Last season, the Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville and Canajoharie girls soccer teams took home Section II titles.
Both teams return plenty of experience as they look for a repeat performance.
However, OESJ will move up to Class C, which was won by Canajoharie in 2013, after the Lady Wolves the won Class D title last season.
Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville’s Rylie Smith (12) dribbles past a Salem defender during a Section II Class D quarterfinal contest on Oct. 26. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville went 15-4-1 overall last season and lost several key goalscorers from last season. Jessica Hagadorn, Skyler Viveros and Tabea Salzmann accounted for 37 goals a year ago. Viveros, a defender, was the Section II Class D Player of the Year in 2013.
"Even though we lost some key players, we are returning a great core of girls who are young, but very experienced," said OESJ coach Zale Benton, who enters her 29th season as coach. "The girls are working hard every day and are starting at a good level of play."
Despite the losses, the Lady Wolves return plenty of talent this season.
Senior Leann Clark was the Section II Class D Goalie of the Year last season, while senior Rylie Smith scored 13 goals. Section II all-star Hannah Taylor, a junior, also returns.
Also back are seniors Meaghan Bradt and Sam Mumford; juniors Gabby DePiazza, Aryn Feagles, Hunter Jones, Kelsey Lovett and Emily Weaver; sophomores Addie Brundage, Abby Mosher and Lexi Romeyn.
Rounding out the rosters are newcomers Emily Engle, Merari Freeman, Caitlin Handy, Leah Lynch and Madison Richardson.
Canajoharie finds itself in a similar situation, having lost some key components, but also returning plenty of contributors to last season's Class C title-winning team, which went 17-4 overall and 10-1 in WAC North play.
The Lady Cougars' largest loss was Jenelle Dillenbeck, who was a state Class C first-team all-star and WAC North Most Valuable Player, after scoring 43 goals last season. Canajoharie also lost goalie Lauren Balfe, defender Brianna Slater, midfielder Morgan Gray and defender Hannah Bowerman to graduation.
Canajoharie returns WAC and state fifth-team all-star Jordyn Logan (17 goals), as well as WAC all-stars Ariannah Logan (17 assists) and Paige Shovelton.
Also returning for the Lady Cougars are Morgan Koelbl, Dainara Veeder, Andrea Dingman (goalie), Christina Towse, Brittany Pitonza, Makenzie Rickard, Lauren Mayer and Jordan Hammons
Rounding out the roster are Madi Sala, Callie Shannon, Moira Rowe-Lilley, Hannah Smith, Cassidy Ferguson, Katie Towse and Maddie Smith
"We have a very skilled group of players returning and a solid group of newcomers," Canajoharie coach Ellee Fichthorn said. "We are very excited and hopeful to do well in the WAC and Section II as we enter this season with such hard-working, skilled and motivated young ladies."
Northville lost Mary Ryan, Lyndsey Wadsworth, Tessa Hadland and Veronica Arceri from last year's team, which went 7-9 overall and 5-6 in WAC play.
The Lady Falcons return Morgan Wilson, Hannah Coupas, Charlotte Kalkbrenner, Julianna Rowe, Courtney Downs, Meghan LaPort, Allison Ellsworth, Mallory Hook and Katherine Robare from last year's squad.
Rounding out the roster are a large group of newcomers, including Katie Colson, Elizabeth Pinkerton, Grace VanAlstyne, Marleigh Frasier, Jaclyn VanNostrand, Shiann Lamphear, Brianna Clute, Karlie Foster, Jill Hadland, Taylor Johnson, Audra St. Onge and Bethany Varriale.
"This year, we have a lot of young players who have started the season with great attitudes and are ready to step on the pitch," Northville coach Christopher Edwards said. "We will be focusing on one game at a time to improve throughout the season."
In Brian VanNostrand's first season as Mayfield coach, the Lady Panthers posted a 2-14 overall record and a 2-11 WAC mark.
Mayfield will look to improve on both, as it lost just two players - Chelsey Wolz and Molly Gifford - from last year's team.
The Lady Panthers return Julie Hampton, Emily Cromie, Stacia Sakadolsky, Maria Messina, Abby MacFarland, Lauren Ellis, Becca Hart, Megan Frasier, Jill Chase, Alyssa Davis, Taylor Gifford, Alyssa Austin, Janessa Smith and Jordan Fazio.
"The Lady Panthers return a lot of their core players from last year's squad," VanNostrand said. 'With many of the starters returning, the Lady Panthers are looking to improve upon last year. They have been working hard in practice and are looking to become a competitive team in a tough WAC."
Newcomers Taylor Fancher and Shelby Dopp round out the Mayfield roster.
Fort Plain went 0-15-1 overall and 0-10-1 in WAC North play last season. Coach Kim Lathers returns for his 10th season at the helm of the Lady Hilltoppers.
In the Foothills Council, Broadalbin-Perth lost Katie Herba, Mackenzie Young, Rachel Orapello, Courtney Oare, Tyese Fraser and Lexi Dezolt from last year's team, which went 14-4 overall and 11-3 in Foothills Council play.
Kelly Auricchio, Erica Kordyjak, Tatianna Ivery, Bree Westfall, Danielle Biggers, Kylie Gifford and Kendra Stewart return for the Lady Patriots.
Newcomers Corrine Casey, Allie Visco, Lexi Eipp, Emily Denman and Marissa Dobson complete the B-P roster.
"We're looking to improve each game and put ourselves into a position to have a good run in sectionals," Broadalbin-Perth Rob Klug said.
Gloversville lost leading scorer Chanel Thomas to graduation, as well as Natasha Simon, Hannah Gillis, Emily Gifford, Ashley Young, Rachel Blanchard and Alex Blanchard from last year's team, which went 4-13 overall and 4-10 in the Foothills Council.
The Lady Dragons return several players, including Caroline Bakyta, Katie Hauser, Allison Hanmer, Emma Botch, Madison Fancher, Amanda Bakyta Carolyn Peck, Mykala Akey-Clark, Emily Ross, Jeannine DeMarco, Emily Washburn and Tecey Jimenez from the 2013 squad.?
Newcomers Hailey Dunlap, Sierra Fancher, Rebecca Brown-Weinstock, Echo Carey, Charli Morgan and Kerri Hauser round out the Gloversville roster.?
"We have a good mix of girls who have previous varsity experience as well as girls new to the varsity team who are looking to make positive contributions," Gloversville coach Mike Hallenbeck said. "We will be a young team this year, but we are hoping to make an impact in the Foothills Council. I have high expectations for this group, and am excited to see how the season will play out."
Johnstown lost Foothills Council all-stars Morganne Dick, Sara Kosowicz and Kendra McCoy to graduation, as well as Diana Horning.
Dick, who was a first-team all-star, scored 20 goals for the Lady Bills last season.
Johnstown, which went 7-8-1 overall and 6-7-1 in Foothills play, returns first-team Foothills Council all-star Megan Anagnostopulos, who had seven goals and 14 assists last season. Also back for the Lady Bills are Jordyn Hale, Courteney Hill, Briana Esposito and Mallory Baldwin.
Newcomers Molly Sear, Chelsea Cirillo and Taylor Hill also will look to contribute this season.
"We're returning 10 experienced varsity players and we're looking to improve on last year," Johnstown coach Colleen Froschauer said. "We're also looking to continue to improve our standing in the tough Foothills Council.
In his first season as Fonda-Fultonville coach, Jason Mosenthin will look to improve on last season's 1-15 overall record.
The Lady Braves return Sam Auriemma, Nicole Baker, Avery Cook, Tessa Fonda, Adriana Gomez, Kate Hanson, Skyler Hesch, Sam jacquard, Mikayla Mundell, Sarah Subik and Julianna Taylor from last year's team.
Newcomers Alyssa Duval, Haley Frederick, Alesha Heacock, Zariah Hentnik, Alexandra Krohn, Sarah Krzys, Emily Parslow and Emma Rhodes complete the FFCS roster.
"We will look to improve upon last season. This team has talented players on it for sure, but they need to work as a team to be competitive in their league," Mosenthin said. "The goals for the season are to consistently show improvement, reduce goals against by half and build for the future."
Amsterdam already has two games under its belt, going 1-1 at a tournament in the Plattsburgh area last weekend.
The Lady Rams, which went 11-5 overall and 6-2 in Big 10 play last year, will make the move into the Foothills Council this season.
"We're excited to be a part of the Foothills Council," Amsterdam coach Deanna Alex said.
Amsterdam lost Monica Rouse, Catie Fedullo and Rebecca Natale to graduation, but the Lady Rams have a solid group of returnees.
That group includes Cassandra Robataille, Erica Russo, Kaitlyn Devine, Diana Constantine and Maddy Healy.
Newcomers Lucia Liverio and Emma Patrei also will look to contribute this season for the Lady Rams.
After going 7-9-1 overall and 4-5-1 in Center State Conference play, Dolgeville will look to continue to improve in 2014.
The Blue Devils lost Mikey Rubas, Taylor Brandow and Amanda Carpenter to graduation, but return a large group of experienced players.
Sarah George, Kaleigh Dodson, Courtney Hart, Adrianna Clark, Joslin Null, Katie Millard, Emilie Lewandowski, Tehya Claus, Raeghan Con and Morgan Randall all return for Dolgeville.?Newcomers Bobbie Hall, Taylor Johnson, Emily Giarrusso, Rachael Gross, Kara Zilkowski, Emily Spofford and Kristina Carpenter round out the Blue Devils' roster.
"It should be a good season. We didn't lose many players and the dedication and teamwork that's been seen in preseason thus far has been great," Dolgeville coach Jeff Bouck said.
After not fielding a team last season, Wells will return to the field this season with Jeremy Bornt as coach.