Metro high school girls soccer preview capsules
Coach: Nick Christianson (eighth year)
Last year's finish: 12-4-3, fourth place in Eastern Dakota conference, state champions
Who's gone: Rachel Nemer, Cory Duffield, Madison Lucas, Meghan Schneider and Ashley Matter.
Key returners: Brooke Bergen Sr., M; Olivia Johnson, Sr., F; Anna Davison, Sr., F; Kylie Glover, Jr., D; Averi Beyer, Jr., D; Alyssa Paper, Jr., F; Ali Matter, Jr., F; Megan Barnick, Jr., F; Annie Mund, So., M; Emily Hanson, So., M; Breanna Nelson, So., G.
Coach's comments: "We are looking forward to a new season and the opportunities that it presents for all of our players. Every year it is fun to watch current players develop into those leaders that are needed and young players step up and showcase what type of person and player they are. Once all of those pieces come together we can look to continue our development as a program. The EDC always is a tough stretch of games defined by a couple of close games. We will rely on our strengths and challenge to be one of the four teams that get to compete at state."
Coach: Lance Hansen (fourth season)
Last season: 12-3-4, second place at state tournament
Who's gone: Brookelyn Dew, Andrea Kramer, Kylie Kanwischer, Emily Heinrich, Megan Miranda, Allie Stover, Sam Day and Drew Day.
Key returners: Tabby Kelsch, Sr.; Natalie Heinrich, Jr.; Hannah Hansen, Jr.; Molly Metzger, Jr.; Hadley Huber, So.; Emily Post, So.; Olivia Manuel, So.; Ashley Hansen, So.; Vanessa Berg, Fr.
Coach's comments: "Although we lost a large group of talented seniors to graduation, I am optimistic about this year's team. With an influx of young talent and an experienced core group of underclassmen, we will have a good chance to be competitive at state. The strength of our team will be in the back line and in the central part of the midfield. Midfielders like five-year starter Tabby Kelsch will allow us to play our possession game that will create a lot of opportunities on attack."
Coach: Michelle Martinez (fifth season)
Last season: 14-4-1
Who's gone: Peighten Watson, Molly Sarafolean, Ruth Hegstad and Megan Zander.
Key returners: Abby Naseth, Sr., F; Abbi Greiger, Sr., D; Remi Vannett, Sr., D/M; Elise Bakke, Sr., D; Lydia Kennelly, Sr., G; Alexis Jemtrud, Sr., G.
Coach's comments: "We lost a very talented group of seniors last year, which will forces us to find some younger players to step up into some big roles with positions and minutes played. We also have a great group of returning players that can provide the leadership this team will need in order to get the results we're looking for this season."
Coach: David Weiler (fourth season)
Last season: 5-9-2
Who's gone: Abby Hagen, Abby Nielson, Ashley Olson, Anju Gurung and Alexandra Schmit.
Key returners: Graysen Myers, Sr., F; Liv Eidukat, Sr., M; Olivia Johnson, Sr., D/M; Mackenzie Korbel, Sr., D/M; Puja Rai, Sr., M; Susmita Rai, Sr., M; Molly Sundbom, Jr., D; Karenna Grothmann, Jr., G; Jada Person, Jr., F; Allison Rheault, Jr., D; Jalan Kellar, Jr., M; Sadie Wilson, So., D; Haylee Hanson, Fr., F; Maria Borowicz, Fr., D/M; Emmerie Beyer, Jr., D; Jade Maloney, Fr., M.
Coach's comments: "South will be an energetic squad looking to improve. The Bruins return 10 starters who are eager to train and compete. Through on-the-field leadership and maturation of young players we are hopeful for positive results."
Coach: George Gauld (third season)
Last season: 4-10-2
Who's gone: Madison Kramer, Jensen Odegaard, Kylie Stedman and Gillian Sauter.
Key returners: Emmy Burtsfield, Sr., F; Lexi Kleespies, Sr., G.
Coach's comments: "We're a year older. I'm excited so far. The girls have been working hard. Hopefully we can carry that on throughout the season."
West Fargo Sheyenne
Coach: Paul Grendzinski (second season)
Last season: 13-3-3, fifth place at state tournament
Who's gone: Brianna Andrade.
Key returners: Alexis Albrecht, Sr., D; Madison Urlaub, Sr., F; Morgan Allard, Sr., F.
Coach's comments: "We have a lot of experience. They've all had a year together. Obviously, we're going to stick to the same things. I'm always going to be a big fan of the basics. We have high expectations. We're not going to run away from that."