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PLAYERS TO KNOW
Analisa Carmosino, Sr., Legacy: Nicknamed “Boots”, the Fort Lewis commit should be instrumental up front as part of a deep and senior-heavy team at Legacy.
Peyton Fox, Sr., Mead: Fox could be a big-time goal scorer for the Mavericks in 2019 after netting 15 goals and seven assists last year.
Talia Hatami, Sr., Fairview: The first-team all-league player is a scrappy defender and a creative playmaker.
Mira Houck, Sr., Jefferson Academy: The three-time all-region player tallied the winning strike in the 3A title game shootout last year. She has 112 points in 50 career games for the Jags, according to MaxPreps.
Zoey Johnston, Jr., Monarch: Johnston was steadfast on the back end for the Coyotes, and was named as an all-state honorable mention defender last year. She is one of seven Division-I commits for Monarch.
Alison McNeal, Sr., Erie: McNeal led a strong attack for Erie last year, recording 37 points (16 goals and five assists).
Degen Miller, So., Dawson: As a freshman, she ranked second in Class 2A in goals (25) and fifth in points (57).
Mallory Mooney, Jr., Broomfield: The Eagles’ dynamic scorer finished last season with 15 goals and 12 assists.
Colleen Tyrrell, Sr., Silver Creek: The staunch defender will play soccer next season at the Colorado School of Mines.
Ashley Ward, Sr., Holy Family: Ward, a first-team all-region player a year ago, was the defensive leader on a team that won 11 games last season.
The regular season officially ends on May 4 and state postseason brackets will be announced on May 6 by CHSAA. According to the state bulletin, semifinals in Class 3A and 2A will be at All-City Stadium in Denver. Class 2A will be on May 15 and 3A will be May 18. Also, on May 18, Class 4A will hold their semifinals games at Legacy Stadium in Aurora and 5A will be at Echo Park Stadium in Parker. All state finals game will be played at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, with 2A and 3A on May 21, and 4A and 5A on May 22.
Coach: Carlos Real (third year)
Last year: Finished 18th in 5A PRI and 7-4-1 in the Front Range League.
Returning starters: Cara Calitre (So., MF); Natalie Maruyama (So., MF); Alex Smith (So., GK); Marisa Weygandt (So., GK); Hailey Hirshland (Jr., MF); Sunny Pine (Jr., D); Frida Aguilar (Sr., F); Hannah Dudiak (Sr., D); Riley Fink (Sr., MF); Reilly Madden (Sr., D); Sarah Maruyama (Sr., MF).
Others to watch: Eve Bleam (Fr., D); Kaia Holicky (Fr., F); Annie Studebaker (So., F).
Outlook: The Panthers are coming off their best season in recent memory, jetting from a 4-11 record in 2017 all the way to the second round of the postseason in 2018. And with a ton of returning starters, optimism is high at Boulder.
Coach: Jim Davidson (21st year)
Last year: Won league and finished runner-up in 5A.
Returning starters: Izzy Munsell (Sr., D); Brooke Pennington (Jr., D); Lindsay Hudson (Sr., MF); Mallory Mooney (Jr., F); Jayden Rea (Jr., MF/D).
Others to watch: Shaylee Gailus (Sr., F); Terra Leonard (Sr., D); Abby Lenz (Sr., MF); Chelsey Stock (Jr., MF); Haley Fukunaga (Sr., D); Izzy Sorge (Sr., F).
Outlook: Broomfield was among the best teams in the country in USA Today’s girls’ soccer rankings last season, but it graduated what Davidson called “possibly the most-heralded senior class in our program’s history.” So, yeah, the 2019 Eagles have big shoes to fill.
Coach: Mario Bezzina (10th year)
Last year: Finished fifth in the 4A Northern League.
Returning starters: Kaitlynn Hogan (Sr., MF); Madeline Maksin (Sr., D); Faith Brendefur (Sr., MF); Blakely Weber (Sr., D).
Others to watch: Madison Nissen (Jr., D); Alissa Buchler (Jr., F); Mikaela Ferraro (Jr., F).
Outlook: Bezzina said the Warriors are looking “to build on team chemistry and turn tight games into positive results, especially during league play. A competitive pre-league schedule should help prepare the team for the challenge.” They finished 6-6-2 last season.
DAWSON SCHOOL MUSTANGS
Coach: Dave Criswell (second year)
Last year: Won league and the Class 2A state title.
Returning starters: Kate Gallop (Sr., GK); Madison Day (Jr., D); Emily Hicks (Sr., D); Estasia McGlothlin (Jr., D); Elise Freedman (So., D); Alex Dunbar (Jr., MF); Maddy Timms (So., MF); Sophie Wiener (Sr., MF); Kaitlyn Day (Jr., F); Cameron Epstein (Sr., F).
Others to watch: Degen Miller (So., F)
Outlook: Won league. Won state. Criswell said the best outcome, however, may have been the strong culture laid out by the last year’s players. Said the second-year coach: “We graduated three seniors, including one starter from last year. So, we’re looking forward to building on that culture.”
Coach: Jeff Vigil (second year)
Last year: Finished 9-6-1 and lost in the first round of the postseason.
Returning starters: Alison McNeal (Sr.); McKenna Harrington (Sr.); Alicia Cardenas (Sr.); Shuanah Xiong (Sr.); Rylie MacLennan (Jr.); Macie Fambrough (Jr.); Dana Johnson (Jr.); Zoey Hatch (Jr.); Madison Tallman (So.); Madison Hays (So.).
Outlook: The Tigers hope another trip to the postseason is in their future with a majority of their roster returning. They also hope to get back Cardenas, who was out injured last season. If so, she will join McNeal, Harrington and MacLennan to form a potent attack.
Coach: Steve Griggs (first year)
Last year: Finished second in the 5A Front Range League and reached the second round of the postseason.
Returning starters: Adriane Mason (Jr., MF); Aspen Anderson (Jr., F); Brooke Berdan (Sr., F); Hayden Velds (Jr., GK); Emma Carter (Sr., F); Georgia Weeks (Jr., F); Sarina Russ (Sr., MF); Talia Hatami (Sr., MF); Sophie Reeves (Jr., D).
Others to watch: Blythe Sales (So., MF); Abby Lentz (Jr., MF).
Outlook: The Knights graduated eight players from their varsity team last year, according to MaxPreps, and bring in a new coach in Griggs. With four seniors on roster, and a talented core returning, they should once again be an exciting player in league and in the state bracket.
Coach: J Doehring (fifth year)
Last year: Finished 6-9 overall and 1-6 in the 4A Tri-Valley League.
Returning starters: Jackie Castillo (Sr., GK); Sydney Christen (Jr., D); Asia Paluda (So., F); Shelby Smotzer (Sr. F/MF); Aria Bragalone (Jr. MF); Amber Esquivel (Jr., MF/D); Mimi Soto (Jr., D).
Others to watch: Megan Stegall (Sr., F).
Outlook: The Warriors are looking for a cleaner bill of health this season after an injury-riddled 2018. Doehring said at a certain point last season he had only two fully healthy players on varsity.
HOLY FAMILY TIGERS
Coach: Michelle Griego-Giron (second year)
Last year: Finished 11-5-1 and reached the 4A quarterfinals.
Returning starters: Nicolette Sandoval (Sr.); Kody Clements (Sr.); Ashley Ward (Sr.); Alyssa Lucero (Sr.); Jules Geneser (Jr.); Lauren Clingman (So.); Jaelen Giron (So.); Tyler Rose Whitlock (So.); Sarah Uhler (So.); Kacy Clements (So.).
Outlook: Griego-Giron said there were growing pains as she took the helm of the program a year ago, but the Tigers won five straight last spring in reaching the 4A quarterfinals before falling 3-2 to Glenwood Springs. Said the second-year coach: “We are looking to build from last spring and continue to grow as a program.”
JEFFERSON ACADEMY JAGUARS
Coach: Denise Sutton (seventh year) and Hannah Wilson (first year)
Last year: Won the Class 3A state title.
Returning starters: Mira Houck (Sr., MF); Kristen Capan (Sr., F); Kayla Nedved (Sr., D); Bridget Lynch (Sr., MF); Brooklynn Kirkpatrick (Jr., GK).
Others to watch: Denae Lamb (Jr., F); Morgan Potts (Fr., D/MF).
Outlook: The Jaguars, who won the 3A title last season, begin this year with a tough nonconference schedule that includes two 4A teams. They graduated five seniors, including two all-state players, but have plenty of talent back. Said Wilson, who is jumping into a co-coaching role this season: “The girls work incredibly hard on their club teams, competing in state and presidents cup finals, regional and national tournaments, and always come back into the program so strong.”
Coach: Luke Meadows (fifth year)
Last year: Finished fourth in league and lost in the second round of the 5A postseason.
Returning varsity contributors: Sydni Thompson (So., F/D); Kailey Maness (Sr., F/MF); Analisa “Boots” Carmosino (Sr., F); Nora Spuler (Sr., F); Makayla Merlo (Jr., MF); Miranda Sanchez (Sr., D); Jackie Coffman (Sr., D); Brooke Kercher-Pratt (Jr., D); Alyssa Johnson (Sr., MF); Katie Dunbabin (Sr., GK); Kendra Jimenez (Jr., MF); Ryan Avram (Sr., F).
Others to watch: Jackie Maness (So., MF); Emma Keaser (Sr.); Macey Levasseur (Sr.).
Outlook: Meadows called his team a “top heavy” group with nine college signees among its senior class. The Lightning are in position to contend for a league title and make another run in the postseason. Said the fifth-year coach: “The group is a tight-knit one that is looking to be there in the end with the best that Colorado has to offer.”
Coach: Patty Wilson (first year)
Last year: Finished 2-13.
Returning starters (updated): Emma Hall, Sr.; Marley Higgins, Sr.; Hannah Moist, Sr.; Izzy Neves, Sr.; Monserrat Hernandez, Sr.
Players to watch: Annika Moffitt, Jr.; Ava Moin, Jr.
Outlook: The Trojans are looking to turn the page under their new coach after winning only five games over the past two seasons. Said Wilson: “We are looking to rebuild and set the tone for the years to come.”
Coach: Shane Adler (third year)
Last year: Finished 10-6 and fourth in the 4A Tri-Valley League.
Returning starters: Peyton Fox (Sr., F/MF); Riley Gilbert (Sr., D); Maddie Muntz (Jr., MF); Breanna Encinas (Jr., GK); Cora Thorndike (So., MF); Bella Pfarr (So., MF); Allie Seery (So., MF).
Others to watch: Sarah Cloke (Sr., D); Ashleigh Seery (Sr., D); Lily Preston (Sr., MF/ D); Stephanie Pabst (Sr., GK); Maddie Hall (Jr., D); Jordan Westenbroek (So., D); Haley Williams (Fr., F); Brooke Davis (Fr., MF/ D).
Outlook: The Mavericks returned to the postseason after a four-year absence and will look to build on that feat going forward. They return seven starters, including Peyton Fox, who co-led the team in goals last season.
Coach: Troy Tewalt (second year)
Last year: Finished 8-7-1 and lost in the first round of the state playoffs.
Returning starters: Sarah Hunter (Sr., GK); Emily Cameron (Sr., D); Kate Bethune (Jr., D); Zoey Johnston (Jr., D); Jane Stark (Sr., D); Liz Deitsch (Jr., D); Dakota Anderson (Sr., MF); Brae Cole (So., MF); Daisy Light (Sr., F); Sammie Holland (Sr., F); Addie Lowrie (So., F).
Others to watch: Nailah Harpring (Jr., F); Allie Larsen (Sr., MF).
Outlook: The Coyotes, who have seven D-I commits on roster, have a lot of returning players as they look to build off their playoff appearance from last season. Tewalt said his team “is always looking to improve every time we step on the field. This year is no different.”
Coach: Mark Mabbett (fourth year)
Last year: Finished 0-10-1.
Returning starters: Meg Feeley (Sr., MF); Anna Hasting (Sr., F);, Madeline Prince (So., MF); Alexandra Sorokach (Jr., MF); Avy Henrikson (Sr., D); Ash Beattie (Jr., D); Dante Lanthier (So., D).
Others to watch: Taylor Bradley (Fr., MF); Shayna Beckham (Jr., MF); Suzy Barnwell (So., GK).
Outlook: Behind senior captains Feeley and Hasting, the Panthers will look to improve after going winless in 2018. They have seven returning starters.
Coach: Stephen Dimit (third year)
Last year: Finished 10-5-1 overall and won a share of the 4A Northern League.
Returning starters: Ava Dumler (Sr., MF); Elise Crall (Sr., MF); Lauren Cranny (Jr. D); Sierra Keppler (Sr., D); Kiera Flanagan (So., F); Maddie Borncamp (So., MF); Lexi Crow (Jr., MF).
Others to watch: Natalia Storz (Jr., F); Grace Knight (Sr., F).
Outlook: The Cougars are looking to win their third straight league title after splitting the honors with Silver Creek last spring. Said Dimit: “Our team is young, but our players are determined and play very hard for each other … I am confident that we can compete in every game on our schedule this season.”
PEAK TO PEAK PUMAS
Coach: Mark Schieffer (second year)
Last year: Finished 8-8-1 overall and reached the second round of the 3A postseason.
Returning starters: Heidi Buchtel (Sr., MF); Rachel Willette (Sr., GK); Taryn McGinnis (Jr., D); Iris Zhang (Jr., F); Daneca Nelsen (So., MF).
Others to watch: Taryn Farhar (Sr., D); Jules Walther (Sr., MF).
Outlook: Said Schieffer, “This team is led by six experienced seniors who’ve been part of three of the top five seasons in school history. We’re pretty balanced, with very strong goalkeeping and the top two leading scorers from last year returning.” A year ago, the Pumas were knocked out by eventual-state champ Jefferson Academy in the second round of the postseason.
PROSPECT RIDGE ACADEMY MINERS
Coach: Rod Muir (first year)
Last year: Finished 5-10 overall and 1-8 in league.
Returning starters: Kaylee Pierskalla (Sr.); Tatum Abram (Sr.); Linda Leahy (Sr., GK); Sofia Ochoa (Jr.); Jocelyn Korbe (Jr.); Alexa Halleck (Jr.); Lily Fletcher (Jr.); Kaylee Potter (Sr.); Reilly Bayliss (So).
Others to watch: Faith Hernandez (So.); Colleen Carrasco (So.); Isabella Rueda (Fr.); Ainsley Macdonald (Fr.).
Outlook: Prospect Ridge, in its third year as a varsity program, is looking to take another step forward after winning five games last year. First-year coach Muir said his team is strong with several key players returning for their fourth season.
SILVER CREEK RAPTORS
Coach: Rob Johnson (third year)
Last year: Won a share of the 4A Northern League title and reached the state semifinals.
Returning starters: Kate Eggen (Sr., CM); Annalise Teasdale (Sr., CM); Greta Goldsberry (Sr., S); Annika Kassenbrock (So., OD); Alexa Karsel (Jr., S); Colleen Tyrell (Sr., CD); Katie James (Sr., CD).
Others to watch: Ellen Bramfos (Jr., CM); Kailee Lunzer (Jr., CM); Jillian Acosta (So., OD).
Outlook: Ranked as the top team in 4A on the CHSAANow.com preseason polls, the Raptors return seven starters after losing just once in all of 2018 — a 2-1 defeat to Windsor in the semifinals. Said Johnson: “This season we will try to compete at the highest level and hopefully make a deep run into (the) state (postseason).”
Coach: Luis Chavez (seventh year)
Last year: Finished 9-7 overall, 5-2 in the 4A Tri-Valley League and reached the state postseason.
Returning starters: Brie Musser (Sr., M/F); Holly Anson (Sr., D/F); Molly Hennessy (Jr., D/M/F); Grace Miller (Sr., GK); Lindrey Schendel (Jr., D/M/F); Lilly Sheetz (Sr., D/F); Casey Erickson (So., D/M/F); Cassie Styles (So., D/F); Amelia Rojas (Jr., M/F), Brooke Parkinson (Jr., D/M/F); Paola Rubi (SO., D/M/F).
Others to watch: Kamilah Bugarin (GK/D); Hannah Levin (So., M/F); Jaicey Stanich (So., D/M/F); Abbie Anson (Fr., M/F); Abby Stoops (Jr., D/M/F); Lilly Flatau (Jr., M/F); Angelica Olivo (Sr., M/F); Brisa Sanchez (Sr., D/F); Makenna Stewart (So., M/F); Maya Nagell (D/M/F).
Outlook: Said Chavez: “Super excited to come together as a team with high levels of energy, intensity and camaraderie on what appears to be a very challenging year ahead of us. We will be emphasizing our core values, as always, in order to get the team to work as one unit. Our intent this season will be to trust each other, learn from each other and from our mistakes in order to become more resilient and improve the culture of our program with the hopes that each individual becomes a better human being, a better student, and a better athlete.”