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Girls soccer: Players to watch

Cassie Cooke •Winters Mill, midfield

•Carroll County's Player of the Year in 2007, the dynamic senior owns the middle of the field and is a constant source of offense (12 goals, 16 assists last season) for the defending county champs.

Monica Fischer •Fallston, forward

•A threat every time she touches the ball, the four-year starter had 25 goals and nine assists last season, sparking the Cougars to their first UCBAC championship.

Peyton Johnson • Catonsville, midfield

•The junior center midfielder, who scored eight goals and had 10 assists in the Comets' run to the state tournament, has an impeccable first touch and uncanny field sense to set the tempo.

Gigi Mangione •McDonogh, midfield

Constantly around the ball with her field sense and energy, the Eagles' centerpiece scored 13 goals and had nine assists to earn Baltimore County Player of the Year honors last season.

Erica Page •Archbishop Spalding, forward

•Strong and dynamic with the ball, the offensive catalyst for the talented Cavaliers enters her senior season with 40 career goals and 15 assists.

Colby Rhea •McDonogh, forward

•Fast, physical and skilled, the senior will be a prime target up front for the Eagles after a 10-goal, seven-assist junior season.

Amy Song •River Hill, defense

•The senior right fullback's precise throw-ins give headaches to opposing teams and countless scoring chances for the Hawks. Twelve of her 13 assists last season came from her long heaves.

Molly Stryker •C. Milton Wright, defense

•Highly skilled with exceptional size and speed, the senior sweeper makes all the right decisions in anchoring the Mustangs' experienced back line.

Faryn Watts •Wilde Lake, forward

•Sneaky fast with a nose for the goal, the senior scored 13 goals and posted eight assists in leading the Wildecats to the Class 3A state title game last season. Watts just returned to practice after undergoing knee surgery.

Brittany Yancey •River Hill, midfield

•Expected to return later this month after undergoing knee surgery, the standout senior (15 goals, 12 assists last season) will bring instant offense and strong leadership for the two-time defending state champs.

OTHER NOTABLES •Chaunell Abrams, Kenwood; Ellen Axenfeld, Glenelg; Lindsay Bickel, North Carroll; Julia Brown, C. Milton Wright; Jazzmine Chandler, St. Vincent Pallotti; Brittany Dashiell, John Carroll; Kelsey Donohue, Mercy; Jamie Fahey, Loch Raven; Kirsten Frank, Archbishop Spalding; Megan Gibbons, McDonogh; Beth Glaros, Wilde Lake; Vicky Gustitis, Fallston; Jackie Henahan, St. Vincent Pallotti; Libby Hicks, Meade; Eboney Hutt, McDonogh; Courtney Jackson, Sparrows Point; Kristina Jackson, Wilde Lake; Sasha Kershaw, Loch Raven; Katie Leech, Winters Mill; Courtney Lupinek, Chesapeake-AA; Jessica Mengele, Western; Gabby Moreno, Severna Park; Natalie Neill, Poly; Ellen Nicely, Institute of Notre Dame; Melissa Orgero, Broadneck; Sarah Pfundstein, South River; Lindsay Powell, Severna Park; Mierra Pratt, Western; Caitlin Prince, Liberty; Jenna Reid, Century; Katie Schwarzmann, Century; Katie Sears, Annapolis; Cheyenne Skidmore, Liberty; Jordan Stenger, Mercy; Sophia Thomas, Maryvale Prep; Jen Thornton, Severna Park; Anne Trapp, Perry Hall; Melissa Wampler, Sparrows Point; Sierra Webb, Patterson; Amanda Wharton, South Carroll; Amber Womack, Eastern Tech

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