JapanNile C. Kinnick Red Devils 2014 season record — 20-2-3, third at Far East.Coach — Nicolas Hindie, 12th season.Key performers — Charla Johnson, Sr., def.; Raena Schoeff, Sr., UT (7 goals, 3 assists); Athena Peerson, Jr., UT (13 goals, 6 assists); Haley Mitchell, Sr., MF (16 goals, 13 assists); Alyssa Leal, So., MF (8 goals, 6 assists); Kiralyn Kawachi, So., UT (8 goals, 7 assists); Katrina Reid, Sr., MF-def. (14 goals, transferred from Zama); Lexia Hall, So., F.Outlook — Reloading-contending. Strong core returns from last season, but freshmen need to develop quickly. Hoping to end a streak of four straight Far East D-I semifinal defeats.
OkinawaKubasaki Dragons 2014 season record — 14-2-1, defending Far East champion.Coach — Chris Eastman, first season (coached boys five previous seasons).Key performers — Marissa Mesquita, Sr., F (28 goals); Harleigh Lewis, Sr., GK; Peyton Lewis, Jr., SW.; Alexis Townsend, Jr., MF (6 goals, 3 assists); Liz Zuniga, So., MF; Maddie Trumble, So., def.; Kelsey Spangenberger, Jr., def.; Kennady White, Jr., MF-F; Reiko Lemasters, So., MF (5 goals, transferred from Kadena); Chloe’ Stevens, Fr., MF.Outlook — Contending. Key players did depart, including Sydney Johnson, but Lemasters and Stevens headline a group of underclassmen who are far from new to the game. They join a core group of players - one of whom, Mesquita - has played in three D-I finals, winning two. Just two seniors in the lineup. Strong up front with Mesquita, strong in back with the Lewis sisters. Potential to be the strongest team the Dragons have fielded. Townsend is the reigning D-I tournament MVP.Kadena Panthers 2014 season record — 10-7-3, seventh at Far East.Coach — Abe Summers, second season.Key performers — Ally Strauss, So., F (7 goals, 3 assists); Shani Summers, Jr., MF-F; Ianna Auld, Jr., def.; Rita Feight, Jr., GK; Marquel Stewart, So., MF.Outlook — Rebuilding. Unexpected transfers have left the Panthers starting over with a team featuring five sophomores, five freshmen and just six upperclassmen. Summers expressed hope about a few talented freshmen who aren’t new to the game; a matter of how quickly they can elevate their game to the high-school level.
South KoreaSeoul American Falcons 2014 season record — 9-10-2, eighth at Far East.Coach — Michael Napoli, first season (previously coached Zama boys).Key performers — Kayla Granado, Jr., def.; Francesca Vido, So., F (8 goals, 3 assists); Madison Hyde, Jr., MF; Keisha Runcie, Sr., F (8 goals, 3 assists); Reyna Harding, Jr., MF; Jazmyn Lovett, So., MF; Sierra Furner, So., MF.Outlook — Contending for league honors, rebuilding-reloading for D-I. A good core of players return; biggest chore may be replacing Jessie Gamez, who scored 29 goals in her freshman and sophomore seasons. Runcie and Vido appear to be the main scoring options.
South KoreaOsan Cougars 2014 season record — 10-7-1, fourth at Far East.Coach — Sung Plourde, 14th season.Key performers — Michele Thompson, Jr., GK; Andrea Carandang, Jr., F (25 goals, 3 assists); Sara Mason, Jr., MF.; Sarah Dewitt, Sr., F; Haeley Deeney, Jr., MF; Jacqueline Godier, Jr., def.; Sarah Colthart, Jr., def.; Claire Cooper, Fr., MF; Jada Carnine, So., F; Blaikney Frazier, So., def.; Hannah Cleveland, Jr., MF.Outlook — Rebuilding for the moment and hoping to become a contender come D-II tournament time. Six veterans return; Plourde is hopeful that his new players, mostly youngsters, can contribute as the season wears on. Cougars hold the Pacific record with eight D-II tournament titles.Daegu Warriors 2014 season record — 1-13-3.Coach — Brian Durrant, third season (assisted by Robert Kenny).Key performers — Laura Lee, So., MF; Yenah Joe, So., def.; Sarah Spavins, So., MF; Celine Jao, Sr., MF.Outlook — Rebuilding. Only four returning veterans, but a good core of youngsters with what Durrant calls “tremendous potential” and hoping the Warriors can yield some “surprising results” this season.Humphreys Blackhawks 2014 season record — 2-15-1Coach — Eric Rogers, first season.Key performers — Kaylee Spielman, So., MF (10 goals); Isabella Nocera, So., F (3 goals); Sophia Nocera, Sr., F (3 goals); Joanna Diaz, Sr., def.; Sharon Murphy, Sr., def.Outlook — Still in start-up mode, with second coach in the team’s two-season history, but with a good foundation. Nocera sisters and Spielman are former Olympic Development Program players; the former two played in Germany while Spielman has played club ball in Korea. Other athletes such as Ja’Asia Rasun and Daniella McCoy have migrated to soccer from other sports as well.
JapanRobert D. Edgren Eagles 2014 season record — 11-10-1, defending Far East champion.Coach — Chris Herrera, first season.Key performers — Vanessa Black, Sr., MF (13 goals, 3 assists); Emma Mattingly, Jr.; Madeline Mattingly, Sr.; Kalean Middleton, Jr.Outlook — Hampered, as always, by Misawa Air Base’s lengthy winters and no outdoor practice until April; While Black returns and follows in her sister Jen’s footsteps as the team’s leader, the Eagles were hit hard by graduation. Middleton’s a volleyball star; question is whether her abilities translate well over to the pitch.Matthew C. Perry Samurai 2014 season record — 15-7-1.Coach — Victor Rivera, first season.Key performers — Bobbi Hill, So., MF (21 goals, 11 assists); Sakura Fleming, So., MF; Lebet Erhart, So., MF; Ani Erhart, Jr., SW; Emily Gilbert, Jr., F (4 goals).; Dina Roman, Sr., def.; Naomi Ziola, Jr., F-MF.; Faith Lobation, Jr., GK-def.; Jazell Colinarez, Fr., MF-def.; Lauren Hackworth, Fr., MF; Asia Johnston, Fr., MF; Kimana Merrill, So., MF.Outlook — Rebuilding-reloading. Solid core of returning veterans working under a new system and new coach. Newcomers feature varying degrees of experience and Rivera hopes that can help round out the team.Zama Trojans 2014 season record — 13-8-2, Far East runner-up.Coach — Manuel Duarte, second season. Key performers — Noralisa Steiner, Sr., GK; Megan Hurley, Sr., F (15 goals, 4 assists); Natasha Hunter, So., def.; Leia Parrish, So., def.; Makayla Pollard, Jr., MF (3 goals); Monica Webb, So., MF; Vicki White, Sr., def..Outlook — Rebuilding. Just seven players return. Last year’s D-II Golden Boot winner Katrina Reid transferred to Kinnick. Road to success very much under construction.E.J. King Cobras 2014 season record — 1-18-2.Coach — Mimi Long, first season.Key performers — Hannah Kidd, Sr., MF; Nina Alomar, Sr., MF; Kiana Pinter, Jr., MF; Mason Mitchell, Jr., SW (transferred from Monterey, Calif.); Aika Talevera, So., F.Outlook — Still building, with the team in just its fourth year of existence. Long becomes the team’s third coach in two seasons.
JapanYokota Panthers 2014 season record — 12-8-6, fourth at Far East Division I; in first year at D-IICoach — Matt Whipple, 10th season (coached boys the last two years).Key performers — Sarah Claypool, Sr., MF (7 goals, 7 assists); Sarah Cronin, Jr., GK; Rachael Phillips, Sr., def. (3 goals); London Jackson, Sr., F (12 goals); Alicia Trask, Jr., def.; Regina Dukat, Fr., MF.Outlook — Rebuilding, with half the team comprised of freshmen. Claypool, Jackson, Trask, Phillips and one of the top D-II goalkeepers in Cronin should help the Panthers gradually become competitive in regular season and hope to find success in the D-II tournament.