The high school girls soccer season officially opens Monday, with the state finals Oct. 27. Here are five teams and players to keep an eye on this season:
Five teams to watch
Avon: The Orioles went undefeated in the 2011 regular season but were knocked off 1-0 by Brebeuf Jesuit in the regional semifinals. Seven starters return, including one of the state's top goalies in Kelsey Dossey, standout defender Mikayla Lasky and star midfielder McKenzie Muchow (13 goals, four assists). Equaling or surpassing last year's 15-1-5 record doesn't seem unreasonable for the Orioles.
Brebeuf Jesuit: The Braves saw their 15-6-1 season end with a 2-1 loss to Carmel in the regional final and return six starters from that squad. Goalie Annie Clark (1.37 goals allowed per game), forward Maddie Malatestinic (12 goals, nine assists) and Reilly Martin, who was limited to seven games last season due to injury, return.
Carmel: The defending national champions (22-0-1) suffered heavy graduation losses, including state Player of the Year Brooke Backes and goalie Sam Tiongson. A couple of other players decided to train on their own this year. But coach Frank Dixon -- who has led Carmel to nine state titles -- likes what he sees from this year's squad. Back for Carmel are Tori Doss, the team's leading scorer, as well as defenders Olivia Fitzgerald and Megan Kaser.
Guerin Catholic: The Golden Eagles dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker to Carmel in the sectional final, leading 1-0 before giving up two goals in the final 7:29, ending a 13-5-1 season. Guerin lost only four players to graduation; returnees include goalie Olivia Drake (0.89 goals-against average), Sam Pauley (seven goals, eight assists), Riley Smith (six goals, one assist), versatile Carly Osinski and defender Ali Nelson.
Hamilton Southeastern: The Royals were one of the top teams in the country a year ago, reaching as high as fifth in the national rankings and finishing as high as 12th. The sole blemish on HSE's 20-1-2 season was a 1-0 loss to Carmel in the Class 2A state title game. Fifteen players return with varsity experience. Emily Coudret (16 goals, 10 assists) and Jess Miller (14 goals, eight assists) are expected to lead the offense, while defenders Kirsten Timmer, Natalie Delozier and Sammy Groves all return.
Five players to watch
Tori Doss, Carmel: All Doss did last season was lead the nation's best high school girls soccer team in scoring (17 goals, 12 assists). The midfielder will play for Xavier next season.
Kelsey Dossey, Avon: Considered by some area coaches to be the best returning goalie in the state, Dossey posted 14 shutouts in 2011 as a freshman. She had a 0.29 GAA.
Erin Isaacs, Fishers: A third-team all-state selection a year ago, Isaacs led the Tigers with 16 goals and four assists after posting 20 goals and three assists as a sophomore in 2010.
Reilly Martin, Brebeuf Jesuit: Limited to seven games last year due to injury, Martin still managed three goals and four assists. In addition to participating in U.S. Soccer's National Identification Camp, the forward was selected for the U.S. Under-15 girls national team in 2011.
Kirsten Timmer, Hamilton Southeastern: The defensive anchor on a team that gave up just nine goals all season, Timmer is considered one of the top 150 players in the country in the Class of 2014.