North Penn’s Brad Deckel (6) and Pennridge’s Kris Gross (8) battle for a ball during their overtime contest at North Penn High School on
North Penn's Brad Deckel (6) and Pennridge's Kris Gross (8) battle for a ball during their overtime contest at North Penn High School on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. (Mark C Psoras/The Reporter)

Whether it was a tough loss to end the season or a league title that fell just out of reach, there was plenty of unfinished business for area teams entering the 2014 soccer season.

The North Penn boys won 14 games and finished second in the Suburban One League Continental Conference last year, but after its strong regular second Knights were shocked in a shootout by Ridley in the District 1-AAA tournament.

Coach Paul Duddy's crew now has to replace the 17 goals of Dylan McMahon, but NP should be ready for the tough Continental thanks to a veteran defense led by senior Drew McMenamin.

Lansdale Catholic’s Shannon Ozzimo (2) knocks away a Neumann-Goretti defender during first half action of their contest at Lansdale Catholic High
Lansdale Catholic's Shannon Ozzimo (2) knocks away a Neumann-Goretti defender during first half action of their contest at Lansdale Catholic High School on Thursday Sept. 5, 2013. (Mark C Psoras/The Reporter)

Making the conference a battle as always will be defending champs Central Bucks East, CB West and Souderton, which used a late-season surge to reach to district second round and like NP have a solid backline. Pennridge, meanwhile, is looking to bounce back from a six-win campaign.

Lansdale Catholic had its best run in over a decade, reaching the PIAA Class AA playoffs for the first time since 2000 and was a win away from its first-ever Philadelphia Catholic League crown. The Crusaders are young group, but can depend on senior all-league picks Dan Kelly and Scott Jacobs on defense.

Over on the girls side of 2014, Pennridge and CB West aim to remain the SOL Continental's elite while North Penn and Souderton trip to climb up the conference's standings.


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Christopher Dock won its third consecutive District 1-A title and is a serious contender for a fourth with an offensive attack led by Bailey Kratz and Mattasyn Shisler.

Lansdale Catholic graduated several key players, but brings back leading goalscorers Shannon Ozzimo and Jules LaSanta as it tries to best two-time defending champ Archbishop Ryan and Archbishop Wood for the PCL title.

Junior Maggie Cameron and Gwynedd Mercy are set to make a run at Villa Joseph Marie and Villa Maria in both the Catholic Academies league and District 1-AA. 

Mattasyn Shisler of Christopher Dock, (right) and Calvary Christian player Gabby Hunter on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.
Mattasyn Shisler of Christopher Dock, (right) and Calvary Christian player Gabby Hunter on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. (Geoff Patton/The Reporter)

Boys Soccer

Academy New Church

Coach: Dave Keith (first season).

League: Friends Schools League

Last Season: 9-7-1 (3-5 league).

Top Returners: Brennan McCurdy (Sr., F), Andreas Buss (Sr., MF)

Outlook: ANC lost just five seniors, but all were on the defensive side, so the Lions need new leaders on the backline. Keith's side returns its three leading scorers, so Academy New Church will have a strong offense to battle George School, Shipley School and the rest of the Friends Select League.

Bishop McDevitt

Coach: Allen Heintz (second season).

League: Philadelphia Catholic League (District 12-A)

Holy Ghost Prep attacker Timothy French (10) collides with Lansdale Catholic goalie Jack Kane (0) as he makes a save during second half action of their
Holy Ghost Prep attacker Timothy French (10) collides with Lansdale Catholic goalie Jack Kane (0) as he makes a save during second half action of their contest at Council Rock North High School on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (Mark C Psoras/The Reporter)

Last Season: 1-13.

Key Losses: Jack McDermott, Ed McFadden, Conor Gilsenan, Min Seong Kim.

Top Returners: Brendan Hanagan (Sr., D), Jake Cantwell (Sr., MF/F), Alex Wilson (Jr., GK).

Others to Watch: Nick Ermigiotti (Jr., D), Joe Duddy (So., MF/D), Dan Ehrlich (So., MF/F).

Outlook: The Lancers are young, with only seven upperclassmen. Team chemistry is strength, while most of the returners are on defense, including center back Hanagan and goalkeeper Wilson. Finding goal new scorers and finishing games — McDevitt lost four games in the last 10 minutes last year — while also aid in increasing wins in 2014.

Christopher Dock

Coach: Matt Moyer (13th season).

League: Bicentennial Athletic League (District 1-A).

Last Season: 1-15.

Key Players: Seth Frankenfield, Jesse Kolb, Jordan Alderfer, Josh Yoder, Austin Kratz.

Outlook: The Pioneers are trying to make a large improvement from its tough 2013 and having nine starting players back should help boost the win total.

“Overall, the team needs to continue to focus on the process of improving daily and remaining healthy to achieve team and individual goals for the season,” Moyer said.

Hatboro-Horsham

Coach: Kyle McGrath (sixth season).

League: SOL Continental (District 1-AAA)

Last Season: 6-10-2 (4-9-2 conference)

Key Losses: Chris Hobbs, Brian Ehrlich, Kyle Parkinson, Nick Sienkiewicz, Brand Taratuski.

Top Returners: Dante D'Alonzo, Corey Milewski, Eduardo Romero, Justin Paluszek, Tom McElrath, Kyle Nemeth.

Outlook: The Hatters are looking to compete in a tough Continental — last year they picked up four wins by sweeping games with Souderton and Quakertown. Senior leadership will be key for a team needing some its younger plays to step up.

La Salle

Coach: Bob Peffle (28th season).

League: Philadelphia Catholic League (District 12-AAA)

Last Season: 14-5-0.

Key Losses: Matt Lucas, Conor Casey, Nick Dusing, David Price, Anthony D'Angelo.

Top Returners: Tyler Colasanto (Sr., F), Matt Pizzo (Sr., MF), Jason Dandy (Sr., MF), Nick Carradorini (Jr., D), Brett Hladczuk (Jr., MF), Kevin Lane (Jr., MF).

Others to Watch: Ryan Reeves (Jr., MF), Sean Clinton (Jr., D), Spencer Patton (So., MF).

Outlook: The Explorers have a nice blend of talent — returning senior forward Colasanto was an first team All-PCL) and Peffler expects to compete with the upper tier of the league that includes defending champ Father Judge, Roman Catholic, St. Joseph's Prep and Lansdale Catholic.

Lansdale Catholic

Coach: Joe Wilson (Eighth season).

League: Philadelphia Catholic League (District 12-AA).

Last Season: 13-7-1 (7-3-1), lost to Father Judge in PCL final, defeated Franklin Towne Charter for District 12 Class AA title, lost to Holy Ghost Prep in PIAA Class AA first round.

Key Losses: John Piccini, John Melchiorre, Michael Lewis, Nick Cunningham, Christian Toeller.

Top Returners: Scott Jacobs (Sr., D), Dan Kelly (Sr., D), Jake Saba (Sr., MF), Jack Kane (So, GK).

Others to Watch: Andrew Kobylarz (Sr., MF), Franco Giacomarra (Sr., MF).

Outlook: The Crusaders, who states for the first time since 2000 last season, are a young group but does have a veteran core of returning all-PCL selections in Kelly and Jacobs in defense and Saba in the midfield. 

“Team attitude is very positive and (there is) the willing to learning and improve,” Wilson said. “Looking for another district run.”

North Penn

Coach: Paul Duddy (15th season).

League: SOL  Continental (District 1-AAA)

Last Season: 14-3-2 (10-2-2 conference), lost to Ridley in District 1-AAA first round.

Key Losses: Dylan McMahon, Tim Langton, Roben Qawasmy, Abdul Mohamed.

Top Returners: Drew McMenamin (Sr.), Kevin McKenna (Sr.), Brad Deckel (Sr.), Nick Miller (Sr.), Scott Kohler (Jr.), Michael Kohler (So.).

Outlook: A great 2013 for the Knights was halted by penalty-kick loss in districts. North Penn should remain competitive in a tough Continental, but will need to replace the 17 goals scored by McMahon in 2013. Defense returns all-conference seniors McMenamin (first team) and Miller (third). Deckel made the Continental's second team at midfield.

Pennridge

Coach: Pete Valimont (seventh season).

League: SOL Continental (District 1-AAA).

Last Season: 6-10-2 (3-9-2 conference)

Key Losses: Kris Gross, Zach Jarrett.

Top Returners: Steven Catlett (SR., GK/MF), Ethan Aigeldinger (Sr., F), Lucas Hefner (Sr., MF), Justin Musco (Sr., MF).

Others to Watch: Cameron Sheva (Jr., MF), Ryan Biresch (Sr., D), Brandon Greb (Sr., D), Cayce Giblin (Jr., MF).

Outlook: The Rams had a tough 2013 — dropping eight of their final 11 games — but a senior-heavy team still has goals compete in the Continental and district. Finding a way to convert goals will help Pennridge go a long way in doing that.

Plymouth Whitemarsh

Coach: Devon Landgraff (fifth season).

League: SOL American (District 1-AAA).

Last Season: 15-3-2 (13-1-0 conference), lost to Bensalem in District 1-AAA second round.

Key Losses: Conor Moore, Brett Paul, Kenny Almack.

Top Returners: Alex Bilodeau (Sr., MF), David Reina (Sr., MF), Cam Johnson (Sr., D), Dominic Wlodarczyk (Sr. F), Austin Betterly (Jr., MF/F).

Others to Watch: Oliver Palmides (Sr., MF), Shane Smith (Sr., GK), Skyler Goldstein (Jr., MF).

Outlook: The Colonials bring back strong group from last season's side that share the SOL American title with Upper Dublin and earned a win in the district playoffs. 

Bilodeau and Johnson were both all-conference first team selections, with Betterly and Reina each making the second team.

Souderton

Coach: Matt Benner (second season).

League: SOL Continental (District 1-AAA)

Last Season: 8-10-2 (5-8-1 conference), lost to William Tennent in District 1-AAA second round.

Key Losses: Nick Stulb, Adam Strogis, Jordan Rawa, Tyler Eckardt, Justin Rodzewich, Felipe Silva.

Top Returners: DJ Rostron (Sr., D), Chadd Ziegler (Sr., D), Justin Molyneaux (Sr., MF), Danny Sullivan (Sr., MF), Tylor Strozeski (Sr., F).

Others to Watch: Jack O'Leary (Sr., D), Ryan Kramer (Sr., D), Paul Steingraber (Sr., GK), Nate Verso (Jr., MF), Nick Marculo (So., MF).

Outlook: The Indians got hot late in 2013, winning five straight before being bounced by Tennent in districts. Souderton returns 12 seasons, including all-conference picks Rostron (third) and Ziegler (honorable mention) on the backline. Strozeski was also a Continental honorable mention at midfield.

Springfield Township

Coach: Dan Meder (15th season).

League: SOL American (District 1-AA)

Last Season: 4-14, 4-10 conference).

Key Losses: Tenzin Wangyal, Joey Giampietro.

Top Returners: Riley Woron (Sr., MF), Igor McVeagh (Sr., MF), Ben Wiley (Sr., MF), Corey Cottone (Jr., MF), Kevin Sykes (Jr., GK).

Others to Watch: Ethan Steinberg (Jr., MF), Zach Harley (So., D), Mike Bonacci (So., MF)

Outlook: The Spartans a mixing a competitive group of youngsters with a strong experience core as they aim to improve of their sixth-place finish in the SOL American. Junior midfielders Woron (second team) and Wiley (third) were both all-conference picks.

Girls Soccer

Abington

Coach: Rick Tompkins (fifth season).

League: SOL National (District 1-AAA).

Last Season: 4-12-2 (3-9-2 conference)

Key Losses: Jess Domansky, Julia Guarini (ACL).

Top Returners: Gabbie Nolan (Sr., MF), Mary Gene Mugnier (Sr., D), Amanda Cutaiair (Sr., MF), Jamie Gosselin (Jr., F), Toni Washington (Jr., D).

Others to Watch: Michaela Coyle (Fr., MF), Tess Nelson (So., MF).

Outlook: Tompkins sees the Ghost improving in 2014 if they can fix areas of concern in scoring and goalkeeping. Both Nolan (third team) and Mugnier (honorable mention) were All-SOL National picks last year.

Archbishop Wood

Coach: Bill Cappo (21st season)

League: Philadelphia Catholic League (District 12-AA)

Last Season: 14-6-4 (8-0-3 league), District 12-AA champion, lost to Villa Joseph Marie in PIAA Class AA first round.

Key Losses: Katherine Hennessey, Carly Hoelsworth, Deanna Messner, Aubree Brown.

Top Returners: Cristina Babyak (Sr., MF/F), Amanda McCDermott (Sr., D), Katie Neveil (Sr., MF), Devon Haviland (Sr., GK), Sofia Filippo (So., MF).

Outlook: The Vikings came close to second PCL title in three years, but were denied thanks to a two overtime loss to Archbishop Ryan in the final. Wood is set on returning back to the league's top along with getting back to states. Quality depth and a promising underclassmen group will aid in reaching those season goals.

Christopher Dock

Coach: Ray Hess (seventh season).

League: Bicentennial Athletic League (District 1-A)

Last Season: 13-7-1 (8-2-0 league), District 1-A champion, lost to Tulpehocken in PIAA Class A quarterfinals.

Key Losses: Raychel Bair.

Top Returners: Bailey Kratz (Sr., F), Mattasyn Shisler (Sr., F/MF), Olivia Seavy (Sr., MF), Eden Nafzinger (Sr., D), Sharon Curtis (Jr., D).

Others to Watch: Emily Gordon (Sr., GK), Tabitha Miller (Sr., MF), Megan Swintosky (So., F/MF/D), Nikki Clements (Jr., F/MF/D), McKenzie Swartley (Fr., F/MF).

Outlook: Dock is out to win its fourth-straight District 1-A crown and reach the PIAA Tournament, where its won at least one game the last three seasons. Hess wants the Pioneers to play an attractive style of soccer, which should be helped by have multiple players able to play a variety of positions. 

Germantown Academy

Coach: Christopher Nelson (Fourth season).

League: Inter-Ac.

Last Season: 17-8-1 (8-3-1 league).

Key Losses: Riley Yankowich, Marley Sternberg, Sarah Santos.

Top Returners: Madison Hackley (Sr., D/MF), Victoria Mauro (Sr., D), Kat Stambaugh (Jr., GK), Sophie Axenroth (Jr., MF), Emmy Dolaway (Jr., F/MF).

Outlook: The Patriots graduated five starters, but returns a veteran defense that includes co-captains Hackley and Mauro playing in front all-league goalkeeper Stambaugh. Nelson sees GA with a number of scoring options, with Axenroth and Brynn Skelly leading the attack through the central midfield.

Gwynedd Mercy

Coach: Steve Whitby (second season).

League: Athletic Association of Catholic Academies (District 1-AA).

Last Season: 11-7 (8-4 league), lost to Phoenixville in District 1-AA semifinals.

Top Returners: Maggie Cameron (Jr., MF), Mary Claire Casey (Jr., D, MF), Emily Sullivan (Sr., MF), Erica DeCandido (Jr., MF/D), Kim Sanford (So., F/MF).

Outlook: The Monarchs have a solid returning core, with a few freshman added to the mix helping GMA compete with Villa Joseph Marie and Villa Maria in both Catholic Academies and District 1 play.

Hatboro-Horsham

Coach: Ben Winderman (second season)

League: SOL Continental (District 1-AAA)

Last Season:  6-10-2 (4-9-1 conference).

Key Losses: Lauren Brophy, Kelly Griffin.

Top Returners: Mikaela Malofiy (Sr., D), Jordan Plummer (Sr., F), Rachel Kaplan (Sr., MF), Maddy McNutt (Sr., MF), Sarah Thuerer (Sr., MF), Sara Kemp (Sr., GK), Miranda Royds (So., GK).

Others to Watch: Marissa Portelli, Lauren Kim, Maddie Slemmer, Brady McMenamin, Erica Paluszak.

Outlook: The Hatters are looking to get Plummer back for a knee injury after the senior tallied eight goals and six assists last season to earn Both Kemp and Royds will see time in goal behind a defense that includes third team all-conference pick Malofiy.

Lansdale Catholic

Coach: Tom O'Donnell (22nd season).

League: Philadelphia Catholic League (District 12-AA)

Last Season: 16-3-1, lost to Archbishop Ryan in PCL semifinals.

Key Losses: Greta Sheridan, Michaela Crimlish, Kerry Goldstein, Alyssa Messina, Jenna Gibbons, Jillian Giampa, Kelsey Burns (knee).

Top Returners: Shannon Ozzimo (Sr., MF), Jules LaSanta (Sr., F), Briana Coughlin (Sr., D), Dominique Owad (Sr., D), Grace Gaus (Sr., MF), Erin Brokans (Sr., GK).

Others to Watch: Sarah Opdyke (Jr., MF), Kelsey Neri (Sr., MF), Tara Sheridan (Jr., D), Lena Starapoli (So., D).

Outlook: Despite some key losses to graduation, the Crusaders should remain a contender for a PCL title and a PIAA berth. LC returns its two leading goal scorers in Ozzimo (third-team all-league) and LaSanta. Coughlin and Owad lead the defense, while Brokans makes the transition from midfield to goalkeeper.

Methacton

Coach: Brett Smith (12th season).

League: PAC-10 Conference (District 1-AAA).

Last Season: 5-11-1 (5-8-0 conference).

Key Losses: Kelly Glatthorn, Julie Primavera, Jen Yurick, Jen Nestor, Anna Numerato, Monica Sauer.

Top Returners: Hannah Walsh (Sr., GK), Jenny Martin (Sr., F), Kyra Dubost (Sr., D), Taylor Rambo (Sr., MF), Jess McNally (Sr., D), Maddie Misus (Sr., MF), Monica Webster (Sr., F), Cay McNichol (Jr., D), Angela Ramsden (So., MF).

Others to Watch: Abbey Dungan (So., D), Kelly Hallman (So., D), Caroline Lembck (So.,MF), Maddie Taylor (So., MF), Lee Eubank (Fr., F) Lexi Laconi (Fr., F), Mariah Romano (Fr., D).

Outlook: Smith likes the work ethic of this year's Warriors, which has most of its seniors playing their third or fourth year of varsity soccer. Methacton wants to increase its goal output to keep competing with top PAC-10 sides Boyertown, Spring-Ford, Owen J. Roberts and Phoenixville.

North Penn

Coach: Jim Dehner (fourth season).

League: SOL Continental (District 1-AAA).

Last Season: 2-11-5 (1-9-4 conference).

Key Returners: Stephanie Bresadola (Sr., D), Ally King (Sr., MF), Maddy McClure (Sr., MF).

Outlook: The Maidens are looking for a bounce back season in 2014. Last year, North Penn totaled just two wins, but two of their five ties came against district qualifier Central Bucks West. Senior Bresadola was a all-conference honorable mention defender.

Springfield Township

Coach: Suzette Wolf (fifth season)

League: SOL American (District 1-AA)

Last Season: 6-12-1 (4-9-1 conference).

Top Returners: Alyssa Griet (Sr.), Katelyn Gillinger (Sr.), Brianna Littlepage (Sr.), Caroline Pape (Sr.), Molly Fitzpatrick (Sr.), Bailey Krewson (Sr.), Jewell Ringgold (Sr.), Cameron Calanan (Sr.), Yulia Conway (Sr., GK), Emily Giampietro (So.)

Others to Watch: Lindsey Smith (Fr.).

Outlook: The Spartans are looking to better last year's four American victories — sweeping both Norristown and Cheltenham — and Wolf has an experienced group that has a chance to do it. Gillinger was a conference second-team selection, while Giampietro and Fitzpatrick made the American's third team.