By Matt Welch
Times West Virginian
Sissonville ran away with the 2013 state championship and, with it, ran away with four first-team all-state selections from the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Fairmont Senior came in just behind with three first-teamers, proving just how successful the season was after losing to the eventual state champions.
The first team saw three forwards who scored a combined 119 goals, a keeper who had 10 shutouts, and powerful legs from midfielders and defenders who worked hard all season.
Two of the forwards were from Sissonville in Madison Jones and Karli Pinkerton. Jones scored 40 goals and Pinkerton scored 38 to help lead their team to an undefeated season and the state title. Sissonville also had a goalkeeper, Brooke Reed, who successfully defended her territory. Rounding out the list for the Indians is Mary Schmeck, who added 16 goals from her midfielder position.
As for Fairmont Senior, goalkeeper Kayla DeLorenzo posted 251 saves and shut out opponents 10 different times on the season. She did this all while allowing just 15 goals on the year.
“Kayla has definitely done a great job between the pipes for us this year,” Fairmont Senior coach Ryann Moore said of the junior keeper. “She has kept us in quite a few games, and I’m excited to have her back next year.”
The Polar Bears also boasted the coaches’ player of the year and co-defender of the year in Ivey Nucilli and Maddie Stevenski. Nucilli scored 19 goals and added 12 assists for the season, while Stevenski’s defensive play was known around the state as being lockdown.
“Ivey and Maddie were hard workers on and off the field,” Moore said of the two seniors. “They took their roles of senior leaders seriously, and we’ll have big shoes to fill.”
Other players to make the first team were Charleston Catholic’s Caroline Dundervill, who scored 41 goals; midfielders Emily Knight (Lincoln), who led
Harrison County with 22 goals and 10 assists and Natalie Prater (Bridgeport); and defenders Summer Whipkey (Midland Trail), Jenna Alonge (Bridgeport) and Lillian Gandee (Herbert Hoover).
As for the second team, North Marion came away with three selections.
Forward Madison Haught scored 18 goals and added 12 assists for the Huskies, while Cassady Rodriguez posted 16 goals and 22 assists from her midfielder position. Defender Skylah Haught was also named to the second team after being tasked with defending some of the state’s top forwards and helping to lead North Marion to the best season in program history.
One of the top scorers that Haught had to shut down was Fairmont Senior forward Gabi Mascaro. Mascaro scored 27 goals and dished out 14 assists this season.
Rounding out the second team were Sophia Kinnard (Tyler Consolidated), Kristen Brinkley (PikeView), Mikayla Oliverio, Alexis Lindsay (Bridgeport), Brooke Baker (PikeView), Kaylee Welch (Grafton), Shyann Carr (PikeView), Courtney Strobel (Sissonville) and Jacquelyn Wolfe (Bridgeport).
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