Players to watch: Sydney Strick, Sr., D; Lyndsay Wachowski, Sr., F; Kailey Rucker, Sr., MF; Hannah Giroux, So., MF; Daisy Barraza, So., MF.
Outlook: The Ladycats finished the 2012 season with a 9-10 record and should post more wins in 2013 than they did a year ago. Except for one game, every Beecher loss in 2012 was by one goal, so the Ladycats were in most of their games last season and will look to finish games out better in 2013. The defense will be the strength of this team, and the wins will come if Beecher is able to find a way to produce offense and goals.
Quote: "If we can put points on the board this year, we'll be successful. If we struggle again, I think we're going to have a pretty similar season to what we had last year." -- coach Dawn Compton
Players to watch: Erika Garcia, So., MF; Andreina Hernandez, So., MF; Briana Williams, Sr., D; Jazmin Aldape, Jr., MF; Kelli Washington, Sr., D; Jasmin Villanueva, Fr., F.
Outlook: The Blazing Trojans will look to compete for the Southland Athletic Conference crown in 2013. Aldape is the heart and soul of the Bloom team, and her 40 goals in her first two seasons will only go higher and higher in this, her junior season. A good mix of older and experienced players to go along with some young and athletic talent should help the Blazing Trojans to stay near the top of the SAC this year.
Quote: "We have a little more depth than we had in the previous season. Every game is a learning experience, so hopefully by the end of the season, we'll have worked out all the kinks and we'll have everybody on line, and we can move farther in the playoffs than we have in the past." -- coach Kelly Gutierrez
Players to watch: Amanda Baron, Sr., MF; Lydia Cogan, So., D; Adrianna Vera, Fr., MF; Ashley James, Fr., MF.
Outlook: The Warriors are a young team, but that will not stop them from battling for the Southland Athletic Conference title. Coach Julian Lagunas has a hard-working, young group, and the sky is the limit for the program in the coming seasons. Amanda Baron led the Warriors with 22 goals in 2012 and will look to surpass that total in 2013. Look for freshman Adrianna Vera to make a big name for herself very quickly at the varsity level.
Quote: "Overall, if we stay healthy, we think we can make it deep into the playoffs. We have a good, strong squad. If we can keep getting better every game, I think we'll make a big impact at the end of the year." -- Lagunas
Players to watch: Kim Boehm, Sr., GK; Kelly Coderre, Sr., MF; Chrissy Coderre, Sr., MF; Kristi Spratt, Jr., F; Sammi Farkos, Jr., MF.
Outlook: The Vikings are coming off of a 2012 season that saw them reach the Class 3A Benedictine University Super-Sectional. A tough 6-0 loss to Downers Grove South at the super-sectional should serve as motivation for the Vikings to get back to and maybe even advance beyond the super-sectional round in 2013. Kim Boehm came on strong last season as a goaltender and has established herself as one of the best goalies in the area. She posted 13 shutouts and averaged giving up less than a goal (.067) per game. The Coderre sisters should provide Homewood-Flossmoor with plenty of leadership and experience in the middle of the field and will be a big key to the Vikings' game.
Quote: "We have some returning players taking on new roles so it may take us a little time to gel. We have a team with a lot of potential." -- coach Charlie Ward
Players to watch: Annie Brucer, Jr., D; Alex Clausing, Jr., MF; Emma Pawlowski, Jr., MF; Paige Osika, Fr., F.
Outlook: This year will be a rebuilding year for the Vikings, who will have plenty of new faces on the pitch this season. Illiana Christian's 2013 squad will not feature one senior after the Vikings graduated eight seniors last season. The Vikings were 15-4-1 in 2012 but may be challenged to meet or exceed that record in 2013. The Vikings may struggle through some growing pains, but there is time for this team to keep improving.
Quote: "We're starting over from what was a very experienced team last year. We're going to be a young and rebuilt team. Some of the girls hardly have any soccer experience at all, but they're some pretty decent athletes." -- coach AJ Turkstra
Players to watch: Mary Ann Crosetto, Sr., MF/D; Christina Franzese, Sr., D; Hailey Losselyong, Jr., F; Colleen Rynne, Sr., MF/D; Nora Santschi, Sr., MF.
Outlook: The Spartans finished with a 6-14-2 record in 2012 and will have a tough time bettering that mark this year. Marian Catholic lost some key senior pieces to graduation, and the Spartans will have to learn on the fly if they are going to compete with opposing teams this season. Hailey Losselyong recorded seven goals for the Spartans in 2012, and Losselyong and her teammates will need to find their offensive game if the team is going to improve.
Quote: "Losing several starters due to graduation will have a major impact on our team. I anticipate a very challenging season for us." -- coach Nasser Shahtaji
ST. FRANCIS DE SALES
Players to watch: Alma Solis, Jr., MF; Bianca Garcia, Fr., GK; Mayra Munoz, Jr., D; Anette Gonzalez, So., F; Brittney Johnson, Jr., F.
Outlook: St. Francis is still a relatively young team, and the Pioneers have had to wait to gain valuable experience because of some early season cancellations due to the weather. The Pioneers will need to get some quality minutes out of their younger players if they hope to compete in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference. Bianca Garcia will have her hands full as a freshman keeper, and the ability of the underclassmen to learn quickly will make or break the season.
Quote: "We're just trying to get some games in and hopefully get some experience for the girls. We expect the best from the girls in helping them develop, and hopefully, they move on to the next level." -- coach Jorge Sanchez
Players to watch: Lupe Ambrosio, Sr., F; Jasmine Zambrano, Sr., D; Kearstin Stheitzer, Fr., F; Maria Millan, Sr., GK; Estafani Ambrosio, So., F.
Outlook: All signs are pointing up for the Thornton Township team. Coach Maria Gonzales said her team has already shown a new attitude this season, and the girls just want to compete and get better day to day. Gonzales calls the 2013 team one of the best she has coached in her eight seasons. The team is trying to raise the expectations of the soccer program and develop into a great area program.
Quote: "Everyone just wants to play, and everyone is accepting of their roles. They're trying to do whatever their responsibilities are to the best of their abilities. That's way more than I could ever ask for." -- Gonzales
Players to watch: Callie Barnum, Jr., D; Andrea Munoz, Sr., D; Monica Munoz, So, MF; Nicole Vega, Fr., F; Debo Akinsanya, Jr., F.
Outlook: The United will have plenty of new starters in 2013, but the team is also returning plenty of experience as well. Andrea Munoz will move from her midfielder position in 2012 to the defense in 2013. Younger sister Monica Munoz should continue to make a big impact on the field for the United. Monica led the 2012 squad with 24 goals and 17 assists as a freshman and will probably surpass those numbers as she continues to improve. Look for the United to be a solid team by the time the playoffs role around.
Quote: "We're still young. We're trying to adapt to the system and the philosophies, and try and get them all on the same page. Once we do that, we'll be OK." - coach Alejandro Lagunas
Players to watch: Sam Sosa, So., D; Adriana Mendoza, So., F; Maria Ramirez, So., D; Betty Torrez, Sr., F; Renata Veljacic, So., K.
Outlook: Washington went 12-2-1 in 2012 and should be keyed to have similar success in 2013. The Patriots have established themselves as possibly the top Chicago Public League team in both boys and girls soccer, and the Washington players are beginning to buy into that winning tradition. The Patriots went 4-0 in a couple of preseason exhibition matches where they outscored their opponents 8-2. Washington will be relying on a large number of sophomores to fill starting roles, but with Veljacic in goal solidifying the defense, Washington is primed for success in 2013.
Quote: "As always, every year when we come back, we're excited to try and put together a solid soccer team." -- coach Al Perez