By STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 14, 2019
2017 season record — 8-9-2.
Coaches — Jonathan Brooks, first season; Spencer Walton, second season. Both used to coach at Seoul American.
Key performers — Abbie Chipps, Sr., stopper; Arielle Stickar, So., MF (11 goals); Chloe Pence, Sr., def. (transferred from Daegu; reigning Far East Division II Best Defender); Ava Young, Fr., F; Jackie Puskas, Sr., MF; Chloe McPeak, Sr., MF; Krystal Duenas, Jr., def.; Kaelin Elliott, def.
Outlook — Reloading. Major improvement over 2017, by eight wins, thanks largely to Stickar and forward Hayden McMillan. While McMillan is gone, as is two-time All-Far East keeper Elayna Snyder, the Blackhawks could be just as strong thanks to the additions of Young, “whose ball skills seem more like a seasoned veteran,” Brooks said; and Pence, a strong addition on defense. New players with plenty of potential. “Could grow into quite a squad,” Brooks said.
2018 season record — 27-2, third at Far East Division I Tournament for second straight year.
Coach — Abe Summers, sixth season.
Key performers — Korina Radel, Sr., GK-MF (25 goals, 9 assists); Brie Barnett, Sr., MF; Arisa Armel, Sr., MF; Megan Kirby, So., F (13 goals, 8 assists).
Outlook — Rebuilding. A team that outscored opponents 140-8 and lost just two matches last season, loses 78 goals and 59 assists (Phoebe Bills, Adrianna Gomez, Pam Barrett) to graduation and a starting goalkeeper (Sakura Wilson) to transfer. Eight freshmen are on the roster, none with prior soccer experience. The big question is who will mind the net; Radel has prior experience, but has proven more valuable on the front line.
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils
2018 season record — 24-4-2, Far East D-I Tournament runner-up for third time in four years.
Coach — Nicolas Hindie, 16th season.
Key performers — Ella Eisenhardt, Sr., MF (36 goals, 13 assists; 2016 All-Far East D-I selection); Maryana Castro, Jr., def.; Jenna Lynch, Jr., MF (15 goals, 11 assists; All-Far East D-I selection); Maggie Donnelly, So., MF-F (44 goals, 18 assists; All-Far East D-I selection).
Outlook — Contending once more, only this time with a “now or never” motto with most of this team expected to graduate or transfer. Very strong in the middle and Castro is lockdown defensively; question being, who will replace departed Allie Vincent, now playing for Division II Sonoma State (Calif.) in net.
2018 season record — 6-6-1, fifth at Far East D-I Tournament.
Coach — Steven Casner, second season (took last season off).
Key performers — Audrey Kerr, Jr., MF; Abigail Irwin, So., GK; Amara Mitton, So., MF; Abby Robinson, Jr., def.; Chloe Ibarra, Jr., def.; Michelle Swanson, Fr., wing; Natalie Mulherin, Jr., F.
Outlook — Rebuilding, especially in net, where Irwin and junior Maddie Hunter-Jones have the unenviable task of replacing now-collegian Lexi Klimek. Still, a good group, Casner says. “Young, positive, youthful enthusiasm, very coachable.”
2018 season record — 0-14-1.
Coach — Kevin Anglim, second season (assisted by Zachary Zendejas).
Key performers — Natalie Garrido, Sr., MF; Mary Sarantakes, Sr., MF; Yasmin Guilfoyle, Jr., MF.; Anna Aguirre, Jr., def.; Xiomara Bradden, Fr. (transferred from Germany); Jaela Sahagun, Fr.; Kamala Kenny, Sr.
Outlook — Rebuilding, but in slightly better shape than last season; 18 players turned out on the first day. With Garrido’s strong legs, any set piece for the Warriors can be a scoring opportunity. Replacing graduated All-Far East keeper Neena Ibit will be a major task.
Robert D. Edgren Eagles
2018 season record — 2-19.
Coach — Justin Edmonds, sixth season.
Key performers — Jasmine Johnston, Sr., GK; Taina Marsh, Sr., def.; Isabelle Pummill, So., F; Maya Smith, So., MF.
Outlook — Rebuilding. A couple of strong midfielders and defenders return, but no true finisher remains from last year’s team, which loses Ariel Moncrief and her 17 goals to transfer. It’ll be up to Johnston and Marsh to help hold down opponents’ scoring and keep the Eagles in their matches.
E.J. King Cobras
2018 season record — 9-22-1.
Coach — Yvonne Long (assisted last season).
Key performers — Gabi Shultz, Jr., MF (13 goals); Marika Smith, Jr., SW; Miya O’Mara, Jr., MF.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Not as strong in 2018 as in 2017, but still remained competitive; now, must recover from having lost nine seniors.
2018 season record — 12-6-2.
Coach — Sung Plourde, 18th season.
Key performers — Elizabeth White, Sr., F-GK (21 goals; All-Far East Division II selection); Maja Inthavixay, Sr., MF (6 goals, 9 assists; All-Far East Division II selection); Kelly Kenyon, Jr., MF-def.; Cecilia Weaver, So., GK (transferred from Florida); Mikayla Guillory, So., def.; Tiffany Garcia, So., def.; Ally Aston, Jr., F; Katie Kalpmeyer, Fr., MF; Jo Barton, So., def.
Outlook — Rebuilding. White and Inthavixay return for one last season and are surrounded by plenty of new faces with potential.
Matthew C. Perry Samurai
2018 season record — 15-15-3, Far East Division II runner-up.
Coach — Shannon Maury, first season.
Key performers — Micayla Feltner, Sr., F (37 goals; All-Far East Division II selection, twice selected All-Europe); Keyda Feltner, Jr., MF (All-Far East Division II selection); Hazel Bolduc, Sr., SW; Taniya Smith, Jr., MF; Sarah Saiki, Sr., def.; Sora Thompson, Jr., MF (transferred from Zama).
Outlook — Contending. Reached the finals of the Western Japan Athletic Association Tournament; a strong defense accompanied by speed and agility in the midfield and front lines.
Seoul American Falcons
2018 season record — 7-13-1.
Coaches — John Martin, Damaris Hanson, first seasons.
Key performers — Ashley Clifton, Sr., MF (9 goals, 5 assists); Sabrina Kim, Sr., MF-def.; Madison Landrum, Sr., def.; Natalie Goode, Jr., F; Samantha Abraham, So., F (transferred from Florida); Natalia DiCicco, Sr., def. (transferred from Beijing); Mindy Pond, Jr., def. (transferred from Florida); Mya Rolison, So., MF-F (transferred from Maryland); Trinity Young, Jr., GK (transferred from Idaho).
Outlook — Complete rebuild, from players to coaches with the exception of a small handful of returners. Most of the veterans and newcomers are strong defensively. Clifton’s presence helps in the midfield. Last season for the Falcons as the school closes on June 3.
2018 season record — 31-1-1, reigning Far East Division II champion for third time in four years.
Coach — Matt Whipple, 14th season.
Key performers — Caleigh Garcia, Sr., F (reigning Far East Division II Most Valuable Player, Golden Boot and Best Offensive Player); Emily Taynton, Jr., GK.; Monique Wilson, Sr., def. (All-Far East Division II selection); Jaliyah Bailey, So., def.; Anna Ball, Sr., def.; Emily Swain, Jr., def.; Chloe Dozier, Jr., MF (transferred from Hawaii); Emma Oshiro, Fr., F; Keiya Carlson, Fr., F.
Outlook — Contending. Though the Panthers graduated 75 goals and 39 assists (Gina Dukat, Jamia Bailey, Sarah Schultz, Ai Robbins), they return their all-everything midfielder Garcia, who lines up in front of a defense that may be the best in school history.
2018 season record — 15-6-2, third in Far East Tournament.
Coach — Manuel Duarte, sixth season.
Key performers — Siobhan Grabski, Sr., MF (17 goals, 22 assists; All-far East Division II selection); Kayesha McNeill, Jr., F (43 goals, 7 assists; All-Far East Division II selection).
Outlook — Rebuilding. The PCS Plane continues to be unkind to the Trojans, who lost half their lineup with no sign of skilled replacements. Still, Duarte feels his current collection should be stronger than last year’s.