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Girls' Soccer Players to Watch

Penn Charter´s Jlon Flippens, left, battles past a defender in a 2013 game. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Penn Charter's Jlon Flippens, left, battles past a defender in a 2013 game. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Girls' Soccer Players to WatchIn alphabetical order.

Jules Blank, Archbishop Ryan. A game-changer for the Ragdolls on the offensive end, the junior forward uses her speed to shake loose from opponents' defense. She was named all-state last year.

Kristin Burnetta, Agnes Irwin. Burnetta scored 31 goals last year for the Owls, as the program earned unprecedented success. No doubt rival teams in the Inter-Ac League will be gunning for this junior forward, a dynamic playmaker.

Alexa Fabbri, Villa Joseph Marie. The senior defender, the anchor in the back for the Jems, was named the most valuable player in the Catholic Academies last year and was an all-state selection. Her defensive prowess is vital to Villa's success.

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Gabby Farrell, Neshaminy. For two years she got to develop with Megan Schafer. Now, with Schafer at Penn State, it's Farrell's time to shine. Tricky and fast up top, the forward scored 16 goals and added 18 assists as a sophomore last season.

Jlon Flippens, Penn Charter. The junior midfielder/forward, a highly touted Division I recruit, scored an impressive 52 goals last year en route to helping her program earn its first Inter-Ac title and Independent Schools state championship.

Michaela Finneyfrock, Council Rock North. Tactically impressive and a smart decision-maker, the senior midfielder and St. Joseph's recruit can set up her teammates as well as let one fly. As she goes, so will the Indians.

Cecilia Knaub, Phoenixville. An active midfielder with a knack for finding the back of the net, the senior, a Penn State recruit, helped the Phantoms reach the final four in the Pioneer Athletic Conference and the District 1 Class AA final.

Emilie Kupsov, Owen J. Roberts. The junior midfielder really made a name for herself last season, shouldering a lot of the offensive burden for the Wildcats. A year later, both OJR and Kupsov will be only better.

Emma Loving, Central Bucks East. The junior midfielder/forward made big plays time and time again a season ago, netting 19 goals and adding 10 assists. She can be one of the best players in all of Suburban One.

Shae McCarty, Central Bucks West. Dynamic and explosive, the senior forward powered the Bucks offense with her powerful shot, which she often unleashes from long range. Her experience is key for West's hopes of a postseason run.

Sarafina Valenti, Boyertown. One of the top goalies in the area, the junior received valuable experience last year when the Bears finished third in the District 1 Class AAA tournament and advanced to the state quarterfinals.

- Kate Harman

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