Julie Backof, Westminster, Sr., G -- Backof sat behind All-Metro keeper Kara Hedges the past couple of years and now it's her turn to show what she can do. A versatile all-around athlete who was The Baltimore Sun's Carroll County Player of the Year in softball last spring, Backof has soft hands and great composure.
Amber Clutter, South Carroll, Jr., F -- Her 34 goals and eight assists over the past two seasons speak for themselves. Without question the most dominant striker returning in the county, Clutter also has the versatility to go back on defense when the Cavs are up late in a close game. Despite constant attention from opposing defenders, Clutter is a relentless worker who can score from just about anywhere.
Carrie Epler, Liberty, Jr., D -- A second-team All-County choice as a sophomore last year, Epler will have to take charge of the defense at sweeper with the departure of graduated goalie Dani Fostik. Moves to the ball very well and shows good composure as the last defender back.
Natalie Hannibal, Liberty, Jr., F -- A strong finisher with great size and deceptive speed, Hannibal will be looked on to fill the scoring void left by Amy Wolff's graduation. Entering her third season, Hannibal has a good sense of where the goal is and also can find open teammates.
Jaimee Isaacs, South Carroll, Sr., M -- After playing on a side at midfield a year ago, Isaacs will move into the center where she'll be able to further take control. A splendid ball handler with a great ability to find open teammates, Isaacs also isn't afraid to step up and shoot the ball.
Paula Koontz, Francis Scott Key, Sr., M -- A four-year varsity player for the Eagles, Koontz provides leadership and stability in the midfield. A steady player who can do everything well, she does all the little things that often go unnoticed.
Alison Liquefatto, Westminster, Sr., M -- New coach Terry Malloy is heavily relying on Liquefatto to do a little bit of everything in the middle of the field. An All-County honorable-mention selection last year, she is the Owls' steadiest all-around player with a fine ability to stay in control and work the ball to teammates' feet.
Teresa Mays, North Carroll, Jr., G -- Anaggressive keeper with good hands, Mays showed improvement during the season last year. Will need to take charge more this season with the loss of two key defenders.
Kendra Pulis, South Carroll, Jr., G -- Everything a coach can ask for in a keeper. Pulis is quick, reacts well and is a fine distributor. A second-team All-County selection a year ago, Pulis has taken charge of a very young Cavaliers defense.
Carri Ryer, Francis Scott Key, Jr., F -- Coach Joe Linthicum is going to let her run free up front to get the most out of her great speed and quickness after having her on defense most of last season. A dangerous threat who runs well without the ball, Ryer could give some opposing defenders fits as the season goes on.
Casey Rhoten, North Carroll, Sr., M -- A three-sport standout, Rhoten will move in the middle this season and anchor the Panthers' midfield corps. Won't astonish you with dazzling play-making ability or great speed, but finds a way to get the job done.