Girls soccer pre­views

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(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.

Faith Chris­tian

• 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.

Hat­boro-Hor­sham

• 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.

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