There is no more time to wait.
The 2015 high school girls’ soccer season kicks off on Monday, even though a majority of the teams are waiting until at least Tuesday to start the season.
The 2014 season saw Jackson Christian and University School of Jackson reach their respective division’s state semifinal match.
Both teams have the potential to do it again. But then again, there are other quality teams in West Tennessee hoping they can call themselves the best.
But before the matches get started, here is the preseason Elite Eight for girls’ soccer:
1Jackson Christian (15 A-AA) (20-2-2) —The Lady Eagles became the second team in West Tennessee history to advance to the Class A-AA semifinals by beating Christian Academy of Knoxville last season. Jackson Christian returns seven starters from that team with hopes for getting back to that point.
2USJ (D2-A) (16-3-1) — The Lady Bruins reached the Division II-A state semifinals last year, but with six starters graduating, there are many unknowns heading into this season. USJ does get forward Abbey Fleming back after being injured last season, and senior Addison Dunn will be strong down the sidelines with her speed.
3Lexington (14 A-AA) (13-3) — The Lady Tigers went undefeated through the regular season last year but took three losses in the postseason to fall short of a state tournament berth. Lexington returns a majority of last year’s team with the hopes of having success in the postseason. Chandler Holmes led the Lady Tigers in scoring last year as a freshman.
4Chester County (14 A-AA) (17-7) — The Eaglettes graduated three midfielders and their goalkeeper from last year’s team that reached the Class A-AA state quarterfinals. Chester County will be young in some spots, but they will get better as the year goes on. Senior Lauren Rogers and junior Paige Pipkin will be the leaders this season.
5Westview (13 A-AA) (10-7) — After returning nine starters from last year, the Lady Chargers have their sights set high for this year. Westview returns their entire midfield led by seniors Brittney Johnson and Mary Schommer, and that should mean the Lady Chargers will be a strong possessing team.
6Sacred Heart (D2-A) (9-6) — The Lady Knights have a veteran group back this year that wants to build off of last year and try to get into the top two of the district. Division II-A is a tough division to play in, but Sacred Heart has started to adapt well. Emma Sopcak and Emily Whitaker will be the leaders of this team.
7South Gibson (13 A-AA) (8-7-1) — The Lady Hornets return a strong nucleus from last year’s squad that finished third in District 13 A-AA. South Gibson’s goal this season is to get into the top two and earn a first-ever berth into the region tournament. Savannah Webster will be the senior leader this season.
8TCA (15 A-AA) (8-7-2) — The Lady Lions reached the Class A-AA sectionals last year before losing to Chester County. TCA is hoping to build off of last season with the return of nine starters from that squad. Brynne Lytle has the ability to score multiple goals in any match she plays in, and Jennifer Briley is tough as a forward.
Teams eligible for the Dirty Dozen rankings are those who represent schools from The Jackson Sun’s 13-county circulation area: Madison, Gibson, Henderson, Chester, Hardeman, Haywood, Crockett, Weakley, Carroll, Benton, Decatur, McNairy and Hardin.
Michael Odom, 425-9754