: Jordan Althoff, Emma O'Berry, Maddie Re, Alex Pipkin, Amaya Dedeaux, Claire Ashburn, Emily Kissner, Emma Ryan, Allison Storm, Mackenzie Bianchi

Outlook: "We only have the potential to have three seniors this year and all will be awesome leaders for this young squad," Cobras coach Berg said. Althoff has patiently waited for her year to shine in goal. "We also welcome O'Berry back after a hiatus year. She hasn't lost her touch and penchant for finding the back of the net," Berg said. Midfield powerhouse, Lindsey Sewell, is hopeful to return closer to the end of the season, recovering from a torn ACL.


Havre de Grace

Head coach: Randy Cypher (eighth season)

2016 record: 3-8

Players to watch: Caraline Cypher, Sr. (Def); Julie Hagis, Sr. (Mid); Mackenzie Ellis, Jr. (Mid); Maya Rawlings, Fr. (Mid); Averee Radonovich, So. (Mid); Ronda Smith, So. (GK)

Outlook: With a season last year that had youth and injuries to key players, this year's team is returning a lot more seasoned and healthier players. "I'm not going to have big numbers, but the players I will have, can all contribute to one of the better teams that Havre de Grace has seen in years," Warriors coach Cypher said. The leadership is coming from a strong group of girls, led by captains Hagis, Cypher and Ellis. All three will have a huge impact on the success the Warriors have this year on the field. The youth movement is still going on by adding freshman Rawlings and sophomores Radonovich and Smith to the field to carry a big workload. "I will be having the most balanced skilled team since I have been coaching at havre de Grace. Time will tell if this group of players can raise their game, like the players before them have done," Cypher said.


John Carroll

Head coach: Hayley Howe (fourth season)

2016 record: 5-8

Players to watch: Marisa Difonso, Sr. (For); Callie Courtalis, Sr. (Def/Mid/For); Ashlyn Palmere, Fr. (GK); Kyleigh Waugh, Fr. (GK)

Outlook: Last year's Patriots struggled with finding the back of the net and controlling the possession of the game. The team put in a tremendous amount of work in the off-season and tryouts have yielded the most comprehensive team John Carroll has seen in recent years. The returners are blending well with players from junior varsity as well as new transfers and freshmen. Expectations are high for attacking players DiFonso, Erin Scannell and Kaitlyn Sydnor to increase their scoring efforts. The team will also rely on creative play-making by midfielders Liadan Stammler and Molly Lynch and strong leadership from defensive players like Courtalis and Natalie Berkey. Freshman keepers, Waugh and Palmere, have already proved their elite status in trainings and scrimmages and will certainly be tested in the IAAM's A Conference this season.


Joppatowne

Head coach: Louis M. Romm (first season)

2016 record: 0-13

Players to watch: Julyann Marx, Sr. (GK/Mid); Sarah Henderson, Sr. (Def/Mid); Adrianna Moore, Sr. (Def); Kayla Sheppe, Sr. (Def); Jazmein Bahl, Sr. (Mid); Janae Taylor, Sr. (Def)

Outlook: "With a mix a returning players and talented freshmen, we have team that is looking to grow from last year," Mariners coach Romm said.


North Harford

Head coach: Molly VanDorick (second season)

2016 record: 6-6

Players to watch: Kara Kramer, Jr. (Mid); Maddie Schwarz, Jr. (Def); Marley Copes, Jr. (For); Tara Elgin, Fr. (Def); Baily Lynch, So. (Mid)

Outlook: "We only lost two of our starters from the last season. I expect us to have a strong season," Hawks coach VanDorick said.


Patterson Mill

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Head coach: Mike Parker (10th season)

2016 record: 16-3

Players to watch: Marissa Lapinksy, Sr. (Mid); Kaley Thompson, Sr. (For); Katie Wysong, Sr. (Mid); Bethany Bruck, Jr. (Def)

Outlook: The Huskies have numerous returning players. "With several scoring threats and a solid defense, we hope to start with a solid regular season against some extremely tough competition and finish with a run at the state championship," Huskies coach Parker said.

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