Six York-Adams League soccer players honored with all-state recognition

  • Six York-Adams players got all-state recognition from the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association.
  • Nick Starr, Jason Weger and Diego Aguilar were honored on the boys' side.
  • Amanda Bentz, Moriah Logue and Bonita Soliday were honored on the girls' side.

When the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association all-state soccer teams were released recently, the York-Adams League had six players recognized.

Susquehannock's Jason Weger, left, and Manheim Central's Gareth Kemp go after the ball during the District 3 Class 3-A playoffs at Hersheypark Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Weger was one of three boys' soccer players from the Y-A League to earn all-state recognition for the 2017 season. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Three boys and three girls from the Y-A League earned the all-state honors.

On the boys' team, the three Y-A League divisional players of the year were selected. They were Central York senior Nick Starr, Susquehannock senior Jason Weger and Hanover senior Diego Aguilar.

On the girls' side, Northeastern's Amanda Bentz was the only York County selection, while Fairfield's Moriah Logue and Gettysburg's Bonita Soliday joined her from the local league as all-state performers.

Starting with the boys, both Starr and Weger made the team as midfielders, while Aguilar made it as a forward. Starr was a captain the past two seasons for the Panthers and helped lift the team to a Division I title this year. In his four seasons with Central York, Starr was part of a program that went 47-0-1 against fellow Division I teams.

From the midfield position, Weger was a serious scoring threat, helping carry Susquehannock to the Y-A League tournament championship. Weger scored 15 goals this season, helping the Warriors make it to the quarterfinals of the District 3 Class 3-A tournament.

Starr, Weger, Aguilar honored as Y-A League's Players of the Year

Central York's Nick Starr gets a header over South Western's James Strausbaugh during boys' soccer at Central Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. Starr earned all-state recognition for the 2017 season. Bill Kalina photo

While Aguilar didn't play for a team as dominant as Susquehannock or Central York, he was irreplaceable for a Nighthawks team that took a huge step forward this season.

Hanover went 10-6 this season, its first winning year since rejoining the Y-A League five seasons ago.

Girls' team: Both Bentz and Logue made the girls' all-state team as midfielders and Soliday was a forward.

Bentz, a senior for the Bobcats, played a vital role in helping the team overcome the loss of Brittany Arentz, the team's leading scorer the past two seasons, who missed the season with a knee injury.

Bentz carried a Northeastern side that used lock-down defense to finish as runner-up in the Y-A League tournament and make the quarterfinals of the District 3 3-A tournament.

Dallastown's Dinisti Cox, left, chases Northeastern's Amanda Bentz during the York-Adams League soccer semifinals at Red Lion Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Bentz was one of three Y-A League girls' soccer players to be named to the Pennsylvania all-state team for the 2017 season. Bill Kalina photo

In her senior year, Soliday was the leading threat up top for the Warriors, helping them to a 10-6 overall record and 10-2 mark in league play. Gettysburg qualified for the league tournament, but failed to qualify for districts, despite being well above .500.

Lastly, Logue's senior season for the Green Knights didn't have the quite same magical ending that many expected. After Fairfield rolled through Class 1-A in 2016 en route to the state title during Logue's junior year, the Green Knights were one-and-done in states this season. However, Logue did still help Fairfield capture its second consecutive District 3 1-A title.