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2020 GIRLS SOCCER PREVIEW: Team-by-team capsules
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Pinecrest Academy's Ivey Crain makes a turn in the box during the Paladins' game against Athens Academy on March 7, 2019 at Pinecrest Academy. - photo by Ian Frazer

Denmark

Coach: Jen Barr, second season

Last season: 3-11 overall, 2-4 Region 7-4A

Key returners: MF Lauren Murray, Sr., D Jordan Watson, Sr., D Lauren Williamson, Sr.

Key newcomers: F Jade Lopez, Fr., MF Aaliyah Souvannarath, Fr., D Victoria Kandilarova, Fr.

What to know: The Danes went through a rough inaugural season, but they feel like their soccer IQ has improved greatly over the past year, allowing them to jump into other aspects of the game quicker than they did a year ago. Denmark is still a very young team, though, with the roster mostly comprised of freshmen. Senior Lauren Murray, a second-team All-County selection with six goals and seven assists last year, should make an impact for the Danes.


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Lambert's Sydney Hennessey looks to a teammate for a throw-in during the Longhorns' game against West Forsyth on March 1, 2019 at Lambert High School. - photo by Ian Frazer
Lambert

Coach: Scott Luthart, 11th season

Last season: 22-1 overall, 10-0 Region 5-7A

Key returners: G Maddy Schulte, Sr., D Sydney Hennessey, Sr., F Madison Haugen, Sr., D Aja Celka, Sr., MF Ellie Christensen, Sr., F Katelyn Castelli, Sr., D Melina West, Sr., F Taylor Clark, Sr.

Key newcomers: MF Rylee Huffman, Jr., F Emerson Zimmerman, Jr.

What to know: The Longhorns’ 2019 season was perhaps the most dominant by any team in the state, with Lambert rolling to the Class 7A state championship game behind school-record scoring from Madison Haugen and a defense that collected 19 total shutouts in a 23-game season. But in that fateful state championship, Lambert fell in heartbreaking fashion in PKs to North Gwinnett, and as a result, 2020 will be all about redemption. With 11 returning seniors, the Longhorns will certainly have the experience and talent to get back to where they were a year ago.

 

West Forsyth

Coach: Jason Galt, second season

Last season: 11-7-1 overall, 5-3 Region 5-7A

Key returners: D Bennett Beisbier, Jr., MF Amanda Ewers, Sr., D Maggie Lopez, Sr., MF Ava Martin, So.

Key newcomers: MF Alexa Force, Fr.

What to know: West had the second most wins in school history and hosted a playoff game for just the second time last year. The Wolverines will be starting a new goalkeeper after AJ Needham graduated, but they’ll still have some experience left from last year’s team with 12 returners that had extensive playing time.


Pinecrest Academy

Coach: Domenic Martelli, fifth season

Last season: 16-4 overall, 4-0 Area 8-1A Private

Key returners: D/MF Sarah Brown, Sr., F Allie Doerr, Sr., D Katherine Bernet, Sr., MF Sophia Alvarez Del Pino, Jr., D Meghan Sullivan, Jr., F/MF Jaylynn Moreno, Jr., F Ivey Crain, So., F Maddi Zager, So.

Key newcomers: MF Grace Fowler, So., G Kate Prados, So., D Jenna Tuholsky, So., D Colleen Sullivan, Fr., MF/F Camryn Newman, Fr., D Mia Doxtader, Fr., D/MF Katie Thomason, Fr.

What to know: The Paladins made it all the way to the Class 1A Private state championship last year, but fell just short of delivering Pinecrest its first-ever team GHSA state title. 2019 leading goal scorers Allie Doerr (21 goals) and Ivey Crain (31 goals, 11 assists) should provide plenty of offense, and while the Paladins lost defensive standout Haley Triplett, the defense also brought back some returning starters with playoff experience.


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Forsyth Central's Carson Cloud and West Forsyth's Savannah Booker compete for a header during the teams' game on March 5, 2019 at West Forsyth High School. - photo by Ian Frazer
Forsyth Central

Coach: Angela Camp, sixth season

Last season: 8-9-2 overall, 4-6 Region 5-7A

Key returners: G Mary Claire Henry, Jr., D Carson Cloud, Jr., MF Maya Holland, Jr., MF Kennedy Sullivan, Jr., MF Ali Norris, So.

Key newcomers: MF Tessa Harrington, Fr., D Amelia Taylor, Fr.

What to know: The Bulldogs will have to shoulder the loss of key goal scorer Callie Fagan and two other key seniors from last year, and they’ll be a pretty young team overall for the 2020 season. The challenge will be getting their pieces to work well together, and if they can do that, head coach Angela Camp sees plenty of potential.


North Forsyth

Coach: Jared Steinberg, fifth season

Last season: 2-11-1 overall, 0-8 Region 5-7A

Key returners: MF Kaylee Baldwin, Sr., MF Emma Williams, Sr., D Kylie Maier, Jr.

Key newcomers: F Angel Monreal, Fr.

What to know: With just two wins a season ago with no region victories, the Raiders have their work cut out for them. Last year, the roster was still coming together after losing some key players the season before, but while the season wasn’t great as a whole, the Raiders played better down the stretch. That, combined with a 2020 roster with quite a few seniors, gives North some confidence that it can be competitive.

 

South Forsyth

Coach: Eric Swanburg, second season

Last season: 5-8 overall, 2-6 Region 5-7A

Key returners: D Natalie Francingues, Sr., D Sage Smith, Jr.

Key newcomers: D Sam Haines, So., F Emily Crowder, Jr.

What to know: The War Eagles are still trying to adjust to each other, but the good news is they’re bringing back some experience from the 2019 season. The defense should be solid, with the back four being comprised of mostly the same players from last year, and the addition of sophomore defender Sam Haines should help as well.