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Best of the Best: 2022 Daily Herald All-Valley Girls Soccer Team

By Jared Lloyd - | Dec 1, 2022

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Lone Peak players celebrate with sophomore Kate Denney (right) after she scored a goal during the non-region game against Bingham in Highland on Thursday, August 18, 2022.

Here are the top girls soccer players in the Utah Valley area in 2022:

Player of the Year: Naia Tanuvasa, Jr. MF, Lone Peak

Tanuvasa was a reliable, consistent performer who set the tone for the Knights through her steadying presence and ability to facilitate. Not only did she regularly win key balls in the air for Lone Peak but she also was central in getting the Knights organized both on defense and when moving the ball forward into the attack. Her quiet leadership and relentless drive were vital for the Knights throughout the year.

Co-Offensive MVPs: Kate Denney, So. MF/F, Lone Peak and Bella Devey, So. MF, Lone Peak

The dynamic Knight scoring tandem proved to be incredibly difficult to stop throughout the 2022 season as the two athletes combined for 27 goals and 25 assists. Devey had one more goal (14 goals, 12 assists) while Denney set up one more goal (13 goals, 13 assists).

Midfielder MVP: Bailey McArthur, Sr. MF, Cedar Valley

McArthur was an Incredible senior leader who set the tone for the Aviators throughout a historic season. Her willingness to do whatever was needed, whether that was shadow the other team’s best player or to move up to set up the attack (12 goals, seven assists), provided the spark that got Cedar Valley to its first 5A semifinals.

Defensive MVP: Emily Morrill, Sr. D, Skyridge

Morril was a vital backline organizer and presence who frequently kept the Falcons in games by making big plays. She helped Skyridge rally from some early disappointments and play their best soccer at the end of the season, making it all the way to the 6A semifinals.

Keeper of the Year: Emma McIff, Jr. GK, Timpanogos

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Cedar Valley senior Bailey McArthur heads the ball during the 6A quarterfinal match against Olympus in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022.

It took time for the Timberwolf defense to gel this fall and McIff frequently had to come up with acrobatic stops to keep her team in games. She finished with five shutouts and came up big in the shootout win over East in the 5A quarterfinals.

Coach of the Year: Shantel Jolley, Lone Peak

The Knights lost some gifted players from the 2021 team but didn’t miss a beat in 2022. Jolley found ways to get the best from her athletes, resulting in an 18-game winning streak that didn’t end until the 6A semifinals. That included playing some young players at key positions but under Jolley’s guidance Lone Peak always seemed to find ways to get the job done.

2022 All-Valley Girls Soccer First Team (alphabetical order)

Summer Christensen, Sr. F, Timpanogos

Dangerous finisher (15 goals scored, 6 assists) who was the driving offensive force for the T’wolves.

Erin Dahl, Jr. MF, Lehi

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Timpanogos junior keeper Emma McIff does a backflip after the Region 8 game against Alta in Sandy on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022.

Talented playmaker who frequently set up her Pioneer teammates to succeed (10 assists, 3 goals).

Ellie Ford, Sr. F/MF, Timpview

Nightmare matchup up top who made gashed opposing defenses, tallying 13 goals and 8 assists.

Abby Houston, Sr. D, Lone Peak

Rock-solid defender who kept the Knight backline organized and limited opponent opportunities.

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Lone Peak girls soccer coach Shantel Jolley (left) comforts her players after a 1-0 loss to Farmington in the 6A semifinals at Juan Diego High School on Tuesday, October 18, 2022.

Nixan Jackson, Sr. F, Maple Mountain

Impressive attacker who made her own opening, notching 17 goals and 6 assists for the Golden Eagles.

Chelsie Johnson, So. D, American Fork

Excellent stopper who had good field sense and could effectively move forward to support the Caveman attack.

Nicole Lewis, Sr. F/MF, American Fork

Dazzling scorer who could get the job done herself (11 goals scored) or create for others (nine assists).

Addy Meldrum, Jr. D, Lone Peak

Savvy athlete who understood keeping defensive shape and providing the foundation for the Knight attack.

Catherine Miller, Sr. F, Maeser

Amazing scorer who had little trouble against 2A defenses, finishing No. 1 in the state with 50 goals.

Sophia Neves, Jr. F/MF, Springville

Aggressive attacker who was always probing for openings for the Red Devils (15 goals scored, 7 assists).

Hayley Ogden, Sr. GK, Lehi

Brilliant keeper who could be counted on to make a couple of amazing stops every game (110 saves, seven shutouts).

Presley Ray, Sr. F/D, American Fork

Versatile athlete who was willing to take on opposing defenders (12 goals scored) or stop opposing attackers.

Mary Roberts, Jr. MF, Timpanogos

Excellent playmaker who was huge in keeping the Timberwolf offense on track (13 assists, 6 goals).

Stephanie Roper, Sr. F, Lehi

Potent goal scorer who whose speed and finishing ability made her elite up top (17 goals, 5 assists).

Elle Young, Sr. D/F, Lone Peak

Gifted performer who could do it all for the Knights, both scoring (9 goals scored, 6 assists) and helping on defense.

2022 All-Valley Girls Soccer Second Team (alphabetical order)

Rylie Beck, Sr. MF/F, Cedar Valley

Speedy scorer with big-time ability (11 goals, 13 assists)

Sariah Brady, Sr. MF, Timpanogos

Key facilitator and calming presence

Paisley Gardner, Fr. F, American Heritage

Gifted scorer for the Patriots (21 goals, 12 assists)

Abbie Haslam, Sr. D, Cedar Valley

Strong backline leader and stopper

Maddie Haslam, Sr. MF, Cedar Valley

Great passer, finished with seven assists

Kylee Holt, Sr. MF, Cedar Valley

Key finisher with 13 goals scored

Lucy Kesler, So. F, American Fork

Young star with big potential (6 goals, 3 assists)

Mika Krommenhoek, Jr. MF, Maple Mountain

Captain and organizer with six assists

Samantha (Mattie) Neves, Fr. F/MF, Springville

Amazing young attacker (11 goals scored, 6 assists)

Sarah Oyler, Jr. F, Timpview

Dynamic playmaker (14 goals scored, 9 assists)

Aaliyah Pena, Jr. F, Salem Hills

Offensive focal point who notched 11 goals

Ellie Robertson, Fr. F, Timpview

Exciting young athlete with nine goals scored

Solena Sellers, Sr. F, Lone Peak

Solid finisher with nine goals scored

Olivia Smith, Sr. D, Lehi

Veteran defender who understood getting stops

Lucy Sorensen, Sr. D, Pleasant Grove

Tough defender to get past

Honorable Mention

ALA: Tiffany Tervort, Kylie Harris

American Fork: Sophie Eckery, Audrey Jones, Bailee Ballard, Sarah Mathis

American Heritage: Hailey Lawrence, Ainsley Suelzle, Camryn Woodley

Cedar Valley: Emma Beavin, Sophia Holman, Kelsey Woodbury, Brynnlee Bassett

Juab: Addison Hyatt, Averee Miller, Savanah Sasch, Natalie Morrell, Jordan Cowan

Lehi: Sarah Ballard, Reagan Jorgensen, Kamara Simmons, Aeyan Gomm

Lone Peak: Brinn Beck, Eliza Collings, Samantha Sellers, Brooklyn Dowdle, Michelle Cave, Kate Fuller

Maeser Prep: Vicky Memmott, Patty Keeley, Samira Sosa, Alice Watson, Avery Peterson

Maple Mountain: Paiton Collins, Ruth Swain, Mateya Hall, Sierra Jacobson, Rylee Everton

Mountain View: Kate Shirts, Denae Waite, Bailey Peterson, Sabrina McCarter

Orem: Addi Hyatt, Lizzy Rawlings, Mylie Louder

Payson: Brooklyn Sperry, Jazmin Castano, Kenli Miller, Noelle Muhlestein

Pleasant Grove: Kiersi Fietkau, Jordyn Farrer, Tess Livingston, Lucy Miller, Sarah Newman

Provo: Addie Rose, Jimena Fuentes, Shaelynn Ridge

Salem Hills: Mckell Parcell, Ali Spencer, Chelsey Hughes, Hattie Parkinson

Skyridge: Kylie Olsen, Tessa Miller, Addi Arnell, Sicily Bye, Amanda Caswell, Megan Hanson, Annika Schavey

Spanish Fork: Leah Harwood, Kinley Hicks, Audrey Woolston, Addy Rigtrup

Springville: Caroline Penrod, Lox Neves, Tallulah Jensen, Lindsay Walker, Ali Johnson

Timpanogos: Malia Jessop, Eleanor Haslam, Adele Faller, McKenna Currey, Andie Smith, Izzy Pierce

Timpview: Gabi Hall, Katy Call, Bella Johnson, Eliza Doxey, Aubrie Patching

Wasatch: Berkeley Binggeli, Brooklyn Remund, Jacie Powers, Antonia Dunn

Westlake: Emmy Finlinson, Jane Trevino, Brinne Galbraith, Kennedy Prestwich


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