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The 2018 girls soccer season is off to a slow start due to storms and excessive heat.
The 2018 girls soccer season is off to a slow start due to storms and excessive heat. (The Aegis file photo)

Harford County girls high school soccer teams have been preparing for the upcoming season. Here is a look at each team

Aberdeen

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Information was not received from Eagles head coach Lauren Zimmerman.

Bel Air

Head coach: Josh Ruggiero (second season)

2017 record: 14-5

Top returning players: Katie McGrain, Sr. (Mid); Jill Kozak, Sr. (GK); Grace Wehland, Sr. (Def); Autumn Dougherty, Sr, (For)

Key new players: N/A

Outlook: “I see this year being a foundation building year for us. Not a rebuilding because we have a good bit of senior experience, but because of the youth movement that is being integrated,” coach Ruggiero said. “We’ve got balance and depth all over the field and that’s exciting. I see us competing at the top with many other teams in the UCBAC. It’s going to be competitive and that is a lot of fun.”

C. Milton Wright

Head coach: Rebecca Volk (first season)

2017 record: 8-6-2

Top returning players: Aubrey Hoover, Sr. (For); Sarah Bays, So. (Mid); Cassidy Pawlicki, Sr. (Mid); Sarah Wessel, Sr. (Def); Olivia Moskunas, So. (Def)

Key new players: Sarah Barnes, So. (MId); Bella Mura, So. (For)

Outlook: “Our team has a lot of senior leadership this season with great work ethic. The younger players have stepped up to match their intensity and focus, and as a group the desire to learn and develop is top notch,” coach Volk said. “We’re on a mission this year to improve on last year’s record and give the seniors a memorable final season.

Edgewood

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Head coach: Matthew Rankin (third season)

2017 record: 9-5-1

Top returning players: Lily Bowditch, Sr. (Def); Katie Figinski, Sr. (For); Ryan Parncutt, Jr. (Mid)

Key new players: Nikayla Lee, Fr. (Def(

Outlook: “We are hoping to improve upon last years record. We have a great group of girls that are working hard and getting better every day,” coach Rankin said.

Fallston

Head coach: Carlie Chatterton (second season)

2017 record: 10-7-2

Top returning players: Elyssa Emmett, Sr. (Mid); Emily Rhinehart, Jr. (GK); Rachel Richard, Sr. (Def); Kayla Streett, So. (For); Hailey Issac, So. (Mid); Bekah Taylor, Sr. (Mid); Logan Ward, Jr. (For)

Key new players: Gabby Boyd, Fr. (Mid); Megan Stambaugh, So. (Mid); Marissa Shatzer, Fr. (For)

Outlook: We have been able to revamp our lineup with strong talent from the incoming freshman class,” coach Chatterton said. “Being a fairly young team means we will rely on our core group of returners to carry us through, what we hope is a very successful season.”

Harford Tech

Head coach: Matt Berg (13th season)

2017 record: 5-6-4

Top returning players: Maddie Re, Sr. (Def); Alex Pipkin, Sr. (Def); Emma Ryan, Jr. (Mid); Allison Storm, Jr. (Mid); Raegan Salamone, Jr. (GK); Mackenzie Bianchi, Jr. (Def); Claire Ashburn, Jr. (For); Taylor Reider, Jr. (Mid)

Key new players: Molly Re, Fr. (Mid); Kendall Sheffy, Fr. (Def/GK)

Outlook: “I like this team a lot this year. We have a lot of returning talent and some key upgrades, especially in the back half of the field,” coach Berg said. “If we can stay healthy and work selflessly every practice and game, we will make some noise this season.”

Havre de Grace

Head coach: Barry Ellis (first season)

2017 record: 2-9-1

Top returning players: Mackenzie Ellis, Sr. (Mid); Maya Rawls, So. (For); Averee Radonovich, Jr. (Mid); Kaeley Hitchings, Jr. (Mid); Rhonda Smith, Jr. (Mid); Christina Wilson, Sr. (Def); Chioma Iheacho, Jr. (Def); Brittany Flaherty, So. (Goalie)

Key new players: Claudia Hudson, Fr. (Def); Paige Sullivan, Fr. (Def); Haley Sullivan Fr. (Def); Katelyn Washko, Fr. (For); Rebecca Washko, Fr. (For); Gia Gasdia, Fr. (Mid); Taylor Berg, Jr. (Mid); Karlee Desantis, Sr. (For); Kiera Daughtry, Sr. (Def); Chyna Young, Jr. (For)

Outlook: “I’m very excited about this year. We have a very young and talented team, with two returning seniors who will play a huge role in the offense and defense. Plus four starting freshman this year. I am looking forward to a good year,” coach Ellis said.

John Carroll

Head coach: Hayley Howe (fifth season)

2017 record: 6-8-1

Top returning players: Nia Christopher, Jr. (For); Erin Scannell, Sr. (For); Lexi Burch, Sr. (Def); Katie Hormes, Jr. (Mid); Kiana Miller, Jr. (Def); Kyleigh Waugh, So. (GK)

Key new players: KG Filiaggi, Fr. (Mid); Gianna Ishak, So. (Mid)

Outlook: This group is well-led, boasting seven seniors and three All-Conference team members (Burch, Scannell, Christopher). After a busy summer and successful preseason, the Patriots look to be a top contender in the newly aligned IAAM ‘A’ conference this year.

Joppatowne

Head coach: Louis Romm (second season)

2017 record: 5-10

Top returning players: Abigail Trovinger, Sr. (For); Hailey Jett, Jr. (Def); Emily Irwin, So. (For); Helena Sudina, So. (Mid); Evelyn Smith, So. (Mid); Madison Booker, So. (GK)

Key new players: Madison Matos, So. (Mid)

Outlook: “With a lot of young players we look to show improvement over last year,” coach Romm said.

North Harford

Head coach: Molly VanDorick (third season)

2017 record: 8-6-2

Top returning players: Maddie Schwarz, Sr. (Def); Kara Kramer, Sr. (Mid); Marley Copes, Sr. (For); Mikaela Magness, Sr. (GK)

Key new players: Casey DiVenti, Jr. (For)

Outlook: The Hawks are looking forward to the 2018 season with 18 returning players.

Patterson Mill

Head coach: Mike Parker (11th season)

2017 record: 11-6-1

Top returning players: Bethany Bruck, Sr. (Def); Alexis Utain, Sr. (For); Anna Salerno, So. (Def); Kate Springer, Sr. (Mid); MC Cicenia, Sr. (GK)

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Key new players: Jessica Conklin, Fr. (Mid); Isabelle Toni, Fr. (For); Allie Wysong, Fr. (Mid)

Outlook: After another state finalist finish last season, the Huskies look to use experience combined with some new talented players to finish the regular season strong and make another run at a state championship.

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