Girls' Soccer

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Logan Snow (from left), Rachel Knapp and Meghan Strong, members of the AuSable Valley varsity soccer squad, juggle soccer balls during practice. The Patriots have a bye as the season starts tonight, but host Plattsburgh Tuesday. (P-R Photo/Gabe Dickens)

All three NSL divisions up for grabs in 2013

Editor’s Note: Coaching forms were not received from Saranac Lake, Crown Point, Keene, Indian Lake/Long Lake or Minerva-Newcomb in time to be included in the preview.

The 2013 girls’ Northern Soccer League season gets underway tonight throughout the North Country.

The three divisions look to be wide open as the season gets underway with many teams vying for the title.

Beekmantown (Div. I), Chazy (Div. II) and Indian Lake/Long Lake (Div. III) were the divisional winners a season ago.

Plattsburgh captured the Section VII Class B title, while AuSable Valley was the Class C champion. Elizabethtown-Lewis dethroned Chazy for the first time in seven years in Class D.

DIVISION I

AUSABLE VALLEY

The Patriots are coming off a strong season in 2012. AuSable Valley captured the Section VII Class C championship before falling to Hoosick Falls in the state regional finals.

The Patriots will move up to Class B this season, but after a strong run last year and seven starters returning, they could be a factor again this season.

Logan Snow and Priscilla Coats lead the way defensively and will patrol in front of keeper Bryce Douglass. Madison Rondeau and Rachel Knapp will look to control the midfield, while Taylor Saltus and Meghan Strong will continue to be strong finishers.

Players lost

Sumra Sikandar, Hailey Taylor, Marissa Bickford, Sierra Snow, Deanna Dashnaw.

Players returning

Alyssa Baughn, Priscilla Coats, Bryce Douglass, Hillary Drake, Ashlee Estes, Tiffany Evens, Vanessa Garrow, Rachel Knapp, Jeanna Manning, Madison Rondeau, Taylor Saltus, Logan Snow, Meghan Strong.

Newcomers

Mollie Mashtare, Kendra Niemann, Briana Savage, Sydney Snow.

BEEKMANTOWN

The Eagles were the team to beat in the Northern Soccer League a season ago, compiling an undefeated 11-0-2 record.

But, Beekmantown’s title hopes were dashed in the Section VII Class B semifinals with a 3-2 loss to Plattsburgh.

Two Villemaires will lead the attack for the Eagles this season, Kallie in her third season on the varsity and eighth grader Kirstin.

Offense will continue to be a strength for Beekmantown with Kiley Regan, Courtney Wilson and Lindsey Gonyea adding to the mix.

The loss of Amanda Peterson on defense will be difficult to overcome, but returners Alex Putnam and Brielle Carnright will try to soften the blow.

Players lost

Amanda Peterson, Maegan Bull, Danielle Swartz, Shanae Jodin, Katie Bucculato, Hannah Newgarden.

Players returning

Kirstin Villemaire, Lindsey Gonyea, Carlee Casey, Alex Putnam, Courtney Wilson, Kiley Regan, Kallie Villemaire, Brielle Carnright, Aleasha Barcomb, Lauren O’Connor.

Newcomers

Bethany Simpson, Elizabeth King, Kin Ratliff, Reagan Fesette, Courtney King, Santana Vicencio Labarre, Kayla Mabry, Tamara Cook.

NORTHEASTERN CLINTON

The Cougars are hoping the return of a strong defense will be able to make up for the loss of many talented offensive stars.

Northeastern Clinton was hit hard by graduation with both Division I All-Stars Mallory Honan (MVP) and Molly Roush lost.

Second-Team All-Stars Michaela McDonough and Katie Matott will be looked at to be key contributors this season along with Maddie Tucker.

Christina Paola will return between the pipes to give the Cougars veteran leadership on the last line of defense.

Players lost

Mallory Honan, Morgan Rabideau, Miranda Menard, Cerise Dubois, Skyler Hebert, Allie Cartier, Amanda Harvey, Molly Roush, Celine Bouvier, Abbie Miller.

Players returning

Jenna LaValley, Andree Boire, Lexi Pero, Michaela McDonough, Maddie Tucker, Christian Paola, Paige Dominic, Katie Matott, Taylor Rabideau, Tianna Leduc, Ashley Boire, Alexa Sorrell.

Newcomers

Peyton Sample, Lauren Dube, Chelsey Menard, Kalie Sample, Raychel Sylvester, Darian Carey, Shaylyn Rowe, Emily Sample, Shawna Barclay, Madison Beauchemin.

PERU

The Indians had a rough season a year ago, finishing with just three victories during the Northern Soccer League season.

Peru was also a team hit hard by graduation, including losing Second-Team All-Star Mary Mazzella. But, to make matters worse, fellow Second-Team All-Star Ashley Carpenter has transferred to Seton Catholic.

But, Coach Tom Harrigan likes what he sees in his group and believes they will be a team to beat, especially with some games under their belt.

Harrigan, though, is still looking for a reliable goaltender as the season starts, though Kara Barber was strong in net during the Be The Match Tournament.

Players lost

Shannon Bombard, Hallie Lashway, Nicki Breton, Maddie Barber, Jordan Favro, Mary Mazzella, Sam Martin, Ashley Sardella, Ashley Carpenter.

Players returning

Katie Uliva, Lindsey Bushey, Kara Barber, Anna Hogan, Maddy Flynn, Kelly Neenan, Sam Spear, Kristen Houle, Brittany Minor, Emily Larsen, Kylie Gonyea.

Newcomers

Emily Lawliss, Margaret Mitchell, Emily Phillips, Rachael Sheldrick, Mikayla Knoza, Bryn Mousseau, Erin Blacklas, Kim LaPorte.

PLATTSBURGH

The Hornets were right in the thick of things all season long, but could not get past Beekmantown during the regular season.

But, Plattsburgh knocked off the Eagles in the Section VII Class B semifinals and took down Saranac, 2-1, to claim the Class B title.

The Hornets fell to Schalmont, 3-0, during regional play.

Speed will continue to be a strength this season for Plattsburgh. And returners Kelsey Senecal, Hailey McLaughlin and Brooke Knight have been good leaders for the newcomers.

In order to repeat, the Hornets will need the newcomers to step up as Plattsburgh lost eight starters from its championship team.

Players lost

Karlie Neale, Kolbi Lyon, Cieara Duquette, Olivia Carlsson, Molly LeClair, Madison Trombley, Alexis Lamora, Cayley Boire, Marle Curle, Kelly Cantwell.

Players returning

Hannah LeClair, Kaylia Carper, Hailey McLaughlin, Ashlee Carper, Anna Hewitt, Adrienne Nye, Kelsey Senecal, Brooke Knight.

Newcomers

Shea Frady, Olyvia Duquette, Quinn Stebbins, Kasey Scors, Jenna Worley, Khila Pecoraro, Katie Zukowski, Sarah Duquette, Samantha Swiesz, Alyssa Salls, Kayse Brunell.

SARANAC

The Chiefs were part of a very talented Class B group last season, finishing with 10 wins during the regular season. Seeded third in the sectional tournament, Saranac defeated Peru and upset No. 2 seed Northeastern Clinton to make the Section VII title game.

The Chiefs return a very experienced team and bring back scoring threat Ellen Thew, who was injured during the entire 2012 season.

Summer Gillespie and Amy LoTemplio each return after being named to the Division I All-Star team a season ago. Jamie Favreau, a Second-Team All-Star, brings experience in net.

Players lost

Jaelyn Johnston, Brooke Layhee, Krisen Napper, Miranda Marnes, Alicia Bedard.

Players returning

Rebecca Heywood, Summer Gillespie, Lindsey Harris, Amie Eggleston, Amy LoTemplio, Kelly Drollette, Kayla Napper, Kaitlyn Bowman, Jamie Favreau, Amelia Jenks, Lena Menia, Emily Heywood, Ellen Thew.

Newcomers

Sabrina Bruno, Makayla Duquette, Kaitlyn Guynup.

DIVISION II

LAKE PLACID

The Blue Bombers had a pretty successful season in 2012 with 12 victories under their belt.

But, as the top seed in the Section VII Class C playoffs, Lake Placid was knocked out of the race during the semifinals by Northern Adirondack.

The Blue Bombers return key members to a strong defense, with Alexa Whitney, Juli Matos, Emily Godin and Carissa Kennedy.

Sam Barney will return to the midfield, while Payton Barney and Liza Marinis will be looked at to provide a strong attack.

Players lost

Haley Brandes, Liz Leff, Kendra Manning, Brooke Reid, Kelsey Taylor, Hanna Potter, Marina Waldy, Erin Weaver.

Players returning

Tricia Auer, Payton Barney, Sam Barney, Emily Godin, Jahnee Huber, Adele Jesmer, Carissa Kennedy, Liza Marinis, Juli Matos, Laura Stanton, Alexa Whitney.

Newcomers

Emily Barney, Taylor Barney, Lizzie Bimonte, Cheyenne Blair, Elena Bushy, Jillian Goulette, Sage Miller, Briana Roy.

NORTHERN ADIRONDACK

The Bobcats were a 6-7-1 team a season ago, but really turned things on during the playoffs.

Northern Adirondack took down top-seed Lake Placid in the Section VII Class C semifinals, but fell in the title game to AuSable Valley.

The Bobcats graduated just four players from a season ago. They will have a deep bench with a lack of a junior varsity again this season, with many younger players being looked at to step up their game.

Rachael Venne (First-Team), Elle Warick (Second-Team) and Megan Brunelle (Second-Team) each return after being named all-stars last season.

Players lost

Amanda Campbell, Alison Seymour, Kourtnee Smith, Amber Weaver.

Players returning

Maegan Brunelle, Tylar Lafountain, Jillian Scott, Elle Warick, Irene Wilson, Anna Lashway, Magan Magee, Rachael Venne, Amanda Wilson, Alexis Boulrice, Taylor Durnin, Makenna Magee.

Newcomers

Rachael King, Victoria Paiser, Danya Burl, Juliana Gardner, Katie Trombley, Paige Chilton, Avery Lambert, Olivia Paiser.

SETON CATHOLIC

The Knights again will have to overcome a small team with just 15 players on the roster.

The loss of Peyton Falb offensively will be tough to overcome, but the transfer of Ashley Carpenter from Peru should help. Senior Paige Spittler will also be difficult to stop on the front line.

All-Star Maddy Murnane returns to anchor the defense, while Shannon Egan, Clara Giroux, Kelli Ryan and Hailey Moore are all strong candidates to patrol the middle.

Players lost

Peyton Falb, Christina Durgan.

Players returning

Maddy Murnane, Paige Spittler, Lauren Richter, Shannon Egan, Clara Giroux, Kelli Ryan, Alyse Clark, Hailey Moore, Sam Bashaw, Emily Nachbauer, Olivia Nachbauer.

Newcomers

Ashley Carpenter, Calene Allen, Reilly Boule, Kelsey Hulbert.

TICONDEROGA

The Sentinels will have a lot to overcome thanks to graduation. Ticonderoga lost the majority of its scorers and its starting goalie from last year’s team.

All-Stars Andrea Rich, Katie Palandrani and Megan Campney are just a few of the eight holes that Ticonderoga is looking to fill.

Seven players return to the Sentinels with varsity experience, but the team has decent speed and skills and hopes to be a part of what appears to be a pretty balanced Division II this season.

Players lost

Andrea Rich, Megan Campney, Katie Palandrani, Jaelyn Granger, Chelsea Kearns, Keeley Cooper, Grace Ginn, Nicole Trudeau.

Players returning

Logan Mars, Tiffani Purkey, Haley Kuhl, Sadie Hamel, Kylie Austin, Ashley Trudeau, Lexi Moore.

Newcomers

Lillith Ida, Michaela Fitzgerald, Paige Gunning, Rachel Scuderi, Jendra Cooke, Brenna Michalak, Constance Bailey, Rachel Bennett, Brittany Bruce, Rachel White, Savannah Bezon, Haleigh Wright, Delaney Hughes.

MORIAH

The Vikings will field a team of just 14 players when the season begins tonight.

Moriah lost six players to graduation, but brings in five newcomers.

Returning players, and all-stars, Sarah Slattery and Halie Snyder will be looked at again this season for leadership and strong play. Slattery defensively and Snyder at midfield.

The young players, though, will need to improve each day to help the Vikings stay competitive this season.

Players lost

Marissa St. Pierre, Lauren Pelkey, Michaila Callis, Val Wykes, Nikki French, Ariel White.

Players returning

Sarah Slattery, Taylor Sprague, Reagan Pratt, Morgan Meachem, Halie Snyder, Lauren Cross, Lauren Brace, Caitlin Pelkey, Katie DeSimone.

Newcomers

Jordan Speshock, Shelby MacDougal, Paige Lane, Sarah Burbank, Samantha Ida.

CHAZY

For the first time in seven years, the Eagles are not returning as Section VII Class D champions.

Chazy has gone from the hunted to the hunter, and it definitely has the depth to do so as the Eagles will have 27 players on their roster.

Chazy loses just three players from its 15-3 team a season ago, but one is Div. II MVP Megan Reynolds.

Out of the 27 players on the roster, 18 have varsity experience, which will definitely be beneficial as the Eagles look to take back their crown.

Players lost

Lindsay Hack, Megan Reynolds, Stephanie Gonyo, Abby Snide.

Players returning

Rachel Pombrio, Kinnan Latremore, Bailey Pepper, Shelby Gonyo, Heidi Kreckel, Amber Polomsky, Maritza Lester, Paige Barcomb, Christine Pilon, Kailee Bechard, Bailey Stalker, Cailee LaPorte, Hannah Laurin, Olivia Blais, Courtney Gilmore, Gwen LaPier, Logan Baker, Abbey Snide.

Newcomers

Lilly Hayes, Katelyn Therrian, Hannah Hayes, Kayleigh Bell, Ariana Hagan, Lindsey Gilmore, Kenna Barnes, Maura Trombley, Skyler Thomas,

ELIZABETHTOWN-LEWIS

The Lions did something no team in Section VII’s Class D has done in seven years — defeat Chazy in the playoffs.

Elizabethtown-Lewis captured the 2012 title with a 2-0 victory over the Eagles in the Class D championship game.

Just five players, though, return from that team to the 2013 squad.

Five-year starters Caitie Decker and Lily Whalen will be looked at to provide leadership to the Lions. Sophomore Emma Disogra will take over in net with Kearsten Ashline lost to graduation.

Jasmin Barnes and Sage Allott are returning starters in the midfield.

Players lost

Kylee Cassavaugh, Emily Morris, Shonna Brooks, Jen McGinn, Crystal Grady, Sierra Wimett, Kearsten Ashline.

Players returning

Lily Whalen, Caitie Decker, Jasmin Barnes, Sage Allott, Emma Disogra, Shannon Canavan.

Newcomers

Savanna Graves, Angel Barnes, CJ Shepard, Natalie Martin, Jazmin Wright, Nicole Green, Cora Adams, Myra Adams, Tess Andrade, Alex Simard, Desiree Boyle.

WILLSBORO

The Warriors had a difficult season a year ago as they finished with jus two victories.

Things are looking up, however, as Willsboro returns seven starters from last year’s team and look to have a pretty speedy squad.

The Warriors did lose some key members to their team to graduation, including starting goalie Renee Marcotte and all-star Kyli Swires.

Junior Andrea O’Hara returns to anchor the Warriors’ defense at sweeper. Bridget Moran provides plenty of energy in the center of the field, while Rachael Burt has the ability to put the ball in the back of the net.

Senior Gabi Yeager has become one of Willsboro’s best players and be looked to do a bit of everything this season.

Players lost

Renee Marcotte, Morgan Murphy, Amanda Mahoney, Alyson Arnold, Kyli Swires.

Players returning

Kathryn Belzile, Taylor Crowningshield, Bridget Moran, Tiffani Tromblee, Gabi Yeager, Stephanie Blanchard, Tory Wade, Amanda Henrichs, Rachael Burt, Andrea O’Hara, Kelsey Sloper.

Newcomers

Trina Bigelow, Taylor Bigelow, Jillian Dean.

DIVISION III

WESTPORT

The Eagles lose just one player from last season’s four-win team.

A team filled with youth a year ago received a ton of game experience and looks to improve on that record this season.

Defensively Westport should be strong, which includes the return of starting goalkeeper Hannah Looby.

The Eagles have the ability to be strong offensively, but need to live up their potential.

The team is still young, but has plenty of experience, and has developed a strong chemistry together on the field, which has helped their confidence.

Players lost

Ashley Quaglietta.

Players returning

Emily Racoe, Megan Sudduth, Chyenne Cramer, Ellie Schwoebel, Sydney Mitchell, Brendee Russell, Sarah Looby, Hannah Looby, Lacy Misarski, Kristen Orr.

Newcomers

Hannah Schwoebel, Chloe Mitchell, Yiran Li.

SCHROON LAKE

The Wildcats will look to improve from their season a year ago in which they went 1-9-1.

Schroon Lake returns just six players from last year’s team, Lexi Subra, Megan Hall, Desiree Lanoue, Destinee McCoy, Molly Wisser and Abby Welch.

The Wildcats will need newcomers Dakota Gadway, Kiana Fiore, Amanda James, Julianna Finnerty and Abi Wisser to learn fast as they step into starting roles this season.

Players lost

Clare Whitney, Lindsay Reynolds, Miranda DeZalia, Danielle Barror, Brianna DeZalia, Chloe McKenna.

Players returning

Lexi Subra, Megan Hall, Desiree Lanoue, Destinee McCoy, Molly Wisser, Abby Welch.

Newcomers

Amanda James, Dakota Gadway, Kiana Fiore, Ruth jabout, Dejanira Plumstead, Julianna Finnerty, Abi Wisser, Shannon Garland.

JOHNSBURG

The Jaguars return to the soccer field after not fielding a team a season ago.

Laura Richards will bring knowledge and leadership to the team after playing on the boys’ varsity.

Johnsburg will look to develop its program this season as its main goal.

Newcomers

Laura Richards, Valeri Gereau, Meghan Pierson, Montana Berg, Angelina Conte, Sara Pierson, Dylan Harris, Emily Person, Makayla Denno, Jamie Bruce, Savanna Berg, Victoria Glover, Taylor Dwyer, Megan Bacon.

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