Not one to let grass grow under my feet. Fresh off our second natty thanks to a gritty team, let's take a look at 2019. Key losses: Nat Kuikka super stud CB and mistake eraser Kaycie Tillman under rated WMFer who is very clever with the ball. Dallas Dorosy aka Carolina Killer. Really came on at tourney time. Great pace. Olivia Bergau Tough kid. Played key minutes and was effective. Good soccer IQ. Megan Connolly 4 year contributor very dangerous with crosses and shots. Good kid. Macayla Edwards Good backup who was injured early this year. Too bad for her. Alexa Orrante Grad transfer who got playing time in quite a few times. Graduates with a natty. Key returners: Brooke Bollinger GK with a high ceiling Soph Caroline Jeffers GK who proved up to the task after initially faltering in ACC tourney. Senior Kristina Lynch WMFer injured late in year. Showed glimpses of brilliance mixed in with some freshman learning moments. Soph assuming fully recovered Anna Patten A defender slash midfielder who improved significantly years 1 to 2. She was part of play that lead to our winning natty goal. She deked a UNC defender and slipped a nice pass to Tillman, who then connected to DC and the rest is Nole history! Junior Jaelin Howell Holing MFer extraordinaire who IMO should be 1st AA next preseason. Big reason our midfield made a huge improvement this year. Soph Kirsten Pavlisko Freshman Full back who has excellent pace. She played admirably this year considering the jump from high school to the best college competition. I expect an Anna Patten like improvement year 2 vs year 1. Soph Deyna Castellanos * It's possible she goes pro* If not she brings a skill and soccer IQ rarely seen in college players. She made a perfect pass for the Dorosy's game winner. She makes a frequent habit of perfect passes. She's great and allows other players to make big plays. She kept her ego in check. Senior Gloriana Villalobos Midfielder with attacking mentality and the ball skills to do it. Looking forward to year 3 version of GV. Junior Gabby Carle stud fullback with attacking mentality and ball skills to match. Improved her crosses this year versus year 1 and made one of the most important goals of the year against Stanford. Junior Malia Berkely CB with great size, ball skills for a defender and cannon of a leg. Expect even more improvement year 3. Junior Kristen McFarland Forward with great size. Good one touch player and battler in a scrum. Not great 1v1 skills, but expect improvement. Junior Emily Madril Missed season with injury. Was a stud fullback as Fr. Has size, ball skills, toughness and pace. I'm guessing Mark puts her in Kuikka's spot. Soph Clara Robbins Missed most of year with injury. WMFer with decent skills, good leg and decent pace. If injury rehabs in time, she may make a step forward as a Junior Yujie Zhao Dynamic attacking MFer with superior ball skills. Still learning American physicality, but should be even better next year. Soph Macayla Thomas, Bella Dorosy and Taylor Hallmon will look to make their way into the rotation. Known freshmen Alexandra Kalayjian Female NY D 2019 Sky Blue - PDA/Somers Florida State Leilanni Nesbeth Female EN F 2019 Brighton & Hove Albion Florida State Jenna Nighswonger Female CA MF 2019 Slammers FC/Huntington Beach Florida State Taylor Radecki Female FL D 2019 Florida Elite Soccer Academy/Bartram Trail (St. Johns) Nighswonger is US player with age group NT experience. Considered top 25 recruit. Nesbeth is from Bahamas and was their age group star. The other two I don't know much about. Mark frequently has another international sequestered away. Summary: Future's bright! If someone fills the pace forward slot with skill, then look out.