BISHOP EUSTACE CRUSADERS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: A strong senior class graduated from Bishop Eustace, which also lost leading goal scorer Sophia Verrecchia for the season with a torn ACL. Junior midfielder Michaela Salvati is the top returner, as she made the all-South Jersey third team and all-conference first team as a sophomore. Senior Kendyl Drayton and junior Liz Innocenzo are returning starters on defense, and the Crusaders have an experienced goalie in sophomore Ava Racobaldo, who will take over as the fulltime starter after holding the position for most of her freshman season. Other contributors are senior Cat Laughlin and sophomores Megan Morris, Carly Serlenga and Abby Dlug.
OUTLOOK: The Crusaders went 16-3-1 with a division championship and reached the sectional semifinals last year. They have some important spots to fill this fall but hope to remain competitive.
CAMDEN CATHOLIC FIGHTING IRISH
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Junior Taylor Gardner followed up a promising rookie season with a breakout sophomore campaign, as she led Camden Catholic with 15 goals to go with four assists on her way to all-conference first-team honors. It will be exciting to see what she can do as an upperclassman. Sophomore Lindsey Bednarek is another talented forward who netted four goals as a freshman. Senior Haley Mylotte, junior Brooke Foster and sophomores Devon Foster, Katie Driscoll and Nicole Douglas are key players offensively. Juniors Mattigan DiBease, Suzy Ndandji and Jenna Cooney are experienced defenders in front of senior goalie Eva Meldrum, who recorded 155 saves.
OUTLOOK: The Fighting Irish got off to a slow start last year with a young team but went 5-4 down the stretch to finish with a 5-14 record. They will look to ride the momentum into 2019.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior forward Claire Mulholland has been an all-conference first-team selection the last two seasons and was Cherokee’s captain last year, when she recorded a goal and six assists. She is primed for a big final campaign in Marlton. Other talented playmakers are senior midfielder Olivia McMillan (five goals, two assists) and junior midfielder Nadia Evola, who will look to bounce back from a season-ending injury last year. Senior Julia Hoagland and sophomore Aly Mascolo also contribute in the midfield. The defense is solid with senior Emma McMillan and junior Grace Gilmore anchoring the unit, and sophomore Katie Fricker adding depth. Junior Kathryn Caminske and sophomore Ryann Timmons are both experienced goalies.
OUTLOOK: The Chiefs’ 5-13 record was a bit deceiving, as they were competitive in most of their games and earned a huge upset over Clearview in the first round of the playoffs. They hope to contend for a winning record behind their experienced nucleus.
CHERRY HILL EAST COUGARS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Cherry Hill East offense is promising, with senior forward Bella Rossetti (team-high eight goals, three assists) and senior midfielder Faith Rosenblatt (two goals, two assists) returning after all-conference second-team seasons. Rosenblatt is committed to Wisconsin. Senior forwards Sydney Cicha and Brianna Wons and junior midfielder Jael Madrid will also be key pieces of the attack. Junior Alyssa Bui is an experienced player on defense and sophomore Kelly Anderson is expected to take over as the starting goalie. Several freshmen and sophomores will also look to contribute.
OUTLOOK: The Cougars battled perennial power Shawnee to a scoreless tie in the first round of the playoffs, eventually falling in penalty kicks to finish the season with an 8-9-1 record, their most wins since 2012. They have the potential to post their first winning season in over a decade this fall.
CHERRY HILL WEST LIONS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Three allconference players are back to lead Cherry Hill West, including first-teamers Alivia Gallardo and Michela Auguadro. Gallardo, a senior midfielder, had eight goals and five assists last year, both tops on the team. Auguadro, a junior goalie, made 165 saves and recorded six shutouts. Senior midfielder Katrina Vyzaniaris is another key returner who had six goals and three assists on her way to allconference second-team recognition and junior Mia Angelucci is a proven finisher who scored four goals. Senior Gillian Sweeney and juniors Maddy Orefice and Kayla Thompson are veterans in the midfield and senior Alexis Schneider is an experienced defender in front of Auguadro. Juniors Abbigale D’Ambra and Sophia Graffeo are looking to take on leadership roles on defense and have a larger impact on the team’s success.
OUTLOOK: The Lions battled injuries early in the 2018 season and got off to a rough start, but battled back to finish with a 9-11 record with a playoff win. They took top seed and eventual sectional champion Moorestown to overtime in the sectional quarterfinals before dropping a 1-0 game. With many talented players returning, they have high hopes for this fall.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Clearview’s roster will look much different than last year, as one top player moved to Ohio, one suffered a season-ending injury and several others are not playing high school soccer due to their commitments to the Development Academy. Senior forwards Lea Boccicchio and Jordyn White and sophomore forward Marissa Ciemny will look to pick up the slack offensively. Senior Olivia Kedziora, junior Emmy Sinnett and sophomores Adriana Careless and Kaitlyn Pirrotta are key players in the midfield, and junior Sydney Strauss is an experienced defender. The Pioneers will most likely have to break in a new No. 1 goalie, as senior McKenna Dalfonso—a starter since her freshman year—is expected to focus on her club team.
OUTLOOK: The Pioneers went 13-6-1 and captured the Tri-County Conference Royal Division title last year before falling in the first round of the playoffs. They hope to reload and contend in the division again with a new lineup.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Eastern is coming off an unforgettable season and many of the premier players are back in the mix, starting with senior midfielder Kelli McGroarty. An all-state, all-South Jersey and allconference first-team selection, she set a school record with 37 goals, the last of those coming in the Group IV state final. She also had 10 assists on her way to New Jersey Player of the Year honors. McGroarty has a chance to become the program’s all-time leading scorer before continuing her career at La Salle. Junior forward Riley Tiernan is another dynamic playmaker who scored 21 goals and led the state with 30 assists, breaking the school record held by her sister Madison. A Rutgers commit, she made the all-state, all-South Jersey and all-conference first teams as well. The third returning star is senior center back Sara Brocious, who is the leader of Eastern’s defense and also contributed four goals and four assists. Brocious, also a Rutgers recruit, made the all-state second team along with the all-South Jersey and all-conference first teams. Junior Stella Kahn joins Brocious on the back line and senior Olivia Alves returns as the starting goalie. Sophomore Cami Silvestro (five goals, nine assists) is a key player in the midfield, and sophomore Kayla Ojeda also contributes at the position. Sophomore forwards Emily Eustace and Klio Kokolis also played big roles as rookies. Eustace had six goals and five assists, while Kokolis scored the game-winner in the state semifinals and finished with three goals and three assists.
OUTLOOK: The Vikings went 25-2-1 last year with the third state championship in program history, and won the Coaches Tournament as well. With McGroarty, Tiernan and Brocious leading the way, this special group will look for a repeat performance this fall.
GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC RAMS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior midfielder Caitlyn Cordery has been a top playmaker for Gloucester Catholic the last several years and will lead the Rams once again. She had six goals and eight assists as a junior to make the all-conference first team. Junior Ella VanDine is another offensive spark who led the team with nine goals to go with four assists. Senior forward Alexis Godby, junior forward Emileigh Cloak and junior midfielder Sophia Testa are other key pieces of the attack, while junior forward Lauren Ridinger and junior midfielder Kara Bernetich are contributors as well. Sophomore Riley Cannon is an experienced defender in front of senior goalie Alyse Capizzi, who made 106 saves. A large crop of sophomores saw time as freshmen, including Brooke Myers, Natalie Musick, Fara Hollans, Karley Emery and Madison Evans.
OUTLOOK: The Rams went 9-8 last year—their first winning season since 2014—and reached the sectional quarterfinals. With a talented core returning, this is shaping up as another successful year.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Haddonfield graduated a standout senior class but is happy to welcome back junior midfielder Katie McCormick and senior forward Jordan Siok, who both made the all-conference first team. McCormick led the team with nine goals to go with three assists, and Siok added seven goals and five assists. Junior Keegan Douglas (four goals, seven assists) is another proven scorer at forward, and sophomore Sara Smith is a key player in the midfield. Seniors Grace Kegler and Briana Parker are steady defenders and senior Maya Olimpio is back as the starting goalie. Other contributors are senior forwards Rachel Bonnet and Megan Cutter, junior midfielder Katie Hatch and senior back Kyra Orem.
OUTLOOK: The Bulldawgs’ 12-6-3 season featured the Colonial Conference Liberty Division title and one-goal losses in the sectional and Coaches Tournament quarterfinals. They will be hungry to go on longer runs in both tourneys this fall.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Several tough competitors return for Kingsway, including senior back Chloe Lang, a stalwart on defense. She made the all-conference first team as a junior, and will help make life easier for senior goalie Stephanie Martelli. Junior Camryn O’Rourke (six goals, two assists) will look to spark the offense, while twin sisters Lianna and Lauren SanFelice each shined as freshmen, with Lianna recording six goals and three assists and Lauren adding three goals and eight assists. Juniors Kylee Lewis and Rachel Robichaud will also be counted on as playmakers. Other returners hoping to contribute are juniors Sarah Cancila and Kat Bott.
OUTLOOK: Last season was another successful one for the Dragons, who went 12-8, qualified for the Coaches Tournament and reached the sectional semifinals for the second year in a row. They have high expectations for 2019 under new head coach Bill Alvaro.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Although Lenape graduated both of its all-conference players from last year, the Indians have several returners to build around, such as senior midfielder Maggie Londregan. She tied for the team lead with three goals last year and will once again look to ignite the offense. Sophomore Cierra Penny showed promise in the midfield as well and senior Raine Valenti is an experienced forward. Other returning midfielders are seniors Lauren Dickson and Maddie Hird. Senior Brynn Foley leads a solid back line that also includes seniors Mia Birney, Mai Khuyen Bui, Kiana Gosnell and Regan King. Senior Sam Coon will look to replace four-year starter Shannon Mulroy in goal.
OUTLOOK: Although the Indians posted just a 3-15 record last year, 11 of the losses were by one goal as their defense kept them in most of their games. If they can find more scoring this fall, the record should improve significantly.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior midfielder Grace Hurren leads a strong nucleus for Moorestown after earning all- conference first-team and all-South Jersey thirdteam accolades as a junior. She was first on the Quakers with 13 goals and added seven assists. Senior forwards Ciara Imhotep (12 goals) and Abbey McNulty (six goals, six assists) are other talented finishers. Seniors Liz McGee, Erin Donovan, Cami Orellano and Alex Magda should all see more time this year and juniors Libby Hock, Ava Drangula, Sarah Patton and Dylan Silar will bring needed depth to the Quakers. Senior Nicole Quintero will look to follow up a terrific season in goal and senior Hannah Weinstein is another veteran keeper.
OUTLOOK: Moorestown’s magical 2018 season featured a semifinal appearance in the Coaches Tournament, a sectional title and a tough 1-0 loss to Northern Highlands in the Group III state final. While some important players graduated, the Quakers will again be a team to keep an eye on.
MOORESTOWN FRIENDS FOXES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior forward Bella Runyan has been an impact player at Moorestown Friends since her freshman year and is primed for a strong finish this fall. She scored a team-high 17 goals last year and assisted on six others to earn all-league first-team recognition. Junior forward Madison Bouggess is another all-league first-teamer who recorded 15 goals and four assists. Sophomore forward Veyoni Davis and sophomore midfielder Angelica Larluz each found the net four times as freshmen, and senior Megan Schweiker—a four-year varsity contributor—is another playmaker in the midfield. Senior Lizzie Carter (three shutouts) is back as the starting goalie, and she will get support from defenders Nicole Gheysens, a junior, and Bebel Trani, a sophomore. Other contributors are seniors Elizabeth Geyer and Sydney O’Brien, junior Victoria Iacovitti and sophomores Roni Kennedy and Emma Nei.
OUTLOOK: The Foxes went 8-8 and reached the sectional quarterfinals with a lot of new faces in the lineup last year. With most of the roster back in the fold, they are excited about their potential under new head coach Akemi Moriuchi.
PAUL VI EAGLES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Junior midfielder Natalie Schooley has made the all-conference team each of her first two seasons, including a first-team selection last year, and it will be exciting to see what she can do as an upperclassman. She was second on the Eagles with nine goals and had six assists in 2018. Junior Abby Lutz is another playmaker who chipped in five goals and six assists as a sophomore. Sophomore Sophia Errichetti flashed potential as a rookie with three goals and also hopes to contribute offensively. Other veterans include senior Sydney Corbett, who will anchor the back line, juniors Ciara Minkel, Allison English, Tori Fisher and Madeline Tursi and sophomore Arden Sentak. Senior Kristen Nelson had a solid season as the starting goalie, and other returners hoping to have an impact are senior Carly Zaccaria, junior Natalie Lunt and sophomore Hannah Exley. Senior goalkeeper Isabelle Chavez is also expected to make a contribution this season.
OUTLOOK: The Eagles posted an 11-8-1 record and advanced to both the sectional and Coaches Tournament quarterfinals in 2018. This has the makings for another strong season.
SENECA GOLDEN EAGLES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Seneca graduated most of its scoring from 2018 but brings back several important pieces of the defense, starting with junior keeper Lexi Dooley. She earned the starting job as a sophomore and responded with a strong season in which she notched 155 saves. Seniors Emily Ingram, Aubrey Packard, Madeline Daecher and Karra Wozniak are all experienced defenders in front of her. Senior Hannah Orth will look to spark the offense from her midfield position; she tallied four goals last year. Junior forward Alli Harvey and junior midfielder Hannah Schwartz will also contribute to the attack. Other returners seeking to play a role are senior Sam Page and juniors Kendall Beckey and Tori Groves.
OUTLOOK: The Golden Eagles overcame a 2-6 start to finish with a 10-10 record in 2018, including a playoff victory. They should remain competitive and can contend for a winning season if their offense comes around.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: A talented crop of returners is back for Shawnee, including six all-conference players. The conversation starts with senior midfielder Alexa Endres, who scored 13 goals and set a school record with 25 assists. A Temple commit, Endres made the all-state, all-South Jersey and all-conference first teams. Junior forward/ midfielder Brooke Steel led the Renegades with 16 goals and assisted on 10 others on her way to all-conference first-team and all-South Jersey second-team accolades. Senior forward Kiley Endres, Alexa’s sister, made the all-conference first team and all-South Jersey third team after posting nine goals and 10 assists. She will continue her career at East Carolina. Yet another dangerous scorer is senior midfielder Alexandra Kornafel, who scored eight goals. The defense is led by senior Madison McCready, an all-conference first-teamer and La Salle commit. Senior back Chloe Kheli, a St. Joseph’s recruit, and junior midfielder Tori Yost both made the all-conference second team and are also valuable pieces of the defense. Senior Lucy Clapperton saw time in goal and will look to take over on a full-time basis. Junior Sophie Drea is another returner expected to contribute.
OUTLOOK: The Renegades’ terrific 2018 season featured an 18-2-4 record and the championship in the Olympic Conference American Division, one of the best divisions in the state. They also dropped two heartbreakers to rival Eastern in the sectional and Coaches Tournament finals. With many premier players back in the fold, they should once again be contenders for division, South Jersey and Coaches Tournament titles.
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP MINUTEMAIDS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Amanda Attanasi has put together back-to-back impressive seasons for Washington Township and it will be exciting to see what she can accomplish as an upperclassman. The junior forward had 19 goals and five assists as a sophomore to make the all-South Jersey and all-conference first teams as well as the all-state third team. She has committed to James Madison. Senior midfielder Giovanna Castorina, who had seven goals and five assists to make the all-conference first team, will look to take some of the pressure off Attanasi in the attacking third. Junior Megan Smith is a returning starter at forward, while senior Maddy Wernik and junior Manon Bada are key returners in the midfield. Senior forward Audrey Wendt and junior midfielder Taylor Attanasi add depth. Defensively, senior Isabelle Pingol is back after earning all-conference second-team honors and seniors Jordyn Milou, Angelina Leone and Molly Kern are all being counted on as well. Senior Madison Frapaul and sophomore Kelsey Newton are candidates to take over as the starting goalie.
OUTLOOK: The Minutemaids went 14-6-1 and reached both the sectional and Coaches Tournament semifinals, losing close games to eventual champion Eastern each time. With Attanasi leading the way, they look like contenders again.
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 5 (July 2019).
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