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Girls soccer primer: Top teams, players, predictions and storylines to watch in 2017

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SOUTH SOUND GIRLS SOCCER PRIMER

TEAM TO BEAT

Puyallup – The Vikings return seven starters from last year’s team that won the league championship and lost just one regular-season game. Sophomore midfielder Meredith Udovich, sophomore forward Sydney Evans and senior midfielder Sunny Bieber give the Vikings weapons on offense, and senior defender Hallie Johnson anchors a defense that gave up just eight goals in the regular season in 2016.

TOP STORYLINES

1. LOOK WHO’S BACK

Tahoma returns eight of its 11 starters from last year’s team that that finished second in the 4A NPSL Cascade. Their postseason dreams were dashed quickly with a 1-0 loss to Kentwood in districts, but with all that experience returning the Bears could be poised for a much deeper run this season.

2. STINGY “D”

Puyallup gave up just eight goals in the regular season a year ago and pitched nine shutouts in 16 games. In the playoffs, the Vikings gave up four goals in three games. If the Vikings are to live up to the lofty expectations placed upon them this year, they will need the defense to play like it did in the regular season a year ago and have that success carry over into the postseason.

3. KEEP THE STREAK

Sumner has been to the state tournament nine consecutive seasons – four in 3A, four in 2A and last year in 4A. Streaks like this are rare, but even more rare to do it in so many different classifications. The Spartans return six of their 11 starters, but last year’s All-Area Player of the Year Jordan Thompson has graduated. Can the Spartans add another year to their streak?

LEAGUE FAVORITES

4A NPSL Cascade – Tahoma

4A NPSL Olympic – Auburn Riverside

4A SPSL – Puyallup

3A PCL – Bonney Lake

3A SSC – Gig Harbor

2A SPSL Mountain – Fife

2A SPSL Sound – Orting

2A Evergreen – Tumwater

1A Nisqually – Cascade Christian

FIVE TO WATCH

D Brooke Asbury, Tahoma, sr.: Asbury was a first-team all-league defender in the 4A NPSL Cascade season season, finishing with five goals and five assists. She did everything for the Bears last season, starting the year at forward, but also played center mid and eventually center back.

M Kaylee Coatney, Bonney Lake, so.: Coatney, who scored 26 goals and had 14 assists last season, was named the 3A Pierce County League’s MVP. The Panthers had 60 goals on the season and Coatney scored or assisted on two-thirds of them.

D Madeline Garcia, Bellarmine Prep, sr.: Garcia was a second-team All-Area defender a year ago for the Lions, who lost in the first round of the 4A state playoffs. Led the defense that gave up just one goal in the West Central/Southwest district tournament, which the Lions with a 2-1 over Puyallup in the championship game.

F Annabelle Hall, White River, sr.: Last year’s 2A SPSL Mountain MVP scored 29 goals with 15 assists in 17 matches. She led the Hornets to the division title and a berth in the state tournament.

D Hallie Johnson, Puyallup, sr.: The Vikings only allowed eight goals in the regular season a year ago, thanks in large part to Johnson’s defense. She also found a way to chip in offensively for last year’s 4A SPSL champions, scoring four goals and adding six assists.

MARK THE CALENDER

Oct 26: Puyallup vs. Bellarmine Prep, 7:30 p.m. at Bellarmine Prep

STATE TOURNAMENT

Nov. 17-18

4A, 3A: Sparks Stadium (Puyallup)

2A, 1A: Shoreline Stadium (Shoreline)

2B, 1B: Sunset Chev Stadium (Sumner)

BEST OF THE REST

4A NPSL – D Lexi Maslowski, Kentwood, sr.; F Nia Johnson, Haven, jr.; F Olivia Carter, Kent-Meridian, sr.; MF Madison Kem, Hazen, jr.; MF Laura Pierson, Tahoma, jr.; D Abby Despain, Tahoma, sr.; D Jennifer Barnes, Kentlake, sr.; D Quincy Bento, Mount Rainier, jr.; D Claire Spandoni-Varden, Kennedy, sr.; GK Hannah Roberts, Kentwood, jr.; GK Jaclyn Seifert, Kennedy, sr.; F Hailey Still, Thomas Jefferson, so.; F Hannah Shires, Decatur, sr.; MF Olivia Boulet, Auburn Riverside, so.; D Grace Cunningham, Auburn Mountainview, sr.; D Lily Lavine, Auburn Mountainview, sr.

4A SPSL – MF Meredith Udovich, Puyallup, so.; F Karlee Stueckle, Emerald Ridge, sr.; MF Ellie Reardon, Curtis, jr.; MF Sunny Bieber, Puyallup, sr.; MF Jaycee Phillips, Sumner, so.; MF Savannah Foster, South Kitsap, sr.; MF Morgan Miles, Rogers, so.; F Sam Larberg, Sumner, sr.

3A PCL – MF Emily Walsh, Wilson, sr.; MF Morgan Greene, Wilson, sr.; MF Janaisia Smith, Wilson, so.; D Olivia Grob, Bonney Lake, sr.

3A SSC – F Lauren Hudson, Central Kitsap, sr.; F Ashleigh Bernhard, Peninsula, jr.; MF Sydney Wilson, Capital, sr.; MF Carolyn Merrick, Gig Harbor, sr.; MF Hannah Carroll, Gig Harbor, jr.; MF Ashley Joubert, Timberline, so.; MF Madison Grande, Peninsula, jr.; D Madison Vu, North Thurston, so.; D Paige Murray, Capital, sr.; D Aoife Duffy, Peninsula, sr.

2A EvCo – F Sydney Lowe, Black Hills, sr.; F Rilee Stillings, Tumwater, jr.; F Megan Lowe, Black Hills, sr.; MF Bella Brown, Black Hills, sr.; D Julia Wojnar, Black Hills, sr.; D Hallie Bergford, Tumwater, so.; GK Cassie Mullins, Tumwater, so.; GK Devin Herbert, Black Hills, so.

2A SPSL Mountain – F Thao Nguyen, Lindbergh, jr.; F Emily Rohrer, Fife, jr.; F Emma Robbins, White River, so.; MF Haylee Gunter, White River, sr.; MF Chloe Narolski, White River, jr.; MF Dana Rin, Lindbergh, jr.; D Shelby Stoeck, White River, sr.; D Ariel Saylor, White River, sr.; GK Cheyanne Sheridan, Franklin Pierce, sr.;

2A SPSL Sound — F Cailey Divelbiss, Orting, jr.; D Bella Southwell, Orting, so.; MF Katie Harvie, Orting, jr.; D Maya Fraley, Steilacoom, sr.; D Jadynne Thomas, River Ridge, sr.; D Alyssa Friddle, Orting, so.

Others – F Nicole Souply, Cascade Christian, sr.;

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