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Balance rules as 11 schools represented on All-Central girls soccer first team

Haverford’s Annalena O’Reilly, left in this picture from a game against Upper Dublin last week, scored a late goal Tuesday night against Downingtown East, but it wasn't enough as the Cougars ousted the Fords from postseason competition. (DFM File)

A year of balance in the Central League standings begets a year of balance in selecting its All-Central team. Of the league’s 12 teams, 11 are represented on the All-Central first team.

The only school with multiple honorees is Penncrest, which earned the league’s only states win. Goalie Bryn McLaughlin and defender-turned-forward Sarah Hughes earned spots on the first team. Conestoga, the other states qualifier as the District 1 Class 4A champion, landed Caitlin Donovan on the first team to go with a pair of second-team nods.

The wealth was spread around evenly on the first team. Annalena O’Reilly of Haverford and Rylie Butler of Ridley represented teams making appearances in the District 1 Class 4A postseason. Strath Haven’s Maggie Forbes helped the Panthers to the District 1 Class 3A tournament.

Also on the first team are Harriton’s Reilly Short, Garnet Valley’s Alyssa Saito, Springfield’s Julie Schickling, Lower Merion’s Aviva Kosto, Marple Newtown’s Rebecca Ritchie and Radnor’s Melissa Massimino.

Below is the full list of All-Central honorres.

Note: All-Central teams are selected by league coaches. The Daily Times and papreplive.com has no influence in the process.

First Team

Caitlin Donovan, Conestoga
Maggie Forbes, Strath Haven
Sarah Hughes, Penncrest
Annalena O’Reilly, Haverford
Reilly Short, Harriton
Alyssa Saito, Garnet Valley
Julie Schickling, Springfield
Rylie Butler, Ridley
Aviva Kosto, Lower Merion
Rebecca Ritchie, Marple Newtown
Melissa Massimino, Radnor
Bryn McLaughlin, Penncrest

Second Team

Nia Scott, Conestoga
Rebekah Cunningham, Haverford
Isabelle Kuszyk, Lower Merion
Emily Wertz, Conestoga
Sophie Edelblut, Harriton
Ellie Malek, Strath Haven
Andrea Pezick, Ridley
Regan Nealon, Garnet Valley
Julia Mullaney, Penncrest
Jordan D’Ambrosio, Springfield
Gabby Libero, Upper Darby
Alison Durfee, Haverford
Sydney Zimmerman, Ridley

Honorable Mention

Conestoga: Sydney Sloan, Callista Courtney, Jordan Roe, Sarah Nselel
Garnet Valley: Haley Williams, Alyssa Wert, Kayleigh Saboja
Harriton: Sydney Kobak
Haverford: Britt Reigler
Lower Merion: Maya Massoti
Marple Newtown: Olivia DiValerio, Lindsay Kane
Penncrest: Kenna Kaut, Kara Mullaney
Radnor: Lu Mackenzie, Ellie Rinehart, Keara Seasholtz
Ridley: Ericka Kitzinger, Lindsay Boyd
Springfield: Erin Gormley, Shannon Cutcliff
Strath Haven: Grace Samaha, Gianna Zweier, Danielle McNeely, Claire Wolgast

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