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GIRLS SOCCER PREVIEW: Team-by-team capsules
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Forsyth County News

LAMBERT

Coach: Scott Luthart, fifth season

Last season: 14-4

Key returners: D Casey Baker, sr.; D Kat Matthews, jr.; MF Bailey Frederking, jr.; MF Maggie Hanusek, soph.

Key newcomers: D/MF Delaney Fechalos, sr.; F Taylor Kemmeling, sr.; MF Anika Markulike, jr.

Outlook: Lambert looks to keep on rolling strong after a solid 2013 campaign. This team features a deep line-up due to the largest influx of student try-outs since the program started in 2010, including additions of two more seniors to the squad in Division I signees Delaney Fechalos (Georgia) and Taylor Kemmeling (Lousiana-Lafayette). The Lady Longhorns will be led by several returning upperclassmen, including defender and Stetson signee Casey Baker and midfielder Bailey Frederking. Coach Luthart credits the sterling reputation and continual success of the program as motivation for this year’s team to perform well.

NORTH FORSYTH

Coach: Dana Chapman, second season

Last season: 7-12

Key returners: D Sara Heard, sr.; MF Tiffany Raygor, jr.; MF Lochlain Corliss, jr.; MF Olivia Dumphy, soph.

Key newcomers: D Caroline Bowns, jr.; D Annie Prendegast, fr.

Outlook: Although North Forsyth was unable to get over the .500 mark last season, they did accumulate the most single season wins in school history and are looking to continue improving this season. The squad will feature junior midfielder Tiffany Raygor, team’s 2013 offensive MVP, an All-Region team selection. Raygor has led the team in goals the past two seasons. The core of the defense will be strengthened by the return of senior centerback Sara Heard, who won the Coaches Award in 2013. With both sides of the ball expected to perform well, Coach Chapman believes that the team can hit the ground running this season and put forth more consistent efforts from game to game, which will lead to the team securing its first winning season in a long time.

PINECREST ACADEMY

Coach: Christopher Kane

Last season: 3-9

Key returners: GK Amanda Boyd, sr.; D Caroline Brenner, soph.; MF Jessica Satriano, jr.; F Ansley Heard, sr.

Key newcomers: MF Eleni Athenson, jr.; F Mary Margaret Metz, fr.

Outlook: After a disappointing 2013 campaign, Pinecrest enters the new season with recently re-signed Coach Christopher Kane and a fresh feeling of optimism. The defense is led by senior goalkeeper and Georgia Southern signee Amanda Boyd and second-year defender Caroline Brenner. On the other side of the field, senior forward Ansley Heard will help pilot the Lady Paladins’ attack while younger players like freshman Mary Margaret Metz gain experience and hone their talents. Kane said he feels an excitement around the program that has been lacking in recent years, and combined with the good mix of young and experienced players on the squad, he believes this could be the season where Pinecrest punches its first ticket to the GHSA state playoffs.

SOUTH FORSYTH

Coach: Tom Braun, 10th Season

Last season: 16-6

Key returners: GK Hannah Goudy, jr.; D Abby Nearing, jr.; D Ashley Postell, jr.; D Elena Zang, jr.; MF Blakely McDonald, sr.; F Rachel Shah, sr.

Key newcomers: D Allyson Peppenhorst, fr.; MF Alex Melnyk, fr.; MF Ally Norton, fr.; F Meagan Postell, fr.

Outlook: After a 16-win season last year, the Lady War Eagles will look to capitalize on even more success in the upcoming campaign. The team will be returning experienced starters from top to bottom, including junior goalkeeper Hannah Goudy and senior forward Rachel Shah, the reigning Forsyth County Girls Soccer Player of the Year. The squad will also include four incoming freshman who will play a vital role in the future and are looking to contribute as soon as possible. Coach Braun believes that his team’s chemistry and game experience will prove invaluable over the course of the season and hopes to see an improvement in quality of possession. With a region title in their sights, South has every opportunity to build off its Class AAAAAA semifinals appearance last season.

WEST FORSYTH

Coach: John Bayush, first season

Last season: 10-8

Key returners: D Lexi Bartsch, jr.; MF/ST Landen Bowman, jr.

Key newcomers: D Carsen Parker, fr.; MF Brooke Pirkle, fr.

Outlook: West Forsyth finished 2013 with an above average record at 10-8 and will be looking to perform even better under new coach John Bayush. A pair of juniors, defender Lexi Bartsch and midfielder/striker Landen Bowman, will look to shore up both the offensive and defensive sides of the field. Like their male counterparts, the Lady Wolverines will need several young players to step up and contribute. Two freshmen, defender Carsen Parker and midfielder Brooke Pirkle, will have to learn on the job this season and mature quickly. Coach Bayush feels that the squad is stalwart defensively and hopes that his team can improve their possession and create more quality goal scoring chances. Even with a difficult non-region schedule lined up, West Forsyth hope to contend for the region title and secure a spot in the state playoffs.

— Taylor Gantt,
For the Forsyth County News