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Class 4A final four girls soccer teams at a glance


Coach: Jo Garber, fifth year.

Assistants: Rob Woodard, Sandy Denham.

Record: 15-3.

Ranking: No. 6.

Nickname: Bulls.

Key players: Heather Ott (center midfield), Christy Reccord (forward), Jenny Hill (forward), Jill Mott (midfield), Leslie Golden (sweeper), Shannon Anderson (defense), Adrienne Meredith (defense), Corrie ter Mors (defense), Amber Collins (goalkeeper).

Notes: Bloomingdale has qualified for the state tournament for the first time in school history. The Bulls had lost to St. Petersburg Seminole in the Section II title game the previous two years. Ott leads the team in scoring with 36 goals while Reccord has added 28. Ott has been just as effective setting up plays. Her 12 assists are second only to Hill's 19. The Bulls have averaged 6.5 goals this year while their stingy defense, anchored by Golden, has given up just 18 goals all season.

Coconut Creek

Coach: Sue Peet, sixth year.

Assistants: none.

Record: 22-0.

Ranking: No. 2.

Nickname: Cougars.

Key players: Maggie Smith (goalkeeper), Lisa Bakowski (sweeper), Jennifer Kestner (midfield), Kara Sparks (midfield), Shauna James (forward), Becky Brand (midfield), Maria Guidice (stopper), Holly Spaw (forward).

Notes: Coconut Creek has seven seniors on the team, six of whom have started since their freshman year. The Cougars won state titles in 1984 and 1986. Most of this year's seniors went to state two years ago, losing to Lake Brantley 1-0 in the final. Last year, the team's only loss came to Jupiter in the sectional final, making the Cougars 41-1 over the last two seasons. Smith has only given up four goals all season. James and Kestner lead the team in scoring with 28 and 14 goals, respectively. Sparks has 20 assists. Peet coached at Brandon and at Chamberlain before moving to Coconut Creek.

Miami Killian

Coach: Kerry DeAngelo, fourth year.

Assistants: Dawn Wagner, Dave Winner.

Record: 14-4.

Ranking: Unranked.

Nickname: Cougars.

Key players: Melissa Durham (center midfield), Krissy Keckeisen (midfield), Tammie Peterson (goalkeeper), Nichole Yablin (forward), Aimee O'Sullivan (forward), Melissa Epstein (sweeper), Maraya Henderson (defender), Nancy Krameck (midfield), Christian Rine (midfield).

Notes: Killian has advanced into the state tournament the past two years, losing in the first round each time to Coconut Creek and Seminole, respectively. The Cougars have seven seniors who have been three-year starters. DeAngelo hopes their state experience will help this year. Killian is led by Durham (15 goals, 5 assists), Keckeisen (nine goals, nine assists) and Yablin (eight goals, three assists). The Cougars have 10 shutouts this season, and keeper Peterson has given up a total of 16 goals.

Longwood Lyman

Coach: Gary Barnett, first year.

Assistants: Liz Young.

Record: 27-0.

Ranking: No. 1.

Nickname: Greyhounds.

Key players: Melondy Hillsman (goalkeeper), Debrah Larson (defender), Adriane Kane (center midfield), Danya Harris (midfield), Amy Smith (midfield), Danielle Garrett (forward), Sara Kane (forward), Anne Brewer (defender), Cindy Kirkconnell (defender).

Notes: Lyman is the defending Class 4A state champion, defeating Seminole in the final last year. The Greyhounds have been the top-ranked Class 4A school all season, and had to defeat Lake Mary and Lake Brantley to win their district. Hillsman has 18 shutouts, and has only allowed eight goals this season. Garrett and Sara Kane lead the team in scoring with 23 goals each. Smith and Harris are the team's main playmakers with 19 and 17 assists, respectively. Lyman also won a state title in 1985.

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