Friday, Feb. 8, 2008

2004 All-County Girls’ Soccer Team: Girls’ team mixes youth, experience

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Player of the Year: Amanda Poach

After rebounding from a second torn left anterior cruciate ligament and the subsequent surgery and rehab, Bowie senior Amanda Poach displayed the ability that had made her attractive to several prominent Division I colleges. She has verbally committed to accept a scholarship from Santa Clara University. Poach scored 14 goals and added 11 assists and was the primary focus of defending midfielders and fullbacks, often getting double- and triple-teamed. She scored one goal and added an assist in the Bulldogs’ 3-2 setback against eventual state champion Whitman in a state semifinal last month. She scored a goal on a free kick in Bowie’s 2-1 victory over defending state champion Roosevelt in their league meeting in October. Blessed with stellar dribbling, shooting and passing skills and a booming shot with either leg, Poach, a member of the U.S. Soccer National team player pool, is hoping earn a spot on the U.S. team for the 2007 World Cup and the 2008 Olympics.

Coach of the Year: Mary Hart

In her fourth season as the coach at Riverdale Baptist, Mary Hart guided the Crusaders to the Maryland Independent Schools’ Athletic League regular season title and also to the school’s first MISAL tournament championship. Riverdale (12-3-1) went undefeated in league play (9-0) and then downed Lanham Christian 10-0 in the league semifinal. The Crusaders later upended Annapolis Area Christian 2-0 in the championship to end the Eagles’ seven-year reign as tournament champions. Riverdale had lost three previous league championship games against Annapolis Area Christian.

First team

Tara McCarron, Roosevelt, Sr., sweeper: One of the county’s best defensive players the last two seasons, McCarron was one of the primary reasons the Raiders yielded few goals and were a perennial 4A South Region finalist. McCarron’s prowess in the defensive zone was doubly impressive considering that she played her first two varsity seasons as a forward. She had eight goals and eight assists this fall and was one of the team’s senior co-captains.

Aletheia Fadness, Grace Brethren, Jr., forward: With another year of varsity playing ahead of her, Fadness already owns the school record for goals scored and can pad her lead next fall. A two-time first-team selection, Fadness scored 20 goals and added eight assists as the Eagles (16-3-2) reached the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference championship game for the first time in school history.

Jada Daniel, Riverdale Baptist, Jr., forward: Daniel led the Crusaders to the MISAL title with 34 goals and 19 assists. She has scored 86 goals during her three-year career and will return next fall to aim for the century mark. Her 34 goals broke her own single-season school record. Five of her goals came in a 10-0 victory against Lanham Christian in the league semifinals.

Jessica Boluda, McNamara, Sr., forward: Boluda completed a superb career by scoring 10 goals and adding four assists. She was often double- and triple-teamed by opposing defenders. She amassed 31 goals and 20 assists in her career, although she missed all but one game as a sophomore due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Kristen Faulconer, High Point, Sr., midfielder: One of the bright spots and senior leaders for the Eagles, Faulconer scored 12 goals and added six assists, including three two-goal games. Faulconer gave opponents trouble with her quickness and dribbling skills.

Jocelyn Hall, Riverdale Baptist, Sr. midfielder: One of the Crusaders’ quiet leaders, Hall scored 16 goals and added 13 assists for the MISAL champions. Hall did an admirable job controlling the middle for the Crusaders during the season and in the team’s 2-0 victory against Annapolis Area Christian in the MISAL championship game. She was named to the MISAL all-conference first team.

Amy Lohr, Roosevelt, Sr., midfielder: A talented and physical player, Lohr scored eight goals and added 13 assists. She was a key component in the Raiders’ success the past four seasons, including the team’s state title in 2003. Lohr plays alongside teammate Tara McCarron with the Freestate Vipers and plans to play club or intramural soccer in college.

Alicia Jernigan, Grace Brethren, Jr., midfielder: Quick and aggressive, Jernigan created problems for opposing defenses with her dribbling and passing skills. One of the keys to Grace Brethren’s 15-4-2 season and first appearance in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference championship game, Jernigan scored 12 goals and added seven assists. She scored two goals in a 3-2 victory over previously unbeaten Chapelgate in late October.

Megan Gunzelman, Bowie, Jr., forward: In her second varsity season, Gunzelman had 14 goals and five assists for the 4A South champions. Gunzelman also had several of the Bulldogs’ biggest goals. She scored the game-winning goal on a header in Bowie’s 2-1 victory against Roosevelt during their league meeting, and had the team’s first goal in the 3-2 setback against eventual state champion Whitman in the state semifinals.

Cassie Alberding, Seton, Sr., goalkeeper: In three seasons as Seton’s last line of defense, Alberding remained busy. She collected 290 saves and posted four shutouts for a Seton squad that went 6-8 in the tough Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Alberding had more than 800 saves during her career and this season she was selected to the WCAC all-conference honorable mention squad.

Xenia Stewart, Riverdale Baptist, Sr., sweeper: Anchoring the Crusaders’ defense, Stewart helped limit the number of shots that goalie Catie Windsor faced. Riverdale’s defense held opponents to 120 shots and 13 goals in 16 games. Stewart was named the MISAL’s Most Valuable Player.

Wendy Balogun, Roosevelt, Soph., goalkeeper: Roosevelt’s athletic goalie registered 14 shutouts and allowed only four goals. When she wasn’t in the net, Balogun also helped the Raiders with her quickness and strong leg, notching three goals and an assist.

Annesia Faulkner, Pallotti, Soph., forward: Faulkner led the Panthers (7-9) with 23 goals and added six assists as the team played this season in the tough Maryland Independent Athletic Association A Conference. She had a pair of four-goal games, one of which came against Seton.

Ashley Morse, Bowie, Fr., forward: One of five freshman starters for the 4A South Region champions, Morse displayed talent and poise. She led the team with 19 goals and added seven assists and scored the only goal in the Bulldogs’ 1-0 victory against defending state champion Eleanor Roosevelt in the 4A South final. Clearly one of the county’s brightest future prospects in any classification.

Second Team

Giulia Rosanova and Stephanie St. Aubin, Seton.

Jocelyn Hall and Kelli Holmes,Riverdale Baptist

Christine Boluda, McNamara

Nicole Jacobs and Katie Greenwood, Roosevelt

Julie Jacobs and Crystal Reio, Bowie

Jennifer Sowers, High Point

Patti Contic, Laurel

Ashley Leveling and Julie Fredericks,Grace Brethren

Ellie Vawter, Pallotti

Jamie Rowton and Robin Burroughs, Parkdale

Kristina Stevens and Aisha Garrett, Oxon Hill

Gabriella Sanchez and Adrienna Sanchez, Gwynn Park

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