After winning three straight section titles from 2007-09, La Costa Canyon failed to make the semifinals last season, and the Mavericks appear prepared to right that wrong this spring. LCC has eight returning starters, led by returning All-CIF San Diego Section first-team selection Jackie Mills at midfield/attack. Senior Amy Syvrud and sophomore Sara Nolte will anchor the defense, and junior midfielder Cailtin Zirpolo, senior attack Blair Bender and sophomore Kiki Gibson will add to the Mavericks’ offensive threats.
Canyon Crest Academy went 12-6 last season but fell in the first round of the playoffs. The Ravens are hoping for better things this season, and will lean on senior midfielder/attack Lauren Rutledge, their leading scorer from last season, to pace the offense. Nikita Aitken and Natalie Hoffman, both juniors who can play midfield or attack, will also be threats, and coach Rebecca Cathcart said she will return the entire core of her defense. The Ravens’ biggest obstacle will be overcoming the absence of star midfielder Tace Higuchi, lost for the season to a knee injury.
Westview is looking at what could be considered a rebuilding year after graduating the core of a team that went 13-5 and advanced to the playoff quarterfinals. Senior attack Kendall Labelle and juniors Paige Siniscalchi and Alex White, both midfielders, should bring some experience to the group, and coach Aubrey Cline is hoping freshman center midfielder Caroline Tweedy can contribute early.
San Marcos didn’t make the playoffs in 2010 and is hoping for a better season this year. The Knights will lean on senior midfielder Cassidy Heidt, last year’s leading scorer, and junior midfielder Chloe Weinmann, their team MVP. Other key players will include senior goalie Yazmin Perez and senior attacks Kori Crossno and Blanca Martinez.
Mission Hills hopes to improve on a 10-8 season in its third year with a varsity program. To do so, the Grizzlies will look for significant contributions from attack Audrey Debruyn, midfielder Alyssa Sundelius and center midfielder Miracle Banks, all juniors.
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