St. Anthony's girls are team to beat in CHSAA

St. Anthony's Sydney Arestivo screens St. Joseph Hill's St. Anthony's Sydney Arestivo screens St. Joseph Hill's Krysta Peracaccio as she dribbles toward the goal during the first half of a game. (Nov. 12, 2011) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

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Winning a state title on your home field is hard to top. But if any team is capable of finding a way to do so, it's St. Anthony's.

As usual, the Friars will be a deep and talented possession team with Sydney Arestivo and Maggie Bill up top and Jessica Lucas in the midfield. Coach Dave Prutting entered the season needing 14 to reach his 400th career victory.

Kellenberg, the league runner-up the last two seasons, will be younger but just as quick. None are faster than Christina Akalski, whose 12 goals led the league. She's joined by keeper Paige Salmon, midfielder Amanda Calazano and defender Bridgett Westerman.

St. John the Baptist midfielders Holly Habyan and Faith Baley and forward Haley Stewart will provide plenty of offensive support for the Caitlyn Gibbons-led defense.

Sacred Heart will be strong in the back with keeper Arden Etts, sweeper Reilly Lucas and defender Cassidy Prior. Meaghan Ginty patrols center midfield.

Two-time defending Class A champ Our Lady of Mercy has plenty of offensive weapons, including Shannon Brady, Ashley Maldonado and Amanda Kalan. Runner-up Holy Trinity is led by captains Jess Malone, Jess Tuckruskye and Kelly Manta.

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