2016 Times Leader Girls Soccer All-Stars

December 22nd, 2016 11:57 pm - updated: 3:00 pm.

SECOND TEAM

Vanessa Atie, Crestwood

Kayla Aufiero, Nanticoke

Mia Barbieri, Pittston Area

Sam Brumagin, Crestwood

Nicole Cavanaugh, Holy Redeemer

Paige Davis, Coughlin

Hollie Holthaus, Dallas

Hallie Jenkins, Lake-Lehman

Aleah Kranson, Wyoming Area

Riley O’Neil, Wyoming Valley West

Abby Paczewski, Lake-Lehman

Annemaaike Reitsma, Wyoming Seminary

Emma Sweitzer, Dallas

Taylor Tomalinas, Crestwood

TIFFANY MICHALEK

Wyoming Valley West

Junior, midfield

Michalek makes a repeat appearance on the all-star team after leading the Spartans to the district semifinals. She complemented a defensively sound midfield with a team-best 12 goals and 27 points. Michalek scored both goals in an overtime victory that gave Dallas its only regular season blemish.

LAUREN THORYK

Wyoming Valley West

Senior, defense

Thoryk was a stalwart for a Spartans’ defense that ranked second in their division defensively. The center-mid helped WVW hold opponents to 1.4 goals-against per game. Valley West earned seven clean sheets this season.

MELISSA HERRERA

Crestwood

Sophomore, forward

No one enjoyed the playoffs quite like Herrera. The two-time all-star scored six of her team-best 20 goals during the postseason. Herrera toasted Abington Heights with a hat trick to give fifth-seeded Crestwood its first-ever district championship.

NINA ATIE

Crestwood

Sophomore, midfield

Atie aided the Comets with seven goals, two assists and 16 points in their historic playoff run. The sophomore midfielder provided Crestwood with an all-around effort in her sophomore season. She led the Comets to their first district championship in school history.

LEXI GAETANO

Crestwood

Senior, defense

Gaetano anchored the Comets’ defense during impressive playoff wins over Wallenpaupack, Dallas and Abington Heights en route to the team’s first district title. As a center-back, she contributed offensively, as well, with a goal and six assists for eight points.

ALISON FRANCIS

Dallas

Freshman, forward

Francis resoundingly took the WVC Division 1 scoring title in just her first season. She finished with 30 goals and 60 points to continue the trend of outstanding Dallas forwards. Francis set the Mountaineers on a path towards a WVC title with game-winning overtime goal against Crestwood on Sept. 15.

SAMANTHA MAZULA

Dallas

Junior, Midfield

One of two all-state selections with Mackenzie Love, Mazula helped a young but talented Dallas squad to a WVW Division 1 title. She tied with a division-best 12 assists. Mazula posted nine goals and 30 points on the year. As a versatile defensive midfielder, Mazula kept opponents to .92 goals-against per game.

KENDALL PEARAGE

Coughlin

Junior, midfield

Pearage was a do-everything player for a young Coughlin team jolted by graduation. The two-time all-star was responsible for five-eighths of the Crusaders’ scoring with 20 goals and 46 points. Pearage accounted for four goals in a come-from-behind district win against Honesdale.

LYDIA TRAUGH

Berwick

Junior, defense

A tenacious player on both sides of the pitch, Traugh kept the Bulldogs in contention with 21 goals, 10 assists and 52 points. She totaled three goals in a pair of key wins over Meyers that helped Berwick get the fifth seed in the playoffs.

AMANDA AYERS

Lake-Lehman

Junior, forward

Ayers came through time and time again in the Black Knights’ monumental PIAA semifinal run. Her scoring line of 19 goals, 14 assists and 52 points does not define her ball awareness skills that gave her game-winning playoff goals against Saint Basil Academy and Holy Redeemer.

KYRA APALISKI

Lake-Lehman

Junior, midfield

Lake-Lehman’s long-distance threat provided the team with 10 goals, 10 assists and 30 points. She kept the Black Knights’ PIAA dreams alive with an overtime goal against rival Holy Redeemer in the district semifinal. Apaliski patrolled a midfield that held opponents to five goals in the regular season.

ANNIE BAGNALL

Holy Redeemer

Freshman, forward

Bagnall electrified the Royals with 37 goals and 82 points in her first varsity season. She had multi-goal games in 12 of 19 contests this season. With footwork that put her among the league’s best, Bagnall netted five hat tricks. She scored five times in three games versus WVC/district champion Lake-Lehman.

JULIA ADAMS

Holy Redeemer

Senior, defense

Adams proved to be the league’s top defensive player by puzzling opposing attacks for her first all-star appearance. As a sweeper, Adams provided the Royals with five shutouts. She led the Royals to a .81 goals-against average in the regular season.

CAITLIN BUTCHKO

Wyoming Area

Senior, goalkeeper

Butchko makes her second all-star appearance at the goalkeeper position. She kept away four shots in the Warriors’ overtime victory over Meyers that paved the way for the team’s first fall-season district win.

COACH OF THE YEAR

ABE LEWIS

Dallas

Lewis took Dallas to a 16-2 record and a WVC Division 1 title before hanging his hat after 14 seasons with the Mountaineers’ program. As a head coach, Lewis won three WVC titles, one district title, and two PIAA tournament berths. Since taking over the girls team in fall 2012, he amassed a 94-11-1 (.938) overall record.

Tiffany Michalek, Wyoming Valley West
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Lauren Thoryk, Wyoming Valley West
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Melissa Herrera, Crestwood
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Nina Atie, Crestwood
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Lexi Gaetano, Crestwood
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Alison Francis, Dallas
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Samantha Mazula, Dallas
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Kendall Pearage, Coughlin
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Lydia Traugh, Berwick
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Amanda Ayers, Lake-Lehman
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Kyra Apaliski, Lake-Lehman
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Annie Bagnall, Holy Redeemer
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Julia Adams, Holy Redeemer
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Abe Lewis, Dallas head coach
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Caitlin Butchko, Wyoming Area
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SECOND TEAM

Vanessa Atie, Crestwood

Kayla Aufiero, Nanticoke

Mia Barbieri, Pittston Area

Sam Brumagin, Crestwood

Nicole Cavanaugh, Holy Redeemer

Paige Davis, Coughlin

Hollie Holthaus, Dallas

Hallie Jenkins, Lake-Lehman

Aleah Kranson, Wyoming Area

Riley O’Neil, Wyoming Valley West

Abby Paczewski, Lake-Lehman

Annemaaike Reitsma, Wyoming Seminary

Emma Sweitzer, Dallas

Taylor Tomalinas, Crestwood


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