Scoring 100 career goals in high school girls’ soccer is no easy feat.
To do so, players must average better than a goal a game for their entire career, avoid injuries and, more often than not, play every game for four full seasons.
Dover’s Brook Firestone and York Catholic’s Liz Johnson were able to reach that milestone this season. Not surprisingly, the seniors were announced recently as the York-Adams League Division II and Division III Players of the Year, respectively, by the league coaches.
Northeastern’s Sawyer Patrick, a defender/midfielder, was named of the Division I Player of the Year.
The Coaches of the Year are Spring Grove’s Meghan Mahon (Division I), Susquehannock’s Pat Brubaker (Division II) and Hanover’s Ralph Doxsey (Division III).
Patrick: While Firestone and Johnson were on the finishing end of the goal-scoring process, Patrick was often the one who began the attack for the Bobcats.
Without the gaudy goal-scoring numbers that Firestone and Johnson put up, Patrick admitted she was surprised to learn that the Division I coaches voted her Player of the Year.
“I’m surprised,” she said. “Because there are a lot of good players in our division, so I feel pretty honored. It’s just awesome.”
After playing center-mid her first three years, Patrick was moved to sweeper, a more defensive-minded position, this season. Whenever her team needed an offensive spark, such as when they trailed Susquehannock in the District 3-AA playoffs, Patrick was often moved back to the midfield.
“They moved me to center-mid, but we weren’t successful,” she said. “But we came close.”
The Bobcats (16-5-1 overall, 9-2-1 Division I) finished third in Division I this season behind division winner Central York and Dallastown, which won the York-Adams League playoffs. Patrick finished the year with six goals and two assists. For her career, she had 27 goals and 19 assists.
The Northeastern senior plans to continue her career next season at Seton Hill University, just east of Pittsburgh in Greensburg.
Firestone: Defenses always knew where Firestone was at on the field. The senior often was marked by at least one player at all times.
Despite all of the attention from opponents’ defenses, Dover’s all-time leading goal scorer was able to find the net quite often. She scored 37 goals to finish her illustrious career with 116 total.
“I’m just grateful and thankful,” Firestone said. “I wouldn’t have been able to get this (award) without my team around me. They are the ones that pass me the ball and everything.”
Firestone demonstrated her lethal abilities in the league championship contest against Dallastown last month. With her team trailing 2-0 late in the second half, Firestone scored a pair of goals within a five-minute span to even up the contest.
The first goal, from about 35 yards out, was a thing of beauty. She sailed her shot over the goalie and into the corner of the cage.
“I think so,” she said, when asked if that was her best goal of the campaign. “But I think it was pretty lucky, too.”
Dover (13-4-3, 9-0-3 Division II) finished behind Division II winner Susquehannock this season. Both regular-season contests against the Warriors ended in ties.
The Dover senior won’t be flying too far away for college. She plans on attending nearby Messiah University, which is an NCAA Division III powerhouse.
Johnson: The 2014 Division III Player of the Year earned another POY honor after an impressive season in which she scored 44 goals.
“This is awesome,” she said. “There’s always that drive to want to succeed like this and there’s so many other good girls out in Division III that definitely deserved it. But, for me to get it, that’s just awesome.”
Johnson admitted that her team, which claimed the Division III title for a third year in a row, had a different vibe about it this year. After falling to Fairfield in the final week of the season, the Irish felt confident that they were going to have to share the title with the Green Knights.
So, after defeating Delone 2-1 to end the season, the team members huddled up with their coach, gathered their stuff and prepared to head home. Celebrating was certainly not on their minds.
As good fortune would have it, however, Fairfield was upset by Biglerville that night, earning York Catholic (15-6-0, 11-1 Division III) the outright title once more.
“Losing to Fairfield, of course, was not in the cards for us,” Johnson said. “We did not want to do that. But then finding out that we won in my senior year was awesome.”
After having completed her high school career with 120 goals, Johnson will move on to the next level at Catholic University in Washington.
— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YORK-ADAMS LEAGUE GIRLS' SOCCER ALL-STARS
Player of the Year: Sawyer Patrick (Northeastern)
Coach of the Year: Meghan Mahon (Spring Grove)
Ali Shick, Dallastown
Natalie Gettle, Dallastown
Kennedy Little, Central York
Bri Hackos, Central York
Lynsey Nicholas, Central York
Bre Sgrignoli, Central York
Brittany Arentz, Northeastern
Amanda Bentz, Northeastern
Leanna Miller, Spring Grove.
Taylor Gough, South Western
Brianna Ditzler, New Oxford
Carsyn Gold, Dallastown
Paige Hartman, Dallastown
Skylar Wilt, Dallastown
Sierra Ghougasian, South Western
Taylor Geiman, South Western
Sierra Austin, Dallastown
Ali McCabe, Central York
Olivia Johnson, Central York
Abbie Marquette, Spring Grove
Lyndee Anders, Dallastown
Jennifer Conn, New Oxford
Player of the Year: Brooke Firestone, Dover
Coach of the Year: Pat Brubaker, Susquehannock
Libby McKeever, Dover
Payton Miller, Dover
Ashley Stone, Susquehannock
Emily Landis, Susquehannock
Maddy Mummert, Susquehannock
Katie Tallman, West York
Abbie Winkleman, Gettysburg
Kaila Beach, Kennard-Dale
Emily Bertrum, Gettysburg
Abby Eisenhart, York Suburban
Taylor Tannura, Susquehannock
Catie McCarty, West York
Olivia Sollberger, West York
Bonita Soliday, Gettysburg
Haley Hobbs, Gettysburg
Nicole Suggs-Intile, Gettysburg
Haley Spyker, Eastern York
Brittany Heistand, Eastern York
Morgan Taylor, York Suburban
Paige Bulgarelli, York Suburban
Yulia Houseal, Susquehannock
Elle Stine, West York
Maddison Miller, Dover
Tori Wantz, Dover
Morgan Anderson, Kennard-Dale
Player of the Year: Elizabeth Johnson, York Catholic
Coach of the Year: Ralph Doxsey, Hanover
Melanie Matthews, York Catholic
Lisa Casagrande, York Catholic
Hannah Logue, Fairfield
Moriah Logue, Fairfield
Sarah Heinbaugh, Fairfield
Katie Roth, Delone Catholic
Julia Whiteleather, Delone Catholic
Coral Wagner, Biglerville
Jasmin Bankert, Littlestown
Autumn Selby, Bermudian Springs
Alexa Cirtone, York Catholic
MaCayla Welsh, York Catholic
Tyler Baim, York Catholic
Sammy Schlack, Fairfield
Katelyn Krietz, Fairfield
Cayla Aquino, Delone Catholic
Riley Vingsen, Delone Catholic
Carly Stoner, Biglerville
Haley Kuhn, Biglerville
Paige Cassell, Littlestown
Ivy Wagaman, Hanover