Here’s a look at the top high school girls soccer talent in Utah Valley this year:
Offensive MVP: Rachel McCarthy, Sr. MF, American Fork
The potent Caveman attack was at its best when McCarthy was attacking off the wings. She could be a dynamic scorer (11 goals), but she was also phenomenal at swinging the ball into dangerous positions for her teammates (13 assists). Her speed, foot skills and finishing ability was an impressive combination.
Defensive MVP: Anna Pinegar, Jr. D, Timpview
Pinegar set the tone for the Thunderbirds as she kept the defense organized for her team. She was relentless in chasing down opposing attackers, leading the way for Timpview as the T’Birds allowed only eight goals in Region 7 play (winning the league title) and only two goals in a run to the 5A semifinals.
Goalkeeper MVP: Chelsea Peterson, Sr. GK, Orem
Things were never easy for the Tigers during their run to the 4A state title game as Orem played in four straight overtime contests. One of the big keys was the play of Peterson in goal as she was a dynamic presence. Not only did she make saves, she was consistently one of the leaders for the Tigers as she kept her teaming believing it could win no matter what.
Coach of the Year: Shantel Jolley, Lone Peak
The Knights had been so close to winning a title in girls soccer but had never been able to reach the top. After having recently been overshadowed by the success of rival American Fork, this was the season that Jolley was able to get Lone Peak a win over the Cavemen and then an impressive run to the 6A state title.
Nicole Ray, Jr. MF, Lone Peak
Gifted athlete with elite skills who finished with 10 goals and 7 assists.
Jocelyn Bybee, Sr. F, Lone Peak
Dangerous attacker with speed up top who scored 12 goals and tallied 8 assists.
Addie Holmstead, Sr. F, American Fork
Potent finisher who could strike at any time as she ended up with 9 goals and 2 assists.
Jamie Shepherd, Sr. MF, American Fork
Controlled the middle with her foot skills and vision while putting in 13 goals and adding 4 assists.
Haven Empey, Sr. GK, American Fork
Athletic keeper who was great at getting balls out of the air and being aggressive, finishing with 8 shutouts.
Mallory Ringer, Sr. F, Orem
Crucial attacker who ended up scoring 13 goals as she put pressure on opposing defenses.
Gentry Gibson, Jr. MF, Orem
Gifted midfielder with a knack for understanding how to get the ball into dangerous places.
Lily Haskins, Jr. F, Timpview
Fiery speedster who forced opposing defenses to be aware of her at all times, tallying 11 goals.
Katheryn Wynn, Sr. MF, Timpview
Versatile athlete who could do a lot of things to make the entire team better, including scoring 9 goals.
Samantha Brady, Sr. F/MF, Timpanogos
Crafty player who could either score (12 goals) or set up teammates (8 assists) as she patrolled the field.
Tara Warner, Jr. F, Springville
Elite finisher who continually found ways to get the ball in the net, notching 21 goals.
Emily Stevens, Sr. F, Salem Hills
One of the best scorers in the state who used her speed and soccer savvy to score 32 goals.
Anna Pickering, Sr. MF, Maple Mountain
Determined attacker who put in 11 goals even though her season was limited by injuries.
Allie Fryer, Fr. F, Maple Mountain
Lightning-quick striker who was always a threat, as evidenced by her 17 goals.
Jaycie Greene, Sr. F/MF, Skyridge
Strong leader and key presence all over the field who scored 11 goals during the season.
ALA: Sadie Stone, Payton McClure
American Fork: Sydney Bushman, Josie Shepherd, Addison Gardner, Jordyn Roth
Lehi: Kennedi Schmidt, Amy Ballard, Nia Trejo, Hadlee Paxman, Ally Dahl
Lone Peak: Kate Schirmer, Ellie Norton, Ellie Durfey, Ella Neumarker, Rachel Saxey, McKayla Wetsel, Katie Houston
Maeser: Emily Anderson, Allie Radmall, Becca Linford
Maple Mountain: Makiah Herrin, Avery Frishknecht, Paola Garcia, Sienna Wood, Tennessee Schellenberg
Mountain View: Hallie Fernandez, Brynlee Waite, Amanda Bryan, Marin Waite
Orem: Amelia Harper, Taye Raymond, Hailey Smart, Emma Reeves, Riley Dayton
Payson: Ambria Rowley, Sara Rowley
Pleasant Grove: Cecilia Norman, Shea Christiansen, Kayla Norman, Kenna Sparks
Provo: Maryn Stoddard, Ally Gomm, Cali Berlin
Salem Hills: Kelsey Parcell, Jennie Strong, Liz Kindrick, Alexa Nielson, Brynn Eyre
Skyridge: Paige Easter, Aspen Peterson, Ainsley Barlow, Katherine Laudie, Addison Tanuvasa
Spanish Fork: AnnaBelle Buck, Kennedy Ballard, Maya Yeates, Kayla Clark
Springville: Bre Eves, Fiona Jensen, Addisyn Johnson, Mayzie Brunson
Timpanogos: Lataya Brost, Itzel Mejia, Sierra Pennock, Kara Hartle, Shaylie Weenig
Timpview: Alaina Pestana, Ella Pope, Alyssa Spackman, Mckenna Garry
Wasatch: Quincy Downey, Mary Santiago, Mariela Luster
Westlake: Presley Devey, Tia Hansen, Maddie Bradley, Karlee Willey