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Pitch perfect: 2009 all-county girls soccer team unveiled
The greater Silverdale area produced just one state-qualifying girls soccer team this season.
But there was no shortage of standout performances at the individual level.
Central Kitsap fell shy of the state tournament, despite the leadership of Oregon State University-bound forward Hannah Anderson, who was recognized for her efforts with a starting position on the all-county team.
Olympic’s season ended at districts, but that came after senior goalkeeper Darrien Dorr posted 13 shutouts in 18 games.
And Klahowya, the lone area team to advance to state, benefited from the talents of Ruthie Hawley, Jordan Dixon, Katlyn Sargent and Rocki Winkler, all whom received honorable mention to the all-county team.
The All-Kitsap County Girls Soccer Team was compiled by the sports writers for the Bainbridge Review, Bremerton Patriot, Central Kitsap Reporter, North Kitsap Herald and Port Orchard Independent. Candidates for the team were nominated by the writers for their respective areas. The nominees were then voted on by the writers, with the top vote-getters making the team. The team includes the best players from area schools who not only performed well individually, but played a role in the success of their team as well.
2009 All-Kitsap County Girls Soccer Team:
F — Hannah Anderson, Central Kitsap, senior: A co-captain who coach Vicky Webb called the “heart and soul of the CK soccer team,” Anderson scored a team-high 13 goals to go with five assists, despite playing much of the season either injured or ill. She will play next season at Oregon State University.
F — Siara Byers, North Kitsap, senior: In her fourth year as a varsity starter, Byers led the Olympic League-champion Vikings with 23 goals and five assists during the regular season. Six of those goals came in the final two games of the regular season, helping the Vikings finish undefeated in league play. Byers’ offensive numbers are impressive considering the fact she also spent time playing defender.
F — Becca Schoales, South Kitsap, freshman: It is rare for a first-year player to come into a deep program and make an impact, but Schoales did just that. She had a team-high 11 goals and added three assists this season.
“She is a true finisher,” coach Julie Cain said. “She’s just a brilliant player. She reads the game so well.”
MF — Kirsten Anthony, Central Kitsap, junior: With six goals and five assists, Anthony was a large reason Central Kitsap controlled the middle-third of the field.
“She was voted ‘most valuable to the offense’ by her teammates,” Webb said. “Focused, hard-working and a tenacious defender, Kirsten could be counted on to provide the strength needed to take on the tough teams of the Narrows League.”
MF — Christina Boddie, South Kitsap, senior: Boddie has been the centerpiece of the Wolves’ offense for the last two seasons. Boddie, who has an offer to play at the University of Idaho next year, finished with six goals and five assists to lead South to state for a second consecutive year.
“She’s kind of the quarterback of our offense,” Cain said. “She sets up a lot of our attack. She’s so consistent.”
MF/F — Riley Dopps, South Kitsap, junior: Despite moving all over the field — she spent the first half of the season as a defender — Dopps still finished with five goals and four assists this season. Several schools took notice even though Dopps has a year of eligibility remaining. She said Arizona State, Boise State and Washington State all have extended scholarship offers to her.
“Riley’s a game-changer,” Cain said. “She’s so fast, tenacious and is able to take players on. She’s one of those players that can play anywhere on the field and perform well.”
MF — Delanee Nilles, North Kitsap, sophomore: Arguably the Vikings’ most complete player, Nilles tallied nine goals and led the Olympic League in assists with 14 during the regular season.
D — Molly Edde, Central Kitsap, senior: Edde, a co-captain who was voted “most valuable to the defense” by her teammates, anchored a Central Kitsap back line that allowed just 11 goals during the regular season.
“Molly Edde worked tirelessly in the back,” Webb said. “Time and time again she thwarted opponents attempts to score. Reliable, aggressive and serious, Molly led by example.”
D — Kacey Loyd, Kingston, senior: Loyd anchored the defense that kept the Buccaneers in the hunt for the playoffs and helped them secure a first-round win in the district tournament. Coach Craig Smith called Loyd “one of the better defenders in the league.”
D — Brianna Waldron, South Kitsap, senior: When the Wolves needed someone to contain the opponent’s best playmaker, Cain turned to Waldron. Despite her position, Waldron also was an offensive threat, scoring five goals in addition to an assist.
“I think she’s one of the top one-on-one defenders in the state,” Cain said. “She could just shutdown a player.”
Co-GK — Darrien Dorr, Olympic, senior: Olympic failed to produce the offense it did in 2008 en route to the state playoffs. It was the physical Dorr to whom coach Steve Haggerty turned to combat those struggles. She finished the season with 13 shutouts in 18 games.
Co-GK — Holly Sieler, South Kitsap, senior: Even after helping the Wolves to state in 2008, Sieler had to battle sophomore Brianna Smallidge to retain her starting position. Sieler did that as she had 12 shutouts this year.
“She put up some really big saves for us in the playoffs,” Cain said. “I thought she had a fantastic season.”
Coach of the Year — Julie Cain, South Kitsap: Cain became the third coach of the Wolves in as many years and the fourth in the last five seasons. Despite implementing a new system, Cain guided South to the state playoffs. Cain, a former assistant at Seattle Pacific University, also became the first Wolves coach to defeat Bellarmine Prep twice in one season. South’s 2-0 win against the Lions on Nov. 3 in the Narrows League Tournament championship match marked the first time in a decade a school besides Bellarmine won that game. South finished with a 14-1-3 record.
Honorable mention (Central Kitsap, Olympic and Klahowya)
F — Ruthie Hawley, Klahowya, junior: Hawley finished the regular season with six goals and five assists.
“She never stops working hard,” Oelschlager said. “She has a great knowledge of the game and is my best forward option.”
F/MF — Anndrea O’Leary, Olympic, senior — O’Leary provided stability up front, creating opportunities for both herself and the team with solid ball skills.
MF — Jordan Dixon, Klahowya, junior: An offensive-minded midfielder, Dixon scored a team-high 11 goals to go with two assists, helping the Lady Eagles to the Class 2A state tournament.
MF — Katlyn Sargent, Klahowya, sophomore: It was Sargent who enabled Klahowya to keep pressure on the oppositions’ defense, creating scoring opportunities for her teammates while patrolling the middle-third of the field from the center-midfield position. She had three assists.
MF — Rocki Winkler, Klahowya, junior: Poised and fleet-footed, coach Troy Oelschlager the sweeper “the main reason we only gave up 5 goals during the (regular) season.”
D — Rebekah Daniel, Central Kitsap, senior: Daniel saw time at midfield, but it was her presence on the left side of the defense that made her an integral part of the Central Kitsap team. She is credited for supporting her teammates and respecting the opponent.
D — Jalyn Halstead, Olympic, sophomore: Halstead anchored a defensive unit that posted 13 shutouts in 18 games.
“Jalyn is the heart and soul of that defense,” coach Steve Haggerty said. “There have been a few games where it was her defensive positioning that took balls off the goal line and preserved the shutout. Many times my assistant and I would look at each other during the game and say, ‘Jalyn is money.’”
D — Taylor Gillespie, Central Kitsap, junior: was given the Coaches Award for this season. Speedy and strong, Taylor was always around the ball making play after play. Another key to CK’s strong defense, Taylor could be counted on to fly in and make amazing defensive play then turn around and move the ball up to the offense.
Additional honorbale mentions
Julie Belden, Bremerton, sophomore; Miranda Caballero, South Kitsap, freshman; Kelsey Callaghan, South Kitsap, junior; Ashley Cole, North Kitsap, sophomore; Rachel Fisk, North Kitsap, sophomore; Lindsey Foster, North Kitsap, sophomore; Tori Gerken, Kingston, sophomore; Maddie Ginder, Bainbridge, senior; Eyla Le, North Kitsap, junior; Heather Martin, North Kitsap, senior; Micaylla O’Leary, Olympic, freshman; Rachael Pratt, Bremerton, sophomore; Jaime Schultz, Kingston, senior; Lauren Silvers, Bainbridge, senior; Jessica Sprague, North Kitsap, sophomore; Georgia Suter, North Kitsap, senior; Hallie Swan, Bainbridge, senior; Madison Taylor, North Kitsap, senior; and Angelique White, Bremerton, senior.