Lafayette area girls soccer preview

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Central Catholic Knights

Coach: Bill Kerr (10-7)

2011 results: 10-7 (6-2 Hoosier Conference); lost to West Lafayette 8-0 in sectional opener

Returning letterwinners: Claire Smedley, sr., B; Michaela Davis, sr., M (5 goals); Kaitlin Kerr, sr., M (1 goal); Katie Coghill, sr., M (2 goals); Kelsey Harding, jr., F (6 goals, 2 assists); Molly Diener, jr., B; Alaina Milazzo, jr., B; Megan Smith, jr. F (5 goals); Dana Blichmann, so., M (1 goal); Maggie Bobillo, so., F (4 goals, 2 assists); Allison Martin, so., F (5 goals, 4 assists); Rachel Hutzel, so., B; Megan Thieme, jr., GK (24 saves)

Newcomers: Beth Shafer, fr., GK/D; Stephanie Siemers, fr., GK/F; Lauren Pannell, so., MF

Outlook: Smedley, Diener, Milazzo, Blichmann and Hutzel all were part of a strong back line that helped the Knights earn nine shutouts last season. CC looks to build off last year’s 10-win season with a large group of returning players.

Faith Christian Eagles

Coach: David Ungaro (first season)

2011 results: 4-5-1 (independent)

Returning letterwinners: Ilene Armstrong, sr., D; Maggie Wetzel, sr., CM (8 goals); Elizabeth Oakes, jr., D; Katie White, jr., M; Hannah White, jr., M; Kiersten Boyer, jr., M; Mariel Netherton, jr., F; Anna Benson, so., D; Evelyn Li, jr., M; Grace Caruthers, jr., M/D

Newcomers: Jayma Benda, jr., GK; Jessica Timperman, fr., M; Carolyn Wetzel, fr., F; Andi Howell, so., F

Outlook: Wetzel is the program scoring leader with 13 career goals as the Eagles enter their third season. After nearly being .500 last year, Faith is hoping for the program’s first winning record this season and will be eligible to compete in the sectional tournament for the first time.

Harrison Raiders

Coach: Arin Yarc Keen (38-46-8 in sixth season)

2011 results: 8-10-1; defeated McCutcheon 3-2 in overtime to win Harrison Sectional; lost to Hamilton Southeastern 7-1 in regional championship

Returning letterwinners: Bailey Sliger, sr., D (5 goals, 2 assists); Hannah Clauson, sr., D; Lizzie Lehman, sr., D; Alissa Kruger, sr., F (2 goals, 2 assists); Emily Norris, sr., M (2 goals, 3 assists); Jordan DeBoy, sr., M (3 goals, 2 assists); Hayley Jacobs, sr., F (5 goals, 1 assist); Ryley Bugay, jr., M (6 goals, 3 assists); Katie Musi, so., F (10 goals, 1 assist)

Newcomers: Sydney Gray, jr., D; Jessi Gaisbauer, sr., GK; Sydney Rainey, fr., F; Lauren DeCamp, fr., F

Outlook: A senior-led defense hopes to help the Raiders in their quest to repeat as sectional champions. The Raiders have eight seniors blended with talented underclassmen, including Bugay and Musi, who were key parts of last year’s sectional championship team.

Lafayette Jeff Bronchos

Coach: Coleen Hamrick (25-44-5 in fifth season)

2011 results: 3-14 (0-9 Hoosier Conference); lost to Harrison 1-0 on penalty kicks in sectional semifinals

Returning letterwinners: Erin West, sr., MF/D; Sara McDonald, sr., D; Scyler Wright, sr., F; Hannah Ensign, sr., M; Kelsey McCall, jr., D; Rylie Pittard, so., M

Newcomers: Bailey Slate, so., F; Maddie Scherer, fr., F; Kirsten Williams, jr., GK

Outlook: After winning sectional and regional titles in 2010, the Bronchos collected just three wins a season ago. Hamrick’s squad is determined not to have another season like last year. While the Bronchos compete in the strong Hoosier Crossroads Conference, they expect to be competitive with the traditional conference powers.

McCutcheon Mavericks

Coach: Jason Donkersloot (14-20-2 in third season)

2011 results: 9-8-1 (2-6-1 Hoosier Crossroads Conference); lost to Harrison 3-2 in overtime of sectional final

Returning letterwinners: Amy Corley, sr., M; Ashley Reed, sr., GK (92 saves, 6 SO); Bailey Smith, sr., M; Haley Wheeler, sr., M; Megan Albregts, sr., M (3 goals, 2 assists): Tori Stevens, sr., M (4 goals, 2 assists); Cassie Smith, jr., M/F; Elizabeth Burton, jr., M/F (15 goals, 2 assists); Kaitlyn Denson, jr., D (2 goals); Kierney Winkleman, jr., D; Rachel Williams, jr., M/D (5 goals, 2 assists); Becca Spitalniak, so., M/D; Beth Brouwer, so., D

Newcomers: Megan Boardman, sr., M; Taylor Bates, sr., M/F; Erin VanHoosier, MF/F; Tori Blumling, sr., F

Outlook: The Mavericks were on the brink of a sectional championship before a late rally by Harrison. With 10 seniors and 13 returning letterwinners, along with accomplishing a winning record last season, McCutcheon has high goals for this season.

West Lafayette Red Devils

Coach: Aaron Blessing (28-6-6 in third season/74-55-18 in eighth season overall)

2011 results: 15-4-2 (4-0 in Hoosier Conference); defeated Northwestern 2-1 in West Lafayette sectional championship, defeated Fort Wayne Concordia 3-0 in regional championship, lost to Mishawaka Marian 2-1 in overtime at semistate

Returning letterwinners: Anna Searle, sr., GK (74 saves, 7 SOs); Mirae Whitaker, sr., B (7 goals, 2 assists); Katie Bittner, sr., M (18 goals, 6 assists); Erin Brophy, jr., M (3 goals, 7 assists); Shelby Mann, jr., M (8 goals, 7 assists); Hayley Karpick, so., M (2 goals, 3 assists); Maya Alexander, jr., F (3 goals, 1 assist); Laurel Fricker, sr., M (2 goals); Grace VanSickel, sr., B; Erin Sommer, sr., B

Newcomers: Lauren Johnson, fr., F; Kristen Johnson, fr., M

Outlook: The Red Devils advanced to semistate last year in the Class A tournament and hope to use the heartbreak of falling short of the state finals as motivation. For better preparation, West Side, which already played a tough schedule, has compiled the strongest regular-season schedule in Blessing’s three seasons.

Around the area

Benton Central coach Mike Kerkhoff is counting on a strong junior class to fill the void of nine seniors and senior Courtney Lester returns after a stellar junior season.

Seniors Shannon Reece and Emily Guinter will lead a Crawfordsville team that went 3-13 last season and is under first-year coach Brent Bokhart. Sophomore Hannah Whicker will return on offense and a large freshman class will be called upon to fill some gaps.

First-team All-Sagamore Conference pick Adilene Santos and leading scorer Perla Castillo return for Frankfort, which was 3-13 last season. The Hot Dogs have eight players back, including four seniors.

North Montgomery has first-team All-Sagamore Conference midfielder Haley Foster back from a 6-10 team that returns plenty of experience. Junior Maggie Carpenter scored six goals last season and along with senior Danielle Terry was a second-team all-conference pick.

With a large chunk of its scoring graduated, Twin Lakes will rely on a balanced attack. All-Hoosier Conference goalkeeper Breanna Gallinger had 220 saves last season and has experience in front of her with senior Olivia Raderstorf and junior Elizabeth Propes in the back. Sophomore Jessica Puga is back after tearing her ACL in the season opener last year.

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