2014 County Girls Soccer preview: Central hopes to continue success


Central Davidson’s Haley Westervelt maneuvers the ball past Forbush’s Nancy Rios during their state 2-A third-round playoff match last season. (Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch)


Here is a look at Davidson County prep girls soccer teams for the 2014 season:



Central Davidson

Conference: Mid-Piedmont 3-A

Last year’s record: 20-2-1 (10-0 CCC, conference champions, lost in third round of 2-A state playoffs).

Key losses: Nine seniors, most of whom had been on varsity since 10th grad.

Key returnees: Haley Westervelt (Jr., all-state, county player of the year), Alex Myers (So.), Kayla Semonco (Sr.), Shelby Joyner (Sr.), Sydney Woods (Jr.), Anna Cranford (Jr.), Lexi Bodford (Jr.), Mabry Harrison (Jr.), Jessica Hedrick (So.), Rachel Dilley (So.)

Key newcomers: Logan Hunter (Sr.), Elizabeth Gonzalez (Jr.), Courtney Turner (So.), Arrington Lineberry (So.), Alacy Norman (Fr.), Kiera Baldock (Fr.), Taylor Jarvis (Fr.).

Outlook: The Spartans are moving into a higher classification and a new conference without a senior class that broke most of the school’s team records. But the Spartans do return a large portion of their scoring. Westervelt was the team’s leading scorer and Myers was second. With a small senior class, sophomores and juniors will be expected to step up. Harrison and Lineberry are contending for the keeper position. Freshman defenders Norman and Baldock are expected to make an immediate impact.

Coach Chad Hench: “Our goal this year is what it has been — win the conference and advance in the playoffs. We will have to figure out our new conference foes quickly if we want to accomplish them.”



North Davidson

Conference: Central Piedmont 4-A.

Last year’s record: lost in first round of 4-A state playoffs.

Key losses: Emma McGovern, Alyssa Myrick.

Key returnees: Maddie Cole (So.), Summer McMillan (Jr.), Kaylan Bradley (So.), Hannah Mercer (So.), Erika Tilley (So.).

Key newcomers: Morgan Beck (Fr.), Haley Griggs (Fr.).

Outlook: Cole is a Premier Level keeper, McMillan is super fast and Bradley and Mercer are solid defenders. Tilley is a threat to score from anywhere and Griggs is an aggressive, powerful player. Beck is an exciting player with quick speed and excellent separation skills. The Black Knights play in a conference loaded with talented teams.

Coach Sissy Rausch: “The girls are conditioning on a level to prepare them for close games and for tough conference play. We are a young team academically, but a team with experience on the field and high expectations for itself. I consider us to be deep with talent, and therefore, a different player could lead us every night.   Our goals are to stay strong, both mentally and physically, in every match and to finish each game with purpose and pride.”



West Davidson

Conference: Central Carolina 2-A.

Last year’s record: 5-11 (4-6 CCC, lost in first round of 2-A state playoffs).

Key losses: Emily Hutchinson, Daniela Benitez.

Key returnees: Chloe Newsome (Sr.), Erin Hennessee (So.), Breann Jarrett (Jr.), Alex Garcia (Jr.), Anna Rose Sink (So.), Lindsay Pope (So.), Kate Cogar (So.), Kallie Potter (So.), Jessica James (So.), Alayna Thompson.

Key newcomers: Sarah Green, Emily Craft, Elizabeth Eller, Ragan Dalton, Caroline Manno, Keeli Beck  and Morgan Black.

Coach Chris Brown: “We will still be very young but I look for us to be very competitive in the conference. Our goal is to finish in the top three of the Central Carolina Conference and make the state playoffs.”



Lexington

Conference: Central Carolina 2-A.

Last year’s record: 9-13-1 (2-8 CCC).

Key losses: Katie DeZego, Angela Priester, Libni Iglesias, Hannah Jackson.

Key returnees: Haley Robinson (Jr.), Angelica Velazco (Sr.), Ashley Phillips (Sr.), Katrina Strenk (Sr.), Kari Rankin (Sr.), Aleesta Clodfelter (Sr.), Ariadna Martinez (Sr.).

Key newcomers: Bailey Gray, Ruby Albarran, Alex James.

Coach Brad Clodfelter: “The key to success for our team this year is learning to compete as a collective group. Our goal is to be competitive every time we step on the field, as we strive to be a playoff team for our conference. We have several different players who can be a major impact on any given night. I am looking forward to seeing the veteran players develop their leadership, and watching the younger players become significant contributors to our success.”



Thomasville

Conference: Central Carolina 2-A.

Last year’s record: 0-17.

Key losses: Joslyn Spires, Karen Danh, Nancy Zavala, Silvia Lopez Espinoza.

Key returnees: Jessica Wicker, Charity Oliver, Jasmine Bowden, Destini Morrison.

Key newcomers: Karime Hernandez, Escarly Rojas Olivas.

Coach Alan Reavis: “This season we are hoping to build a foundation for the future. We have a tough schedule ahead of us, but we hope to scrap out a few wins.”



Sheets Memorial Christian

Last year’s record: 20-1 (NCCSA state champions).

Key losses: Kathryn Shoaf, Capria McRorie.

Key returnees: Sarah Gainey, Julyana Devonish, Meredith Sink, Rachel McLean, Jalyn McGee, Kendra Hoffman, Eva Purdy, Grace Parker, Madison Lomax.

Key newcomers: Taylor Barnhardt.

Coach Jermiah Beasley: “I feel if we can stay healthy and work hard every day, we should be in good position to be back-to-back state champs.”