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Player of the year
MF Amber Famiglietti, Sr., Berkeley Prep
Why we picked her: A lot of teams play what’s commonly referred to as “kickball,” their offense based on playing chase to long looping passes above the midfield. But on a Berkeley Prep team with plenty of weapons, Famiglietti was the reason Berkeley Prep’s offense was the county’s best. “She’s the clock that makes us tick,” Berkeley Prep coach Ken Roberts said. More than that, she was the architect, moving the ball through the middle with great feet and superior vision, making the field her playground for feeds. Famiglietti kicked it up a notch in the postseason with 10 goals and three assists, and by the end of the year, she had a team-high 20 goals to go with 13 assists for a Bucs team that advanced to the Class 3A state title match for the first time.
Biggest accomplishment: She said it’s staying healthy — and this is her first year since eighth grade she played a whole season without injury. Last year, a broken sesamoid bone kept her out most of the regular season.
Future plans: Famiglietti, who owns a 3.95 GPA and is cum laude, always wanted to go to college in the Northeast, and she will attend one of the nation’s best. She is heading to Division III Swarthmore (Pa.). The Philadelphia-area college is rated the third-best liberal arts school in the country. Famiglietti has offers from Division I programs, including Sacramento State, but wanted her main focus to be on academics. “I want to go to school to go to school,” she said. “It’s not all about soccer.” Still, she figures to be an immediate contributor for the Garnet, which was 16-4-1 last season.
Did you know? As a 7-year-old, Famiglietti was kicked out of the Northeast Raiders Rec League because she was too physical with players her age — both boys and girls. That’s when she started playing club ball, dual-rostered on the Simply Soccer FC U-10 girls team and U-8 boys team.
F Cici Gonzalez, So., Steinbrenner: Her 29 goals and 25 assists led first-year Warriors to regions
F Colby Maffei, So., Tampa Prep: Led county in goals (44) and total points (98)
F Samantha Newhaller, Sr., Berkeley Prep: Speedy attacker had 18 goals, team-high 14 assists
M Caroline Evers, So., Newsome: County’s most dangerous foot on set pieces
M Molly Ganther, Jr., Plant: Made everything go for the Panthers in the middle
M Karina Gutsche, Jr., Newsome: UF commit is one of the county’s top and toughest ball hawks
M Ellen Moore, Sr. Plant: Vocal leader also paced Panthers’ attack with 14 assists.
D Jackie Simpson, So., Newsome: Vast talent made transition from stopper to sweeper easy
D Taylor Richardson, Jr., Berkeley Prep: Vanderbilt commit’s ball skills from the back row led to instant offense
D Amy Werdine, Sr., Plant: Appalachian State recruit anchored Panthers’ tough defensive wall
GK Jordan Hatton, Sr., Tampa Prep: Rare Terps senior was the heart and soul of team’s state title game run
F Brittany Cox, Sr., East Bay
F Caroline Cheek, Jr., Tampa Prep
F Conner Zwetsch, Jr., Plant
M Alexis Bredeau, Fr., Steinbrenner
M Kara Buono, Sr. Bloomingdale
M Amber Miller, Jr., Tampa Prep
M Olivia Bloemke, Sr., Freedom
D Sarah Moyer, Sr., Sickles
D Isabel Vazquez, So., East Bay
D Gabbie Peek, Sr., Freedom
GK Bryane Heaberlin, So., Berkeley Prep
Academy of the Holy Names: Megan Mitchell; Alonso: Elena Atenza; Berkeley Prep: Taylor Batye, Becca Hurst, Danielle Manning; Bloomingdale: Jordan Johnson, Meghan Lanteigne, Nikki Peet; Cambridge: Rachel Stephenson; Chamberlain: Elena Madrazo; Durant: Megan Fox, Nicole Grinnell; East Bay: Natalie Preston, Delaney Poli; Freedom: Emily Ball, Ashni Deschenes; Gaither: Ashley Acco, Lauren Moore; Hillsborough: Emily Crawford, Amber Davis, Jasmine Jameson, Alexa Morse; Newsome: Taylor Decaire, Liz Haumschild, Shea Rhoney; Plant: Caroline Bado, Lauryn Bodden, Megan Bryant, Kaitlyn Steckel; Riverview: Olivia Claire; Robinson: Raquel Hill; Seffner Christian: Shannon Mollenhauer; Sickles: Sidney Sivitz; Steinbrenner: Taylor Valley; Tampa Prep: Alyssa Bryant, Isabel Dalence, Lauren Knoke, Jackie Rosenthal; Wharton: Shelby Million, Melissa Adams, Fallon Vaughan, Emily Balenger
Coach of the Year
Ken Roberts, Berkeley Prep
After three decades of coaching the Bucs, Roberts led Berkeley to its fourth final four and first state title game berth. The Bucs were just penalty kicks short of their first state title.