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Girls soccer preview

August 26, 2012
By MIKE MATHISON - Sports editor , The Herald-Star

Head coach Jessica Naughton and the Weir High girls soccer team are looking for another long trip south in November - to Beckley for the West Virginia Class AA-A state tournament.

And, nothing less, well, will be a disappointment.

"This year looks promising," she said. "We have a lot of returning letterman. We did lose a bit but girls step up to take their place and that's what has happened this year.

"Our leading scorer is back and so is the entire defensive line. It should be a good year. These girls are tough and want another shot at the state championship."

Junior Alyssa Shingle is back as the top scorer from a year ago.

Senior Jessica Derby and junior Morgan Cassels are back after all-state honorable mention honors.

Rounding out the squad are seniors Monica Burdette, Dominique Gilbert, Rachel Marker, Nicole Pellegrino and Kaitlyn Williams, juniors Haley Kirkbride, Tapir Bracken and Abby Wells, sophomores Jessica Davis, Francesca Rock, Raegan Stead and Mikayla Zias and freshmen Alyssa Kelly, Aleisa LeSane, Stephanie Pennacchio and Emily Ruiz.

Edison

The Wildcats made a brilliant run through the Division II Ohio state tournanment a year ago, finishing with a loss in the quarterfinals.

"With five returning starters from that Ohio state quarterfinalist team, there is a lot of youth and inexperience in the 2012 team," said Angelo. "This will provide a lot of chances for this group to play and get better as the season goes."

Junior Ashley Borsch was an OVAC honorable mention selection a year ago and she is one of the returners, along with senior goalie Jen Sheets, junior defender Meghan Scott and midfielders Kylie Long (junior) and Bethanie Bube (sophomore).

Allie Byrley is the leading returning scorer and she had six goals last year.

Rounding out the squad are seniors Allie Merritt, Mary Ann Reed and Kaitlyn Turachak, juniors Meghan Brooks, Hannah Miller, Sammy Montgomery and Chelsea Zdinak, sophomores Kaylinn Drabick and Amara Profitt and freshmen Maddie Byrley, Kayla Cronin, Becka Miller, Krystina Riley and Sara Waggoner.

Brooke

Head coach Lee Weppler likes what he has with his Bruins.

"We are really looking forward to being competitive this upcoming season," he said. "We have 14 players returning from last season, three of which were all-state, and three all-conference.

"We are also blessed with some new players that have a lot of potential. As long as our team plays up to their ability we will have a successful season."

Senior Kirsten Minger and juniors Erin Conaway and Michaela Hinerman were honorable mention all-state selections a season ago.

Joining Minger in the senior class are Marena Cline, Haley Dalton, Amber Govey, Sarah Hardsouk and Kameron Miller. The juniors are Megan Bilak, Shelby Cronin, Kaitlyn Govey and Syna Sayre, sophomores Lauren Altobelli and Jessie Wayne and freshmen Mekensie DeFranco and Cheyenne Hudson.

Catholic Central

New coach David LaRue begins the season with a lot of optimism as his Crusaders have started the season 3-0.

"The staff expects that the Lady Crusaders will accomplish more this season," he said.

Central lost four seniors from last year's team that went 7-6-1, but failed to qualify for OVAC Cup for the first time in years, and exited the sectionals in the first round.

The key returners are midfield senior captain Kristen Looman, junior midfielder and two-year letter winner Sydney Huff, senior captain and sweeper Rachel Irvin, junior stopper Micca Mirabella, OVAC and Eastern District honorable mention in 2011, three-year starter in goal, junior Moriah Vosteen and forward sophomore returning letter winner Maria Boston, a 10-goal scorer last season

Other letter winners returning to help the squad are senior defenders Michaela Gotta and Sarah Padgett, senior Midfield/Forward Carly Abraham, juniors Molly Marrow, Katie Irvin, Maria Luther, Melanie Sich, and Jackie DuBois, sophomore Angela Duff is expected to help on defense, and sophomores Krista Ondos, Ana McNamara, Katherine Moore, Emily Herrmann, and Carla Daniel look to contribute this year.

The new coach also has sophomores Katie Engle, Alyssa Hermann, Rhiannon Rogers, Kateri Spencer, and freshmen Sophia Bodo, Bridget Chronister, Kylie Chronister, Moira Hernon, Emily Kissinger, Anna Luther, and Madeline Padgett.

Oak Glen

Sam Paletta takes over the girls program after many successful season as the boys head coach.

"We have a solid group of players in all four grades," he said. "There was good competition during the preseason for the starting positions. The senior have stepped-up as strong leaders and all the girls have the 'whatever it takes' attitude to get better as a team."

Senior Megan Collins is a returning all-OVAC performer and the leading scorer.

Joining her are fellow seniors Alex Burch, Cassandra Deremer, Jennifer Mangano and Anna Crawford.

The juniors are Gabi Lemley, Casey Highfield, Kayla Strong, Paige Freeman, Jenna Mason, Shania Helmick and Jessi King.

Rounding out the team are sophomores Devon Temple, Erin Fields and Christen Mengano and freshmen Mollie Williams, Lydia Groves, Aisha Liberatore, Mandy Blake, Destiney Freeman, Autumn Moninger and Emily Bodo.

Steubenville

Second-team all-Eastern District performers last year, seniors Mallory Giannamore and Brittany Gates, return to lead Big Red.

"Every year that I have been with the program we have improved," said head coach Brittany Falbo. "Last year we were a lot more competitive compared to the years before, and through the hard work and dedication during the offseason, I can confidently say that we will be more competitive this year.

"We have 12 returning players who will carry on last year's legacy and do their best to influence the new players in a positive way. I am truly lucky to have such outstanding leadership on this team, from all grade levels."

Seniors are Katie Slivka, Micaela Stoutz, Geena Diomedi and Sha'miah Lindsey. The juniors are goalkeeper Loren Gray, Suki Almeida, Allie Zimish, Elayna Andres, Brooke Sutherland, Casey Gentile, Farrah Marcino and Emiley Masloski.

The sophomores are Emilee Karas and Ashlee Taylor and freshmen Deanna DiCarlo, Hannah Masloski, Madison Knight, Savannah Grant, Samantha McDonald and Hannah Hoover.

Madonna

Bob Kolanko returns to his second stint as the coach of the Blue Dons.

"Returning back to Madonna as a coach is a blessing to me," he said. "And I am very excited to have two knowledgable assistant coaches helping me out this season in Chris LeFever (former Weir High girls head coach) and Jack Porter (former assistant coach at Oak Glen)."

The top returning player is second-team all-state from a year ago, sophomore Rachel Grubbs.

"We are a young team with just one senior and two returning juniors," said Kolanko. "Because of our youth, we are going to rely heavily on the upperclassmen for leadership to mentor and bring along our sophmores and freshmen.

"After two years with low numbers, we have 25 girls on the team this year. That means the future of Madonna girls soccer is looking bright. It is my goal to keep these girls interested and active in the game of soccer and build this program. Having 20 freshmen and sophmores is a nice problem to have.

"Amy Davis is going to anchor our squad from the goalkeeper position. This will be her third year as our starting keeper.

"Rachel Grubbs and Mia Antinone will pack a strong 1-2 punch on the offensive side of the ball. Both have speed and a nose for the goal. Rachel can make things happen where as Mia knows where to be and when to be there.

"We are going to rely on our defense this season as we return nearly all defensive starters from last years squad. Shelby Kirk and Leanne Grubbs should solidify the middle of our field."

The juniors, along with Kirk, are Christina Conforti, Alayna Macaluso and Emily Stoneking.

The sophomores with the two Grubbs and Antinone are Hanna Bargar, Brooke Hawthorne, Gaby Kotten, Anna Westfall, Maria Mazzone, Amanda Pulice, Kacey Slaspell, Morgan Duerr and Kylie Johnson.

The freshmen are Elizabeth Conforti, Tessie Tokash, Dekota McCombs, Jenna Simon, Jenna Fonner, Ali Williamson, Mikaela Lenhart and Audra Bernabei.

Indian Creek

New head coach Jessie Ferrari takes over the Redskins.

"We have a very young team this year and have been faced with a few injuries very early in the season," she said. "All of my girls, whether first year players or veterans, have really stepped up and put in 110 percent to pull this team together.

"We are led by our captains Andrea Trice, Kristen Shimko and Kathrien Miller and these three young ladies have all displayed very impressive leadership so far.

"I am very excited to see this team mature throughout the season and am confident if the girls continue to put forward the same level of hard work and dedication that I have seen thus far we will see alot of improvement. These girls have alot of raw talent and through practice and focus I look forward to watching their skills develop through the season and future seasons."

Joining Trice and Miller as seniors are Alexus Bennett, Page Fowler, Amber Travis and Jessica Weisberger. Joining Shimko as juniors are Sonia Constable, Malieka Gurrera, Kelsey Pool, Bethany Tilton, Emily Todoroff and Jocelyn Wolpert.

The sophomores are Marissa DeFallo, Kayla Terry, Jalyn Thompson and the lone freshman is Feliciti Thompson.

 
 

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