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Prep girls soccer: Metro area’s top players to watch in 2018

Hannah Gallegos, sr., MF, Sandia: A preseason All-America pick by USA Today who scored 16 goals last year for the Matadors. Committed to Denver University.

Madyson Barela, sr., MF, Cleveland: Will have to be — and should be — a prolific scorer. First team All-State in 2017.

Eliza Mariner, sr., F, Albuquerque Academy: Cornell University-bound; had 34 goals as a Charger junior.

Zaria Katesigwa, soph., F, Albuquerque High: Brilliant freshman season produced 33 goals and 79 points.

Deja Sandoval, sr., M, La Cueva: Crucial component of Bears’ chances to repeat; 2017 6A All-State first teamer.

Alex Forrester, sr., MF, Sandia Prep: Elite talent with next-level ability; coming off an injury that kept her out for virtually all of last season.

Emma Juarez, sr., MF, Rio Rancho: Tallied 20 goals last season for the Rams.

Sophia Roberts, sr., MF, Eldorado: The dynamic midfielder could help the Eagles’ chance to threaten rival La Cueva.

Ashley Strader, sr., F/MF, Moriarty: Coming off an 81-point junior season, including 32 goals.

Jennesis Martinez, sr., F, Manzano: One of 6A’s most unheralded talents last year, with 28 goals.