Peachtree Ridge girls knocked out once again by Walton

Peachtree Ridge's Maddy Bondon (3) drives past Walton's Sydney Bhandari (42) during Friday night's Class AAAAAAA state soccer quarterfinals at Peachtree Ridge. (Photo: Craig Cappy)

Region 8-AAAAAAA


Coach: Jennifer Crawford

2018 record: 9-8-2, first round of state playoffs

Returning starters: DEF Lauren Sandidge, Sr.; DEF Emalee Kuthy, Jr.; DEF Hannah Lynn, Jr.; DEF Cassidy Wallace, Jr.; DEF Antoinette Sumo, Sr.; DEF Alexa Francis, Soph.; MF Maddison Wilson, Soph.; F Bailey Francis, Soph.; F Aliyah Taylor, Jr.; F Jordan Hall, Jr.

Other key players/newcomers: Ines Obradovac, Fr.; Vanessa Barbosa, Fr.; McKennah Tanzosch, Fr.; Ash Degny, Jr.

Outlook: Archer made the state playoffs last season, losing a tight match 2-1 to Brookwood in the opener. Sandidge, a College of Charleston signee and three-time, first-team all-region selection, returns to anchor the defense. The offense is dangerous with the return of Hall, who scored 34 goals and had nine assists two years ago as a freshman.


Coach: Rebekah Bullock

2018 record: 15-6, state quarterfinals

Returning starters: MF Ally Shoemaker, Sr.; F Jovana Mijatovic, Sr.; MF/DEF Amber McKinley, Jr.; DEF Aubrey Legner, Jr.; DEF Delany David, Jr.; MF Jennifer Munger, Jr.; F/DEF Marie Listenbee, Soph.; MF Aliyah Cruz, Soph.; GK Ajla Cufurovic, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: DEF/MF Njeri Butts, Fr.; DEF Jocelyn Hill, Fr.; F Maddy Grove, Jr.

Outlook: Grayson continues to be most of Gwinnett's most consistently strong programs. That should be the case again this season with experience back from a state quarterfinal team.


Coach: Sarah Richards

2018 record: 0-11

Returning starters: Did not report

Other key players/newcomers: Did not report

South Gwinnett

Coach: Mandy Gartman

2018 record: 8-11, first round of state playoffs

Returning starters: MF An'Zayne Allen, Jr.; GK Chloe Newman, Soph.; MF Meleana Fields, Sr.; DEF Rachel Lindsay, Jr.; MF Samantha De La Cruz, Soph.; DEF Unique Ward, Jr.; F Lissette Sanchez, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: MF Egypt Thomas, Soph.; DEF Farrah Stewart, Soph.; DEF Gisselle Cantarero, Jr.; F Jada Maynard, Jr.; MF Janis Tanoh, Jr.; MF Johloni Ross, Jr.; DEF Kiara Johnson, Jr.; MF Melissa Lagunas, Sr.; DEF/GK Shamya Ware, Sr.; MF Tatiana Denton, Sr.

Outlook: South reached the state playoffs last season, then had a tough first-round draw against eventual state champion Parkview. The Comets plan to return to state this season under Gartman, their new head coach.

Region 7-AAAAAAA


Coach: Brian Emsley

2018 record: 5-13

Returning starters: MF Devani Rodriguez, Jr.; F Ashley Fuentes, Jr.; MF Sabrina Castillo, Sr.; DEF Katherine Barrita-Anota, Soph.; DEF Soramy Granados, Sr.

Other key players/newcomers: GK Miriam Monzon, Fr.; MF Daniella Romero, Jr.; F Cindy Solorzano, Soph.; MF Leisly Vidal, Jr.; DEF Bianca Flores, Jr.

Outlook: Emsley takes over a Patriots program that has shown improvement of late, and inherits five returning starters. Berkmar won a pair of region games in tough 8-AAAAAAA last year.


Coach: Chad Carithers

2018 record: 13-6-1, second round of state playoffs

Returning starters: GK Lauren Swoopes, Jr.; DEF Sarah Fisher, Sr.; DEF Sarah Weaver, Jr.; DEF Avery Perry, Sr.; DEF Adriana Juric, Sr.; MF Morgan Bentley, Jr.; MF Hannah Farr, Jr.; MF Savannah Wortman, Sr.; DEF Makenzie Hoyt, Sr.; MF Katie Wydock, Sr.; MF Alexis Rodriguez, Jr.; MF Ellie Lacour, Sr.; GK Madison Brantley, Sr.

Other key players/newcomers: MF Lily Babalola, Sr.; DEF Maggie Packard, Sr.; MF Stella Allen, Fr.

Outlook: Brookwood, which lost to Milton in the second round of last year’s playoffs, has the talent to challenge Parkview for supremacy in the region and state. Southern California recruit Babalola, after a year of DA soccer, is back to boost a lineup that already includes all-county midfielders Farr and Bentley (a Louisville commit) and Georgia recruit Swoopes at goalkeeper.

Central Gwinnett

Coach: Mike Yocca

2018 record: 2-11

Returning starters: MF Abigail Vicencio, Sr.; MF Frida Sandoval, Jr.; DEF Vanessa Lopez, Jr.; F Diamilet Martinez, Jr.; F Maurisia Hodge, Soph.; DEF Devon Kennedy, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: MF Maria Dominguez, Fr.; MF Guadalupe Dominguez, Fr.; MF Ashley Alvarez, Fr.; DEF Karen Cisneros, Jr.

Outlook: Longtime Central coach Yocca hopes the Black Knights can be more competitive in a tough region this season. Six returning starters help that cause.


Coach: Michael Nelson

2018 record: 2-15-1

Returning starters: DEF Osirys Marquina, Sr.; GK/DEF Alondra Corona, Sr.; DEF Melanie Landaverde, Sr.; DEF Kate Sandoval, Sr.; DEF Katia Sandoval, Sr.; DEF Celia Yoc, Sr.; DEF Marlenne Rivera, Sr.; DEF Karina Leal, Sr.; F Jocelyn Vasquez, Sr.

Other key players/newcomers: DEF Clarivel Lopez, Fr.; DEF Johana Martinez, Soph.; F Crystal Barajas, Soph.

Outlook: Meadowcreek features a large senior class on this year’s roster, along with some new, young talent in the program. The Mustangs are led by a new head coach in Nelson this season.


Coach: Ryan Burkhart

2018 record: 12-4-1, first round of state playoffs

Returning starters: GK Erin Stitt, Sr.; DEF Shelton White, Sr.; MF Jenny Francis, Sr.; MF Katie Chuckran, Jr.; DEF Sophia Georgiadis, Jr.; MF Amanda Huseonica, Jr.; MF Annabelle Nowak, Jr.; MF Hayley Foster, Soph.; MF Arden Scourtis, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: GK Valeria Alcala, Sr.

Outlook: Nine returning starters, including Middle Tennessee signee Francis, are back from a team that made the state playoffs last season. Norcross went 4-2 in region play last season, losing only to eventual state champion Parkview (3-0) and perennial power Brookwood (3-2).


Coach: Judson Hamby

2018 record: 22-1, state champions

Returning starters: DEF Michelle Lapenta, Sr.; DEF Mariana Almanza, Sr.; DEF Sydney Mudd, Jr.; MF Bre Harvey, Sr.; MF Nieva Gaither, Jr.; F Molly Hickman, Soph.; DEF Sydni Wilson, Sr.; MF Narissa Gaither, Soph.; F Damaris Gaines, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: GK Timberly Peters, Soph.; GK Josi Jordan, Jr.; F Sabrina Martul, Jr.; F Blake Johnson, Jr.; F Kendra Davis, Jr.; DEF Emma Owens, Soph.; F Hope Britt, Jr.; F Morgan Boone, Jr.; DEF Kelsey Watkins, Jr.; DEF Sophie Stein, Soph.; DEF Mckenna Sauers, Soph.

Outlook: The reigning Class AAAAAAA state champions are well-equipped for another title run. Nine players are back with starting experience, led by the reigning Daily Post player of the year, Nieva Gaither (school-record 37 goals, 11 assists). Center back Lapenta and Harvey in the midfield also are key players.

Region 6-AAAAAAA

Collins Hill

Coach: Jeff Tinklepaugh

2018 record: 11-8, first round of state playoffs

Returning starters: MF Shea Bonacci, Jr.; MF Nadia Basto, Sr.; F Natalie Alamri, Jr.; GK Alli Lester, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: DEF/MF Tamia Jones, Jr.; MF Kaleigh Hutto, Sr.; DEF Marisol Esparsa, Fr.; MF Sofia Lara, Fr.

Outlook: Bonacci and Basto are expected to carry a heavy load in the midfield for the young and rebuilding Eagles, who must replace 12 seniors off the 2018 squad. Alamri leads the offense after an 11-goal, five-assist season, while goalkeeper is a strength with the return of Lester.


Coach: Maddie Hoffman

2018 record: 2-13-2

Returning starters: Did not report

Other key players/newcomers: Did not report


Coach: Jordan White

2018 record: 9-8

Returning players: MF Alex Reyes, Sr.; DEF Ana Rodriguez, Sr.; DEF/MF/F Nadira Colbert, Sr.; DEF/MF Hailey Tigue, Sr.; MF/F Valentina Orozco, Sr.; DEF/MF Angela Vazquez, Sr.; DEF/MF Alexis Brewington, Jr.; DEF/MF Karen Ponce, Jr.; MF/F Madeline McCurry, Jr.; DEF/MF/F Callie Houser, Soph.; MF/F Kylie Hossom, Soph.; Espie Aguilar, Soph.; MF/F Bri Barrera, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: GK Fatima Esparza, Sr.; MF/F Francisca Ugarte, Sr.; GK Hannah Mansfield, Jr.; MF Anna Cate Donelan, Fr.; DEF/MF Mitzie Mejia, Fr.; DEF Kelly Coraza, Fr.; MF/F Cameron Dukat, Fr.

Outlook: Duluth had a good 2018 season despite missing the state playoffs, failing to advance out of a difficult region. The season could have been much better — the Wildcats lost five matches by a single goal.

Mill Creek

Coach: Vince Hayes

2018 record: 12-3-2, first round of state playoffs

Returning starters: DEF Sammie Smith, Sr.; DEF Caroline Duncan, Sr.; F Jocelyn Accardy, Sr.; F Ali Amrozowicz, Jr.; DEF Kali Zmistowski, Jr.; F Savannah Singleton, Soph.; MF Ellie McIntyre, Soph.; DEF K.G. Gelderman, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: GK Sam Rahinsky, Sr.; GK Cassidy Hettesheimer, Jr.; F Ari Aronoff, Jr.; MF Morgan Amrozowicz, Soph.; MF Emma Kate Scholl, Fr.; DEF Ella Williams, Fr.

Outlook: The Hawks aim to be back in the region championship hunt with a lineup that returns eight starters from a state playoff team. Mill Creek, last year’s region runner-up, was upset 1-0 in the state tournament opener against West Forsyth.

Mountain View

Coach: Donald Macoy

2018 record: 10-7-1

Returning starters: GK Shelby Suppes, Sr.; DEF Lea Vermillion, Sr.; F Sydney Woods, Sr.; MF Isabel Felger, Jr.; F Kennedy Jackson, Jr.; DEF Annabel Kesinger, Jr.; MF Samantha Romaine, Jr.; DEF Briana Williams, Jr.

Other key players/newcomers: DEF Grace Gimbert, Sr.

Outlook: Some close losses in region play kept the Bears from the state playoffs, so breaking through to the state playoffs is the goal in 2019. After being young previous seasons, the team has more experience for a playoff push.

North Gwinnett

Coach: Jeff Becker

2018 record: 10-6-3, first round of state playoffs

Returning starters: DEF Brynn Fallona, Sr.; MF Kristen Wischmeier, Jr.; MF Presley Phillips, Sr.; MF Gabby Zapata, Jr.

Other key players/newcomers: F Aliah Kitchens, Sr.; DEF Shannon Hall, Sr.; MF Jewel Lewis, Soph.; DEF Dylan Lamberth, Fr.

Outlook: North played steady defense much of last season to earn a state playoff appearance. It has a considerable number of holes to fill in the lineup for a repeat postseason trip with just four returning starters.

Peachtree Ridge

Coach: Megan Hill

2018 record: 16-4-1, state quarterfinals

Returning starters: MF Ireland Bryant, Sr.; DEF Carley Canzoneri, Sr.; MF Maddy Bondon, Jr.; MF/F Kendall Hoskins, Jr.; MF Lauren Fisher, Jr.; F Hannah Holley, Jr.

Other key players/newcomers: MF Addison Neel, Fr.; DEF/MF Isabella Tosaki, Fr.

Outlook: The reigning region champions, who lost in last year’s Elite Eight on penalty kicks to Walton, have the talent back to repeat in the region this season. The returning players include Columbus State signees Bryant and Canzoneri, as well as one of the county’s top juniors in Bondon, who had 11 goals and 15 assists last year.

Region 8-AAAAAA


Coach: Colleen Foy

2018 record: 14-4-1, first round of state playoffs

Returning starters: MF Becky Contreras, Sr.; DEF Andi Wells, Sr.; F Danai Chimedza, Sr.; DEF/MF Madison Severy, Sr.; MF Kaitlyn Portillo, Sr.; GK Michaela English, Soph.; DEF Brinley Rawson, Jr.; F McKeely Fortune, Jr.

Other key players/newcomers: DEF Torie Hoffman, Soph.; MF Kaylee Stevens, Soph.; DEF Lainey Mitchell, Soph.; DEF Brianna Roots, Soph.; MF Christina Haber, Soph.; MF Alexa Ramirez, Soph.

Outlook: Mill Creek grad Foy was promoted from assistant to head coach in the offseason, replacing Mark Karen. Her first team features proven talent, including two-time region player of the year Contreras, a Kennesaw State signee.


Coach: Shelby Carlyle

2018 record: 13-6-1, first round of state playoffs

Returning starters: DEF Judah Haynes, Soph.; MF Daroly Ramos, Soph.; DEF Ashley Armstrong, Jr.; DEF Beth Stiltner, Jr.; GK Carmen Brivette, Sr.; MF Caroline Butler, Sr.; F Donatella Galan, Sr.; DEF Sarah Garton, Sr.; F Brooke Ouimette, Sr.

Other key players/newcomers: DEF Riley Copeland, Fr.; F Emily Andrews, Fr.

Outlook: Carlyle became the Longhorns’ head coach in the offseason, moving up from an assistant role. She takes over an experienced team with nine returning starters, including first-team, all-region selections Haynes and Ouimette.

Region 8-AAAAA


Coach: Drew Eager

2018 record: 9-10-1, second round of state playoffs

Returning starters: F Heidi Orr, Jr.; F Arden Paulino, Jr.; MF Ava Sherman, Jr.; MF Sydney Borgelt, Jr.; MF Angeli Burgos, Jr.; DEF Natalie Maurer, Jr.; MF Chloe Kerr, Soph.; DEF Bayley Skinner, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: MF Maddie Johnson, Sr.; F Victoria Desales, Sr.; DEF Jada Carabello, Jr.; GK Maggie Leland, Jr.; DEF Elissy Ponton, Jr.; MF Magali Desales, Jr.; GK Kayla Kim, Soph.; MF Ava Hatzilias, Soph.; MF Carley Borgelt, Fr.; DEF Rylee Brooks, Fr.

Outlook: Eight returning starters give the Wolves high hopes for the 2019 season. The return of other experienced players, as well as some talented freshmen, also provide a big boost.

Region 7-AAA

Greater Atlanta Christian

Coach: Tia Graves

2018 record: 11-4-2, second round of state playoffs

Returning starters: DEF Kaitlyn Williams, Jr.; MF Courtney Hanft, Jr.; GK Paige Evans, Soph.; MF Caitlin Elmore, Sr.; MF Payton Gulley, Jr.

Other key players/newcomers: DEF Molly Pritchard, Fr.; MF Madeline Rash, Fr.; MF Marilee Karinshak, Fr.; F Micah Bryant, Fr.

Outlook: The Spartans won the Region 7-AAA title and made the second round of the state playoffs last season, Graves’ first as the program’s head coach. The Spartans played their best late last season, winning 10 of 11 games until a playoff loss to Lovett. A solid core is back from that team with an eye on advancing deeper into the postseason.

Area 8-A

Hebron Christian

Coach: Russell Aguirre

2018 record: 6-8-3, second round of state playoffs

Returning starters: DEF Holly Draper, Sr.; DEF Grace Jackson, Sr.; F Payton Johnson, Sr.; MF Ashley Sperring, Sr.; GK Annie Garner, Jr.; F Sydney Harris, Jr.; DEF Regan Muldowney, Jr.; MF Jadyn Steele, Jr.; MF Alexia Tatuta, Jr.; DEF Abby Jackson, Soph.

Other key players/newcomers: DEF Hana Andrew, Sr.; MF Haley Brown, Soph.

Outlook: The Lions had an impressive 2018 season, particularly with only a 12-player roster. The bulk of those contributors are back under a new head coach in Aguirre.

Providence Christian

Coach: Brian Brewer

2018 record: 6-11

Returning starters: MF Audrey Scoggins, Sr.; MF/F Cate Lee, Sr.; F Sarah Orjii, Sr.; DEF Lindsay Mayer, Sr.; DEF/MF Hannah Stewman, Jr.; F Aly Weisgerber, Sr.; DEF/GK Ansley Larson, Jr.; MF/DEF Lara Henry, Sr.; DEF Makayla Postma, Jr.

Other key players/newcomers: MF/F Heidi Whitten, Fr.; GK Leila Moss, Jr.; DEF/MF Myra Newhouse, Soph.; MF Abi Lee, Soph.

Outlook: Brewer takes over as the Storm’s new head coach with the goal of improving on last season, which included some key wins — like a 3-2 triumph over rival Wesleyan. A return to the state playoffs will be challenging in a tough Class A Private area, but Providence brings an experienced core of players back to reach for that goal.


Coach: Guillermo Vallejo

2018 record: 8-10-2, state quarterfinals

Returning starters: DEF Ansley Morehouse, Soph.; DEF/MF Ashley Binney, Soph.; DEF Lindsey Suits, Soph.; MF/F Lilly Tapp, Soph.; GK Izzy Larsen, Jr.; F Emma Symonds, Jr.; F/MF Ashley Cowart, Jr.; F Bella Barnes, Jr.; MF Kris Laurite, Sr.; DEF/MF Caroline Hayes, Sr.; MF Lexi Jerding, Sr.

Other key players/newcomers: GK Grace Elsevier, Fr.; DEF/MF Jocelyn Lopez, Fr.; DEF Caroline Archer, Fr.; MF/F Kaitlyn Bobo, Fr.; DEF Marissa Lambert, Fr.; MF/F Teagan Wilkenloh, Fr.; DEF/MF Sade Ojanuga, Fr.; MF/F Lucy Mitchell, Jr.; MF Emily Becker, Jr.; MF/F Isabel Moratti, Sr.; DEF Sophie Parsonnet, Sr.; GK Jordyn Shackford, Sr.

Outlook: A talented roster back from 2018, when the Wolves made the Elite Eight, already brought high expectations for this season. Those were ramped up even more with the return of Notre Dame commit Lucy Mitchell, who played DA soccer last year. She had 36 goals and 28 assists, setting school records for goals and points, two seasons ago for Wesleyan’s state championship team.

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