Preview: Area girls soccer
GSL returning All-League
Mead – Mikayla Anderson, sr., F; Jill Pecka, sr., MF; Jazmine Redmon, sr., D; Gonzaga – Mary Condon, sr., D, Ashley Ames, jr., F; Mt. Spokane – Delaney Zalud, sr., MF; Holleigh Bergstrom, sr., D; LC – Bev Amstadter, sr., F; Lexi Greenwood, sr., D.
The Panthers, third in state last year, and Tigers tied for the league title and the Bullpups, fourth in the GSL, slipped past LC for the second state berth. They are the logical favorites again, although G-Prep is young. The Panthers bring back a wealth of talent. Mt. Spokane was third in league, but faltered in postseason and graduated MVP Averi Hallman. Second-leading scorer Alli Floyd is injured and will miss the year. East Valley and Shadle Park, benefiting from a tough league schedule, made surprising State 3A appearances. Look for University and Ferris, both mid-pack teams last year, Central Valley and North Central to all be improved.
GNL returning All-League
Pullman – Niina Al-Hassan, sr., F; Amy Sterk, sr., D (defensive MVP); Raina D’Aleo, sr., D. Cheney – Kellie Zakrzewski, sr., F (offensive MVP); Chelsie Breen, sr., D; Nicole Fox, sr., D; Tanya Baker, sr., D; Deer Park – Stevie Harris, sr., MF: Shaylie Barcellos, sr., GK; Kelsey Dutton, sr., D; Nikole Ball, so., F; WV – Dee Dee Garbe, sr., MF; Karina Carpenter, sr., GK; Medical Lake – Jenny Smith, sr., D; Samantha Kelley, so., F.
Pullman and Cheney were state quarterfinalists a year ago and with scoring machines Al-Hassan and Zakrzewski (already with more than 60 goals during her career) back for their fourth year, don’t expect much to change. WV may have graduated too many from last year’s league co-champion after missing out on a chance to repeat as a state placer, but has a strong freshman presence. Deer Park, with four all-league players, has the pieces to contend.
Northeast A LeagueReturning All-League
Lakeside – Brandi Adaszewski, jr.,; Freeman – Katie Bauer, sr. Newport – Mckenzi Krogh, so., Madeline Merrill, so., Taylor Lewis, so.; Haley Silva, jr.
Lakeside went from second in league to first in district and a state berth, losing 2-1 to semifinalist Highland. The league returns a wealth of experience, particularly at defending champion Newport, which was unbeaten until postseason. Freeman has seven starters back. Lakeside beat Freeman, then Newport last season on a pair of Katie Baran goals. The Eagles are young and promising, but must overcome injury woes if they are to repeat.