Elkins coach Scott Cutright will look to a trio of experienced seniors to guide a young squad this season.
Forwards Isabella Nieves and Kayla Gainer, along with goalie Charlie George will supply a veteran presence for the Tigers, who lost to Hampshire in the first round of last year's sectional tournament.
"We're really looking for leadership from those three girls," Cutright said. "Isabella is our top returning scorer, and Charlie and Kayla bring a lot of experience to the table."
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Senior Isabella Nieves returns to lead the Elkins High girls’ soccer team this season.
Cutright said a majority of the younger players saw action last season.
"We have almost everyone back," he said. "Now we need to step up our play to the next level."
Team speed is a strength Cutright hopes his team can use to its advantage.
"We've put in a new system to increase our scoring production," Cutright said. "The girls have really bought into what we're trying to do and we're excited about getting the season going."
Elkins will make its season debut at 3 p.m. today at Martinsburg.
TENNERTON?- With the retirement of a longtime figure in Buckhannon-Upshur soccer, a new face will be on the sidelines this season.
Jackie Zuliani, who has guided the school's girls' track team to three straight state titles, takes over for Tom Hasbrouck.
Zuliani inherits a team that lost nine starters, including a pair of first team all-staters, from last year's squad, which advanced to the state semifinals and finished with a 22-2 mark.
With Emily Godwin and Lauren Cvechko taking their track talents to North Carolina and West Virginia Wesleyan, respectively, the Bucs will rely on seniors Alayna Wright and Torrie Ward to lead the way.
The Bucs will open the season at 1 p.m. Saturday at Brooke.
PHILIPPI?- Veteran coach Pete Ferguson will have several holes to fill this fall.
With the loss of all-state honorable mention selection Emily Anglin and seven other starters, the Colts will look to holdovers Faith Cline and Celeste Kelly to lead the way.
Philip Barbour will begin the season at 1 p.m. Saturday at Frankfort.