• Eagan: The Wildcats return eight regulars from last year's 16-2-4 squad. Their biggest concern is the lack of scoring coming back, but they will utilize their experience and speed to make up for it.

• Eastview: Don't be fooled by the lack of experience for the Lightning. They have a couple of speed demons in seniors Leah Nesheim and Paris Sanders back from a team that went 10-5-4 in 2010.

• Lakeville North: The Panthers finished just below .500 (7-8-2) a year ago but bring back eight of their top nine scorers. Four of their losses in 2010 were by 1-0 scores.

• Northfield: Troy Cohrs' squad has chance to return to the state tournament for the first time since 2006. The Raiders only had three seniors on last year's Section 1 runner-up squad.

• Rosemount: The Irish lost top scorer Shade Pratt to graduation but return eight regulars from last year's 11-5-4 team. They gave up more than one goal only six times in 2010 and welcome back four defenders and junior goalkeeper Kate Mallory from that group.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

• Ashley Kimmell, Farmington, midfielder, sr.: The Division I recruit was derailed by injuries in 2010. If Kimmell stays healthy, she could become the Tigers' third all-state player in the past three years.

• Kristin Knutson, Eagan, goalkeeper, sr.: Knutson was tough to beat a year ago, yielding 14 goals in 21 games. She has given a verbal commitment to the Gophers.

• Lizzie Lukas, South St. Paul, attacker, sr.: As a junior, Lukas had seven games with at least two goals. She finished the year with 23 goals and 13 assists and was a Class 1A all-state selection.

• Jill Richgels, Simley, attacker, sr.: Richgels was a 20-goal scorer for the Spartans' 11-6-3 squad of a year ago. She was a Class 1A all-state selection as a junior.

• Brianna Stelzer, Lakeville South, midfielder, sr.: Stelzer had nine goals and three assists last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the seventh game. The honorable-mention all-state selection is headed to Wisconsin.

RON HAGGSTROM