St. Anthony's looks for a third straight state girls soccer crown
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The quest for the three-peat begins.
St. Anthony's, winner of the last two state CHSAA championships, return seven starters, including Tricia Hanley, a forward who has a knack for being in the right place at the right time, scoring a team-high 10 goals last season. The Friars feature a deep core of midfielders with Katie Goncalves, Mackenzie Kober, Niccola Venezia, and Erin Hughes. Kelly DiGregorio takes over full time in goal. Michelle Santangello will be a threat on the attack.
Kellenberg, which is looking to make a third straight trip to the league title game, returns goalkeeper Paige Salmon, a vocal leader with great field vision. The Firebirds will be a physical team that will win balls out of the air and be aggressive on the attack, led by midfielders Brooke Salmon and Shannon Kelly.
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For St. John the Baptist, everything will run through Holly Habyan, a skillful playmaker with great feet who will be the primary distributor. She'll look for targets like Sara Plowman and Haley Stewart. Stopper Faith Daley is very strong on the ball.
Sacred Heart's keeper Katie Gorman has great range, both vertically and horizontally. Anchoring the defense is Reilly Lucas, who reads the game very well. Forward Keri Anne Bradley has an incredible work rate and led the team in scoring as a freshman last season.
Our Lady of Mercy looks to extend a dynasty of its own. The three-time defending Class A champions are a quick passing team led by midfielder Shannon Brady, who has an instinctive ability to read the field and find the open teammate. Gina Cacchioli and Mary Beth Cassaro will anchor the backfield but have the ability to attack.
Holy Trinity has an experienced and cohesive back line led by Jess Lanning, who is comfortable moving forward, and Mariella Gotti, an athletic and physical defender. Sophomore forward Hannah Woodward can be dangerous up top.
St. Dominic is a young team led by Marisa Pizzuto, a sophomore midfielder with great ball control and a powerful shot, and Danielle Weird, a senior forward with great speed. The backfield is controlled by defender Dominique Ehlinger and goalkeeper Gianna Maccarino.