With the graduation of five starters, there will be some new faces on the pitch for the 2014 Covington Lady Charger soccer team.
But plenty of firepower returns, particularly on offense.
"A lot of my starters are girls that have come out for soccer just this year, so it will be a season of growth throughout," said ninth-year head coach Robert Luttrell. "But we have a great core group of players that will make the transition for the new starters better."
Seniors Anne Marie Van Cleve and Iesha Tipton combined to score 56 goals a season ago. Van Cleve, a three-time all-region selection who plays midfield, scored 26 times last year. Tipton, a forward, led the team with 30 goals.
Defender Mia Powell and midfielder Hannah McMahon, both seniors, also return as starters after earning all-region recognition a season ago.
There will plenty of experience on the back end of the defense as well with the return of keeper Callie McDaniel, last year's region most valuable player.
The Lady Chargers had a solid 2013 campaign. They finished 13-4-1 and advanced to district semifinals.
How well Luttrell's experienced and new players come together will be crucial as the season progresses.
"With just five returning starters," Luttrell said, "we just need the repetition and experience that a season will provide."