Central Catholic Knights
Coach: Bill Kerr (33-17-1 in fourth season)
2013 results: 11-6-1; lost to West Lafayette 5-0 in sectional
Top returnees: Maggie Bobillo, sr., B/M/F; Dana Blichmann, sr., M; Allison Martin, sr., M; Lauren Pannell, sr., M; Rachel Hutzel, sr., B; Lizzie Riehle, sr., B; Beth Schafer, jr., M; Stephanie Siemers, jr., GK; Emma Gerrety, so., M; Alise Weeks, so., M/F
Others to watch: Julie Blichmann, so., M/F; Kenna Preston, so., F/M; Bay Ulery, fr., GK; Lindsey Kiracofe, fr., M/B; Jill Presutti, fr., M/B; Lizzie Cramer, fr., M/B; Madison Korn, fr., M; Jennie Harkcom, jr., F/M
Outlook: Central Catholic’s rise to prominence has been overshadowed by the success of rival West Lafayette, but the Knights aren’t far behind. CC’s preseason win over Oldenburg Academy showed what can be achieved by a team with two Indiana Elite All-Stars (Martin and Pannell) back as well as all-state honoree Bobillo.
Faith Christian Eagles
Coach: David Ungaro (10-14-5 in third season)
2013 results: 5-6-3; lost to Delphi 1-0 in sectional
Top returnees: Montgomery Allgood, sr., F (2 goals, 1 assist); Andi Howell, sr., D (2 goals, 2 assists); Carolyn Wetzel, jr., F (8 goals, 4 assists); Jessica Timperman, jr., M (3 goals, 1 assist); Skylar Chupp, jr., D (1 goal, 1 assist); Amanda Davies, so., M (1 goal, 1 assist); Chloe Tuinstra, so., D; Marissa Boyer, so., GK (2 SO)
Others to watch: Brooke Myars, sr., D; Cindy Bolander, jr., M; Ashley Nida, so., M; Katie Caruthers, so., M; Mackenzie Myars, fr., GK
Outlook: With only nine returning players, new faces will be counted on for major contributions. With 16 career goals, Wetzel is seven goals from the school record mark set by her sister.
Coach: Emily Gonderman (7-10-1 in second season)
2013 results: 7-10-1; lost to McCutcheon 3-0 in sectional championship
Top returnees: Katie Musi, sr., F; Mayra Pacheco, sr., D; Priyanka Santhrapuram, sr., M; Katie Bond, sr., M; Tonya Gregorash, sr., M; Georgia Lawlor, sr., M; Sofia Ballotti, jr., GK; Sarah Maxson, jr., D; Caroline Blanchard, jr., D; Abigail Hancock, jr., M; Sydney Rainey, jr., F; Lauren DeCamp, jr., D; Sophie Hein, so., GK; Eleanor Sammons, so., M; Megan Boocher, so., M; Kayleigh James, so., D; Alexis DeCamp, so., M
Others to watch: Olivia Geswein, fr., F; Emily Blanchard, fr., D; Amy Madren, fr., M
Outlook: The Raiders have a lot of experience as well as a lot of speed, talent and diversity. Speed and creativity will play into Gonderman’s plans, which she hopes will translate to more victories.
Lafayette Jeff Bronchos
Coach: Erin Hamrick (first season)
2013 results: N/A; lost to McCutcheon 4-0 in sectional
Top returnees: Rylie Pittard, sr., M; Kelsi Valencia, sr., M/F; Bailey Slate, sr., D; Miquela Cortez, sr., D; Emily Fletcher, jr., M/F; Faith Eavey, sr., D; Andrea Ruiz, sr., M; Maddie Scherer, jr., M/F
Others to watch: Scotlyn Sunkel, jr., GK; Brook Switzer, so., M; Jennie Flauhaut, fr., F; Karlie Hamilton, so., M; Allie Eavey, so., M; Taylor Frazier, jr., D; Kat Hogan, fr., M/F; Kaitlynn Schnebly, fr., F/M/D
Outlook: Hamrick is quite familiar with the squad despite it being her first year in charge of the program. The summer was spent fine-tuning, and with strong leadership and cohesion, led by last year’s team MVP Pittard and top forward Valencia, the Bronchos expect to field a competitive unit in their return to the North Central Conference.
Coach: Jason Donkersloot (38-34-4 in fifth season)
2013 results: 12-5-2; defeated Harrison 3-0 to win sectional; lost to Fishers 3-0 in regional
Top returnees: Allison Boardman, sr., M/D (1 goal); Becca Spitalniak, sr., M/D (6 goals, 2 assists); Beth Brouwer, sr., D (1 assist); Caitlinn Lineback, sr., GK (8 SO); Kristin Kincanon, sr., D; Liddy Freeman, sr., D; Haley Burge, jr., D; MaKayla Merryman, so., F/M (5 goals, 6 assists); Abi Childers, so., M (2 assists); Haley Crowe, so., D (3 goals, 2 assists); Marissa LaRosae, so., D (1 goal, 1 assist); Koral Briggs, so., F (13 goals, 6 assists)
Others to watch: Madison Stewart, fr., D
Outlook: McCutcheon was one of the state’s top teams last season but only middle of the pack in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference. A shift to the North Central Conference has the Mavericks eyeing the league crown with a talented group that includes Spitalniak, who is committed to IUPUI.
West Lafayette Red Devils
Coach: Shauna Stapleton (first season)
2013 results: 15-7; defeated Northwestern 9-0 to win sectional; defeated Hamilton Heights 2-0 to win regional; defeated Fort Wayne Luers 3-2 to win semistate; defeated Gibson Southern 2-0 to win Class A state title
Top returnees: Mary Kate Cartwright, jr., GK; Emma Burley, so., B; Kasey Touloukian, sr., F; Monica Pinal, jr., B; Sara Suisman, sr., B; Freyda Mannering, so., M; Paige Downey, jr., M; Kylie Tracanna, jr., F; Grace Fisher, so., M; Hayley Karpick, sr., M; Sarah Waters, sr., B; Jordyn Whaley, jr., B; Grace McDougall, so., M; Shannon Berry, jr., M; Kali Krockover, jr., F; Allie Jin, so., B; Melissa Bol, jr., F
Others to watch: Madeline Lynam, fr., F; Aleah Whaley, fr., F; Gabbi Espinoza, fr., B; Suraya Whitaker, fr., B
Outlook: Key pieces, including the head coach, are gone from last year’s state championship team, but the expectations don’t change. Stapleton’s approach is high pressure defensively and maximizing field space to control the game offensively.
Around the area
Benton Central will rely on a mix of veterans and first-year players after losing 11 seniors.
Improvement was shown by Delphi with its first postseason victory last season. Led by a strong sophomore group now experienced at the high school level, the Oracles look to continue climbing upward. Rylee Lane returns after an all-conference season, and top scorers Danielle Swayze and Whitney Goodman return.
Frankfort matched last year’s win total (1-17) on the opening night of the season under new coach Matt Hines. Senior Sofia Byrd is transitioning from forward to goalie. Senior Kristyn Webb (2 goals) had two assists in the opener, while freshman Alejandra Cruz provided a hat trick.
All-conference selections Brooke Hughes, Sydney Hrdlicka, Meleah Brown and Taylor Zink lead what looks to be a promising Rossville team. Freshmen Julia Malson and Jayden Murray supply talented newcomers to a Hornets team that went 5-8 last year.
Leading scorer Hannah Haselby is back for a Twin Lakes team that lost 11 seniors, including eight starters. Coach Tony Duffy already has seen massive gains since summer conditioning. Seniors Destiny Deeter, Jessica Puga and Tekla McCabe also return from a 6-6-5 team.
— Compiled by Sam Kingemail@example.com