After an unbeaten regular season, a CHSAA championship and a trip to its first state final since 2007, the perennial power that is St. Anthony's girls soccer enters the season even more powerful.
The nationally ranked Friars are led by Northwestern-bound Margo McGinty, a cerebral defender with excellent field vision who can go on the attack when needed, and Villanova-bound forward Reanna Murino. Already laden with D-I talent, St. Anthony's has a strong incoming class that will provide even more depth to an already balanced team.
Teams struggled to keep up with the speed of CHSAA runner-up Kellenberg, which attacked from all angles and nearly upset the Friars in the title game. The style of play will be no different this season with 12 returning seniors, including midfielders Amanda Barroca and Kirstin Wosleger and defenders Erica Berry and Taylor Falmon.
Sacred Heart features Northwestern-bound Natalie Cikos, who has great speed, is strong with both feet and can play in each third of the field. She is joined by Manhattan College-bound Colleen Kavanaugh to form a formidable tandem in the midfield. Freshman defender Reilly Lucas may fill a hole in the backfield.
St. John the Baptist will rotate senior keepers Alana Brennan and Shannon Mahoney. In front of them will be sweeper Taylor Gorth, midfielders Caitlyn Gibbons and Jackie Roth and a strong core of underclassmen.
In the PSAA, Long Island Lutheran is coming off its run to the title game and Portledge is strong up the middle with sweeper Denise Mikalef, midfielder Kristie Kelly and striker Erica Cohen.