By Matt Welch
Times West Virginian
Ivey Nucilli of Fairmont Senior was named the Big 10 girls’ soccer player of the year, while two of her teammates, Gabi Mascaro and Maddie Stevenski, were named first team all-conference.
Five others — Sarah Topardo of Fairmont Senior, Cassady Rodriguez, Madison Haught and Skylah Haught of North Marion, and Savannah Christie of East Fairmont — were named to the second team.
Nucilli was one of three senior leaders for the Polar Bears, and coach Ryann Moore described her as a pure team player.
“Ivey’s vision of the field and teamwork with Gabi is really remarkable,” Moore said.
Her teammate Mascaro was another one of those senior leaders who played right along Nucilli as a forward for the Polar Bears.
“Gabi’s speed and ball skills are phenomenal,” Moore said of the senior forward. “She definitely got through her share of defenders this season.”
Across the pitch, Stevenski anchored the Polar Bears’ defense all season as the third senior on Fairmont Senior’s squad.
“Stevenski’s defense was very tough. If a player came to her section of the field, they regretted it,” Moore laughed as she spoke of her defensive leader whose nickname is Truck.
The three first teamers led their team to the final four of the state playoffs, falling short by a mere point to eventual state champion Sissonville to close out their season.
“All three of the seniors worked hard leading the team,” Moore said of the three girls. “They played through everything and led by example all season.”
Topardo, a midfielder for the Bears, was selected to the second team.
“She has the legs and ball skills of a forward, but the smarts of a defender,” Moore said. “She kept us safe at the midfield.”
North Marion had a host of girls make the second team as well.
Rodriguez, who played midfield and took her share of scores and assists on the season, kept control of things for the Huskies.
“She’s very aggressive,” coach Steve Rodriguez said. “She plays 100 percent and works hard all the time.”
A big part of the offense for North Marion this season came from Madison Haught, a junior forward for the Huskies.
“She has excellent speed,” Rodriguez said of Haught. “She scored 21 points for us. She was key this season.”
Rounding out the team for North was defender Skylah Haught.
“Skylah covered the defense out there for us as what we call a sweep defender,” Rodriguez said. “She was all over the place.”
Of the three juniors, Rodriguez said he was “excited to have them all back” next season.
Finishing up the list for second team all-conference was East Fairmont’s Christie.
Christie, a senior midfielder, was one of the few seniors on the team for coach Mark Harvath.
“She’s been one of the few leaders this season,” Harvath said. “She was like the little engine that could. She never quit. She was experienced and had a never-say-die attitude. She played with heart all season.”
In all, Marion County had eight girls selected to the Big 10 all-conference team, with one taking top honors. Team wise, Fairmont Senior ranked first, North Marion ranked fourth and East Fairmont ranked 13th to close out the season in the standings.
Others selected to the first team were: Natalie Prater (Bridgeport), Alexis Lindsay (Bridgeport), Jacquelyn Wolfe (Bridgeport), Isabella Nieves (Elkins), Charlie George( Elkins), Shawna Graham (Grafton), Meghan Losh (Grafton), Brooklyn Perkey (Lewis), Savannah Chapman (Lewis), Samantha Buffey (RCB) and Emily Knight (Lincoln). Second team: Jenna Alonge (Bridgeport), Mikayla Oliverio (Bridgeport), Hailea Harper (Elkins), Kaylee Welch (Grafton), Cassandra Triplett (Philip Barbour), Alyssa Jones (Liberty) and Kaitlyn Workman (Preston).
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