Orange returns five starters from a squad that was as dangerous as any other in the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division.
The Lions finished 8-5-1 overall and 0-21 in league play, but did earn a 0-0 tie with regional finalist West Geauga and scored three goals against defending state champion Chagrin Falls, the most the Tigers allowed in one game all season.
“We have an excellent group of girls that are very dedicated to becoming as good as we can be,” said Orange coach Dani Giulvezan. “We have to continue to work very hard in practices.”
Orange will rely on seniors Emma Berlin, Jenna Friedman, and Natalie Norcia to lead the way this year.
Berlin was an honorable mention All-CVC selection after scoring six goals.
“She is very good on the ball,” Giulvezan said. “She has great vision and can unlock defenses with a great pass. She’s a great organizer.”
Friedman and Norcia also earned honorable mention all-conference honors.
“Jenna is a great ball winner with a great work rate,” Giulvezan said. “Natalie has an outstanding willingness to do well. She is very composed with the ball and makes good decisions.”
The Lions will work to distribute the wealth on offense and play for each other to add to their win total from a season ago.
“We would like to have multiple players that will score the goals,” Giulvezan said. “We’re going to work very hard for each other in games.”