Kickers earn spots on All-Metro, All-KNG team

Emma Vukic earned All-KNG honors for her play this season. - John Becerra Jr./Staff Photo
Emma Vukic earned All-KNG honors for her play this season.
— image credit: John Becerra Jr./Staff Photo

This season wasn’t as successful as last season for the Bainbridge girls’ soccer team.

After a 2-1-2 start to the year including wins over 4A Newport and West Seattle, the Spartans struggled entering league play. They went 2-7-1 and missed the Metro League playoffs entirely.

But there were some talented players that made their way onto the All-Metro League team.

Natalie Vukic was a second team selection in the midfield, while Kendyl Daniels was a second team selection as a goalkeeper. Veronica Saez, Haley Story and Maddy Midas were honorable mentions.

Two players also made the All-Kitsap News Group for the 2010 season.

The all–county team, made up of eligible players from schools in Kitsap County, was voted on by the sports editors and writers of the Kitsap News Group, including the Port Orchard Independent, Bainbridge Review, Bremerton Patriot, Central Kitsap Reporter and North Kitsap Herald.

The starting XI

F – Becca Schoales, South Kitsap, sophomore: Schoales, who is a member of the U-15 U.S. National team and tentatively is scheduled to play in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, scored a team-high 17 goals and added seven assists to help the Wolves to the West Central District playoffs.

“Becca’s so special because she combines tremendous speed and athleticism with high-level skill, an ability to read the game with amazing pace and creativity and the discipline to execute her ideas,” South Kitsap coach Julie Cain said. “Becca is one of the smartest players I’ve ever coached.”

F – Delanee Nilles, North Kitsap, junior: She was the top scorer on the Viking team with 14 goals and 10 assists and splits her time between high school soccer and Issaquah’s Eastside FC. She is also in a state-wide pool of finalists for the national U17 team. Nilles has been a driving force on the team since she began playing during her freshman year.

F – Gabby Tyner, Olympic, sophomore: Tyner was a scoring machine for the Trojans. She led the Olympic League and Kitsap County in scoring with 19 goals as Olympic came within a game of qualifying for the 3A state tournament.

MF - Kirsten Anthony, Central Kitsap, senior: She was “the glue that held us all together,” according to head coach Vicky Webb. With three goals and four assists, she kept things together for the Cougars this season and earned a full ride to Division I Southern Utah.

MF – Kayla VanAntwerp, Central Kitsap, junior: VanAntwerp was a perfect compliment to Anthony as she had three goals and eight assists.

MF – Riley Dopps, South Kitsap, senior: Perhaps the most versatile player on the team – Dopps has played defender, forward and midfielder during her career – the Seattle Pacific University commit finished with six goals and five assists despite missing time while she had mononucleosis.

“Dopps brings a tremendous work rate, speed and endurance,” Cain said. “She’s a very skilled, smart player.”

D – Miranda Caballero, South Kitsap, sophomore: Caballero, who had four assists this season, not only is asked to stymie an opponent’s offense, but stimulate scoring opportunities for South.

“Miranda Caballero is pretty dominant in the air,” Cain said. “She wins a lot of 50-50 balls in the middle of the field and is able to distribute them all over.”

D – Taylor Gillespie, Central Kitsap, senior: Along with Anthony, Gillespie was voted as the team’s most valuable player. Webb said she was the team’s best defender and a good reason why the Cougars only gave up 12 goals over 16 games this season.

D – Jessica Haga, Klahowya, sophomore: Head coach Troy Oelshlager said Haga was the anchor of the Eagles defense and played a major part in a back line that only gave up seven goals all season.

D – Delaney Digiovanni, South Kitsap, sophomore: Digiovanni is another member of the Wolves’ talent-laden 2013 class. She finished with one goal and one assist this year, but Cain said her primary role was to keep opponents from scoring.

“She’s just an aggressive, tenacious defender,” Cain said. “She just never gives up.”

GK – Marilyn Prosser, Central Kitsap, junior: Prosser kept nine clean sheets this season and only allowed two goals in one game.

Coach – Troy Oelshlager, Klahowya: Oelshlager had the right tactics all season as he led the Eagles to a 13-2-2 record and the quarterfinals of the 2A state tournament.

Also stellar

Morgan Moniz, Bainbridge, senior: This forward was strong up front for the Spartans, leading the team in goals with five and points with 12. She was an All-Metro second team selection at forward.

Emma Vukic, Bainbridge, junior: This junior split time at forward and the midfield, but tied for second on the team in goals with four and led the team in assists with three.

Paige Serwold, Central Kitsap, sophomore; Brianna D’Angelo, Central Kitsap, junior; Micaylla O’Leary, Olympic, sophomore; Jalyn Halstead, Olympic, junior; Katlyn Sargent, Klahowya, junior; Jordan Dixon, Klahowya, senior; Sydney Williams, Bremerton, junior; Rachael Pratt, Bremerton, junior; Brianna Smallidge, South Kitsap, junior; Kelsey Callaghan, South Kitsap, senior; Ashleigh Marcelino, North Kitsap, senior; Rachel Fisk, North Kitsap, senior; Rachel Tafte, Kingston, senior; Kyla Jorgensen, Kingston, senior.

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