NTL girls soccer preview: NP-Mansfield hopes to compete in league
North Penn-Mansfield isn’t exactly the first team that comes to mind when you think about teams in the Northern Tier League in girls soccer.
Win wise, the team was near the bottom of the league, having gone 4-13-1 and 3-10-1 within the league. But none of that necessarily matters for coach Maryann Wilcox.
She knows the potential of her team and she is hoping they not only improve in the win column, but also compete well within the Northern Tier League.
“I am confident that we will prove to be more competitive in the NTL this year and improve our record compared to previous years,” Wilcox said. “We have high hopes to qualify for districts this season.”
Athens is still the team to beat when it comes to the NTL this season. Athens took some graduation losses with Breanna Gambrell, Emily Lunger, Morgan Ferguson and goalie Kara Chapman — Ferguson and Lunger both were 50-goal scorers.
But Athens, the defending league champions from last year, will bring back Division I commit Rachel Hutchison, Ariana Gambrell, Brooke Warner and Emma Adams.
The Tigers took a tough graduation hit, losing seven seniors, many of which were starters, but Wilcox noted the team did pick up six freshman this year and a few juniors.
“Our graduated seniors will definitely be missed. Fortunately, we have had really good numbers with our freshman class for the last two years,” Wilcox said. “Everyone seems to be falling into step and they are working very hard at practices. This season looks very promising.”
Those incoming freshmen are Hannah Allen, Sophia Domenech, Lilliana Hart, Aleiah Jackson, Lysabeth Likes and Jaidyn McKee that Wilcox is optimistic of.
One huge graduation loss Mansfield takes is goalie Alaina McKee, who is believed to be the district’s all-time saves leader with 1,080.
“She was a huge force to be reckoned with in goal. She was so fun to coach and had such a great work ethic,” Wilcox said. “We definitely have some big shoes to fill there. However, her little sister Jaidyn happens to be a goalkeeper as well and is up for the challenge. Alaina has been mentoring her sister at home, getting her ready for the upcoming season.”
Despite a few tough graduation losses however, Wilcox is glad to have a good amount of key returners back.
“These two are working very well together and are starting to put some nice combos together, followed by some excellent shots,” Wilcox said. “In the backfield, juniors Riley David and Gracie Snyder, along with sophomore Zoie McDermott, will be taking charge and starting that offense.”
Wellsboro is the only area team from the Northern Tier that made the postseason, going 11-7-1 before losing to Troy in the first round of the District 4 Class AA playoffs. And plain and simply, second-year Green Hornet coach Scott Burrous is hoping they get back to the playoffs.
“We have potential,” Burrous said of his team.
Wellsboro graduated Alyssa Yungwirth, Liz Poirier and Kailee Clymer, to name a few.
“Their leadership qualities and knowledge of the game … they will be tough to replace,” Burrous said.
Burrous is hoping Kerrah Clymer and Jenna Boyce can help lead the team in goals in addition to junior Cathryn Brought who Burrous thinks will fill fit great in the midfield.
Williamson coach Jason Hungerford knows that WIlliamson struggled to earn wins last year, going just 2-13-1 overall and 0-12-1 within the Northern Tier, but he’s optimistic that the team can possibly get to a .500 record this year, despite being fairly young.
Hungerford also noted that the team has eight or nine players who have never played soccer previously and knows that can be a challenge, but is also glad that a few players are coming out to give it a try, including two player who previously ran cross country and one who was on Williamson’s volleyball team prior to this season.
But Hungerford noted the team’s chemistry is a huge positive takeaway he’s seen from practices so far this season.
“Team chemistry is really good this year. I haven’t had a lot to do with girls (team) in past, I’ve been boys assistant coach for last four seasons, but chemistry is really good this year,” Hungerford said. “They all get along good this year and competed in other sports, so it’s a good chemistry.”
Coach: Scott Burrous
Assistants: Jorge Toboada, Aaron Singer
Last year’s record: 11-7-1 (10-3-1 NTL) (lost to Troy in first round of District 4 Class AA playoffs)
Roster: Seniors: Sophie Abadi, Luna Alexander, Elizabeth Macias, Jessica McCarthy, Emma Poirier, Ruby Stokes. Juniors: Faith Avery, Savannah Baltzley, Cathryn Brought, Zian Burrous, Lauren Singer. Sophomores: Brieanna Tuttle, Cara Tennis, Madlyn Rudy, Jessa Lohr, Kerrah Clymer, Jenna Boyce. Freshmen: Hannah Morey, Sarah Abadi, Lilly Abadi.
Coach: Maryann Wilcox
Assistants: Jess McKee, Elizabeth Tice (manager)
Last year’s record: 4-13-1 (3-10-1 NTL)
Roster: Senirs: Trinity Bogaczyk, Megan Derstine, Alaina Mahosky, Audrey Maki, Corrine Pierce, Alexis PRatt, Amanda Rutledge, Briauna Wilson. Juniors: Shaelyn Berguson, Riley David, Ally Schmouder, Gracie Snyder, Sara Swingle. Sophomores: Hannah Grinnell, Jenna Harris, Zoie McDermott, Kiersten Mitstifer, Shaelynn Mosher, Lydia Paulhamus, Eva Rice, Braydden Spencer, Ryann Upham. Freshmen: Hannah Allen, Sophia Domenech, Lilliana Hart, Aleiah Jackson, Lysabeth Likens, Jaidyn McKee.
Coach: Jason Hungerford
Assistants: (not available)
Last year’s record: 2-13-1 (0-12-1 NTL)
Roster: Seniors: Kayla Burdick, Carlie Reese, Kiera McCormick, Maddison McNaughton, Makyla Burdick, Sarah Slocum. Juniors: Abby Medina, Claire Miller, Mercedes Bailey, Riley Ortt, Felisha Earle, Kirsten Green, Haley Millard. Sophomores: Abby Root, Scout Able, Kara Shieve. Freshmen: Chelsea Hungerford, Charlie Slusser, Kirstin Crane. Tiffany Dodson, Paige Hepfer.