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By Scott Kaniewski Updated: March 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

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Doherty

Coach: Eryn Gallagher

Key players: Alexis Charles, sr., def.; Madison Furbush, jr., mid.; Alex Lanning, so., fwd.

Outlook: Charles anchors the Spartans defense and has drawn plenty of attention for it. She was named first-team all-state as a junior and tied for the team's leading scorer. Furbush makes the offense go from the midfield, either as a scorer or playmaker. Lanning earned first-team all-league honors last season, using her speed and creativity to score. Krista Pirinen, an exchange student from Finland, will contribute.

Fountain-Fort Carson

Coach: Anthony Greco (1st season)

Key players: Julia Roberts, sr.; Leandra Nieves-Flores, sr.; Rashida Cato Acosta, jr.

Outlook: The Trojans are searching for players to fill in after graduating 13 from last season's squad and a switch at coach. Greco will try to use his lengthy experience to help rebuild the Trojans. After being a two-time All-American at Benedictine College he played semiprofessional soccer for a pair of teams. He will rely on Roberts, Nieves-Flores and Acosta to guide the team on the field.

Liberty

Coach: Andy Liddle (3rd season)

Key players: Kyleigh Wierenga, sr., def.; Wesley Flood, sr., def.; Hannah Naftanel, jr., def.

Outlook: Last year's CSML co-champions return seven starters. The Lancers, who reached the 5A quarterfinals, will have a strong presence on defense with Wierenga, Flood and Naftanel patrolling back there.

Palmer

Coach: Eric Lichaa (6th season)

Key players: Kendra Cook, sr.; Madison Wiegand-Brown, sr.; Bri Brown, sr.; Janessa Hill, sr.

Outlook: The Terrors will rely heavily on Wiegand, who has signed to play with the Pac-12's Oregon. The Terrors have six seniors to help them try and progress in the challenging CSML.

Pine Creek

Coach: John Frederick (16th season)

Key players: Jenn Kahle, sr., center def.; Tanner Haughn, jr., mid.; Ally Watt, jr., fwd.; Emma Contino, jr., def.; Jayne Lydiatt, so., mid.; Reece Hummel, so., mid./fwd.

Outlook: The defending co-CSML champs have an incredible amount of players returning, even prompting Frederick to say it's "probably the deepest team in our history." The Eagles return nine players and get a boost from Haughn, in her first season at Pine Creek. Kahle and Lydiatt are returning all-state players, and Watt is one of the fastest sprinters in the state.

Not reporting: Rampart

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Air Academy

Coach: Nancy Sibley (11th season)

Key players: Brooke Braden, sr., fwd/mid.; Amanda Brown, so., def.; Rachel Martino, jr., def.; Ashley Nelson, sr., def.; Hailey Peterman, jr., mid/fwd.; Katie Rainsberger, so., mid/fwd.

Outlook: As usual, the Kadets will be a tough team to contend with. Quarterfinalists last season, Air Academy returns one of the top players in the area in Braden. Joining her will be plenty of youthful talent in Peterman, Martino and Rainsberger, who will split time running track. Nelson will be one of the key players on the back line.

Ca?n City

Coach: Pat Callahan (11th season)

Key players: Tia Parker, sr., mid.; Whitney Boehm, so., mid.; Amy Solis, sr., fwd.; Chelsea McIntosh, sr., def.

Outlook: The Tigers had plenty of competition for the varsity squad, as 43 girls attended tryouts. Parker, Solis and McIntosh are the lone seniors on the team and will need to provide leadership for the young team. Sophomore Boehm will be counted on in the middle of the field.

Cheyenne Mountain

Coach: Tomas Martinez (3rd season)

Key players: Tori Burnett, sr., center def.; Amanda Burke, sr., center def.; Sara Walters, sr., fwd.; Summer Halle, sr., center mid.; Savannah Boarman, sr., def.; Hunter Peifer, jr., GK; Hannah Gerdin, jr., fwd.

Outlook: The defending state champions return a heck of a lot. With so much returning on the defensive side, the Indians will look to use that defense to force turnovers to transition to offense. Burnett, Burke and Boarman will build out of the backfield, while Halle and Gerdin will generate the offense. Peifer is among the area's best in net.

Coronado

Coach: Jenn Ury (8th season)

Key players: Emily Lambert, sr., GK; Julie Ward, sr., def.; Sydney Lauer, sr., def/mid.; Megan Henderson, sr., mid.; Izzy Fogle, so., fwd.

Outlook: With Lambert in goal, the Cougars are hoping to build on last year's playoff appearance. The senior already has signed to play goalie at Embry-Riddle (Ariz.). Ward and Lauer will defend in front of her, while Henderson and Fogle help the Cougars move the ball forward.

Discovery Canyon

Coach: Maren Hendershot McCrary (2nd season)

Key players: Jamie Keith, jr., mid/fwd.; Baily Longbons, sr., mid.; Lauren Seeley, so., def.

Outlook: Keith returns as the Thunder's leading scorer and a first-team all-league player. Longbons, a second-team all-league selection and Seeley, honorable mention, will help Keith guide the team. Joining them will be three foreign exchange students from Denmark, Iran and Germany.

Falcon

Coach: Matt McCluan (2nd season)

Key players: Julianna Wright, jr., center mid.; Jordyn Falk, sr., def.; Brittany Schiltz, jr., GK

Outlook: Wright will be leaned on to control the middle of the field and distribute to teammates. Falk steps into a new position, playing a sweeper role to back the defense and guide the younger players in front of Schiltz.

Lewis-Palmer

Coaches: Joe Martin, Ryan Parsons (11th season)

Key players: Sarah Lyons, so., mid.; Michelle Coleman, sr., mid.; Brianna Alger, fr., fwd.

Outlook:The Rangers turn to a young team with plenty of talent. They'll need Coleman to help lead as Lyons, Alger and the rest of the squad set the tone for the next couple of seasons.

Palmer Ridge

Coach: Nick Odil (6th season)

Key players: Kaylyn Smith, sr., GK; Mackie Gouner, jr., fwd.; Maddie Tominello, mid/fwd.; Cydney Skinner, jr., mid; Ali Meyer, sr., def.; Brooke Buzzell, jr., mid.; Ruby Tedeschi, sr., def.; Molly Malone, sr., def.

Outlook: The Bears have plenty of talent and numbers returning. But they still have spots to fill, according to Odil. Smith, Gouner and Tominello all earned all-state honors last season and should get this team deep in the postseason.

Sand Creek

Coach: Craig Decker (4th season)

Key players: Christina Tafoya, sr., Lauren Vyvlecka, sr., Mazzy Decker, sr., Amanda Timmermeyer, jr.; Makenna Fuhrmann, jr.; Tarah Patterson, so.; Emily Cassady, jr.; Ashley Ramsey, sr.

Outlook: The Scorpions are on a three-year playoff streak. And that shouldn't end this season, not with seniors Tafoya, Vyvlecka and Decker returning. Tafoya is the team's all-team leading scorer in goals and assists in both a season and a career. Playing plenty of indoor soccer together, the Scorpions will look to use that quick-passing game to take a shot at the league title.

Vista Ridge

Coach: John Lupton (3rd season)

Key players: Ashley Noble, sr., def.; Amanda Elkins, so., def.; Jessie Mourning, jr., GK; Alissa Crabtree, so., center mid.; Payton Jones, fr., fwd.

Outlook: The team will be rebuilding after nine players graduated. But that will open plenty of spots for sophomores Elkins and Crabtree, plus freshman Jones. Crabtree is a transfer from Montana. Noble will anchor the defense in front of Mourning.

Widefield

Coach: Bill McMaster (1st season)

Key players: Kacey Worster-Hutchinson, sr., GK; Jasleen Jones, sr.; Courtney Davis, sr.; Ashley Reyna, sr.; Sapphire Stark, fr.

Outlook: McMaster steps into his first season at the helm of the Gladiators. He'll rely on Worster-Hutchinson in net and Jones and Davis to control the midfield. Reyna's skills will be an attribute and the Gladiators will look to get some goals from the freshman Stark.

Woodland Park

Coach: Andy Pappadakis (10th season)

Key players: Jenny Sells, jr., center mid.; Meghan Sieracki, jr., fwd.; Lexi Rees, fr., def.

Outlook:While Pappadakis says the team isn't particularly experienced or highly skilled, they are athletic and fit. The Panthers went 10-5-1 last season and took third in league play and qualified for the playoffs. Watch out for Sells and Sieracki who combined for 34 of the team's 66 goals last season.

Not reporting: Harrison, Mesa Ridge, Mitchell, Sierra

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The Classical Academy

Coach: Blake Galvin (5th season)

Key players: Bonnie Buzzetta, sr., mid.; Kaytlon Roitsch, sr., def.; Heather Sherrill, sr., mid.; Aleesa Muir, so., def.; Emily Mueller, so., def.

Outlook: Last year's state runners-up lost 10 players to graduation. That's usually not a problem for Galvin's bunch, who consistently reload. But this year could be a bit different, as Galvin points out the team will be young and somewhat inexperienced. But mixed into that youth and inexperience is plenty of talent.

Colorado Springs Christian School

Coach: Jason Rollins (1st season)

Key players: Cobi Trempert, so., mid.; Lydia Harrison, sr., def/mid.; Jessica Knedler, so., GK.

Outlook: So far, Rollins has liked what he's seen from the work ethic and "coachability" of the Lions. He'll look to build tactical understanding and increase skill development from the squad.

Colorado Springs School

Coach: Amos White (16th season)

Key players: Kim Parrish, sr., fwd.; Kendra Baucom, sr., def.; Nataya Stepleton, jr.; mid/fwd.; Guoya Long, so. def/mid.; Diana Mansour, so., fwd/mid.

Outlook: CSS has plenty of returning talent. Parrish, Baucom and Stepleton are former all-region team players, while Long and Mansour were named all-region honorable mention.

Fountain Valley

Coach: Byron Dacy (1st season)

Key players: Anna Greenbaum, sr., fwd.; Clare Hamilton, jr., fwd.; Nora Blood-Cheney, sr., mid.; Heather Whitham, sr., GK.

Outlook: Last season, the Danes qualified for the postseason after finishing second in league play. This year, new coach Dacy steps into a pretty good situation, as 90 percent of the 2013 squad returns, including Greenbaum, who will play for Northern British Columbia in the fall.

Manitou Springs

Coach: Mike Fox (2nd season)

Key players: Georgia Sinclair, sr., mid.; Riley Witham, sr., mid.; Kaity Vogel, jr., mid; Emma Lichina, jr., def.

Outlook:The Mustangs look to replace nine graduates from last year. They can start with Witham who returns from a broken fibula to help the midfield. Sinclair, Witham and Vogel were first-team all-league players, while Lichina was honorable mention.

St. Mary's

Coach: Gregg Braha

Key players: Emily Loof, sr.; Alex Sjobakken, sr.; Carina Friend, sr.; Sarah Egbert, sr.

Outlook: The Pirates don't have to worry about scoring. Loof and Sjobakken scored a combined 48 goals last season, 24 apiece. Add to that plenty of playmakers and a ball-controlling midfield, and the Pirates have set their sights on a return to the state championship game. The last time they were there was 2010 when they won it all. The Pirates are focused on getting better defensively.

Not reporting: Florence, ECA, James Irwin, Vanguard

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