League: Division I Southwest
Head coach: Frank Messina, ninth season
2014 record: 15-5-4 (6-1-1 Southwest, first)
Returning letter winners (starters): Sixteen (seven)
Top athletes: MF Jadyn Nogues (Jr.), F Macee Barlow (Jr.), MF Tessa Dwyer (Jr.)
Outlook: Barlow (16 goals, 4 assists), Dwyer (10 goals, 4 assists) and Nogues (6 goals, 7 assists) are three of 16 letter winners returning from a team that advanced to the Division I state semifinals.
“The returning players look to build from this performance and work hard for another Southwest title,” Messina said. “Palo Verde’s goals each year are to win the league, take the region title and normally vie for the Southern Nevada championship, which instead now includes challenging for the state title.
“Palo Verde’s expectations certainly not have changed, and even though the road to the final stage may involve additional hard work, the players are determined to meet their goals and to challenge each other along the way.”