Area high school girls soccer teams are preparing for the start of the regular season, which begins on?Friday.
Elkins High School is coming 14-3-3 campaign, losing a 1-0 heartbreaker to Washington in the Class AAA Region II final.
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Philip Barbour’s Cheyenne Taylor, left, battles Elkins High’s Olivia Underwood for possession during a game last season. Both squads are getting set to open regular-season action. The Tigers will host Martinsburg at 5 p.m. Friday and the Colts will visit Pocahontas County at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The Tigers and head coach Scott Cutright, who was the Big 10 Conference's Coach of the Year in 2013, must replace a pair of All-State performers from that squad in goalkeeper Charlie George and Isabella Nieves.
Several returnees are back, however, including All-State forward Hailea Harper.
Harper leads a strong group of juniors on the roster, along with forwards Lindsay Roy, Sydney Mullenax and Anna Tye; defenders Legacy Barger, Skylee Watson and Abbygail Harman; and midfielders Karli Hopwood, Grace Linsday and Gabby Rayfield.
Defenders Linsey McCollam, Constantia Rhinehart and Paige Harrison are the lone seniors on the roster.
Sophomores include goalkeepers Alexis Brandon and Christine Zurbuch, midfielders Kyatt Bailey, Jordyn Cole and Laura Simmons, forwards Olivia Underwood, Bailey Topping and Megan Morral and defenders Alex Taylor and Sydnie Tate.
Freshman forward Caitlin Weese completes the roster.
The Lady Tigers will begin the season at 5 p.m. Friday at home against Martinsburg. They will remain home Saturday to battle Musselman at noon Saturday.
Buckhannon-Upshur will look to rebound from last year's 5-12-4 record.
The Lady Bucs, who lost to Elkins in sectional play in 2013, will look to Taylor Starkey to lead the offensive attack. The junior midfielder was an All-State and All-Big 10 Conference selection last season.
Senior goalkeeper Megan Wilfong will anchor the defense.
Margaret Presar is the other senior on the roster.
B-U will open the season at 8 p.m. Friday at home against Musselman.
Leading scorer Cassandra Triplett is back to lead Philip Barbour this fall.
Triplett, a sophomore, was second team All-Big 10 Conference selection and honorable mention All-State choice last season.
She's been a scoring force during the preseason for the Colts, tallying four goals in four scrimmage matches.
Brooke Pomp, Cheyenne Taylor, Alicia Goff and Riley Freeman have also found the net in the preseason for veteran head coach Pete Ferguson.
Casey Neville and Maddy Skidmore are battling for the starting job at goalkeeper.
The Lady Colts, who lost to Frankfort last year in sectional play, will open the season at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Pocahontas County.