Girls soccer previews
(9-1-1 in PCL; District 12 Champions) • Notable losses: Kristen Phillips, Kathy Reid, Keirsten Godzieba, Megan Gifford
• Key returnees: Seniors – Bryn Wassel, Hannah Whitby; Junior – Lexi Mayo
• Others to watch: Juniors – Greta Sheridan, Kerry Goldstein, Alyssa Messina, Colleen Andris, Jenna Gibbons, Michaela Crimlish; Sophomores – Grace Gaus, Briana Coughlin
• Strengths: The Crusaders are pleased with their depth, versatility and experience. They have a solid core of returning all-league players and future all-league players.
• Question marks: The Crusaders will never know what team they have until they are tied in the final minutes and need to come through. There are some concerns to whether they can score in the biggest games.
• Outlook: As they have done for the majority of coach O’Donnell’s stint as head coach with the Crusaders, they are looking to win the league. The Philadelphia Catholic League is loaded with talented teams, but they feel they have enough to make a run at a title.
• Coach: Jen Totaro (seven seasons) • Last year’s record: 11-4-1 overall • Notable losses: Dana Berrios, Brittany Elitz
• Key returnees: Senior – Rachel Shive; Juniors – Sabina Meyers, Carien Barnes; Sophomore – Sabrina Smith
• Others to watch: Junior – Kari Anderson; Sophomore – Taylor Barnes; Freshman – Kirah Brown
• Strengths: The Lions feel good about their goalie situation and the speed down the middle of the middle. They bring a balanced attack to the field this fall.
• Question marks: This is the first year the Lions are playing soccer in the fall and numbers are low because of the switch. Being a part of new league, which does consist of some bigger smalls, the Lions will need to stay healthy and work harder than ever.
• Outlook: Despite the challenges the Lions face the girls, are looking forward to the BAL competition and hope to make a run at league title in their first year out of the ACCAC.
• Coach: Katie Lamplugh (first season)
• Last year’s record: 14-5-1 overall (10-3-1 in the Suburban One Continental Conference)
• Notable losses: Lindsey Day, Kellie McGoldrick
• Key returnees: Seniors – Mary Kate Bateman, Tory Adlam, Sydney McNutt; Junior - Ramsey McMenamin, Maria Guerra; Sophomore – Rachel Kaplan
• Others to watch: Junior – Brianna Cummins; Sophomore – Mikaela Malofiy
• Strengths: The experienced midfield should pay dividends for the Hatters. Their ability to feed the tandem of Mary Kate Bateman and Tory Adlam should result in a large amount of goals. Their offense has a chance to be very dynamic.
• Question marks: The Lady Hatters are going to do their best to win now and prepare for the future. With 10 seniors on the team they need to see the young players step up and show they will ready to take over bigger roles after 2012. But for this season, a lot is to be expected and junior Brianna Cummins will take over as the new goalkeeper.
• Outlook: Coach Lamplugh said, “We have a lot of experience and we are looking for our 10 seniors to be strong leaders. We are coming off a successful season and hoping to make a playoff run.” The Hatters were one of the two teams to beat Pennridge, who won the district and were state runnerups. The Hatters expect to challenge the Rams for the league title.