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GIRLS SOCCER OUTLOOK

ALONSO RAVENS

COACH: Scott Cunningham

LAST YEAR: 2-16

RETURNEES: Aine Feaser, Laura Newton and Martha Bromfield, all sophomores.

OUTLOOK: This is the Ravens' second season. There are several new players on the team and the Ravens will need some time on the field together.

COACH SAYS: Assistant coach Wayne Crowell worked with the team last year and says it will be strong this season. "They have competitive attitudes and are working hard for coach Cunningham."

CHAMBERLAIN CHIEFS

COACH: Robert Warren

LAST YEAR: 10-8

RETURNEES: Allie Sherrard and Alisa Alfano, seniors; Jackie Friedman and Stephanie Key, juniors.

OUTLOOK: The Chief's four key players from last year's winning season are back, joined by several skilled newcomers. Last year the team members played well together and Warren says the group's ability to work as one unit on the field has improved this year.

COACH SAYS: "We have all our key players back, but no individual dominant player. They play well together, but we are short on depth, so our starters will have to stay healthy. That being said, I expect a great season from these girls this year."

FREEDOM PATRIOTS

COACH: David Outlaw

LAST YEAR: First season

RETURNEES: None.

OUTLOOK: The Patriots have a favorable schedule this season. The team will face less experienced teams early on, followed by more intense competition toward the end of the regular season. The schedule could help this new program ease into the competitive arena of local girls soccer. The players are young, but Outlaw is a veteran who is capable of building a strong team in time for the district competition.

COACH SAYS: "In this first season, I will be working to help this team build a base of skill and unity, plus develop a proper attitude of desiring to get better. I have a pair of experienced freshmen, Vanessa Rangle and Ashton Charles, who can help us early. At the end of the season, I want the girls and myself to be able to look back and see we have come a long way."

GAITHER COWBOYS

COACH: Dianne Sumner

LAST YEAR: 12-2-2

RETURNEES: Kasey Kubly and Nataly, seniors; Louisa Ward, junior.

OUTLOOK: Going into the season with a mixture of veterans and newcomers, the Cowboys will need a few games before everything starts to run smoothly. However, the team has the speed and talent to make the playoffs this season.

COACH SAYS: "After a pretty good season last year, we weren't able to finish in the district tournament. So we lost in the semi's. We want to take our time building up for the finish and make the playoffs."

JEFFERSON DRAGONS

COACH: Maureen Sampson

LAST YEAR: 1-11-1

RETURNEES: Tara Amato, Akivia Bassaragh, Cherise Lopez, all seniors; Maria Rodriguez, Tatiana Patino, Elizabeth Larke, Brittany Jackson and Enid Vasquez, all juniors.

OUTLOOK: A strong defense and aggressive play up and down the field describe Lady Dragons' strategy this season. First-year coach Maureen Sampson says she hopes to turn the program around with the help of team veterans and a group of soccer-loving South American athletes.

COACH SAYS: "I'm very optimistic about this group of girls. Many of the up-and-coming new talented players are self-motivated, love soccer, play well together and are just nice young ladies."

LETO FALCONS

COACH: Jack Toohey

LAST YEAR: 5-9

RETURNEES: Kari McVeigh, Jessica Shepherd and Alicia Knowles, all seniors.

OUTLOOK: The Falcons have a strong back line with Shepherd and McVeigh, and Knowles is a skilled distributor in the midfield. Although Leto has a lot of new players this season, the team is entering with experience and skill. The Falcons are fast and should be competitive.

COACH SAYS: "We hope to match up better with some of the stronger teams in our district this season. We are more balanced this year and we hope to build up last year's record with a few more wins. Our schedule is tough, but we hope to improve."

SICKLES GRYPHONS

COACH: George Arroyo

LAST YEAR: 15-2-4, Conference and District champions

RETURNEES: Lauren Ophaug, Lydia Harvey, Tanya Whyte, all seniors; Caitlin Cerame and Caitlin Howard, all juniors; and sophomore Wendy Monart.

OUTLOOK: In addition to the returning starters, the team has impressive freshmen this season as well as players who moved into the area. Sickles was tough last year and should be even more formidable this year.

COACH SAYS: "Our girls are in good physical condition and even stronger mental condition. It is a well balanced, hard working team and the girls should improve over last season."

WHARTON WILDCATS

COACH: Julie Unger

LAST YEAR: 6-10

RETURNEES: Krystal Jones, Kenza Sepke, Melissa Starzeski, all seniors.

OUTLOOK: Coach Unger says there could be up to four freshmen starters on the field, but the Wildcats should come away with a better record than last year's.

COACH SAYS: "I always enter a season believing our girls will be in contention for the district title. This year we have a good mix and as usual we have set our goals high."

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