Knights still young, talented
Head Coach: John Kabler
2013 Record: 12-4
Key Player: Katie Waring
Dale is coming off of a first round region exit to Cosby last season. The team is still young and talented in 2014.
Head Coach John Kabler said that junior Katie Waring has a chance to be the best player in Thomas Dale history. Waring is skilled enough to play any position, switching to midfield and attacker when offense is needed. Senior Bridget Schindel gets her teammates involved and runs midfield well.
A pair of freshmen, Dominique Grubbs and Caroline Johnson will both start- Grubbs at forward and Johnson will be at marking back.
“It’s rare to have someone as skilled as Caroline so early on defense,” stated Kabler.
Kabler expects a healthy squad to compete well in Conference 3.
Skyhawks look to rally around underclassmen
Head Coach: Ashley Seal
2013 Record: 0-16
Key Player: Alexis McCargo
Bird soccer is working to rebound from 2013 and will look to a trio of underclassmen to drive improvement, starting with team captain Alexis McCargo.
“McCargo was a captain as a sophomore, that speaks volumes,” said Seal. “The key is keeping her healthy all season.”
Junior Nikki Robinson, who will likely play every minute of every game for Bird possesses great field vision and athleticism.
Seal is particularly excited about freshman Marcela Escobar, who has played well and scored a goal in the team’s scrimmage against Meadowbrook.
The underclassmen compliment this year’s crop of seniors for what should be an improved campaign.
Warriors young, still finding their style
Head Coach: Erin Kutsko
2013 Record: 7-7
Key Player: Jenny Burdick
The Matoaca girls are also a young team looking to improve in 2014.
“We lost several starters,” said Kutsko. “We’re figuring out who’s filling in and what our play style will be.”
Center midfielder Jenny Burdick is the team’s senior leader. Burdick passes and scores equally well. Shannon Price is another senior who will contribute.
Twins Kara and Kayla Hevener provide a 1-2 punch in the midfield and on the outside. Kayla is a more physical player, while Kara is more speed oriented. Sophomore forward Katy Wildeus is expected to contribute with ball distribution and scoring.
Kutsko expects better results as the team gels.
Head Coach: Ernest Chamberlain
2013 Record: 0-13
Key Player: Paula Bustillo
Though coming off a winless season, the Monarchs are under the guidance of first year head coach Ernest Chamberlain, and have a competitive core of seniors.
“We’re going to win some games for sure,” said Chamberlain. “We showed significant improvement in our scrimmage versus Bird.”
Meadowbrook is led by team captain Paula Bustillo, a senior – Bustillo, a great on-field communicator is a four-year varsity player and stepped up as a leader in practice, guiding the team in drills and stretching.
The Monarchs also have two other formidable players in speedster Katherine Rosa and Dayanna Flores, who will play defense and midfield.