November 20, 2012
Dozen locals on elite squad
The Central Counties League girls’ soccer all-star first team has a familiar and local look to it this fall.
A total of 12 players from the three area schools are on the elite squad — six from champion Cincinnatus, five from McGraw and one from DeRuyter — and seven of the 12 are repeat first-teamers from 2011.
The repeat honorees from Cincy are senior striker Bailey Rutan (also a Section 3 Class D all-star), junior midfielders Mallory Cobb (center MF, a Section 3 Class D pick for the second straight season) and Devin Blanchard (outside MF), and junior sweeper Darcie Wood.
Joining those four on the first team from the Red Lions are juniors Danielle Wood (a utility player, second team in 2011, Darcie’s twin) and Sydney Burritt, a stopper and an honorable mention last fall.
Runner-up McGraw’s repeat first-teamers are senior forward Jaimee Griffin, senior back Shelby Mix (also a Section 3 Class D all-star) and senior midfielder Nicole Purcell.
The Eagles’ other first-teamers are sophomore back Sarah Leach and senior forward Kailey Reddick, both of whom made the second team last fall. Sophomore goalkeeper Samantha Gordon from sixth-place DeRuyter, an honorable mention last season, rounds out this year’s local first-team contingent.
The rest of the first team consists of senior back Shana Biedermann (a repeat first-teamer), senior midfielder Taylor Best and junior back Morgan Lewis from third-place Madison, senior goalkeeper Meriah Beauvais from fourth-place Stockbridge Valley and from fifth-place Brookfield, junior midfielder Jill Hughes.
Rutan led the league in scoring for the second straight year with 24 goals and 11 assists for 59 points. Griffin was second at 13-8-34, followed by Cobb (13-6-32), Cincy sophomore forward Jordan Lidell (10-5-25), Reddick (8-4-20), Danielle Wood (6-7-19), Leach, (6-5-17), Best (6-3-15), Cincy sophomore forward Chelsea Gerrard (6-1-13), Madison junior forward Megan Rockhill (4-4-12) and Blanchard (2-8-12).
Lidell (a first-teamer last season with Otselic Valley) and senior back Kassidy Kievit, an honorable mention in ‘11, represent Cincy on the second team. McGraw’s second-teamers include a pair of honorable mentions from last year in senior goalkeeper Caitlin Wyant and senior midfielder Melissa Caufield as well as senior back Allyson Augur, junior back Courtney Purcell and sophomore forward Brooke Guernsey.
DeRuyter’s second-teamers are sophomore back Emily Cirbus (first team in 2011) and senior forward Krista Lake.
The second team also includes Rockhill, senior back Ashley Russell and senior midfielder Nikki Tubbs, Stockbridge Valley senior forward Taylor Denison and sophomore back Emily Laurin, Brookfield sophomore goalkeeper Brooke Terrier and junior forward Alyssa Worden and, from seventh-place Otselic Valley, senior forward Kelsey Graves.
Honorable mentions among the locals are Gerrard, senior midfielder Miranda Knickerbocker and junior goalie Susie Waltz from Cincy. McGraw junior midfielder Kim Horner and, from DeRuyter, sophomores Andrea Newton (midfielder) and Courtney Randall (forward).
Other honorable mentions are junior back Alex Boss and sophomore forward Sydney Coon from Madison, Stockbridge Valley freshman forward Tiffani Jacobs, Brookfield senior back Lindsay Bellair and Otselic Valley senior midfielder Ronnie Hines and junior forward Courtney Pittsley.
Following are the local coaches’ comments on their first-teamers.
On Rutan: “Bailey has been with us for four years and she has been one of our top scorers every year, scoring her 100th career goal in our sectional game against Remsen. We used Bailey in different positions throughout her career, but most of the time she found herself on the frontline where she was most comfortable and that’s were she belonged. We had to move Bailey a lot an the front line because she was marked most of the time due to her great shooting and scoring ability. For the total season Bailey had 33 goals and 11 goals.”
On Cobb: “Mallory was our stopper the last two years, but we felt she would serve a more important role for the team at center mid. We counted on her when times got tough and we needed to pick up our tempo of the game. She sees the field so well, knows when to go at an opponent, hold the ball, and distribute the ball to other teammates effortlessly. Mallory scored 13 goals and had 11 assists overall.”
On Blanchard: “Devin was our silent player; most coaches didn’t know too much about her when the game first started, but by the end of the game they knew who she was. Devin is very quick and as defender you do not want her to get a step on you or she will be gone. Devin had two goals and eight assists.”
On Darcie Wood: “Considered one of the fastest sweeper in the league, Darcie was one of our key players in our defense. She is a very relaxed player back there and feels very much at home back there. We relied on her to take care of any balls or players that got through our first line of defense.”
On Danielle Wood: “Danielle was one of those players we moved around a lot, wherever we needed her to adjust to counteract the other team’s game plan. Danielle could be found at forward, midfield, or fullback. She is one of those versatile kids that every team would like to have, and she takes her job, whatever it may be for that particular game, seriously and doesn’t disappoint.”
On Burritt: “Sydney played a new position this year as our stopper, coming off a season as one our key players from midfield. We were a little hesitant at first about whether she could fill this position and whether we wanted her out of our midfield, but she did not disappoint us at all and stepped up to the challenge with great talent and commitment to do her best.”
On Griffin: “Jaimee has played on varsity the past three years and always had the ‘natural talent’ to score goals. She can be very dangerous with both her right- and left-foot shots, and has been on the top 10 scoring list for the CCL the past three years with a career total of 43 goals and 19 assists for 105 points.”
On Mix: “Shelby came to our Varsity Team as a sophomore. She has been a first-team all-star List as a sweeper the past two seasons. She became a very good leader and captain to our team. She was the one to beat on defense and it happened very seldom. Shelby was the hardest worker in practice and that translated on the field.”
On Nicole Purcell: “Nicole came to our team as an eighth-grader, and found her home on the varsity as a midfielder, earning first-team All-CCL honors three years in a row. She became a feared center midfielder early on. As a varsity player she scored 22 goals and had 16 assists for 60 points.”
On Leach: “It is such a pleasure to watch this player. Sarah plays with so much determination. She came to the varsity as a freshman and took the starting position as defensive stopper immediately. We always put her on the most dangerous offensive players from the other team and she shuts them down. She seems to be able to run forever.”
On Reddick: “Kailey is one of the fastest players on the team; put her in an open field and she is gone. She finishes her career with 23 goals and 23 assists for 69 points, and has been on the top-10 scoring list in the CCL the past three years.”
DeRuyter coach Danielle Lum did not respond to requests for her comments on Samantha Gordon.
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