All-Western New York returnees
Carissima Cutrona (Williamsville South)
Hannah Crofut (Williamsville North)
Christine Breindel (Orchard Park)
Paige Buscaglia (Akron)
Jenny Colvin (Iroquois)
Melissa Smith (Niagara-Wheatfield)
Erin Kinz (Lewiston-Porter)
Alena Woodarek (Springville)
Emily Belote (Niagara-Wheatfield)
Val McNamara (Nichols)
Tiana Woodarek (Springville)
Williamsville South (Class A) and Ellicottville (Class D) advanced past the Far West Regionals and onto the state final four, where they lost in the semifinals.
Williamsville North (Class AA), Newfane (Class B) and Frewsburg (Class C) fell in the Far West Regionals.
CLASS AA: Williamsville North (see D1)
CLASS A: Williamsville South (see above).
CLASS B: Newfane is the two-time defending Class B champs. The Panthers played in the season-opening Cohocton Showcase and beat Allegany-Limestone, 4-1, and tied Williamsville East, 3-3, in double overtime.
The Panthers are led by senior forward Alexis Moreland, who boasts impressive foot skills with speed and vision.
"She's about the game," said coach Newfane coach Linea Fetzer. "She's a team player who is not always going to go forward for a goal, she wants to make the play before she makes the goal. She's not going to push it if she doesn't have the play."
Senior Katie Shaw joins Moreland as a co-captain. Fetzer said she can use Shaw up front to distribute, or at the other end to hold the defensive system together.
CLASS C: Frewsburg coach Erica Alm described senior stopper and three-year starter Alexia Anderson as "fearless. That's her strength. She goes hard, 100 percent, all the time. She's just physical, she's tough to get around."
Senior sweeper Annie Berg is a four-year starter who has grown into her position. Alm said she knows Berg can beat any opposing forward on the field.
The Bears will miss senior Shawna Raymond who, after playing four years of soccer, is running cross country this fall.
CLASS D: Ellicottville has reached the state semifinals the last two years. The Eagles lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to Section II's Northville. Getting back this year will be a challenge. The team graduated its entire midfield and only has one senior (striker Caitlin Toth) with extensive game experience.
"It's just going to be a matter of time to get it all together," said coach Mary Neilon. "The potential is usually there. It's going to take us a while to jell. We're working to play as a unit and play with our new identity and hopefully get better with each game."
The Eagles return Morgan Zlockie, who led the team in scoring with 16 goals as an eighth-grader and was named a CCAA III all-star. Neilon said she's a player with a lot of potential, speed and game. Toth, Zlockie and sophomore center-mid Hannah Doro are all-league players.
Nichols is coming off a 17-3 season in which it won its fifth straight Monsignor Martin North Division (large schools) title and played in its fourth straight Catholic state championship game.
Junior Valerie McNamara is a returning All-Catholic player. Sophomore Emma Elia is one of the team's offensive threats. Senior Lauren Randaccio, injured for most of last year, looks to return to the form that helped her earn All-WNY as a sophomore.
Senior Maddie Elia tore her ACL in a summer soccer game and is out for the season. She has committed to Boston University for hockey.
St. Mary's won its fifth South title in the last six years. Stephanie Cronmiller is a top midfielder.
City Honors won its seventh straight Radcliffe Cup as champion of the Buffalo Public Schools. The Centaurs were led by leading scorer Molly Petrucci, just an eighth-grader, as they beat da Vinci, 6-0, for the title.
Kenmore West is the defending Niagara Frontier League champion after finishing 13-1 last year. . Akron won the Niagara-Orleans League with a 13-1 mark. . Allegany-Limestone (10-0-1) looks to repeat as champions of CCAA I. . . . Portville won CCAA II with a 13-1 record. . Maple Grove, last year's undefeated champions of CCAA III (14-0), moves in CCAA II and remain a Class C school.
East Aurora (ECIC III) and Holland (ECIC IV) went 12-0 to win their divisions.
The return of 10 seniors has Orchard Park looking to make a deep run in the playoffs.
Senior defender Christine Breindel is a two-time All-WNY second-teamer and a four-year starter. Another senior defender, Kiley Ransbury, was twice named an ECIC I all-star and is back for a fourth year as a starter.
The Quakers got off to a promising start with a 2-1 nonleague win over Grand Island.
Senior midfielder Hannah Klimchuck, slowed last year by injury, is back to lead East Aurora. Senior goalkeeper Addie Ohler holds the school record for shutouts in a season with 13. Senior Taylor Potenza brings speed and power to the forward position.
Blue Devils coach Tom Cashmore enters his 25th season with 320 wins, 17 division titles and four sectional crowns.
The Schmidt sisters will once again carry Holland. Olivia led Section VI in assists last year as an eighth-grader and was named an ECIC IV all-star. Abby is a two-time league all-star beginning her third year as a starter.
Iroquois is counting on three seniors. Jenny Colvin was second team All-WNY a year ago, Valois Feneziani netted 12 goals last year, and Kaity Molenda is a steady defender.
Williamsville East, usually in the mix for the Class A title every year, graduated 10. Senior Sarah Eichorn and Cathryn Mahon will serve as co-captains. Junior Emily Opalinski returns to her starting position in the midfield.
Kalyn Compeau leads a large junior class with varsity experience for Tonawanda. She's a three-year starter who led the Warriors in scoring last year.
Senior Nikki Nigro is back after leading West Seneca West in scoring a year ago.
Junior Casey Roberto leads a young West Seneca East team, which may carry as many as eight freshmen.
Eight returning starters lead an experienced Eden squad. Senior all-star Emily Carias is a four-year starter who is excellent at distributing the ball at center-mid. Senior Catherine Mammoser was last year's leading scorer. Senior Alicia Roistacher returns for a third season starting at outside-mid.
A pair of Lake Shore sophomores look to add to an impressive resume. Melanie Linsmair has led the Eagles in scoring the last two years. Emily George has led the team in assists two years in a row.
Senior Ashley Krol was Depew's second-leading scorer the last two years. Senior defender Angela Weichelt is a team captain and three-year starter. The Wildcats move from ECIC III to IV.
Goalkeeper Megan Dulniak is coming off an all-star season for Cheektowaga. Sophomore Vickie Smith scored 80 percent of the Warriors' goals last year. Senior Morgan Goscicik is a three-year starter and captain.
. Maddison Pezzino returns to the Grand Island lineup after leading the Vikings in scoring with 11 goals and four assists last year as a seventh grader. Senior Maggie Weiser is a three-year starter and junior Julia Kelly solidifies the midfield.
. Mahya Krouse is coming off an All-Catholic season for Nardin. Sophomore Tricia Mangon is one of the anchors of the defense along with Sarah Donahue. Abbey Tezek is a three-year varsity player.
. North Tonawanda moves to Class A from AA.
. East Aurora, Maryvale and Albion, Class A schools last year, are now B.
. Grace Adams, Alexis Moreland and Mallorie Gagnon are returning league all-stars as Wilson looks to improve upon its third-place finish last year in the N-O League.
. The Section VI Girls Soccer committee has announced that the "Pink the Field" event will again be running for the month of October. Proceeds benefit Gilda's Club of WNY. The club's mission is to create a welcoming community of free support for everyone living with cancer - men, women, teens and children - along with their families and friends. In the last two years, the section has donated over $15,000.