Edgemont had an early exit in last season’s sectionals, falling to Lourdes in the first round of the playoffs. This year the Panthers return plenty of talent, bringing back 13 players from last year’s team. Losing all-section forward Carolina Sguerra to graduation will be eased with the return of Gaby Susz, an all-section pick, up top.
Without further ado, here is coach Darren Hawks’ capsule on Edgemont.
Coach: Darren Hawks (Second season)
Last season’s record: 8-8
Playoffs: Lost to Our Lady of Lourdes in first round of sectionals.
Key returning players: Gaby Susz, Sr., Fd.; Gabby Casado, Jr., Fd.; Zoe Ballas, So., D.
Returning players: Gaby Susz; Gabi Casado; Lili Christie; Hannah Glanzman; Caroline Graif; Shan Jameson; Frankie Klerer; Amelya Kollenborn; Ally Krez; Maia Leeds; Gabby Pereira; Maddy Welker; Zoe Ballas
Newcomers: Savannah Brooks; Danielle Meyerson; Julie Miner; Olivia Mowrer; Katie Pollack; Danielle Tovar; Rachel Wylie.
Coach’s notes: Edgemont will look to replace the goals scored by last year’s senior all-section player Carolina Sguerra with returning all-section senior forward Gaby Susz and junior Gabby Casado-Cocero. The Panthers return with the majority of their midfield intact with seniors Gabby Pereira, Hanna Bender and Maia Leeds, (junior returning starter Madi Welker rounds out the veteran midfield). Defensively, Edgemont will prove to be stubborn, with returning starters in all positions. Seniors Amelya Kollenborn, Ally Krez and Frankie Klerer (gk) will combine with junior Lili Christie and standout sophomore defender Zoe Ballas.
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