Mallory Merda's picks for the 2017 All-Sentinel Girls Soccer Team, including Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, First Team and Honorable Mention selections.
2017 All-Sentinel Girls Soccer Team: Player of the Year
Maddie Hughes, jr., F, Boiling Springs
With over 200 points under her belt — 209 to be exact — Hughes ends her junior season with one more year to add on to her career points total. The deciding factor for Hughes as POTY came from her leadership on the field and ability to outwork opponents physically, and her speed is unmatched. Hughes started off the season with an injury, but came back after missing six games more powerful than ever to help lead the Bubblers to a District 3 Class 2A title after falling to Trinity last year. Hughes ends the season with an impressive 24 goals and 13 assists along with another state appearance with her squad. Hughes was named Player of the Year on the 2016 All-Sentinel Team.
From coach Steve Brookens: "Maddie is a great teammate and the girls look for her leadership on the field. She understands the game really well and communicates with her teammates during games which makes everyone step up their play. She always goes at 100 percent and is the engine that makes our team go. She has a desire to compete and do her best in everything she does and has been a pleasure to coach. She has always been an unselfish player and looks to get everyone involved in the game. This is evident by her career totals of 82 goals and 45 assists through three years of play."
2017 All-Sentinel Girls Soccer Team: Coach of the Year
Jared Latchford, Camp Hill
When the head coach of a team has to step down after just five games, coming in to replace them is a challenge, especially when Nick Hammaker had been on the sidelines for two years. Latchford stepped in to coach the team to history — something that undoubtedly no one saw coming after the shakeup. The Lions made it all the way to the state finals — the first PIAA playoff and finals appearance in school history — before falling to Shady Side Academy. The Lions ended the season an impressive 16-9 and will start next season with pretty much the same players that finished this season.
2017 All-Sentinel Girls Soccer Team: First Team
Sheridan Reid, jr., F, Camp Hill — Reid is a lethal asset to the Lions squad and even more brutal to play against. With the ability to switch between forward and midfield, Reid is sharp no matter where she is on the field and can play either the playmaker role or the finishing role. Reid ends the season with 36 goals, including a whopping 13 scored in the postseason, and 82 points for the season. Camp Hill is happy she's available for one more season.
Kasi Brown, sr., F, East Pennsboro — Brown led the Panthers attack with 27 goals and 19 assists and notched over 100 points for her career this season. She is third all-time among East Penn girls soccer players in career points with 125 and led an offense that scored 95 goals, the most in season history for the team. Brown made honorable mention on the 2016 All-Sentinel Team.
Mallory Johnson, sr., F, Cumberland Valley — Arguably one of the best midfield/wingers in the Mid-Penn, Johnson once again proved her worth on the CV field. Johnson's speed and ability to make plays is unmatched and makes it a headache for any opponent to try and defend against. Johnson ended her senior season as a captain with 14 goals and 12 assists.
Isabelle Martin, jr., F, Mechanicsburg — An absolutely lethal scorer on the front lines, Martin was all about offense in her junior season. With 28 goals and 62 points to end the season, Martin notched her 100th career point this year and isn't quite done yet. Martin made honorable mention on the 2016 All-Sentinel Team.
Kayla Swope, jr., F, Northern — With 19 goals and 47 points to end the season, Swope was a lethal asset for Northern on offense. Her fielding ability would make her starter for any squad's front line and her ability to see the field was impressive, as she easily made her way through defenders to create scoring opportunities. Swope made honorable mention on the 2016 All-Sentinel Team.
Hannah Young, sr., MF, East Pennsboro — You may be hard-pressed to find a better all-around player than Young, who got All-Sentinel POTY consideration, in the Mid-Penn. Young helped lead the Panthers to their best record yet at 23-2 and she had 25 goals and 24 assists on the year. Better yet, Young notched over 200 points this season for her career, which cements her as the leading scorer in East Penn soccer history. Young will continue her soccer career at the University of Nebraska. Young made first team on the 2016 All-Sentinel Team.
Julia Raich, fr., MF, Camp Hill — The other part of a lethal Lions duo with Reid, Raich ended as one of Camp Hill's best with 15 goals and 25 assists as just a freshman. With her keen ability to find other players on the field in a snap, Raich turned out to be one of the best play maker's the Lions doted on their roster. She did all that while also helping the cross country team to a surprise District 3 Class 1A championship.
Liz Weis, jr., MF, Carlisle — When Weis goes on a tear, look out. The junior still has a lot left in the tank with her fast ball movement and ability to clearly see the field as she heads into her senior season. She ended the year with 12 goals and 10 assists. Weis made first team on the 2016 All-Sentinel Team.
Alex Houdeshell, sr., D, East Pennsboro — When your team allows only 10 goals all season and none for more than half the season, the defense is bound to get recognized. Houdeshell, along with Tae Gillis, helped anchor the defense to school history on the defensive end: most consecutive shutouts with 14, most total shutouts with 18 and a team that went undefeated in the Capital Division with a record of 16-0. Houdeshell's leadership and ability to keep everyone together will undoubtedly be missed next season.
Sydney Demyan, sr., D, Trinity — Demyan has been around awhile and has the experience to be one of the best defensive anchors in the Mid-Penn, especially after being involved in Trinity's PIAA three-peat that ended this season. She's a quick thinker who can defend against pretty much anything you throw at her, which will make her absence a big hole to fill for the Shamrocks. Demyan made first team on the 2016 All-Sentinel Team.
Bekah Becker, so., G, Boiling Springs — Becker had some big shoes to fill after three-year starter Asia Whittenberger went down with an ACL injury months before the season began. However, no one could have predicted that Becker would be as good as she turned out to be. With some extra encouragement and training from Whittenberger, Becker turned into a solid goalkeeper who allowed only 27 goals this season in 23 games, with 14 over the final 19 contests.
2017 All-Sentinel Girls Soccer Team: Honorable Mention
McKenzie Henry, sr., F, Big Spring; Shannon McCabe, sr., D, Big Spring; McKenzie Henry, sr., F, Big Spring; Melanie Barber, sr., D, Boiling Springs; Bethany Decker, sr., F, Boiling Springs; Sydney Hemler, jr., D, Boiling Springs; Jocelynne Kuhns, so., MF, Boiling Springs; Ava Brackett, fr., F, Camp Hill; Allison Confair, so., MF, Camp Hill; Kendal McCall, fr., G, Camp Hill; Bella Hoffer, fr., D, Camp Hill; Meg Tate, jr., MF, Carlisle; Jesime Freet, sr., G, Carlisle; Katie Barone, jr., MF, Carlisle; Lindsey Shughart, sr., D, Carlisle; Emily Esser, sr., MF, Cedar Cliff; Ashley Hoagland, jr., MF, Cedar Cliff; Caitlynn Leffler, jr., D, Cedar Cliff; Haley McGee, jr., G, Cumberland Valley; Kyra Place, jr., F, Cumberland Valley; Emily Mashinski, fr., F, Cumberland Valley; Alyssa Neast, sr., F, Cumberland Valley; Carly Smith, fr., D, Cumberland Valley; Kylie Wertz, jr., F, East Pennsboro; Megan Schrass, jr., F, Mechanicsburg; Abby Strong, jr., MF, Mechanicsburg; Camille Waits, so., F, Northern; Alisea Munshower, sr., MF, Northern; Kayley Wallace, sr., G, Northern; Rhyan Socash, sr., F, Red Land; Savannah Metz, sr., F, Red Land; Taylor Snyder, sr., D, Red Land; Anna Midock, so., D, Red Land; Kylie Schwab, jr., MF, Red Land; Hanna Pletcher, jr., G, Shippensburg; Amber Orndorff, jr., MF/F, Shippensburg; Mara Goodhart, sr., MF/F, Shippensburg; Kara Newell, sr., MF/D, Shippensburg; Lauren Gatesman, sr., D, Trinity; Sydney Demyan, sr., D, Trinity; Amy Corbett, Sr. F, Trinity; Ana Dominguez, jr., MF, Trinity; Molly Krzywicki, jr., G, Trinity; Grace Weaver, so., F, West Perry; Savannah Urich, sr., MF, West Perry; Jaylan Cockley, so., D, West Perry; Natalie Boltz, jr., F, West Shore Christian; Hannah Hinssen, sr., MF, West Shore Christian.