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Fresh from a showing in the Class 3A West regional final last season, North Carroll appears to be loaded for another postseason run.

Despite losing an all-county goalkeeper in Beth Reeb and tough-minded midfielder Heather Easter, the Panthers simply reloaded.

Senior defender Jen Lee, a second-team All-State selection last year, pairs with senior stopper Amy Bromwell to roam the field in front of freshman goalie Jenna Trumpower.

North Carroll also returns its top three scorers in senior Lacey Hentz and juniors Maria Humphries and Katie Riley.

Westminster is still the reigning Class 4A state champion, but a repeat will be a challenge.

The Owls graduated 10 players, including All-Metro and county Player of the Year midfielder Mandy Komar, who now plays for Arkansas.

Coach Bryan Shumaker will lean on his two returning starters, junior midfielder Tirza Ridgely and senior defender Caitlin Link, to lead an energetic, but not very deep squad.

South Carroll has the veteran punch to surprise some opponents. Seniors Leah Onda, Kim Lowry, and Jen Conaway have the savvy to lead a deep Cavaliers squad.

Coach Jim Horn lost seven players to graduation, including four all-county performers in Katie Hancock, Sandy Lagana, Chrissy Murphy and Kellan Webb.

Liberty perhaps suffered the most from graduation. Eight players went on to college, including first-team All-State midfielder Michelle Allen.

Fortunately, the Lions return first-team all-county forward Becky Podobnik and senior midfielder Crystal Rivas. While scoring may not be an issue for Liberty, the team defense is a little suspect.

Francis Scott Key labored to a 1-12 finish, but coach Bonnie LaPierre is optimistic about the upcoming season.

Junior goalkeeper Candice Hibbard has been a steady presence in the net, and senior midfielder Kim Smith has been getting stronger as the season approaches.

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