GIRLS’ SOCCER: MID-PENN KEYSTONE PREVIEW

GETTYSBURG Warriors

Coach: Chad Wright. 2007 record: 5-10-1 (4-7-1 division).

Counterattacks: A lengthy run in the state basketball tournament caused the Warriors to start slowly, but Wright hopes his group won’t suffer through a repeat of 2007. Williams, an athletic handful up top, and Jacobs, a possible NCAA Division I recruit in goal, likely won’t let that happen. Will need to generate some balance offensively.

Top returnees: Katie Williams (sr STR, 16g, 5a, first-team all-star), Sarah Hoffman (sr MF, 1g, 3a, second-team all-star), Katie Jacobs (sr GK, 2 shutouts), Jordyn Newman (sr STR, 7g, 0a), Mia Rawleigh (so MF, 0g, 7a), Kelsey Shaffer (jr MF, 0g, 0a), Allison Rostad (sr DEF, 0g, 1a), Brittany Johnstone (sr DEF, 0g, 0a), Emily Clark (sr DEF, 0g, 0a), Lyssa White (so DEF, 0g, 0a), Rachel Rudisill (sr MF, 1g, 0a).

HERSHEY Trojans

Coach: Jeff Rosensteel. 2007 record: 18-6 (10-2 division). Reached District 3-AAA consolation semifinals.

Counterattacks: Anything less than a state bid will be a major disappointment for the Trojans, who won the Keystone and just missed the PIAA playoffs. Hershey easily is the Keystone’s most balanced side. While Brown appears ready to make a serious impact, the innovative Jones has an endless supply of tricks. Can you say Keystone repeat?

Top returnees: Sarah Malpezzi (sr DEF/MF, 3g, 2a, first-team all-star), Nikki Onorato (jr DEF, 1g, 1a, second-team all-star), Bree Orth (sr STR, 8g, 8a, second-team all-star), Chrissy Cantore (sr MF/STR, 0g, 0a in ’06), Emily Briggs (jr DEF, 0g, 1a), Daylene Castaldi (jr MF, 2g, 1a), Kendra Jones (jr MF, 7g, 6a), Lindsay McNeal (jr STR, 10g, 3a), Arielle Weil (jr DEF, 0g, 0a), Ali Rogers (jr DEF, 0g, 1a), Caroline Brown (so MF, 12g, 8a), Rileigh McHugh (so DEF, 1g, 3a), Casey Boyer (so DEF, 4g, 4a), Kate Wagner (jr GK, Hershey had 11 shutouts in ’07). Top newcomers: Molly Briggs (fr STR), Allysa Voelmle (fr DEF), Carrie Cin (fr DEF).

LOWER DAUPHIN Falcons

Coach: Randy Behney. 2007 record: 10-5-1 (9-2-1 division). Reached District 3-AAA playoffs.

Counterattacks: Lauren Alwine, LD’s incredibly talented striker, is headed next to the University of Virginia. For those who have yet to catch one of her high-octane performances: GO SEE HER PLAY. Of course, the hard-working Diamond also is capable of springing free for a timely finish. How a rebuilt D fares will be the ultimate key to LD’s success. Will challenge.

Top returnees: Lauren Alwine (sr STR, 8g, 8a, Keystone Division co-player of the year, all-state, NSCAA All-American), Carrie Diamond (jr MF, 13g, 6a, first-team all-star), Sarah Black (jr MF, 3g, 0a, second-team all-star), Steph Meador (sr DEF, 0g, 1a), Chelsea Miller (sr MF, 0g, 0a), Alex Volovar (sr STR, 1g, 0a). Top newcomers: Rachel Stohler (sr STR), Ellen Legro (jr MF), Olivia Olt (so DEF), Kaitlyn Plouse (so DEF), Brianna White (so STR), Emma Dahmus (so STR), Taylor Alwine (fr GK), Alanna Dunkle (fr STR), Caity Fox (fr MF).

MECHANICSBURG Wildcats

Coach: Tony Lougee. 2007 record: 14-6-1 (8-3-1 division). Reached District 3-AAA round of 16.

The big picture: Searching for a club that should be extremely entertaining? Lougee’s potent Wildcats might be the one. With the technically superior Brandt and the high-pitched Megan Keiser, Mechanicsburg already sported plenty of offense. Stitch in Zelenky and Matisse and the tach jumps a few hundred RPMs. Defensive issues need to be solved, but these folks will be fun to watch.

Counterattacks: Alex Brandt (jr MF, 9g, 8a, Keystone Division co-player of the year, all-state), Payge Alexander (jr DEF, 3g, 0a, first-team all-star), Nicole Keiser (so GK, 0g, 1a, 4 shutouts, second-team all-star), Megan Keiser (sr STR, 8g, 4a), Ariel Arnold (so MF, 3g, 0a), Jen Siler (jr DEF, 0g, 0a), Krissa Saultz (sr DEF, 0g, 0a), Alie Zelenky (jr MF, 1g, 0a). Top newcomers: Jody Zelenky (fr STR), Ali Matisse (fr MF), Rachel Hutchinson (sr MF).

MIDDLETOWN Blue Raiders

Coach: Chris Hunter. 2007 record: 11-9-1 (3-8-1 division). Reached District 3-AA round of 16.

Counterattacks: While it only seems that Brennan has been perched in the crease since Y2K, the talented netminder finally is winding down her career. If Stewart can punch a few holes in opposing defenses, a thin Middletown side will give plenty of people fits in its last Keystone run before relocating to the Capital. A 3-AA invite is possible.

Top returnees: Kelly Brennan (sr GK, 7 shutouts, first-team all-star), Bre Stewart (jr STR, 8g, 4a, second-team all-star), Mandee Rados (sr DEF, 2g, 1a), Lauren Ciccocioppo (sr MF, 0g, 1a), Megan Frailey (jr MF, 4g, 0a). Top newcomers: Emileigh Lloyd (fr GK).

NORTHERN Polar Bears

Coach: Mindy Smith. 2007 record: 6-11-2 (3-9 division).

The big picture: The Polar Bears are desperately trying to crank up the attack and post some offensive numbers. Northern rang up just 12 Keystone scores in ’07 — with five of those goals coming in one game. No wonder Smith is counting on a handful of sophomores to bring pop to a Polar Bears O. Keep an eye on Adams, a big, athletic keeper who can really play.

Counterattacks: Cait Shanahan (sr DEF, 2g, 0a), Danielle Kauffman (jr DEF, 0g, 0a), Jaycie Walton (sr STR, 5g, 4a), Brittany Adams (jr GK, 5 shutouts), Dani Cappellett (jr MF, 3g, 0a), Morgan DeLuca (sr STR, 1g, 0a), Rachael Hurst (sr DEF, 0g, 1a), Molly Veres (jr DEF, 0g, 0a). Top newcomers: Maegan Boucher (so MF), Alicia Frey (so STR), Jess Lowery (so MF), Shannon Casey (so MF), Taylor Nilson (so MF).

PALMYRA Cougars

Coach: Garfield De Silva. 2007 record: 8-10-2 (2-8-2 division).

Counterattacks: De Silva found some talented athletes waiting when he checked into Palmyra, but injecting a winning attitude may be his first priority. Generating balance in the attack to aid the dangerous Cooper would be another plus. Potentially explosive group that could cause plenty of damage.

Top returnees: Molly Cooper (jr STR, 12g, 2a, first-team all-star), Chelsi Jefferies (sr STR, 8g, 5a, second-team all-star), Liz Tena (sr DEF, 1g, 2a), Amanda Sotack (sr DEF, 2g, 0a), Maddie Mitchell (so MF, 2g, 2a), Kaitlyn Hogue (so STR, 0g, 0a), Lindsay Bowman (so MF, 2g, 3a), Casey Behrendt (so GK, 0g, 1a, 2 shutouts), Rosie Keys (so DEF, 2g, 0a). Top newcomer: Kaitlin Soucey (fr MF).

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