Girls soccer preseason rankings

Girls soccer preseason rankings

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Division I

1. Gilbert Highland: Defending champs going for repeat with 10 returning starters.

2. Phoenix Xavier Prep: Eight starters return to continue ball-control wizardry.

3. Phoenix Pinnacle: Tough team that scores in bunches returns eight starters.

4. Chandler Hamilton: Last season’s state runner-up returns 17 players, including seven starters.

5. Phoenix Desert Vista: Nine starters, seven of them seniors, come back for 2012 state quarterfinalist.

6. Scottsdale Chaparral: Several key players return for 2012 state quarterfinalist.

7. Marana Mountain View: Justene Kesterson and the Pimenta sisters (Lauren and Priscilla) are back for one more run at a title.

8. Tempe Corona del Sol: Nine starters return to erase last season’s down year.

9. Mesa Red Mountain: Reigning Mesa Player of the Year, midfielder Sydney Schroeder, anchors a defensive-sound team.

10. Anthem Boulder Creek: Seven players return for team that has talent to make it to final four. Goodyear Millennium leads a slew of teams that just missed top 10.


Division II

1. Tucson Catalina Foothills: Graduated tons of talent but 6 players return for 2012 state champs.

2. Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge: Graduated 12 players and has just three starters return from last season but reloads.

3. Cave Creek Cactus Shadows: Six players return for a team that could be even more talented than last year’s state runner up.

4. Phoenix Arcadia: New coach Adam Zweiback inherits eight returning starters.

5. Tucson Sahuaro: Returns eight starters, including its top two goal scorers.

6. Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep: Eight players return, including healthy goal-scoring machine Madison Reisdorf.

7. Tucson Sabino: Nine players return for one of the division’s better defensive teams.

8. Glendale Raymond S. Kellis: 2012’s surprise team welcomes back six starters.

9. Glendale Apollo: Eight starters return to cement another season of goals galore.

10. Flagstaff: New coach for a program that always makes an impact. Among others, Avondale Agua Fria and Peoria Sunrise Mountain should see top 10 status this season.


Division III

1. Tucson Palo Verde: Returns a big squad (8 more than last year’s state runner up), including lightning-quick 51-goal scorer Jasmine Stokes.

2. Buckeye Verrado: Seven starters return for a team that plays as beautiful as any other regardless of division.

3. Chandler Seton Catholic: Well-balanced team also returns plenty of firepower.

4. Goodyear Estrella Foothills: Even without Kelsie Roberts and Rachel Cardwell, team, which returns 12 players should never be counted out.

5. Gilbert Campo Verde: Seven starters return for 2012 state quarterfinalist.

6. Gilbert Higley: A steady program that has built itself into a playoff perennial.

7. Chandler Valley Christian: Kelsey Reade and Keara Schromm are a dangerous offensive combination.

8. Fountain Hills: Goalkeeper Kahri Smith will keep Fountain Hills in any match.

9. Cottonwood Mingus: Senior Gabby Guerro will be team’s go-to player.

10. Gilbert Williams Field: Seven starters return for a team with more depth than last year.

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