Soccer Preview

Soccer Preview

The soccer season kicks off in earnest this week and will be in full swing the following week with conference matches beinning in mid-September.

Teams are listed in alphabetical order and updates and additions will be added as they are received.

Many thanks to all of the coaches who have responded so far.

ANNAPOLIS AREA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
COACH: AMY SPROUL
2017 C CONFERENCE RECORD: 5-4
2017 OVERALL RECORD: 5-11-2
OUTLOOK: Seniors Isa Crooks, Livvie Mellinger and Julie Hemmings (goal) will join sophomore Lizzie Kosmer in the back for the Eagles, with juniors Emily Powers and Charisma Burrell pacing the midfield. The offense looks solid with sophomores Taylor Grollman, (IAAM All-Conference Last Year), Tracy Grollman, Sarah Hall, Kyra Hudd, Lilly Hyre, Zoe Lemke, and Emma Williamson leading the charge. “We have put in a lot of work over the off-season, including playing in the AACC 7v7 league, and are looking to be competitive and make a run within the IAAM C Conference,” Srroul said. “We have a talented group of returners and a great mix of new players. We are excited about the direction we are going.”

ARCHBISHOP SPALDING (2017 record: 10-3-2; Final VSN Top 20 ranking: No. 4)
COACH: ASHLY KENNEDY
2017 A CONFERENCE RECORD: 7-1-1
2017 OVERALL RECORD: 10-2-3
OUTLOOK: Returning midfielder Jenna Snead and senior forward classmates Abby Hanks and senior Fifi Iluyomade give Kennedy’s club plenty of power and skill. Senior goalie Jillian Savageau and her backline mates, seniors Elisa Piccirilli and Ella Born and junior Hannah Williams rotating on the left side and senior Abby Jeanneault and sophomore Jess Wallace doing the same at center back, make the defense formidable. Throw in seniors Jess Zimmerman and Olivia Bukowski with junior Lauren Korsnick, and there’s even more of a reason to believe that the Cavaliers will contend in ’18.

BRYN MAWR SCHOOL
COACH: CHRISTINA VEPREK
2017 B CONFERENCE RECORD: 5-6
2017 OVERALL RECORD: 7-7-1
OUTLOOK: The Mawrtians will lean heavily on senior forward Virginia Oursler and junior midfield/defender Emma Joyce. The addition of freshman Hannah Johnson will key the defense. “We should have a lot of parody in the conference this year and we anticipate many close matches,” Veprek said. “We have an athletic team with great senior leadership and depth all over the field. Bryn Mawr should be a solid team and our performance should continue to improve throughout the season.”

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
COACH: BONNIE SANDONE
2017 B CONFERENCE RECORD: 1-11
2017 OVERALL RECORD: 3-13
OUTLOOK: The Cubs’ top returning player will be senior center defender Sara Morales/Center for a squad that lost five seniors to graduation and will compete in the C Conference this fall. “(We have) only three seniors this year but we had a strong freshmen class tryout this season and I think that will help fill in some gaps. Conference realignment will be a positive change to even out the playing field within each conference.”

FRIENDS SCHOOL
COACH: TOMMY QUARANTA
2017 B CONFERENCE RECORD: 3-9
2017 OVERALL RECORD: 9-11
OUTLOOK: A trio of standout returnees, senior center mid McKenna Klausner, junior forward Zaria Dancer and senior center back Bria Randolph, will anchor the Quakers this fall. “We are young, but love the growth we have seen from last year, plus with the addition of 12 new players to the program, we look forward to continuing that upward trend,” Quaranta said. “We are very excited about the upcoming season. With 11 sophomores and 10 freshman, this will be one of the youngest varsity teams ever at Friends. Going from 14 teams down to nine in the conference will heighten the importance of every game and should make for a really competitive season.”

GARRISON FOREST SCHOOL
COACH: HECTOR MONTERROSO
2017 B CONFERENCE RECORD: 4-7
2017 OVERALL RECORD: 4-9-1
OUTLOOK: Returning strong seniors, defender Maddie Morris, midfielder Carrington George and forward Amanda Trattner will provide leadership and guidance to a strong core of players and new recruits, Moterroso said. “I believe with our lead scorer from last year and our leaders of our team, we will give the teams in the B conference a hard time keeping us out of the run for the top spot,” the coach added. “I think this will be a great season and am looking forward to implementing my coaching philosophy while developing the soccer program at Garrison Forest School.”

GERSTELL ACADEMY
COACH: GIULIANO CELENZA
2017 A CONFERENCE RECORD: N/A
2017 OVERALL RECORD: 11-3
OUTLOOK: Celenza knows that, after a year as a provisional IAAM member, things could be quite different for his team this fall
That said, Gerstell is ready for the challenge in the rugged A Conference with seven key players returning to the fold, including goalie Noel Talbot and fellow senior Gabby Manning patrolling the backline. Look for senior Tyra Echevarria and junior Lauren Messinese to control the midfield with junior Rachel Manning while a pair of sophomores, Kennedy Major and Emily Messiness, make runs up top. “With this being our 1st year in the IAAM and in the A conference its going to be tough, but we are working hard to get ready for the challenges that lie ahead,” Celenza said.

GLENELG COUNTRY SCHOOL
COACH: CHRISTY COLE
2017 B CONFERENCE RECORD: 10-2
2017 OVERALL RECORD: 11-3
OUTLOOK: A strong senior-laden midfield featuring Addie Schmidt, Brianna Chun and Taylor Denny should give the Grizzlies enough skill in the middle third of the field to be competitive against always formidable A Conference opponents. Sophomore forward Ava Swartz lends offensive heft to the frontline.
“Moving to the A Conference this fall will provide challenges, but we are excited at the prospect of competing at the very highest level in the league,” Cole said. “We will look to our six seniors to provide the framework for transitional play, with sophomore forward Ava Swartz leading the charge to the goal.”

MARYVALE PREPARATORY SCHOOL
COACH: COLIN DEVLIN
2017 B CONFERENCE RECORD: 7-5
2017 OVERALL RECORD: 9-10-1
OUTLOOK: In his 15th year at the helm, Devlin welcomes alums Blair DiCriscio (2001), Kait Henninger (’05) as varsity assistants with Troy Peters running the JV and Kim Dubansky taking over the middle school teams. Senior Caroline Absher returns after sitting out 2017 with an injury following a 16-goal sophomore year. Senior Ella Pommett will be asked to hold the middle with junior Amanda Commadari while senior Mary McWright lock things up in the back in front of senior keeper Grace Morgan. The vets will be aided by an excellent soph/freshmen class headed by Kendall Feiler and Rosie Santini, who will look to find their way into the mix during the top-loaded preseason and some big name schools scattered around the regular season.
“The new alignment will certainly help with the A conference teams and add an extra dimension to the promoted teams in terms of a challenge,” Devlin said. “With St. Mary’s and St. Paul’s splitting the last four B Conference titles, we are looking forward to earning our way up there in ’18.”

MCDONOGH SCHOOL
COACH: HARRY CANELLAKIS
2017 A CONFERENCE RECORD: 5-1-2
2017 OVERALL RECORD: 14-2-4
OUTLOOK: As usual, the defending champs will be in the thick of things while vying for their 10th overall crown in the newly configured A Conference. Senior forward Julia Dorsey and junior forward/midfielder Kalli Wethern pace on offense that usually finds a way to break through in the clutch, just as it did in the final seconds of last year’s thrilling final triumph over Mercy. The Eagles also enjoy more firepower with sophomore, junior Lilly McCarthy and senior Dani Peay. Sophomore Alayna Lynchard should play a key role in front of keeper Abby Van Metre.

MERCY HIGH SCHOOL
COACH: DOUG PRYOR
2017 A CONFERENCE RECORD: 3-7
2017 OVERALL RECORD: 9-9-2
OUTLOOK: The Magic came within a hair of earning their first-ever soccer crown last year after knocking off Spalding in a semifinal shootout and bowing to McDonogh in the final. They are led by senior star Ada Clare Tempert, widely regarded as the most dangerous offensive threat in the conference — if not the state. Last year’s young cast of six freshmen and five sophomores, including midfielders Adrianna Gunther and Palina Jordan, will have to make their presence felt because Mercy graduated nine seniors, several of whom were critical to the team’s success.

NOTRE DAME PREPARATORY SCHOOL
COACH: VAL TEIXIERA
2017 A CONFERENCE RECORD: 3-7
2017 OVERALL RECORD: 2-5-1
OUTLOOK: Senior goalie Alyssa Minnick and senior midfielder Alex Fava will need to take charge in order to help the Blazers return to the upper tier of the A Conference after a rare losing season last fall.

SEVERN SCHOOL
COACH: ALBERT ONI
2017 B CONFERENCE RECORD: 8-4
2017 OVERALL RECORD: 12-9-2
OUTLOOK: Senior forwards Eileen Doherty and Camryn Levin will be the mainstays on offense for the Admirals while sophomore Mori Sokoloff handles the backline. “(We are a) hard working team that is very unselfish where there are no star players, but the team is the star,” Oni said. “(We) learned a lot from losing in the finals the last two years. The character of the team stands out — great character, very humble and unselfish. Everyone plays for each other. Very young team with great culture and chemistry. They embrace hard work.. great work ethic.”

ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL
COACH: SARAH MOLINA
2017 B CONFERENCE RECORD: 8-3-1
2017 OVERALL RECORD: 12-6-1
OUTLOOK: Considering that senior Hailee Murphy will be back in a defensive posture in front of senior keeper Shelby Sullivan, the Saints should have enough ability to defend their crown. Senior forward Lindsey Grady and sophomore midfielder Amanda Roy are also back in the fold for Molina’s squad.

ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
COACH: JOIE GILL
2017 B CONFERENCE RECORD: 12-0
2017 OVERALL RECORD: 14-1-2
OUTLOOK: While moving up to the A Conference could be a daunting task for most teams, the Gators should be well equipped to handle their new surroundings. Gill returns her entire starting squad from 2017’s B Conference runner-up, including twins Lizzy (center midfielder) and Alex (forward) Pirisino. The juniors will join classmate Laney Cornelius and seniors midfielders Sophie Hussain and Zari Hayes to give SPSG enough talent to contend for a title.
“We are excited to compete in the A and look forward to growing as a team and program,” said Gill, who led the Gators to the 2016 B Conference crown.

ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI
COACH: MACEO ROJAS
2017 C CONFERENCE RECORD: 8-2
2017 OVERALL RECORD: 10-6-1
OUTLOOK: Senior midfielder Yanni Green will be the biggest threat for the Panthers, who have not finished under .500 in conference play since 2013 while compiling a 28-9 record. This year’s edition will feature six freshmen and four transfers in what Rojas calls a “wide open” C Conference title this fall.