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Mirror names All-City soccer team

By COLE COSGROVE

Associate editor

After a girls soccer season that saw Jefferson win the South Puget Sound League, South Division title and Federal Way surprise just about everybody on its way to the quarterfinal round of the state tournament, itŽ’s time to recognize the individuals who helped their teams do as well as they did.

For the second consecutive year, JeffersonŽ’s Chelsea Hunt was voted by the coaches as the SPSLŽ’s Most Valuable Player.

Ž“I noticed early on in the season that sheŽ’s outgrown the league as an individual player,Ž” Jefferson coach Amy Sutherland said. Ž“I think the fact she was voted MVP by the coaches for two years, it shows the way she stands out. SheŽ’s grown into her leadership potential this year. She needs to go on and develop at a whole new level.Ž”

The senior forward finished her career with 109 goals to lead the Raiders into the playoffs each year she played.

Ž“We when play her, we put one player to specifically mark her,Ž” Decatur coach Brandon Frederick said. Ž“She gets open, sheŽ’s fast, she has very good field presence and she always always gets to the ball. She is very dangerous on corner kicks. I tell my players to just follow her, because she knows where the ball is going to be. SheŽ’s got a forward mentality.Ž”

HuntŽ’s sidekick in scoring for Jefferson was junior Rachael Maus. Maus, who was also an All-City selection last year, will be the go-to girl for the Raiders next season when Hunt is at the University of San Francisco.

Ž“The term for her would be a gamer,Ž” Sutherland said of Maus. Ž“Any time she steps on the field she goes 100 percent. You canŽ’t teach that, youŽ’re just born with it.Ž”

JeffersonŽ’s midfield was helped by the senior leadership of Shelley Greene.

Ž“Her freshman year she wasnŽ’t selected by the previous coaching staff and was one of last people to get cut,Ž” Sutherland said of Greene. Ž“To watch her from that moment, sheŽ’s become an impact player. She scored a couple of huge goals for us, including the game winner against Curtis.Ž”

Ninth-grader Christa Bingham also made the All-City team.

Ž“She has tremendous talent and loads of potential,Ž” Sutherland said.

JeffersonŽ’s defense was anchored by seniors Jamie Salmon and Vanessa Warner. Salmon is on the All-City team for the second year in a row.

Ž“Defenders never get recognized,Ž” Sutherland said. Ž“If Jamie was a forward she would be in the paper all the time. She was the backbone of the defense. IŽ’ve never seen a tougher player in the four to five years IŽ’ve been here. I never saw her play a bad game.Ž”

Sutherland called Warner an Ž“inspiration on the field who plays really tough.Ž”

A third quality Jefferson defender, junior Ashley Sanders, earned honorable mention after an injury hampered her season.

Sophomores Brianna McCabe and Amanda Copeland were honorable mention.

The Federal Way girls soccer team had one of its best seasons since it won back-to-back championships in the 1990s.

Leading the way up front for Federal Way was junior forward Ashlyn White. White led the Eagles in scoring and also was an All-City selection last year.

Ž“SheŽ’s got a great touch,Ž” said Federal Way coach Carrie Boers. Ž“She can control the ball and what she does with it.Ž”

Federal Way midfielders Hannah Bridges, a junior, and Megan Price, a sophomore, shared a similar style of play.

Price earned All-City honorable mention last season as a ninth-grader.

Ž“Megan has a tough work ethic and Hannah is just a powerhouse who controls the middle,Ž” Boers said. Ž“It takes a tough player to beat her.Ž”

Senior Kim Loebe was the EaglesŽ’ savior on defense. ItŽ’s her second year as an All-City player.

Ž“SheŽ’s a leader by example,Ž” Boers said. Ž“She is strong anchor and definitely was the core to our defense and setting our offense up. She saved us a lot. She was a player who wasnŽ’t really talked about by the papers or other coaches during the season, but was by far one of our MVPs.Ž”

Federal Way senior midfielder/forward Lindsay Mitchell, sophomore midfielders Mandy Ploskonka and Rachael Christenson, and senior goalkeeper Nina Kupu earned honorable mention.

Decatur was led by junior Amanda Font, one of the leagueŽ’s best midfielders ŽÑ she was the top vote getter among all midfielders in the coachesŽ’ selections for the All-SPSL team.

She was an All-City honorable mention selection last year.

Font helped control the game with fellow All-City teammates Brittany Gilmer, a junior, and Amanda Meadows, a sophomore.

Ž“Amanda is a versatile player and Brittany is mentally and physically tough,Ž” Frederick said.

Decatur senior Andrea Roppo was the top defender for the Gators and was always a threat to score when she came up to take direct kicks and corner kicks.

Ž“She was a leader for us as one of our captains,Ž” Frederick said. Ž“She reads the field real well.Ž”

Junior Nicole Collins was the Gators best scoring threat at forward and led the team in scoring.

Ž“Her strength is her powerful shot,Ž” Frederick said.

Decatur sophomore Kristen Johnson earned a place as the All-City goalkeeper for her consistent play.

Ž“She saved us on more than one occasion,Ž” Frederick said.

Johnson stepped in for senior Breanna Klasen, who injured her wrist in a car wreck that killed her mother.

Ž“Bre probably would have been vying for All-League and definitely All-City,Ž” said Jefferson coach Sutherland.

Klasen was still able to contribute by playing on the field as a position player.

Ninth-grader Amanda Murphy and junior defenders Clare Brown and Caitlin Britt were All-City honorable mention.

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