District 15 A-AA is made up of 11 teams, but just like in years past there doesn’t look to be enough girls’ soccer teams in Memphis, so the district will go straight into a region tournament in postseason play.
Jackson Christian moves back to Division I after four years in II-A.
This district also has the third team from West Tennessee that made the Class A-AA state tournament last season – Liberty.
The Lady Cardinals return seven of the 11 starters from last year’s squad.
Anna Johnson was named the 2012 South Division Defensive MVP, and she returns for her senior season.
Adamsville also returns goalkeeper Olivia Wright, so the Lady Cardinals should be sound defensively.
Also watch out for the play of Olivia Johnson and Kelsee Berryman.
The Lady Cougars have struggled recently, but the team is looking to try and pick up a few wins this season.
Riece Stone and Morgan Tucker lead JCM on attack.
The Lady Crusaders made their first-ever trip to the state tournament last season.
Liberty loses some key components from last year’s team including Dahona Leasure and head coach Julie Carter.
Alana Byrd, The Jackson Sun’s 2013 Defensive Player of the Year, returns for her senior year.
The Lady Crusaders also had some young freshman that stepped up to help the run to state last season, but will they be able to keep the momentum going?
The Lady Mustangs made a run to the region semifinals before falling to Sacred Heart. Madison is again under a new head coach in Jacob Long.
Long does have many skill players back for this season. Paige Castleman and Rebekah Guthrie return for their senior year and will be two of the go-to players on attack.
Madison McKnight will be a junior this year and another player to watch on attack.
The Lady Mustangs should battle for the top spot in the district.
The Lady Indians are under a new head coach in The Jackson Sun’s 2012 Coach of the Year Julie Carter, who moves over from Liberty.
North Side drops down from Class AAA to A-AA this season and should be more competitive in the district.
Carter will try to mold the Lady Indians into her style that uses speed as a big asset.
The Lady Lions stay in the same district as last year, but the district is full of new teams. That could be good for Scotts Hill as they try to consistently be competitive in every game.
The Lady Chargers reached the Region 7 A-AA semifinals before falling to Westview 3-1. Covington is in a new district and region this fall.
Head coach Robert Luttrell returns seven starters from last year’s squad including defender J’La Brandon and midfielder Ann Marie Van Cleve.
The biggest returner though is last year’s region defensive MVP Callie McDaniel, Covington’s goalkeeper.
The Lady Tomcats enter their second year under coach Mixon Moore. Haywood finished the season with a win over Trenton Peabody in the region tournament.
The Lady Tomcats are in a new district and region also and look to continue to improve.
The Lady Eagles are back under coach Jeff Lean. They also made the move from Division II-A to Division I.
Jackson Christian won back-to-back district titles in 2007 and ’08 before making the move to Division II. The Lady Eagles hope to find their way back to the district title.
Jackson Christian lost five starters from last season, but return talent in junior Georgia Hopkins and sophomores Amelia Grizzell and JuliaAnne Landsdale.
The Lady Tigers have struggled to find wins. Ripley is still young though with great potential to find ways to start winning.
A new region and district might help the Lady Tigers to do just that.
The Lady Lions went through a rebuilding year last season, and only three senior graduated last season.
TCA played some young players that have matured into their roles on varsity.
Senior Phalon Jones leads the team offensively, and senior Kayce Stovall is solid in the goal.
Look for players like senior Caroline Priddy and sophomore Jennifer Briley to have strong seasons.
Predicted order of finish:
4. Scotts Hill
5. North Side
1. Jackson Christian
Region semifinals: Liberty vs. TCA; Jackson Christian vs. Madison
Region championship: Liberty vs. Jackson Christian
Region champion: Jackson Christian
Sectionals: JCS vs. Dyersburg; Chester County vs. Liberty