COACH Kristina Henry
LAST YEAR’S RECORD 20-4-1; 13-1 7A-West
KEY PLAYERS MF Lauren Hargus (Sr.), MF Victoria Mitchell (Sr.), MF Emma Welch (Sr.), MF Lauren Holly (Sr.), MF Anna Passmore (Jr.), MF Madison Howard (Jr.), D Abby Stolt (Soph.), D Carrie Koutocek (Soph.)
TOP NEWCOMERS GK Maddee East (Jr.), F Tyler Anne Reash (Soph.), D Brianna Willis (Soph.), MF Sydney Suggs (Fr.), F Angelina Diaz (Fr.)
THE SKINNY The Lady Tigers have a good nucleus of players assembled from last year’s group that won the school’s fourth state championship in five years. Holly and Stolt each scored a goal in the championship match against Cabot, while Hargus, Mitchell and Welch provide solid senior leadership.
They will also welcome a nice group of younger players. East will have the biggest shoes to fill in the group as she replaces Gabby Miller in the net.
Bentonville may have a different look with its lineup this year, according to Henry. She believes this year’s group isn’t as driven to go forward and doesn’t tend to have a direct style of play, but she will know more about her players once they get some games under their belt.
The biggest change in player roles could belong to Welch, who moves from defender to midfielder.
KEY DATES March 3 — season opener at Edmond (Okla.) North; March 14 — 7A-West Conference opener at Fayetteville; March 17 — home opener vs. Van Buren; April 17 — first meeting at home against Bentonville West.