Player of the year: MF Karli Gutsche, Jr., Newsome
Why we picked her: Gutsche was the most valuable player on the county’s best team. She led the Wolves and ranked among the county’s leaders with 20 goals while adding four assists. Gutsche’s physical style of play also made her the focal point of a Newsome defense that allowed only eight goals all season. “She prevented a lot of things from coming down the pipeline,” coach Kelly Townsend said.
Proudest accomplishment: Gutsche’s biggest point of pride is her team’s success. The Wolves won their second district title in three seasons and were perfect before falling to Lakeland George Jenkins in penalty kicks in the Class 5A region semifinals. “The undefeated (regular) season was phenomenal,” Gutsche said. Her coach credits Gutsche for much of that success. With only two seniors, Newsome looked go Gutsche to become the vocal leader from the beginning of the season. “She pretty much put everybody on her back and got everyone on the same page and said, this is it,” Townsend said.
Future plans: Gutsche committed to UCF earlier in her prep career but decommitted after the Knights’ coach left for UCF. Gutsche then selected Auburn and intends to sign with the Tigers next year. “I see the SEC and how hard it is,” Gutsche said. “I wanted to be in it.” She plans to study elementary education.
Did you know? Gutsche’s older sister, Karina, was the Times’ player of the year in 2011 and led the Wolves to a top-five national ranking. Karina is a junior center back at Florida. …Soccer has already taken Gutsche around the world. Gutsche has played in Germany, Costa Rica and the Czech Republic through the Olympic Development Program. That gave her the opportunity to travel to Europe as a teenager. “It was scary,” Gutsche said. “Now I feel like I can take on anything.”
Coach of the year: Kelly Townsend, Newsome. Youth was no problem for Townsend’s Wolves. Newsome had only two seniors but still rolled through the regular season undefeated before falling to Lakeland George Jenkins in the region semifinals. Don’t be surprised if the Wolves compete for a state title next winter.
F Ericka Lott, Sr., Plant City: Repeat selection was one of the county’s leaders with 25 goals to carry the Raiders to the Class 4A, District 9 championship.
F Lexie Oeth, Sr., Wharton: Finished with 20 goals — more than a third of her team’s total — in a tough district.
F Lindsey Eaton, So., Newsome: Helped the Wolves to a perfect regular season with 19 goals and eight assists.
MF Nastasia Asgedom, Sr., Plant: Virginia Tech recruit averaged two points per game for the 13-win Panthers.
MF Madison Cox, Sr., Cambridge Christian: Future University of Tampa Spartan ranked among the county’s best with 23 goals for the region quarterfinalists.
MF Danielle Eule, Sr., Steinbrenner: Versatile East Carolina-bound scorer kept the Warriors near the top of one of Tampa Bay’s most competitive districts.
MF Stephanie Galloway, Sr., Plant City: Helped the Raiders to one of their best seasons ever with 14 goals and 18 assists.
D Alexis Schweitzer, Sr., Carrollwood Day: Virginia Tech signee’s team-leading 10 goals helped the Patriots win the Class A, District 5 title.
D Abby Bravo, Sr., Tampa Prep: Florida Southern recruit starred in the postseason for the region finalists, scoring both goals in a 2-1 first-round victory.
D Caroline King, Sr., Robinson: Scored seven goals on defense to take the Knights to the 3A, District 9 title and region semifinals.
D Taylor McNeff, So., Newsome: Sweeper anchored a defense that allowed only eight goals all winter.
GK Sydney Ross, Sr., Bloomingdale: University of Tampa recruit had four shutouts and helped her Bulls stay in games in a tough district.
F Peyton Smith, Fr., Newsome
F Sam Ishee, Jr., Robinson
F Abby Sanchez, Sr., Plant
MF Claire Kartheiser, Sr., Newsome
MF Diana Corzine, Sr., Plant City
F Brianna Hamson, Sr., Sickles
MF Natalie Humphrey, Sr., Wharton
D Kendall Harmon, Sr., Plant
D Alexandra Daley, Sr., Tampa Prep
D Miranda Gonzalez, Sr., Steinbrenner
D Lexie Faliero, Sr., Durant
GK Kendall Catone, Fr., Academy of the Holy Names
Academy of the Holy Names: Julia Lester, Hannah Menendez, Gabrielle Tremonti; Alonso: Jacqueline Totcky, Kelly Murphy, Mattison Lay; Armwood: Jamie Spataro; Berkeley Prep: Ellie Laxer, Lexi Ludy; Bloomingdale: Marisa Webber, Bailey Stites; Brandon: Kellie Cullen; Chamberlain: Sarah Blagg, Chloe Adams; Durant: Sarah Coglianese, Alex Wenrich, Mack Thompson; East Bay: Michelle Rodriguez, Ashley Privette, Yasmin Bailie; Freedom: Hanna Seybold, Dana Jones, Emily Dabrowski, Emily Brenner; Gaither: Rachel Yoder; Hillsborough: Ashton Davis; Jefferson: Kaelynn Chambliss; King: Helen Albarelli; Leto: Claudia Ferraro; Middleton: Christine Perrella; Newsome: Madison Rowe, Shayna Zajac; Plant City: Deanna Rodriguez, Jennifer Ruiz; Plant: Emily Evangelista, Rebekah McFadden, Abbey Crowder; Riverview: Kylee White; Robinson: Mackenzie Johnson, Hayden Jennewein; Seffner Christian: Elizabeth Hammontree; Sickles: Jada Humpheries; Steinbrenner: Megan Haraschak, Leticia Ball, Karianna Williams; Strawberry Crest: Sarah Bergkvist; Tampa Prep: Darla Harrison, Alexa Steele-Weintraub; Wharton: Casey Ferguson, Jordan Vitale, Casey Grotz