the north face glacier delta 1 4 zip fleece A closer look at area’s girls soccer teams
Key Players: Nicole George, Sr., D; Hannah Welz Sr., F; Colleen Folan, Sr., Gk. Molly McNally Sr., M., Stephanie Byard Sr., F, Rebecca Stack Sr., D; Brittany Stanko, Jr., F.
Outlook: Could this be the year for the Eagles? They took big strides last season, reaching the districts before a heart breaking 1 0 loss in double overtime to Unionville. Shanahan returns 11 players with varsity experience, six seniors. George will head up the back line with the senior Folan in goal. Byard is a dynamic offensive player and will get help from Welz and Stanko. The Eagles are tough, athletic and getting a sense of belief that may carry them far this year.
Outlook: Scangerella is expecting incremental improvement from the Red Raiders this year. Their strength will be defensively, where the senior Gallagher will be patrolling the goal. Sandone can be one of the best defenders in the league. The midfield will have a veteran (Sheriff) and a youngster (Allison) leading the way. Freshman Morgan Slynn may see time up front and help with the goal scoring duties. “We think we can reach the .500 mark and hopefully contend for the last playoff spot in the district,” said Scangerella. Whether they get there or not, the soccer future is looking brighter for Coatesville.
Key Players: Melissa Hummel, Sr., M/D; Carly Long, Sr., M; Kendall Frey, Jr., F; Meghan Currie, Sr., Gk; Kelly Kerrigan, Jr., M; Mackenzie Peter, Jr., M; Bethany Houpt, Sr., M/D.
Outlook: The Cougars will be deep and experienced as five starters return for their senior season. East has a number of players who can play more than one position,
Hummel and Houpt among them. Up front, Kerrigan and Frey both scored in double digits last season and Long is expected to be a key member of the midfield. By the end of last year, Currie has played herself to the top of the league goalie’s list. “We should be pretty good all over the field,” said Reed. The Cougars will definitely be among the top teams in the league and in the district, and may be primed for a state title run.
Outlook: No team has been hit harder by graduation losses than the defending PIAA state champions. Added to the fact that gone are the likes of Madi Davenport, Lauren Wilson and All Area Player of the Year Steph Myers, the Whippets also won’t have the services of two players counted on for this season. Darci Cadell did not come out for the team, while Brittany Sicinski decided to concentrate on basketball. The bulk of the scoring duties, at least initially, will most likely fall to Dankanich. The strong legged Whitney will head the defense and be a strong threat from long range. The goalkeeping duties will fall to sophomore Messner.
Key Players: Stephanie Lobb, Jr., F; Karissa Smith, Jr., D; Caroline Dwyer, Jr, D; Kirsten Smith, Sr., D; Nicole Anzalone, Sr., M; Lauren Duguid, Sr., Gk.
Outlook: The Vikings grew up in a hurry last year, and that could pay huge dividends in 2010. They return all but two players Haley Miller and Allison Tizio from a squad that finished third in the Ches Mont and defeated Haverford High in the districts. The key will be in the back with Duguid in goal and the Smith sisters Karissa and Kirsten highlighting the back four. Lobb will be the main threat up top. “We should have speed up fron and can be pretty dangerous,” said first year coach Nicole Conzentino, who takes over for the retired Dan Rudloff. The Vikings should make their presence felt in the division race and could be a tough out come district time.
Outlook: With no apparent dominant team, the Warriors figure to be right in the mix as they usually are under Gotthold. Ryan can score in bunches as she has over 50 goals so far in her caereer. Sanders is one of the most creative players in the area. Danneberg will also be a key cog in the midfield. Deacon is the top returner along the defensive back line. One important task will be to find a replacement for goalkeeper Jess Henderson. “Our goal is to always peak at the end,” said Gotthold. “Our midfield and forwards are solid and we will be competitive.” The Warriors should once again make the district playoff, and when there, they can be counted on to be a thorn in the side to anybody they play.
Outlook: The Pioneers will be forging a new identity in more ways than one. First, Brophy takes over as coach from Danielle Fagan. Second, Conestoga will be younger and speedier than in years past. Despite the pronounced lack of seniors, they still have a number of players with varsity experience. Co captains Ellerbeck and Hirst are the two seniors on the squad and will provide most of the leadership, along with junior Bradley. Hirst is expected to help fill the scoring void left by the departed Kim Shoup. “We are trying to find our niche,” said Brogan. “This group has a strong work ethic and think about each other first more than themselves. We will be competitive in every game and look to peak around playoff time.”
Outlook: The Hurricanes have tasted success in the last couple of years and are eager to keep the ball rolling. “The girls have decided that soccer is important and they want to keep a good thing going,” said Christopher. “They came into the preseason fit and focused and excited for the season. While Villa gets itself sorted out on the back line, the team will be relying on an offense that can score in bunches, headed by Schiavoni and Schubert. Martinelli takes over in goal for the departed Kelsey McAnelly. The Hurricanes should be in the hunt for the AACA title and a district playoff berth.