Washington County Girls Soccer Preview

September 14, 1999


  • Coach: Karen Somson
  • Year: 6th
  • Overall Record: 26-34-3
  • Conference: Monocacy Valley Athletic League
  • Last Year: 5-9-1
  • Playoffs: Lost in Class 2A West second round to Urbana
  • Returning Starters: 9

Key Players: Cara Peckens, Jr., GK; Mandy Poole, Sr., D; Heather Long, Sr., D; Krista Hurley, Jr., M; Ashley Gossert, Jr., D; Ashley Reeder, Jr., M; Bethany Windle, Jr., F; Maggie Tierney, Jr., D; Lindsey Hicks, Jr., M; Lisa Byers, Sr., F; Katy Kretzer, Jr., D; Kelly Taylor, Jr., M.

Somson's Outlook: "I think this will be an exciting season. If we stay focused and continue to work hard, I predict a stronger finish this year."


Clear Spring

  • Coach: Scott Myers
  • Year: 3rd
  • Overall Record: 2-27-1
  • Conference: Apple Valley League
  • Last Year: 2-12-1
  • Playoffs: Lost in Class 1A West first round to Smithsburg
  • Returning Starters: 6

Key Players: Kari Mowen, Jr., GK; Desiree Blankenship, Jr., D; Ashley Andrews, So., F; Jenny Andrews, Sr., M; Kristina Ullrich, Sr., F; Carrie White, Sr., D.


Myers' Outlook: "Practice is going well, we're looking to improve on last year's record ... This year, we're looking to gain respect from other teams in the area. We're looking at a change in our transition game with key midfielders. We have more depth coming off the bench, and the girls have been working really hard."


North Hagerstown

  • Coach: Rick Aleshire
  • Year: 1st
  • Conference: Monocacy Valley Athletic League
  • Last Year: 8-5
  • Playoffs: Lost in Class 2A West first round to Urbana
  • Returning Starters: 6

Key Players: Erin Ross, Sr., GK; Emily Clutz, Jr., GK; Gen Nunamaker, Sr., D; Lindsay Smith, Jr., F; Niki Holman, Jr., F; Megan Adair, Sr., F; Jackie Salvagno, Sr., M.

Aleshire's Outlook: "We've got pretty good speed up front, pretty good speed in the midfield ... we're gonna have a good strong bench, we're gonna go 15 or 16 deep ... We're gonna use man-to-man defense ... From last year to this year, there's great attitudes in all the juniors and seniors, and it should be a fun year for the girls.''


  • Coach: Richard Daughtridge
  • Year: 2nd
  • Overall Record: 12-6
  • Conference: Monocacy Valley Athletic League
  • Last Year: 12-6
  • Playoffs: Lost in 1A West final to Williamsport

Returning Starters: Alyson Daughtridge, Soph.; Lauren Church, Soph.; Megan Ball, Jr.; Morgan Church, Soph.; Laura Spessard, Soph.; Kyley Thompson, Soph.; Amy Metz, Soph.

Key Players: Carrie Welch, Sr.; Kayla Oyster, Jr.; Erin Morrisey, Jr.; Lindsay Layman, Soph.; Gianna Bosch, Soph.

Daughtridge's Outlook: "If everybody stays healthy, we'll be competitive. We don't have a deep bench ... several girls that are playing on varsity have limited experience ... We're trying to bring the new players along. I want to see the team work as a unit, that's probably our biggest goal ... when they work with each other, they're very difficult to beat ... I know that throughout the season, it's very difficult for the defenders to get any recognition. I think the defense that we have is very solid, and deserves a lot of credit for what we did last year, and will play an important role this year."

South Hagerstown

  • Coach: Bruce Buhrman
  • Year: 5th
  • Conference: Monocacy Valley Athletic League
  • Last Year: 4-10
  • Playoffs: Lost to Poolesville in the Class 1A West quarterfinals.
  • Returning Starters: 8

Key Players: Stephanie Shrader, Sr., M; Mallory Tsetsilas, So., F; Leslie Spielman, So., M; Ashley Mullican, So., GK; Kelsi Waltemire, Sr., D; Emily Middlekauff, Sr., F; Karrie Hawbaker, Sr., M; Katie Buhrman, Sr., D; Mandi Winters, Sr., D; Carly Monahan, Sr., D; Crystal Milburn, Sr., D; Allison Higgs, Jr., F.

Buhrman's Outlook: "Practice has been going very well, they're working together well as I hoped they would. We are looking forward to a good season, and are looking to have better season than last year, which was our best season ever."

St. James

  • Coach: Chris Hughes
  • Year: 5th overall, 1st with girls team
  • Overall Record: 38-21-5
  • Conference: Independent

Key Players: Kirsten Logan, Sr., D; Jessica Beck, Sr., D; Soja Morgens, Fr., D; Emily Hilton, So., F; Meaghan Pennington, Fr., D.

Hughes' Outlook: "It is an incredibly young team, but with great speed and great enthusism. We're expecting to be competitive right from the start. It's kind of nice to know that you're the underdog inb every single game. We at least have one season where we know we can sneak up on people.''

St. Maria Goretti

  • Coach: Victor Della Mea
  • Year: 1st
  • Conference: Apple Valley League
  • Last Year: 11-6-3
  • Playoffs: Did not qualify
  • Returning Starters: 4

Key Players: Erin Ryan, Jr., M; Emmy Vollmer, Jr., D; Janet McCullough, Jr., GK; Shannon Murray, So., M; Kerstyn Haram, Sr., F; Mary Bernhard, Jr., M; Lauren Costello, Jr., GK; Candice Tovornik, Jr., D; Bobbie Johnson, So., M.

Della Mea's Outlook: "A mixture of returning players and newcomers should allow us to be competitive in the AVL and Washington County. With only two seniors, our tough schedule should challenge our young team."

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