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2018 Girls Soccer Preview Capsules

Jan. 6, 2018 at 3:48 p.m.

Longview's Carrie Gilliland takes a shot against Denton. Gilliland is one of several key players back this season for the Lady Lobos.

LONGVIEW

Mascot: Lady Lobos

Coach: Ron Bellamy (168-177-30)

District: 11-6A (John Tyler, Tyler Lee, Rockwall, Rockwall Heath, Mesquite, North Mesquite, Mesquite Horn)

2017 record: 11-7-4

Top returning players: Carrie Gilliland (11 goals, 6 assists) ... Celeste Nunez ... Abbey Warren ... Olivia Norrell ... Ana Aguilar ... Sophie Steelman ... Mary Clair Henderson ... Anna Ward ... Mallory Burgess

Newcomers to watch: Zoe Perry ... Abigail Archer

You can count on: "I feel we will be improved on the offensive side of the ball." — Bellamy

Needs work: "We will have to improve drastically defensively since we have lost three returning starters to season-ending injuries and have one slated to return the end of January." — Bellamy

Did you know: Bellamy has a 75-26-18 record at Longview ... The Lady Lobos were 8-5-1 in district play a year ago and lost a first-round playoff game to College Park, tying 1-1 in regulation play and losing in a shootout

PINE TREE

Mascot: Lady Pirates

Coach: Chris Yoder (135-90-28)

District: 16-5A (Hallsville, Mount Pleasant, Sulphur Springs, Marshall, Greenville, Texas High)

2017 record: 12-9-1

Top returning players: Ariana Alba

Newcomers to watch: Sarah Moore ... Grace Roberts ... Riley Stanley ... Kelsi Curtis ... Aliyah Arredondo ... Charley Ober

You can count on: "This group will go out every night and work hard for each other. They've shown a lot of versatility in playing different positions and formations, so we are going to use the preseason to nail down exactly how we can go out every night and be successful." — Yoder

Needs work: "Most importantly, we need to work out who is going to perform best in key positions. Once we narrow down the starters and where they will be, effectively executing the method in which I think we'll perform best this year will take a few games. Other than that, we can always improve in every aspect of the game." — Yoder

Did you know: The Lady Pirates finished 8-3-1 in district play last season, and lost a first-round playoff game to Highland Park, 5-0 ... Yoder is a Pine Tree graduate

HALLSVILLE

Mascot: Ladycats

Coach: Aaron Erickson (106-13-14)

District: 16-5A (Pine Tree, Mount Pleasant, Marshall, Sulphur Springs, Greenville, Texas High)

2017 record: 15-3-2

Top returning players: Megan Watts ... Evan Hampton (15 goals, 9 assists) ... Peyton Montgomery (9 goals, 15 assists)

Newcomers to watch: Kylie Battles

You can count on: "I feel good about our senior leadership this year. My first year here, five of these girls were on varsity and we have kind of come together through this process. I am excited about what these girls will accomplish this year and what impact they will leave on our program when they graduate." — Erickson

Needs work: "Focusing on the little things and doing them right all the time." — Erickson

Did you know: Hallsville won its first district championship last season ... Watts was the Co-MVP in the district last season, Hampton was the district's offensive MVP and Montgomery was the league's top midfielder ... Hallsville opened district play last season with six straight shutouts and outscored league opponents 41-5.

SPRING HILL

Mascot: Lady Panthers

Coach: Todd BonDurant (45-39-7)

District: 16-4A (Carthage, Gladewater, Henderson, Kilgore, Tatum, Waskom)

2017 record: 13-10-2

Top returning players: Raygan Barnhill ... Ashleigh Martin ... Hannah Yoder ... Courtney Spier ... Kamryn Walker ... Emilee Schell ... Macy Borens

Newcomers to watch: Gracie Schmidt ... Lexi Penn

You can count on: "Defense. All returners." — BonDurant

Needs work: "Working on a new system or style of play and hope it all comes together by district." — BonDurant

Did you know: The Lady panthers lost 2-1 to Chapel Hill in the opening round of the playoffs last season

KILGORE

Mascot: Lady Bulldogs

Coach: Heidi Hagan-McPeak

District: 16-4A (Spring Hill, Henderson, Carthage, Gladewater, Tatum, Waskom)

2017 record: 16-10

Top returning players: Jade Norris ... Bryana French ... Kaitlin Word ... Leslie Bennett (14 goals, school-record 27 assists) ... Tori Shipman (22 goals, 8 assists) ... Jasmin Wheat ... Kylie Nichols ... Ashley Castillo ... Sara Loomis

Newcomers to watch: Emma Taylor ... Zoe Craven ... Maria Whitaker ... Jackie Estrella ... Cristina Rosas ... Michelle Garcia ... Lauren Davidson

You can count on: "A very skilled group with lots of potential. I am looking forward to this season.I am very excited to have such a talented group of young ladies with great attitudes and strong leaders." — Hagan-McPeak

Needs work: "Communication and getting used to each other on the field with players in new positions." — Hagan-McPeak

Did you know: Kilgore's varsity roster will include five freshmen who were all on the cross country team that advanced to the state meet ... Bennett earned all-state honors last season, and Shipman and Word were both all-region selections

CARTHAGE

Mascot: Lady Bulldogs

Coach: Lauren Nolan (first season)

District: 16-4A (Spring Hill, Kilgore, Henderson, Gladewater, Tatum, Waskom)

2017 record: 3-15

Top returning players: Patricia Benitez ... Imelda Salazar ... Brittany Vargas ... Paola Benitez ... Yamilet Salazar

Newcomers to watch: Ryan Royce ... America Valerio ... Azeneth Salazar

You can count on: "Our seniors are leading us in the right direction. They all strive to be better every day and really demand the best out of the underclassmen." — Nolan

Needs work: "Our chemistry with each other on the field. I have players in different positions than what they are used to playing, so we are trying to get familiar with each other." — Nolan

Did you know: Carthage is entering its eighth season of soccer

PITTSBURG

Mascot: Lady Pirates

Coach: Johann Larrcilla (81-12-9)

Newcomers to watch: Audrey Olmos

You can count on: "The fight and desire to do the best and keep getting better." Larrcilla

Needs work: "We are a work in progress." — Larrcilla

Did you know: This is Pittsburg's first season playing soccer

SABINE

Mascot: Lady Cardinals

Coach: Art Busha

2017 record: 10-4-1

Top returning players: Taylor Cundieff ... Leslie Badillo ... Dalani Waggoner ... Nayelle Moreno ... Gracie Lopez ... Abby Daniel ... Adriana Salgado ... Lauryn Austin

Newcomers to watch: Sierrah Richter

You can count on: "We have a team that will try hard and not give up. As a team, we have a strong 11 players who can compete and have a good chance of winning games." — Busha

Needs work: "Confidence that they can play together and learn to control the ball and create opportunities to score. Our weakness will be a lack of depth due to many who are still learning the game of soccer." — Busha

Did you know: This is Sabine's second season playing varsity soccer.

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