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Capsule outlook of the area’s high school girls’ soccer teams

High school girls’ soccer outlook

Coe-Brown

Division: II

Coach: Josh Hils (9th year)

Last year: 9-7-1, lost in first round

Returning players: Christen Gallant, so., MF; Ariel Clachar, jr., MF/F; Sarah Curtin, jr., MF/D; Kianna Daudelin, jr., F; Ingrid Kinevich,jr., D; Jelasa Nelson, jr., F; Audra Jenkins, sr., MF; Alley Savioli, sr., G; Hailey Serino, sr., MF

Top newcomers: Molly DeTrude, so., D; Kaitlyn Ross, so., MF; Emily Blad, sr., MF; Megan Burgess, jr., D

Outlook: With only five players graduated from last year’s team that finished tied for seventh in the regular season and five starters among the nine veterans returning, there’s reason for optimism in Northwood. The veteran leadership is anchored by two-time All-State Honorable Mention goalie Savioli, while seniors Serino and Blad will control the midfield. Nelson, Daudelin, Clachar and Gallant provided much of the offense last year, and will be called on to once again spark the attack. Coach Hils said sophomores Detrude and Ross “have shown the ability to be impact players” while Jenkins and Haley Ruth “provide steady and consistent play on the wings.”

Teams to beat: Portsmouth, Souhegan, Goffstown, Windham

John Stark

Division: II

Coach: Heather Doucette (8th year)

Last year: 10-4-3, lost in first round

Returning starters: Chloe Loos, sr.; Kelsey Johnstone, sr.; Jordan Shatney, sr.; Bri Legrand, jr.; Madison Janelle, sr.; Casey Poirier, jr.; Liz Neal, so.

Top newcomers: Brooke Shatney, Meg Gordan, Mackenzie Nase, Jocelyn Dimond

Outlook: The Generals lost much of their defense to graduation, so securing the back line and keeper position will be critical for this young team. Loos will help in that area, and experienced midfielders like Shatney (a four-year starter), Johnstone, Legrand and Neal will also help bolster the team’s defensive efforts. “(It’s) a young squad with lots of excitement,” Coach Doucette said. “The few returning veterans will anchor the team, hopefully leading them to success.”

Teams to beat: Oyster River, Souhegan, Hollis-Brookline, Hanover, Lebanon

Merrimack Valley

Division: II

Coach: Kyle Reed (5th year)

Last year: 7-10, lost in first round

Returning starters: Erin Bresslin, sr., D; Teagan Lavery, sr., MF; Mary Mullen, sr., G; Emily Mulleavey, sr., MF; Mikayla Godfrey, sr., D; Brooke Cotton, jr., D/F; Grace Rutherford, jr., MF/F; Karra Hebert, jr., MF; Meredith Ramsey, jr., F; Danielle Wiley, jr., MF; Morgan Walton, so., MF; Taylor Smith, so., MF; Brittany Warren, so., D

Top newcomers: Brooke Ellis, sr., F; Samantha Loeser, jr., G; Heidi Gooch, jr., D/MF/F; Sammi Osborne, so., MF; Mayson Kimball, so., MF; Taylor George, so., D; Asia Hazeltine, fr., F

Outlook: The Pride has enjoyed a positive and productive preseason as its deep group of talented veterans has meshed well with all the newcomers. “Their focus and hard work is where it needs to be and should help (us) have a successful season,” Coach Reed said. “The goal is to make it deeper into the playoffs and have a well-rounded squad that plays together as a cohesive unit.”

Teams to beat: Portsmouth, Hanover, Lebanon, Goffstown

Pembroke

Division: II

Coach: Jess Croft (4th year)

Last year: 3-12-1, did not make tournament

Returning starters: Keerstyn Allen, sr., MF; Kaity Morency, sr., MF; Skylar Carter, sr., D; Lexi Duclos, sr., D; Molly Hamilton, jr., D; Julia Currier, jr., MF

Top newcomers: Maddie Bardier, sr., MF/F; Emilee Harlow, fr., F; Casey Corriveau, jr., MF/F

Outlook: The Spartans need their six returning starters to step up if they are to make a tournament run after last season’s rough year. Coach Croft is looking for Currier and Morency to make the offense go from their midfield positions, while the defense is led by Hamilton. Corriveau joins the team from the tournament-savvy Raymond squad, while another newcomer, Harlow, has “the size and physicality to be a contender up top,” Croft said.

Teams to beat: “There is so much parity in the division,” Croft said, “it can be anyone’s game on any given day.”

Belmont

Division: III

Coach: Amy Dutton (3rd year)

Last year: 15-3, lost in quarterfinals

Returning starters: Chayleigh Cadarette, jr., D; Cassie Contigiani, jr., STK; Zoe Zeller, jr., SW; Emily Ennis, so., STK; Anna Scott, so., W

Top newcomers: Kelsey Scott, fr., MF; Courtney Clairmont, so., D; Megan Prescott, so., W; Emma Chase, fr., STK; Hannah Shirley, fr., MF; Jasmine Syed, fr., D

Outlook: The Red Raiders will try to replace seven seniors from last season’s quarterfinalists, but juniors Contigiani, Cadarette and Zeller have plenty of varsity experience and will be counted on to provide leadership to a young team that includes seven sophomores and five freshmen. “Our goals are to be very competitive and play every game at the highest level possible,” Dutton said. “We expect to be in the tourney mix at the end and make another run deep. We have a lot of unanswered questions, but the girls are having a positive preseason and working very hard.”

Teams to beat: Hopkinton, Bow, Raymond, Campbell

Bishop Brady

Division: III

Coach: Rich Dougherty (4th year)

Last year: 6-9-2, lost in first round

Returning starters: Taylor Fortin, sr.; Steph Snow, sr.; Meghan Kissinger, jr.; Brianna Puleo, jr.; Caitie Barrett, so.; Sarah Thomas, jr.

Top newcomers: Sophie Palangas, so.; Nadia Crainich, jr.

Outlook: The Green Giants’ attempt to improve on last year’s first-round exit will be led by the play of their offense. Fortin, an All-State honorable mention last year, is the team’s top returning player, and she’s joined at midfield by Snow, while Barrett and Crainich, who was injured last year, lead the way at forward. Defensively, Puleo and Eaton will draw the bulk of the responsibilities, and their play will be vital considering Brady’s schedule, which consists of games against nearly all of Division III’s top teams from a year ago. Plenty remains to be determined with this team, but Coach Dougherty is excited by the potential, saying the Giants are “hopeful of surprising a number of people with the adjustments we’ve made.”

Teams to beat: “We will have no easy afternoons,” Dougherty said. “Division III is too tough.”

Bow

Division: III

Coach: Jay Vogt (10th year)

Last year: 18-1-1, D-III runner-up

Returning starters: Sarah Carlson, sr., MF; Naomi Kramer, sr., F/MF; Lindsey Vogt, sr., F; Janna Corsetti, jr., G; Lauren Scarpetti, jr., MF

Top newcomers: Delene Watt, sr., D; Leeanna Cmar, jr., D; Maddie Lust, jr., F; Julia Currier, so., D; Gianna Celenza, fr., F; Maggie Vogt, fr., D

Outlook: The Falcons will try to complete the final step this season after being upended by Hopkinton, 1-0, in overtime in last year’s title game. And although they lost eight players (six graduated, two transferred to private school) from last year’s team, they still return 13 players, including five starters, giving Coach Vogt plenty of reason to think big again. “Although we lost our starting defense and some very good players,” he said, “we are returning a strong group of core players. … Already this team is focused and has really established a great team chemistry. They are very motivated and have again set high goals and expectations for themselves.”

Teams to beat: Belmont, Campbell, Hopkinton, Raymond

Hillsboro-Deering

Division: III

Coach: Susan Else (2nd year)

Last year: 6-10-1, lost in first round

Returning starter: Morgan Winters, sr.

Top newcomers: Bridgette Winters, fr.; Sarah Ingalls, fr.; Breahna Savoy, so.; Ashley Parent, jr.; Hannah Murdough, jr.; Hillary Madore, jr.; Paytne Walker, so.

Outlook: The Hillcats have just one returning starter and a handful of newcomers who will need to step up, but Coach Else is optimistic heading into the season. “The girls are intense and enthusiastic about playing the game of soccer,” she said. “I expect that they will continue to pull together, becoming a cohesive team. They have the heart and skills to be a strong, competitive team in D-III this year.”

Teams to beat: Bow, Hopkinton

Hopkinton

Division: III

Coach: Lauri Izzi (4th year)

Last year: 14-6, D-III champion

Returning starters: Courtney Benson, sr., F; Nikki Cullinan, sr., MF; Caroline Sweny, sr., D; Meg Hemmerlien, sr., MF; Kelly Scammon, sr., MF; Sabrey Montore, sr., D; Kacey Smith, so., G/F; Lily Scammon, so., F; Tess Masci, so., D

Outlook: With nine starters returning from last year’s championship edition, it’s safe to say the Hawks will be perched near the top of the standings once again. “We are looking forward to seeing new players mesh with the starters from last year to form the team Hopkinton has proven themselves to be. Whether it’s a win or loss in the books, Hopkinton strives to work hard from start to finish,” Coach Izzi said. “Our strengths lie in our overall knowledge of responsibilities and our weaknesses will have to be determined. We will look to dominate when opportunities arise and always strive to do our best in each match.”

Teams to beat: “As returning champions we know that teams will not take us lightly and will always give us their best,” Izzi said. “Therefore, each team in Division III has become a threat.”

Kearsarge

Division: III

Coach: Travis Dezotell (1st year)

Last year: 5-9-3, lost in first round

Returning starters: Haley Brook, sr.; Libby Brooks, sr.; Tess Jewell, sr.; Morgan Galuzzo, sr.; Geneva Heffernan, jr.; Delaney Stone, jr.

Top newcomers: Anna Stowell, Mia Bailey, Kaileigh Davis, Tess Witmer

Outlook: A great mix of new and experienced players made for a very competitive preseason camp, according to Coach Dezotell, who hopes that competitive nature will help the team work together to improve and try to peak come October. “I’m very excited to start a new era here at Kearsarge,” Dezotell said. My first coaching experience was working under Bob Andrews and Peter Steese at the Unitor summer camps in New London at Colby-Sawyer College and I hope to follow in their footsteps of great leadership and having exciting teams for the community to come watch. I think that we have a tremendous mix of young and old and it will be exciting to watch them develop through the fall.”

Team to beat: Bow

Concord Christian

Division: IV

Coach: Ruth Grimes (3rd year)

Last year: 2-15, lost in first round

Returning starters: Alana Varley, sr., D; Sarah Ingram, sr., MF/F; Mahala Pincine, jr., D/MF; Morgan Draus, jr., G/D; Emily Purtell, so., F; Kayla Lockwood, so., D

Top newcomers: “All of our incoming freshmen (Becca Johnson and Lily Rivera) and international students (junior Jessica Lee and senior Som Kang) have finished out their preseason with tenacity and a desire to grow and improve,” Coach Grimes said.

Outlook: The team has focused on developing the back line during the last few seasons, and that figures to be a strength this year with Varley, a senior captain, in the middle of that defense. “While this (defensive) focus will continue, we are looking to grow offensively, improve our possession, and be intentional in our flow and communication on the field,” Grimes said.

Teams to beat: Sunapee, Littleton

Pittsfield

Division: IV

Coach: Peter Tuttle (6th year)

Last year: 11-5-1, lost in first round

Returning starters: Stefani Gauthier, sr., F; Sarah Adams, sr., F; Gabby Bartlett, jr., MF; Star Chagnon, jr., MF; Morgan Corliss, jr., MF; Brooke Vien, jr., D; Kaylee Morel, 8th grade, G

Top newcomers: Gretchen Hilton, so., F; Emily Thompson, 8th grade, D

Outlook: The Panthers shouldn’t have too much trouble finding the back of the net with all the talent back on offense. It starts with Gauthier, the team’s MVP last season, and includes Chagnon, Bartlett and Corliss, the third Corliss sister to play for Tuttle. Adams and Vien will anchor the defense in front of Morel, who’s still in middle school but already has a year of varsity experience. The overall numbers are down this year, so depth and tired legs could be a problem and the Panthers will have to rely on some of their younger players to back up on defense and on the wings.

Teams to beat: Derryfield, Sunapee, Wilton, Littleton

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