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Coach: Megan Owens
2017 record: 21-2-1
Lauren Albrecht, sr., MF
Jaden Ciesielski, sr., D
Sydney Gratz, jr., MF
Stephanie Howe, jr., F
Jenna Dominguez, jr., F
Katie Montgomery, so., GK
Outlook: The Vikings will look to pick up right where they left off after a 21-2-1 season. There’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to do that as they return 11 players from a team that won conference and a regional title before losing to St. Charles North in the sectional final.
American University recruit Sydney Gratz (12 goals, 9 assists in 2017) is one of the team’s 11 returnees along with Miami commit Lauren Albrecht at midfielder and sophomore keeper Katie Montgomery, who has already committed to Missouri State.
“We are solid across the board,” Owens said. “We have a lot of competition for all of our starting spots and return our key leading scorers from last year.
“The sooner we can gel as a team the better off we will be. If we work hard, stay focused and stay mentally tough we should have a very successful season.”
Coach: Scott Parillo
2017 record: 11-8-2
Name Year Pos.
Gabrielle Falsetto, sr., MF
Abbie Lomahan, sr., MF
Rachael Lutter, jr., F/D
Sophie Ottoson, sr., MF
Outlook: The Knights lost some key players who were a part of the program for three and even as many as four years. Their absence is evident, but Parillo still expects senior and juniors to lead the team.
Juniors Rachael Lutter, committed to Cincinnati, and Abbie Lomahan and seniors Sophie Ottoson and Gabrielle Faletto lead the returnees who will try to get the younger players up to speed. And there are plenty of them, including freshmen Taylor Carlson, Sasha Clinnin, Rachel Franck and Emma Hedlund.
“We should be competitive if we stay healthy and come together as a team quickly,” Parillo said. “We have a lot of new faces.”
Coach: James Alan Heidorn
2017 record: 4-10-5.
Name Year Pos.
Rachel Chason, so., MF
Ella Havertape, so., MF
Sophia Kramer, sr., D
Erika Martin, so., MF
Outlook: Rosary is young and it’s roster isn’t very large. So while there is excitement for the kids, and leadership from senior captain Sophia Kramer, there are also concerns mixed in the optimism.
“The biggest strength this year is that we have strong leaders in our seniors, and our sophomores gained lots of experience from last year and will be even more ready this season to perform well,” first-year coach Alan Heidorn said.
Sophomores Rachel Chason, Ella Havertape and Erika Martin have a full year of varsity soccer experience now which will be key, especially in sharing that with freshmen Megan Cibulskis and Cora Cease and sophomores Jessica Muckerheide and Ryan Uebel.
ST. CHARLES EAST SAINTS
Coach: Vince DiNuzzo
2017 record: 10-5-6
Name Year Pos.
Chantel Carranza, sr., MF
Alessia D’Argento, sr., D/MF
Hayley Popiel, sr., D
Rose Stackhouse, sr., F
Kayla Villa, jr., MF
Outlook: All-state selection Chantel Carranza (19 goals in 2017) returns and Vince DiNuzzo takes over the head coaching duties from Paul Jennison.
“Our goal at East will always be to win a state championship,” DiNuzzo said. “Staying healthy is going to be key for us.”
Coming off a 10-5-6 season, the Saints will be talented, but so will the rest of theTri-Cities so conference games alone will be huge challenges on a weekly basis.
“Our strength will be our mix of experience and new faces at the varsity level,” DiNuzzo said. “Another one of our strengths will be our ability to defend and make it difficult for opponents to score.”
Seniors Alessia D’Argento and Hayley Popiel will have a lot to do with the team’s defensive success.