Coach: Stacy Abeles, fifth year

Assistant coach: Jodi Shipley

Last year's record: 4-5-3 overall, 0-3-3 and sixth in the CentralMaryland Conference, 2-2-3 and third in the county

Top returnees:Seniors, forward Gina Christiani, sweeper Danielle Miller, link Amy Eggers, back Stephanie Vaughn; junior, sweeper Emily Fair

Top newcomers: Sophomores, goalkeeper Holly Seravalle, forward Laura Burkhouse

Coach's comments: "We're rebuilding, but we have a lot of speed this year. We're working really hard on the offensive part of our game. We think we'll have a nice scoring punch."

The Carroll County Sun's outlook: This is a big year for the Panthers' future. Coach Stacy Abeles will be the first to tell you this is a rebuilding year for the Panthers. They do have five seniors returning from last year's sub-.500 team. They must provide leadership to a very young team. Look for the Panthers to improve as the season progresses, but any hopes of county or conference titles will have to wait until next year. Sophomore goalkeeper Seravalle should see some varsity play. She should get help defensively from returners Fair, Vaughn and Miller. The key to a winning year is the offense. If it can score goals, North Carrollwill win some games. Still, dropping down to Class 2A, the Panthers have a very good chance of reaching the regional tournament, where county foes Liberty likely will be the strongest team.

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