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Mirror's All-City soccer team
By CASEY OLSON
The Federal Way girls soccer team exceeded expectations this year. First-year coach Jason Baumgardt is the first to admit that.
The Eagles, who were picked by many to finish in the middle of the pack in the South Puget Sound League South Division, rolled to the regular season title unbeaten before falling in a penalty-kick shootout to South Kitsap in a West Central/Southwest District contest.
A big part of that success goes to senior centerback Mandy Ploskonka, who earned the Mirrors All-City Player of the Year honors.
I dont believe any other player was more valuable to their team in the league than Mandy, Baumgardt said. She had a phenomenal year.
Ploskonka possessed the leagues most powerful right foot and was lethal on corner and goal kicks for the Eagles. She turned numerous defensive plays into instant offense. Ploskonka led the South in total points with 19, and, like a point guard in basketball, would much rather make the set-up pass than score a goal. She tallied 15 assists and only four goals.
Ploskonka is still undecided on where she is going to play in college. Shes had interest from Seattle Pacific, Seattle University and went on a visit to Humboldt State in California earlier this year.
Heres a look at the Mirrors 2004 All-City Soccer Team:
Goalkeeper Kristen Johnson, Decatur
The Decatur senior earned second-team All-SPSL South honors for the 7-6-3 Gators. Johnson had six shutouts on the year and was a leading force last season when Decatur finished third at the Class 4A state championships.
Defense Tina Ruiz, Federal Way
The Eagle senior was the backbone of Federal Ways league-leading defense. Ruiz, a sweeper, and the rest of the Eagle defense allowed just 10 goals in 18 matches during the season.
Defense Leana Pomeroy, Decatur
The Gator senior sweeper led a Decatur defense that gave up just 13 goals all season.
Defense Nicole Peterson, Beamer
The freshman will be a solid player for the Titans and coach Carrie Boers for three more years. Peterson also scored two goals from her fullback position.
Defense Rachael Christenson, Federal Way
The senior teamed with Ruiz to form the best backline in the league for the SPSL South champion Eagles. Federal Way allowed .55 goals a game.
Midfield Kelsey Racicot, Jefferson
The sophomore was a big factor in the Raiders offense and defense. Racicot scored three goals during the year and was a key component in TJs late-season run at a playoff berth after starting the year 0-8-0.
Midfield Amanda Meadows, Decatur
The senior was a team leader for the Gators in the midfield. Meadows tallied two goals and one assist during the season.
Midfield Bree Rowe, Federal Way
The sophomore might have the most talent in the district. Rowe led the Eagles with nine goals and has played on several Olympic Development Program teams on the west coast.
Midfield Kelsey Lusebrink, Decatur
The sophomore led the district in goals with 11, including nine during the Gators six-game unbeaten streak in the middle of the season. She had three multi-goal games, including a hat trick against Spanaway Lake.
Midfield Megan Price, Federal Way
The senior was a playmaker in the middle of the field for Federal Way. Price tallied eight goals and five assists.
Forward Michelle Borth, Jefferson
The sophomore didnt have the best numbers during the season, two goals and one assist, but she was a disruptive force for opposing defenses.
Forward Mel Hicks, Jefferson
The sophomore led the Raiders in scoring with five goals, including two multi-goal games.
Forward Jordan Salisbury, Beamer
The freshman frontliner led the Titans with five goals. Beamer, who was offensively strapped all season, tallied only 12 goals on the season.
Forward Brittany Bennett, Federal Way
The senior tallied eight goals on the season for the Eagles, including one against Tahoma in the SPSL championship game.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com