LCM girls soccer

Lower's Amanda Durbin (10) advances the ball in front of Ashley Collins (20) of Egg Harbor Twp. Lower Cape May Regional vs. Egg Harbor Township girls soccer played in Lower Cape May. Monday Sept. 09, 2013,. (Dale Gerhard Photo/Press of Atlantic City)

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Cape-Atlantic League

American Conference

Division I

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Coach: Elizabeth Lee

2012 record: 9-5-1

Players to watch: Goalie Hayley Grimm, center midfielder Lexi Ruiz, forward Lindsay Jarolman and defender Giana Sacchetti are the senior leaders for the Braves. Absegami, the four-time defending division champion, and conference champion in 2010 and 2011, also has Naiomi Earl and freshmen Julia Dolan and Emma Wilkins.

Coach's comments: "Hopefully we'll win the division again and make the playoffs. Hopefully we'll host the first round. It's within reach, but there are a lot of tough games."


Coach: Brian Sloan

2012 record: 10-8-1

Players to watch: Defender Nicki Read, a Press first-team All-Star, is back, along with defenders Kiara Brown, Brandy Toso and Lauren Reed. Midfielders are Emily Daigle, Kourtney Smith, Taylor Segiacomi and Brooke Muhlbaier. Goalie McKenzie Taylor is back after a season recovering from a knee injury.

Coach's comments: "Last year we averaged less than two goals per game. We're working on improving that. The team has high goals this year. If we can avoid injuries, we should be a real contender."


Coach: Carol Belfi

2012 record: 8-7

Players to watch: Olivia Romano, Stephanie Alvarez, Melanie Milam and freshman Sarah Patrignani will give Vineland scoring. Payton Lagerholm, Lindsay Ollta, Cassidy Piccone and Amanda Smaniotto are defensive leaders. Goalie Shelby Money is back.

Coach's comments: "I think we have a fairly strong team. I'm not making any predictions, but I think we'll be a contender in the CAL."

Egg Harbor Township

Coach: Chistian Wiech

2012 record: 8-9-1

Players to watch: Seniors Courtney and Hannah Richman are back, and the Eagles return senior defenders Amber Jenkins, Ashley Collins, Kali Cappuccio and Carley Pappas.

Coach's comments: "We have a lot of seniors, and because we have 15 returning, we're playing with a lot of chemistry already. I'm anticipating a really good year."

Division II


Coach: Krista Verzi

2012 record: 18-4

Players to watch: The defending conference champion Blue Devils return two Press first-team All-Stars in midfielder Zoe Conover and defender Maryann Nowlan. But the Blue Devils lost three other All-Stars to graduation, including Jill DiBlasi, The Press Player of the Year.

Coach's comments: "I think in the preseason they were the hardest-working group I've coached. Our leaders are stepping up and the younger players are doing well and will fill some roles."

Mainland Regional

Coach: Chris Connolly

2012 record: 10-6

Players to watch: The Mustangs lost only three to graduation, and look strong defensively with Meghan Adams, Emillee Dalessio and Amanda Tobias. Midfielders Lauren Ziereis, Marge Dods and Maddie Williscroft, forward Shea Scannell and goalie Brook Vitale also return.

Coach's comments: "Our team will compete in the (conference) and for the South Jersey playoffs."


Coach: Jason Hearn

2012 record: 12-7-1

Players to watch: Seniors Devon Goetze and Alex Imperatore are the leaders of the defense. Jenna Sayers, a sophomore midfielder, scored 10 goals last year. Christina Garguilo is back in goal. Jamie Hutter returns at midfield and Maggie Madamba moves from midfielder to defense.

Coach's comments: "Most are back, and it seems like it should be a good year for us. We should be strong and play for the division title."

Ocean City

Coach: Kelly Halliday

2012 record: 4-9-2

Players to watch: Defender Rosie Catanoso and midfielders Erica Johns and Ashley Edgell lead the Red Raiders. Other key players are Ally Zelinski and Devon Terwilliger.

Coach's comments: "We're looking experienced overall, and hopefully we can keep opponents from scoring. We have confidence in our defense, and we're hoping to start sooner offensively."


Coach: William Ziefle

2012 record: 1-16-1

Players to watch: Bridgeton hopes to improve with defenders Symone Sweazie, Arely Sanchez, Susana Manriquez and April Fortoul back. Sianai Flores is also a returnee, but is in her first year as a goalie. Sophomores Isahanay Fortune and Raven Williams are two good prospects.

Coach's comments: "The team is showing a lot of heart and determination to learn the game. The girls have worked hard all summer-not only to be competitive, but to go out and win games. Our weakness is that we're very young and inexperienced."

National Conference

Division I

Lower Cape May Regional

Coach: Brett Matthews

2012 record: 15-3-1

Players to watch: The Caper Tigers should get lots of scoring from forwards Gabriella McKeown and Madie Gibson, two returning Press first-team All-Stars. Lower is strong at midfield with Amanda Durbin, Farrah Collins, a Cape May Tech transfer, and freshman Marissa McGaffney. Lizzy Sulecki is back in goal, and defenders Sophie Crossley and Kaylee Devin also return.

Coach's comments: "We certainly have the talent to excel and even surpass our previous years, but we still have a lot to work on and we still need to get better every day. If we can keep our goals against average low, our explosive tandem of McKeown and Gibson will be tough for teams to contain."

Middle Township

Coach: Robert Wishart Jr.

2012 record: 13-5-2

Players to watch: Forward Danielle McCann and goalie Olivia Salvo were Press first-team All-Stars in 2012. McCann scored 30 goals and Salvo had 10 shutouts. Also back are midfielders Jen McCann and Trish Stump, and defender Abbey Stahler, who scored eight goals last year.

Coach's comments: "(Our success) depends on how the defense comes around. If we can defend as a team better we may be one of the better teams out there."

Holy Spirit

Coach: Alicia Hall

2012 record: 10-7-1

Players to watch: The Spartans look strong with forward Christina Dalzell, midfielder Danielle Peck and defender Summer Crilley. Audrey Wilson returns in goal for the Spartans, who graduated only three seniors. Freshmen Christine Conaghy and Keira McCully, a forward and midfielder, respectively, will be key players too.

Coach's comments: "We have eight seniors and a lot of leadership this year. I think it's the most talent of three years. I'm very excited. I think the eight seniors can take this team far, if they want it, and I think they do."

Buena Regional

Coach: Patrick Mitchell

2012 record: 6-13-1

Players to watch: Senior Brianna Harper leads the Chiefs, who return seven starters. Buena should improve with seniors Gabrielle Balnis, Courtney Curcio, Nicole Gaboda, Andrea Mitchell, Julia DiBiase, Jennifer Cimino and Stephanie Walsh.

Coach's comments: "We have an experienced senior class, but the team lacks depth."

Cape May Tech

Coach: Mario Franco

2012 record: 3-14

Players to watch: Jessica McAnulty, Danielle Pennington and Jacqueline Payne, a senior, sophomore and freshman, respectively, lead the Hawks defense. Nikki Abad is a senior forward. Julie McAnulty, Jessica's sister, is a sophomore goalie.

Coach's comments: "We're really young, with only two seniors. We have 10 10th graders, but on the good side, seven of them started last year. I think we'll definitely do better. the kids and the coaches are really excited."

Division II

Our Lady of Mercy Academy

Coach: Gary Jost

2012 record: 18-2

Players to watch: The defending National Conference champion Villagers are led by seniors Sarah Buchanan, Sarah Pustizzi and Annie Abbott. Three key sophomores are Katie Kavanaugh, Dana Dasilva and Amber Raines. Dayne Aulfo is a key defender-midfielder. Taylor Tighe, a 2012 Press first-team All-Star, is out with a knee injury.

Coach's comments: "The leadership of our three returning seniors will be our strength. Our weakness is the youth of eight of our starters, three sophomores and five freshmen."

St. Joseph

Coach: J.P. Jones

2012 record: 13-7

Players to watch: The Wildcats won't lack for scoring with Press first-teamers Shannon Metzler (33 goals in 2012) and Shannon Nilson (21 goals) returning. Teammate Kelly Gibison (20 goals) plays forward, midfield and back. Gabrielle Christensen moves from midfield to goalie this year. Leading the defense are Alexa Giagunto, Kristine Kozachyn and Sacred Heart transfer Alyssa Fabrizio. Jess Welte, a transfer from Lenape, is a center midfielder.

Coach's comments: "A lot of players return, and we picked up two good transfers. That helps make us stronger. We have subs for the first time. We had only 16 on the team last year."

Cedar Creek

Coach: Megan Hallman

2012 record: 10-8

Players to watch: The Pirates have senior defenders Casey Hendrickson and Sydney Seney. Two other senior leaders are midfielder-forward Amber Cobb and midfielder Kristen Janiszewski.

Coach's comments: "I think we'll have a very good season. We have some strong players and they're working hard."

Wildwood Catholic

Coach: Kevin Burns

2012 record: 4-11

Players to watch: Katie McCallion, a senior sweeper, leads the Crusaders. Becky Andress and Olivia Rulon are midfielders. Freshmen Caitlin McMullen and Jennifer Collins top the forward line, and Lauren Moretti is a freshman goalie.

Coach's comments: "It's a classic rebuilding year, with a strong freshman class. We're setting our goals low and our hopes high. I think we'll surprise a few teams this year."

Atlantic County Institute of Technology

Coach: Stephanie Wagner

2012 record: 5-15-1

Players to watch: Sebreeah Murray, the only starting senior, is a key defender. Quinn Crescenzo, a co-captain with Murray, can play any position on the field. Midfielders are Anna Attardi and Jaime Barber, and Kiara Estrada is the goalie.

Coach's comments: "Our team quote is 'To get better every day and to never give up'."



Coach: Scott Rullan

New program: The team will join the CAL National Conference next year.

Players to watch: The Greyhounds have junior midfielders Sandy Palomino, Emily Montecinos and Kimberly Mendoza, plus senior midfielder Carolyn Salas. Marsielle Townsend in a junior goalie. Natalie Cerna and Evelyn Coulbourne, a freshman and junior, respectively, are the defensive leaders.

Coach's comments: "I'm just really excited to finally get it started. We tried to do it a couple years ago, but we didn't have enough players. We have 14 girls who have been dedicated, and more are coming out. Our original goal was to have enough to play and enjoy it. We're happy with the dedication. Now we'd like to win a couple games, but the goal is still to have fun. For some (seniors), it will be their only year competing."

Shore Conference


Coach: Mary Hrycenko

2012 record: 11-8-2

Players to watch: Goalie Stephanie Kostka is back, along with midfielders Phyllicia Matusz, Nicole Federovitch and Emily Sodt, forward Sophie Beyer, and defenders Shannon DiGrazio, Gianna Pelechaty and Brittani Tompkins.

Coach's comments: "We're looking to challenge for (Shore Conference) B South, qualify for the Shore Conference Tournament and go further in the state tournament."

Pinelands Regional

Coach: Dawn Paget

2012 record: 8-8-3

Players to watch: The Wildcats feature midfielders Heather Scott and Katrina MacNeil, and defenders Stefanie Schnabel and Juliana White. Forward Amanda Allikamaa has a knee injury and could be out for the season.

Lacey Township

Coach: Jack Mahar

2012 record: 5-14

Players to watch: The Lions have senior midfielder Lexi DellaPietro, who will play for the University of Maryland next year. Other senior leaders are midfielders Jenn Coleman and Brittany Biele, defenders Rebekah Lawler, Rebekah Martin and Morgan O'Leary, and goalie Sara Wright.

Coach's comments: "We have a nice mix of returning players as well as some talented newcomers who we hope will bring the team to a new level. They have worked extremely hard and are looking forward to the start of the season."

Southern Regional

Coach: Matt Moore

2012 record: 1-14

Players to watch: The Rams will try to rebuild with senior midfielders Jenna Ritchie and Caitlin Reed, and defensive leaders Morgon VonSchmidt and Abby Yannacone, a senior and sophomore, respectively. Southern already has more wins than last year, starting at 2-0 with wins over Plainfield (5-0) and Bridgeton (7-0).

Coach's comments: "Most of the team returned and we should definitely be a .500 team. If we beat a few teams, we should qualify for the playoffs for the first time in about five years."



Cumberland Regional

Coach: Lauren Vanlier

2012 record: 3-14

Players to watch: The Colts' defense is led by seniors Emily Ohara, Kinei Green-Scott, Taylor McGee and Samantha Malestein. Midfielder Megan Davis is a tri-captain along with Ohara and Green-Scott. Other key players are forwards Dayna Patitucci and defender Aracelis Alvarez. Madison Mayhew is a freshman goalie.

Coach's comments: "Morale seems to be high. I'm looking forward to starting fresh and rebuilding, and looking forward to the next couple years."


Coach: Brad Macleod

2012 record: 4-13-1

Players to watch: Ssnior Jess Freeman, freshman Mackenzie McCracken and sophomore Jillian Freeman, Jess' sister, top the Warriors. Senior captains Shelby Thornton, Megan Irwin and Chelsea Mole are leaders, and Nicole Toland, Claudia Melchiorre, Leishly Reyes and Xochiti DeLaCruz are key players.

Coach's comments:" I have a lot of optimism about the season. The new girls have fit in very well and compliment the style of play of our returning players. Through their hard work this summer, the team has done a great job filling the gaps of last year's graduating class."

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