Top soccer talent makes mark

2006 all-county girls soccer team

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006

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Christopher Anderson⁄the gazette
The Star⁄Gazette All-County Girls’ Soccer Team includes (front row, from left) Amanda King, Wendy Balogun, Katie Greenwood, Kelliann Rooney, Kelsey Sheehan; (middle row, from left) Amanda Carta, Annesia Faulkner, Randall Marshall, Jazzmine Chandler, Dalila Kujifi; (back row, from left) Coach of the Year Michael Holt, Ashley Morse, Nikki D’Orsaneo, Lori Yowell and Kelsi Morris.

First team

Wendy Balogun, Eleanor Roosevelt: As a member of the U.S. National U-17 team, Balogun is clearly among the best goalkeepers in her age group. She did not permit a goal during 16 games against county foes this fall. The University of Maryland-bound senior posted three shutout victories against Bowie and held eventual state champion Quince Orchard scoreless for nearly 95 minutes in the 4A state semifinals. In limited time in the field, she also scored eight goals and added two assists.

Amanda King, Eleanor Roosevelt: One of Roosevelt’s more aggressive players, the junior finished second on the team with 19 goals and added nine assists despite missing four games. A perennial two-sport star (soccer and softball), King scored the first goal in the Raiders’ 2-0 victory against Bowie in the county title game.

Randall Marshall, Pallotti: A strong, physical player, the junior was frequently asked to mark the opposing team’s most prolific scorer and she often prevailed in those encounters. Marshall also made aggressive runs from the back and added goals off of free kicks and corners. She is expected to be another key cog for the Panthers next fall when they seek to upend Spalding for the IAAM title.

Jazzmine Chandler, Pallotti: Blessed with exceptional speed and endurance, the junior was capable of closing on an attacker and stripping the ball with effectiveness. She also came through with several critical goals for the Panthers. Like Marshall, Chandler returns next season and will play an instrumental defensive role for the Panthers.

Dalila Kujifi, High Point: One of the primary reasons for the Eagles’ success this fall, the senior forward scored 20 goals and added six assists as High Point went 11-3. She scored two goals in the Eagles’ 4A South Region quarterfinal win against Henry A. Wise and capped her career by scoring a goal in the county senior all-star game on her home field.

Jennifer Givens, Grace Brethren: After the Eagles graduated their top two scorers from 2005, Givens accounted for a bulk of the scoring although most teams assigned two defenders to her. The senior had 24 goals, nearly half of the team’s total of 51, and led Grace Brethren to an 11-5-2 mark. Her goal total was the third-highest single-season mark in team history.

Kelsey Sheehan, Elizabeth Seton: A two-year captain for the Roadrunners, the senior defender tracked down opposing forwards and help minimize their effectiveness in the tough Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Selected to the WCAC second team, Sheehan displayed solid footwork and tenacity and also provided senior leadership.

Nikki D’Orsaneo, Bowie: The junior led the Bulldogs with 24 goals and was one of the primary reasons the team went 15-3 and reached the 4A South Region final for the fourth consecutive year. D’Orsaneo returns next year to what will be a senior-laden Bulldogs lineup that will be looking to avenge three losses this season against 4A South champ Roosevelt.

Lori Yowell, Grace Brethren: The senior has started all 80 games during the last four years, mostly at stopper. A tenacious defender, Yowell often did an admirable job containing the opposition’s best attacker. She was named Most Valuable Player of the National Christian Schools Athletic Association Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament in Erie, Pa., as the Eagles won the title for the third consecutive year.

Ashley Morse, Bowie: The talented junior forward possesses superb footwork and was a dangerous offensive player near the box. Morse finished second on the Bulldogs with 18 goals and added 11 assists as Bowie reached the 4A South Region final for the fourth consecutive season. She was often noted by opposing coaches as a player who must be contained each game.

Amanda Carta, Pallotti: One of the primary reasons the Panthers advanced to the IAAM A conference final, Carta surrendered only one goal in conference play and registered nine shutouts. Blessed with range and versatility, the junior recorded a .933 save percentage. Carta will help solidify another strong Pallotti defense next fall.

Kelliann Rooney, Elizabeth Seton: On a team that continues to improve, Rooney became the first Seton player in school history to earn a spot on the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference first team. Described by head coach Mellanie Nie and her teammates as a ‘‘tough competitor”, Rooney was one of the Roadrunners’ most tenacious players. She was a two-year captain for Seton and lived up to the role as one of its senior leaders.

Katie Greenwood, Roosevelt: A solid leader and superb all-around player, Greenwood scored 29 goals and added seven assists for the 4A South Region champions. The senior left-footed player was responsible for taking most of the corner kicks for the Raiders this fall.

Kelsi Morris, Bowie: The versatile junior midfielder can dribble and pass effectively and she’s capable of containing the opponent’s better ball handlers. Morris looks to follow in the footsteps of older sister Meghan, who was a two-time Star⁄Gazette first-team choice and the 2002 Player of the Year as a senior.

Annesia Faulkner

The talented St. Vincent Pallotti High senior forward makes her third consecutive appearance on the Star⁄Gazette first team and defends her Player of the Year honors. Faulkner scored 20 goals and added 10 assists as the Panthers reached the title game in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference, one of the toughest girls’ soccer leagues in the region. Faulkner, blessed with both skill and leg strength, concluded her career with 101 goals and 43 assists. She is headed to the University of Maryland next fall to continue her soccer career.

Michael Holt

In his first year at the helm of the High Point High girls’ soccer team, Holt guided the Eagles to an 11-3 record and an appearance in the 4A South Region semifinals. During one stretch, High Point won 11 straight games and knocked off Henry A. Wise in the region quarterfinals before falling to Bowie, 2-0, in the semifinals.

Second Team

Valerie Koeppl and Jessica McFadden, Bowie

Britney Harris, Briana Hovington, Ikumi Doucette and Katie Rim, Roosevelt

Erin Sheehan and Mary McCarron, Seton

Jennifer Sowers, High Point

Alondra Hernandez, Oxon Hill

Tamatri Gale, Gwynn Park

Linette Iloh, Douglass

Mary Williams and Jennifer Snead,Charles H. Flowers

Phylicia McLaughlin and Caitlin Rowland, Grace Brethren

Ellie Vawter, Pallotti

Abenaa Bamfo, Central

Lauren Wright and Kira Washington,Henry A. Wise

DeShawn White, Riverdale Baptist