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2003 All-County Girls’ Soccer Team: County celebrates its first-ever girls’ state soccer title

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by Ted Black, Derek Toney and Terron Hampton

Staff Writer

The county girls’ soccer community celebrated its first-ever state championship this fall, as Eleanor Roosevelt won the 4A title. Here is the Star⁄Gazette All-County Girls’ Soccer team for 2003:

Player of the Year

Erin Casey, Roosevelt, senior, striker — After missing more than two weeks of the season while awaiting clearance to play on a repaired torn anterior cruciate ligament, Casey more than made up for lost time. During the season she recorded nine goals and three assists, but during the playoffs she accounted for several huge goals. In the state semifinal victory over South River, Casey had one goal in regulation and another in penalty kicks to lift the Raiders to victory. In the state championship game against Perry Hall, Casey scored the game’s only goal on a header off a corner kick to propel Roosevelt to the first state girls’ title in county history.

Co-Coaches of the Year

Matt Geier, Grace Brethren – In his first year at the helm, Geier took over a team that went 4-16 in 2002 and orchestrated a complete turnaround. The Eagles went 14-7 this fall, including a third-place finish in the Association of Christian Schools International Tournament in Hagerstown. Along the way, Grace Brethren swept three games from county-rival Riverdale Baptist.

Kathy Lacey, Eleanor Roosevelt – In her four seasons at Roosevelt, Lacey has guided the Raiders to three region titles and this year she led them to the state championship. Lacey, a former player at Bowie, led the Raiders to a 1-0, double-overtime victory against Perry Hall in the state title game on Nov. 17. Her team went 16-2-1 this season and the Raiders are 55-6-3 in her four years.

First-team selections

Amanda Poach, Bowie, junior, midfielder — Undoubtedly the most talented player in the county during the season, Poach dazzled defenders, coaches and fans with her exceptional dribbling skills and precise shooting ability. A member of the National Player Pool and Olympic Development Program, Poach scored 14 goals and added 11 assists this fall.

Tara McCarron, Roosevelt, junior, sweeper — After playing three years up front for the Raiders, where she earned Star⁄Gazette second-team status, McCarron was moved to the back and promptly proved to be a staunch defender. As the Roosevelt sweeper, McCarron was largely responsible for keeping opponents from taking good shots. Her heady play and strong leg was a primary reason the Raiders surrendered only five goals in 19 games this fall.

Aletheia Fadness, Grace Brethren, sophomore, striker — In her second season on the Grace Brethren varsity squad, Fadness was an integral part in the Eagles’ emergence among Potomac Valley Athletic Conference teams. Fadness led the Eagles with 26 goals and 12 assists. She notched a hat trick in the Association of Christian Schools International regional contest victory over Riverdale Baptist and she scored at least one goal in all but five games this fall.

Amanda Harris, Roosevelt, senior, midfielder — Making her second consecutive appearance on the first team, Harris proved to be both a senior leader and among the scoring leaders for the state champion Raiders. Harris was second on the team with 11 goals and led the squad with 14 assists. She was assigned many of the free kicks from the 18-yard line and the Laurel resident adeptly handled the role as a captain.

Jada Daniel, Riverdale Baptist, sophomore, striker — Her 32 goals established a new single-season school record. Daniel also added 15 assists in leading the team to the Maryland Independent Schools League championship game where the Crusaders lost in penalty kicks to Annapolis Area Christian. Daniel was named to the MISL first team and was tabbed as the Crusaders’ Most Valuable Player.

Jessica Boluda, McNamara, junior, striker — Another one of the county’s best players whose value can not be measured by her statistics, Boluda was among the best forwards in the tough Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Boluda scored nine goals and added eight assists for the Mustangs, who were among the youngest teams in the WCAC.

Ashley Pezeshkian, Laurel, senior, goalie — Once again this Laurel senior ascended to the head of the class among county keepers with her keen instincts, intelligence and willingness to make leaping and diving saves amid onrushing forwards. The sure-handed, soft-spoken ‘Pez’ limited eventual state champion Eleanor Roosevelt to one goal in each of their two meetings. A first-team selection for two years, Pezeshkian plans to attend the University of Delaware next fall.

Sarah Bury, Grace Brethren, senior, goalie — Bury solidified her status as one of the best goalies in the county this fall by making 163 saves and allowing only 24 goals (1.26 GAA) in 19 games. She recorded six shutouts and left two other games early with the Eagles comfortably ahead only to see her replacement allow a goal. In the two games she didn’t play keeper, Bury also helped Grace Brethren with her footwork, scoring two goals.

Lauren Maisel, Roosevelt, senior, striker — Another key component of a defensive-minded unit that permitted only five goals in 19 games, Maisel played virtually every position except keeper for the Raiders this season. She scored seven goals and added four assists.

Jamila Minus, Oxon Hill, junior, striker — This Minus was a plus for the Clippers this season, supplying much of the team’s offense. Minus scored 15 goals and added one assist as Oxon Hill provided a stiff challenge for some of the county’s top teams, including Roosevelt, who the Clippers played to a tie.

Annesia Faulkner, Pallotti, freshman, striker — In her first varsity season, Faulkner led the Panthers with 33 goals and eight assists. She scored on 55 percent of her shot attempts, an astonishing rate at any level. Her 33 goals were two more than Pallotti scored in the entire 2002 season.

Ali Wilkerson, Bowie, senior, striker — On a team that appeared destined for the region and state title early in the season, Wilkerson led the Bulldogs with 29 goals and 16 assists. Wilkerson, who is headed to North Carolina State next fall, had six hat tricks and scored four times in three of those games.

Kasey Honeycutt, Bowie, sophomore, midfielder — One of the more talented players in the county, Honeycutt created troubles for opposing defenses with her speed and dribbling skills. Overshadowed somewhat by Wilkerson and Poach — who happens to be her older stepsister — Honeycutt held her own with 11 goals and 10 assists.

Tara Hickman, Douglass, sophomore, striker — Hickman was the top player for the Eagles this season, recording a team-high 12 goals along with three assists. Douglass coach Brian Basileo said that the team would not have been as good without her.

Second-team selections

Gemma Easterling, Flowers; Jocelyn Hall, Riverdale Baptist; Kelli Holmes, Riverdale Baptist; Ashley Leveling, Grace Brethren; Alicia Jernigan, Grace Brethren; Rachel Jennings, Seton; Cassie Alberding, Seton; Tricia Ferrara, McNamara; Stephanie St. Aubin, Seton; Mary Raffael, Roosevelt; Nicole Jacobs, Roosevelt; Wendy Balogun, Roosevelt; Katie Greenwood, Roosevelt; Robin Burroughs, Parkdale; Jamie Rowton, Parkdale; Kristen Faulkner, High Point; Maura Hopkins, High Point; Sable Bell, Oxon Hill; Stephanie Bertran, Bowie; Jackie D’Orsaneo, Bowie.