Journal-World 2018 All-Area girls soccer team

Members of the All-Area girls soccer team, pictured from left: Kate Erpelding, Eudora, Maria Duncan, Lawrence, Anna Chieu, Lawrence, Caitlin Countryman, Baldwin, Anna Burnett, Baldwin, coach of the year Andrew Ising, Baldwin, Kate Odgers, Free State, Emma Yackley, Free State, Maya Hodison, Free State, Erin Williams, Tonganoxie and player of the year, Emily Heinz, Bishop Seabury.

Player of the Year: Emily Heinz, Bishop Seabury

For the second consecutive spring, the sophomore forward was unstoppable on the soccer pitch. Heinz, who often faced multiple defenders, finished with a team-high 21 goals and four assists. She ultimately played every position, including goalkeeper, due to numerous injuries. Heinz already has 45 career goals before her junior campaign.

Coach of the Year: Andrew Ising, Baldwin

The Bulldogs had to overcome a tough schedule, finishing 8-6-1 under the direction of Ising. Baldwin ended up third in the Frontier League, trailing only De Soto (No. 3 in 5A) and Spring Hill (No. 1 in 4A) in the final standings. After allowing nine goals in the first three contests, the Bulldogs surrendered only 15 scores over the final 12 games.

First team

Josie Boyle, Baldwin — The sophomore center back didn’t have flashy numbers, though she was Baldwin’s most dependable defender. Boyle played 79-plus minutes a game before sustaining a knee injury, which also prevented her from earning another state medal in track. Boyle, an all-league selection, was still named to the first team in Class 4A.

Anna Burnett, Baldwin — Burnett scored a goal in 11 of Baldwin’s 15 games this spring, finishing with 21 scores and five assists. Burnett, who was named to the second team in Class 4A, created a lot of chances that weren’t always converted on dangerous attempts in the box.

Anna Chieu, Lawrence — The senior midfielder earned a second-team selection in the Sunflower League.

Caitlin Countryman, Baldwin — For the third straight season, Countryman paced the team in assists with 11. The junior captain also scored 12 goals, which was good for second on the team. Countryman was named to the first team in Class 4A.

Maria Duncan, Lawrence — Duncan was named to the second team in the Sunflower League as a defender.

Kate Erpelding, Eudora — In her freshman season, Erpelding was involved in all nine goals in some fashion. She finished with three scores and three assists for the Cardinals, though she was team’s most versatile player. Erpelding also filled in at goalkeeper for three games, notching 30 saves in the net.

Maya Hodison, Free State — The senior captain was instrumental in stopping counter attacks all season. Hodison was named to the first team in the Sunflower League after playing physical regardless of her size.

Kate Odgers, Free State — Despite missing four games due to an illness, Odgers had a monumental impact on the squad. The senior captain was named to the second team in the Sunflower League as a defender.

Erin Williams, Tonganoxie — The Chieftains leaned on Williams all spring on the offensive end. The senior forward scored 18 goals and tallied seven assists in her final season. Williams was also tabbed to the first team in the Kaw Valley League.

Emma Yackley, Free State — Yackley, a junior midfielder, earned a first-team selection in the Sunflower League for her play this spring. Yackley, who paced the Firebirds with 11 goals, was the team’s most consistent scoring threat in 2018.

Honorable mention

Samantha McKinney, Baldwin; Leslie Ostronic, Lawrence; Alex Pascua, Eudora; Lauren Russell, Baldwin; Nicole Whitten, Eudora; Banner Williams, Lawrence; Leah Williams, Eudora.

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