Seniors lead all-county girls’ team

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005

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Barbara L. Salisbury⁄The Bowie Star
Members of the 2005 All-County Girls’ Soccer Team include: (front row, from left): Annesia Faulkner, Katie Greenwood, AliciaJernigan; (middle row, from left) Ellie Vawter, Krystal Krpan, Tabatri Gale, Jada Daniel, Rashauna Hobbs, Tara Hickman; (back row, from left) Aletheia Fadness, Julie Jacobs, Coach of the Year Mike Vawter, Megan Gunzelman, Stephanie Bertran.

First team

Ellie Vawter, Pallotti: Vawter’s consistency helped Pallotti improve this fall. The senior had 10 goals and eight assists as the Panthers advanced to the IAAM A Conference semifinals. She was selected to the league’s all-star team.

Jada Daniel, Riverdale Baptist: Making her fourth appearance on the Star⁄Gazette first team, Daniel obliterated the single-season and career records for goals at Riverdale. The senior netted 66 goals and added 30 assists, leading the Crusaders to their second consecutive Maryland Independent Schools Athletic League championship. Daniel finished her career with 154 goals and was named MISAL Most Valuable Player.

Aletheia Fadness, Grace Brethren: Making her third consecutive appearance on the Star⁄Gazette first team, Fadness helped the 16-4 Eagles establish school records for goals and wins. The senior finished with 26 goals and 19 assists, good for second on the team in both categories.

Alicia Jernigan, Grace Brethren: In her fifth season on the Eagles’ squad, the senior made her second straight appearance on the Star⁄Gazette first team. The feisty forward led the Eagles in goals (27) and assists (22) and played a key role in their emergence as a Potomac Valley Athletic Conference semifinalist.

Megan Gunzelman, Bowie: One of the Bulldogs’ two senior captains, Gunzelman capped her career by scoring 17 goals and adding 11 assists. Gunzelman provided the Bulldogs with skills at the forward position and leadership on and off the field, helping them reach the 4A South region final the past four seasons, the state semifinals in 2004 and back-to-back county championship victories.

Wendy Balogun, Roosevelt: Arguably the best goalie in the state, Balogun again played a major role in the Raiders’ run to the 4A South Region title and appearance in the state semifinals. Blessed with agility and superb hands, the junior yielded only five goals in 16 games and held eventual state champion C. Milton Wright scoreless through 100 minutes of playing time before the Raiders fell 3-2 in a penalty kick shootout.

Mary Raffael, Roosevelt: Throughout the season, Raffael offered a solid supporting role as the Raiders’ sweeper. After two seasons of playing midfield for the Raiders, the junior was moved back to a familiar position this fall and cleared a number of crossing passes intended for opposing forwards. Raffael and Balogun will return next fall, which already gives the Raiders a solid defensive core to build around.

Krystal Krpan, Laurel: After missing much of her sophomore season with a knee injury, Krpan rebounded to have two solid seasons. The senior provided leadership and scored eight goals and added 20 assists, including five in the Spartans’ 11-0 victory against Central.

Rashauna Hobbs, Riverdale Baptist: Hobbs scored 30 goals and added 19 assists and had the game-winning goal in the Crusaders’ 2-1 victory over Washington Christian in the Maryland Independent Schools Athletic League championship game.

Katie Greenwood, Roosevelt: Once again an integral part of the Raiders’ region championship team, Greenwood led Roosevelt with 31 goals and added 15 assists. One of three team captains, the junior sparked the Raiders with her determination and scoring abilities.

Stephanie Bertran, Bowie: Another Bulldogs senior who will be missed next fall, Bertran finished her final season by scoring 15 goals and adding seven assists. One of the quickest forwards in the 4A South Region, Bertran gave opposing defenders trouble with her speed and dribbling skills and her strong right foot often caused opposing goalies to dread her shots.

Julie Jacobs, Bowie: On a team with two young goalkeepers, Jacobs played a valuable role as both captain and sweeper. The senior’s determination and hustle were instrumental in keeping a number of centering passes away from oncoming forwards. She perhaps was at her best in the two meetings against Roosevelt. She also scored one goal and added three assists.

Tara Hickman, Douglass: A four-year starter, the senior collected 16 goals and added five assists this fall. A multi-sport athlete, Hickman returned this season after sustaining an ankle injury last season. Douglass coach Brian Basileo said Hickman returned this season with a ‘‘heightened leadership quality.”

Tamatri Gale, Gwynn Park: Gale kept the best 3A⁄2A girls’ team in the county rolling this season. The junior led a high-powered Yellow Jackets’ attack with a team-high 18 goals and 15 assists. Gale helped the Yellow Jackets back to the county championship game, as the team went undefeated in the County 3A⁄2A.

Player of the Year

Annesia Faulkner

Since her arrival three years ago, Pallotti’s program has steadily progressed. This season, Faulkner helped take the Laurel private school to new heights in one of the state’s toughest leagues. The junior forward was the Panthers’ leading scorer for the third consecutive season with 25 goals and eight assists playing in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference. After placing near the bottom in its inaugural campaign in the league last fall, Pallotti(14-5) tied for fourth and reached the conference semifinals. The Panthers lost to two-time defending champ John Carroll of Harford County, a team Pallotti defeated in the regular season. A three-time Star⁄Gazette first-teamer, Faulkner was selected to the IAAM A all-star team for the second straight season. In three seasons, Faulkner, arguably the best player in Pallotti history, has 84 goals and 22 assists.

Coach of the Year

Mike Vawter

A successful coach on the club circuit, Vawter influenced the Laurel private school in his first campaign. Pallotti reached the IAAM A Conference semifinals in its second season in the league. The Panthers posted a 14-5 overall record and 6-4 (tied for fourth) in the ultra-competitive IAAM A after finishing near the bottom last fall. Pallotti stunned defending league champ John Carroll in the league opener. The Panthers lost in the semifinals to John Carroll, which went on to claim its second consecutive championship. Vawter, who won a Maryland state club championship with the Laurel Wildcats U-14 team in 2003, said several players brought a more serious approach to Pallotti this fall. With only three players graduating off this year’s roster, the Panthers should again be among the county’s best teams next fall.

Second Team

Valerie Koeppl, Dominique D’Orsaneo, Ashley Morse and Vivian Nwachukwu, Bowie

Crissy Parmer and Amy Strebin, Pallotti

Lisa Barenbregge, Douglass

Caitlin Salins, Patti Leyson and Amanda King, Eleanor Roosevelt

Mariah Lee and Lindsay Harris, Riverdale Baptist

Jennifer Givens and Lori Yowell, Grace Brethren

Jamie Rowton, Parkdale

Melissa Amaya, High Point

Stephanie St. Aubin and Kelsey Sheehan, Seton

Lindsey Buckner, McNamara

Lakiah Hyson, Gwynn Park