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DLN ALL-AREA: Girls Soccer First Team, Second Team, Honorable Mention & Coach of the Year

First Team

SARA DARLINGTON, So., F, Unionville

The leading scorer for the Ches-Mont American champs, Darlington earned all-league and all-region accolades, and she still has two seasons left of high school play. She scored 14 goal – including four game-winners – and added seven assists. “Sara was one of the most dynamic forwards in Ches-Mont,” said he coach Joe Ratasiewicz. “She scored in some of the toughest games and played with pace and attitude.”

NIA SCOTT, Sr., F. Conestoga

An excellent athlete who has committed to play Division I lacrosse at Louisville, Scott was a force for the Pioneers, who went unbeaten to win the Central League and later captured the District 1 Class 4A title. An all-league pick, Scott scored 18 goals on 56 shots, including two goals and the game winner in overtime to clinch the district championship. She added 11 assists.

EMMA GRAY, Jr., F, Great Valley

With 20 goals and eight assists, Gray was one of the most dangerous point-getters in the area. She was named a first-team all-leaguer, was the Ches-Mont American Player of the Year and added all-state recognition. “When Emma has the ball at her feet, she is confident to take on defenders and attack the goal,” said her coach Jen Michewicz. “She has some of the best one-on-one moves I have seen.”

GRACE PLONA, Jr., F, West Chester Rustin

Her 15 goals this fall is the second most single-season total in program history. Plona scored in 10 games, including tallies against premier opponents Conestoga, Downingtown East and Unionville. An All-Ches-Mont American selection, Plona was in great form at the tail end of the season, scoring six times in three matches. “Her ability to beat defenders on the dribble and with pure speed makes her one of the more dangerous forwards in our area,” said her coach Lucas Kriner. 

CAITLIN DONOVAN, Jr., MF, Conestoga

The top goal scorer in the area, Donovan was the Central League MVP and helped lead the Pioneers to the district crown. She amassed 26 goals (on 42 shots) and added nine assists and received All-American honors (United Coaches; topdrawersoccer.com) and All-State recognition (Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association). She has committed to play collegiately at La Salle.

LAUREN HATT, So., MF, Coatesville

A future star, Hatt has the versatility to play just about anywhere. “But it’s in the midfield that Lauren is the most dynamic,” said her coach Tom Gotthold. “She is a very smart player. She dominates her area.” Hatt amassed 21 goals and four assists for the Red Raiders, and has played every minute of every game during her first two seasons as a high school player.

ALLY WAITE, Sr., MF, Bishop Shanahan

The runner-up in player of the year voting for the Ches-Mont National, Waite delivered 10 assists and scored nine goals. A four-year varsity starter, Waite played in all 20 games in 2018 and helped lead the Eagles to 14 wins and into the district semifinals. “Ally dominated this season with superior ball winning skills, both aerial and with her feet,” said his coach Ken Schmidt.

FIONA BURKE, Sr., D, Bishop Shanahan

The leader of a defensive group that logged 10 shutouts and conceded just 21 goals in 20 matches. Burke was named a first team all-league performer for 2018. “Burke’s clearing abilities made sure that no team could sustain momentum in the attacking third and her speed stopped any team from being able to play balls over top or through the defense,” said Shanahan head coach Ken Schmidt..   

SARAH MERRIWETHER, Sr., D, Great Valley

As an example of her kicking ability, Merriwether doubled as the kicker for the Patriots’ football team this fall. A central defender in soccer, Merriwether had three goals and was the anchor of a defense that keyed Great Valley’s success. She was an All-Ches-Mont pick and was the runner-up for player of the year honors in the Ches-Mont American.

LEAH GREENE, Sr., D, Avon Grove

The heart and soul of the Red Devils, Greene was an all-league selection and finished third in the voting for Ches-Mont National MVP. Defensively, she helped Avon Grove register 11 shutouts and qualify for districts for the first time in seven years. Greene added three goals, including two game-winners. “She is one of the top two defenders in the entire Ches-Mont,” said her coach Joe Herman.

KAYLA DeTREUX, Sr., GK, Downingtown West

The top keeper in the Ches-Mont, DeTreux registered five shutouts for a squad than won just four matches. A first-team all-league pick, DeTreux was a team captain and a true defensive anchor. “Kayla has an amazing athletic ability in between the posts,” said her coach Katelyne Phillips. “She kept us in a lot of games with amazing saves.”

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Second Team

SARA OSWALD, Sr., F, Westtown

ALAINA McLAUGHLIN, Jr., F, Bishop Shanahan

CAROLINE McDONALD, Fr., F, Downingtown East

KATE GORDON, Jr., F, West Chester Henderson

SARAH GOLDBLUM, Sr., F, Villa Maria

EMILY WURZEL, Sr., MF, Downingtown East

LAUREN KRETZING, Sr., MF, Avon Grove

ALIZA TRASATTI, Sr., MF, Downingtown East

ASHLEY CHISHOLM, Sr., D, West Chester Rustin

LAUREN SEAMAN, Sr., D, West Chester Rustin

HANNAH FIRMENT, So., D, Unionville

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Honorable Mention

Avon Grove: Megan Kristman, Jamie Perkins.

Bishop Shanahan: Evy Bruggeman, Mary Byerly.

Coatesville: Sara Huston, Kaitlyn Wolf.

Conestoga: Sydney Sloan, Calista Courtney, Jordan Roe, Sarah Nselel.

Downingtown East: Livi Lawson, Maren Dougherty.

Downingtown West: Maddie Greco. 

Great Valley: Mary Deitch, Ashley Sullivan, Veronica Yonce.

Kennett: Jordan Barish, Hailey Weinert.

Oxford: Amelia Winters.

Unionville: Alex Wilson, Hayden Wilson, Julia Capperella, Melanie Landry, Jackie Hug, Erin O’Leary.

West Chester East: Maya Moktan, Trinity Soto.

West Chester Henderson: Natalie Miller, Kasey Coonan.

West Chester Rustin: Gabbi Hoffman, Meghan March.

Coach of the Year

Craig Reed, Downingtown East

Daily Local News Coach of the Year, Craig Reed, guided Downingtown East to the fifth Ches-Mont crown of his 10-year reign in 2018. The Cougars went 13-1 to win the National Division and grabbed the overall league title by virtue of their victory over American Division champ Unionville.

“We hadn’t won it in the previous three years, so that was a huge goal of ours,” Reed said. “To be the best out of 14 quality teams is really difficult.”

En route to a 14-6 overall record, East started 2-3 and was just 6-5 as late as Sept. 22nd following an overtime setback to eventual District 1 champ Conestoga. But the Cougars rallied to win the next eight to finish off their title run.

“The way these girls responded was impressive,” Reed said. “I really enjoyed coaching this group. Every kid across the board contributed. We played all 21 players, even in tight games.”

Under Reed, East won a district crown in his first season as a high school coach in 2009, and later added a district runner-up finish in 2013, which came in the midst of league titles in 2012-14. The Cougars qualified for the PIAA Tournament this fall for the fourth time.

And Downingtown East could be even better in 2019 as the roster included 11 juniors who all saw significant playing time.

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