Polar Bears lead all-state soccer squad
FAIRMONT – Sissonville ran away with the 2013 Class AA-A state championship and, with it, ran away with four first team all-state selections from the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Fairmont Senior came in just behind them with three first teamers, proving just how successful their season was after losing to the eventual state champions.
The first team saw three forwards who scored a combined 119 goals, a keeper who had 10 shutouts, powerful legs from midfielders and defenders who worked hard all season.
Two of the forwards were from Sissonville in Madison Jones and Karli
Pinkerton. Jones scored 40 goals and Pinkerton scored 38 to help lead their team to an undefeated season and the state title. Sissonville also had a goalkeeper, Brooke Reed, who successfully defended her territory.
Rounding out the list for the Indians is Mary Schmeck, who added 16 goals from her midfielder position.
As for Fairmont Senior, goal keeper Kayla Delorenzo posted 251 saves and shutout opponents 10 different times on the season. She did this all while allowing just 15 goals on the year.
“Kayla has definitely done a great job between the pipes for us this year,”Fairmont Senior coach Ryann Moore said of the junior keeper. “She has kept us in quite a few games and I’m excited to have her back next year.”
The Polar Bears also boasted the coaches player of the year and co-defender of the year in Ivey Nucilli and Maddie Stevenski. Nucilli scored 19 goals and added 12 assists for the season, while Stevenski’s defensive play was known around the state as being lockdown.
“Ivey and Maddie were hard workers on and off the field,” Moore said of the two seniors. “They took their roles of senior leaders seriously and will have big shoes to fill.”
Other players to make the first team were Charleston Catholic’s Caroline
Dundervill, who scored 41 goals, midfielders Emily Knight (Lincoln), who
led Harrison County with 22 goals and 10 assists, Natalie Prater
(Bridgeport) and defenders Summer Whipkey (Midland Trail), Jena Alonge
(Bridgeport) and Lillian Gandee (Herbert Hoover).
As for the second team, North Marion came away with three selections.
Forward Madison Haught scored 18 goals and added 12 assists for the
Huskies while Cassady Rodriguez posted 16 goals and 22 assists from her
midfielder position. Defender Skylah Haught was also named to the second
team after being taksed with defending some of the state’s top forwards
and helping to lead North Marion to their best season in program
history. One of the top scorers that Haught had to shut down was
Fairmont Senior forward Gabi Mascaro. Mascaro scored 27 goals and dished
out 14 assists this season.
Rounding out the second team were Sophia Kinnard (Tyler Consolidated),
Kristen Brinkley (PikeView), Mikayla Oliverio, Alexis Lindsay
(Bridgeport), Brooke Baker (PikeView), Kaylee Welch (Grafton), Shyann
Carr (PikeView), Taylor Legg (Sissonville) and Jacquelyn Wolfe