The 2012 Bay County girls soccer preview capsules:
Head coach:James Gardner, fourth year (44-20-8).
2011-12:12-5-4, district champion, advanced to first round of regionals.
Leading returners:Brooke Jaworski (sr.), Samantha Lehtio (sr.), Leigh VanDeMark (sr.), Chelsea Wiser (sr.). Halie Cameron (sr.), Amanda Laberdesque (sr.), Autumn Jaworski (jr.), Jaclynn Lehtio (jr.), Annelise Mitchell (jr.), Bailey Rogers (jr.), Alexa Schultz (jr.), Alexis Tanner (jr.).
Others to watch:Camille Bazin, Kelli Crowley, Yessenia Jumbeck, Sam Murphy, Mimi Paravalos, Alivia Schnoering, Meredith Schoppe, Raye Sutton.
Key losses:Kirsten Crowley, Kaitlyn Girard, Carolina Madrid, Sarah Nohmer, Alex Schaler
Notable:Arnold’s District 2-3A opponents are Rutherford, Milton and Choctawhatchee. … Arnold plays its opening 10 matches away from its home field of Mike Gavlak, then plays eight consecutive games there and 12 of its next 13.
Quotable:“Kirsten and Sarah contributed 50 goals last year. Any way you spin it, that’s a lot to make up for. We will have some re-engineering to do if we hope to be successful, but I think we have the players who can make that work. If we can hang in there with the big three in the county and win a district game or two, we can call the season a success.” — James Gardner
Head coach:Jennifer Shumate, six years
Leading returners:Samantha Foster, Becca Hall, Katlyn Herring, Brooke Locher, Kylie Meeks, Taylor Oakley, Hannah Redding, Shelby Samillano, Amber Wade
Others to watch:Baily Bates, Samantha Ferraro, Nicole Migliori
Key losses:Alyssa Delaplaine, Sarah Gay, Camille Johnson, Kiley O'Rourke
Notable:Bozeman competes in District 1-2A along with Bay, Pensacola Catholic, Walton, South Walton and Marianna.
Quotable:“Going into our second season in the new district and classification, we feel better acclimated to compete against bigger schools and are looking forward to having a successful season after showing improvement in the offseason. Our girls are excited to get the season started.” — Jennifer Shumate
Head coach:Marek Betkowski, third year
2011-12: 17-5-0, district champion
Leading returners:Stevie-Marie Mullins, Elizabeth Vickers, Brie Campbell, Rachel Bates, Ally Southerland, Sammi Boardway, Mariah Rinehart, Kaylin Thomas, Ginny Bennet, Danielle Santora, Haleigh Swift, Grace Underhill.
Others to watch:Regan Hamrick, Gabby Krajniak, Taylor Hallmon, Jordan Lewis, Lindsey Tew, Haley Austill, Harley Peters.
Notable:Assistant coaches are Dan Golema and Suzanne McCormick … captains are Brie Campbell and Kaylin Thomas … Seniors Haleigh Swift and Harley Peters are recovering from injuries ... Mosley will stay in a district with Lake City Columbia and Tallahassee schools Chiles, Lincoln and Leon.
Quotable:“We have probably the youngest Mosley girls varsity team ever. Plenty of talent, but not very much of experience at the high school level. This will not stop us from being very competitive this season.” — Marek Betkowski
Head coach:Matthew Gerlach, first year.
Leading returners:Cheyenne Beck, Jenna Palgut, Macke Mixon.
Others to watch:Marcia Williams, Zabella Thompson, Krystin Guirey, Camille Gainer.
Key losses:Shannon Hyland.
Notable:The Rams will compete in a district with Arnold, Milton, and Choctawhatchee. … Captains are Cheyenne Beck and Jenna Palgut. … Assistant coach is David Taylor.
Quotable:“Our girls have been working hard, training well and improving daily. This will be an exciting year to watch this team grow, develop, fight and win games. We have some really good young talent that will propel us forward, and some veteran leadership which can lead to some great success this year. Expectations are high.” — Coach Matthew Gerlach