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Wed. March 10, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

Player of the Year
MF Alicia Schuering, Sr., Hudson

Why we picked her: The pulse of Hudson’s Class 4A region final team was Schuering. Her gritty play personified the Cobras’ grind-it-out attitude. From start to finish, Schuering was there to help guide Hudson through some difficult stretches, ultimately ending one win from the final four.

Most impressive accomplishment: Schuering led the Cobras with 23 goals and 11 assists, maturing along the way into a leader. As coach Stephen Jones puts it, “She grabbed the leadership role early with key players absent. They were willing to go as far as she would take them.”

Did you know? Give Schuering the ick factor in terms of cleanliness. Superstitious, Schuering refused to wash her white home jersey from the start of the season. She wouldn’t even wash the jersey when she attempted to turn it in. Informed she would have to replace the jersey at a cost of roughly $40, Schuering now is attempting to clean it. “I guess it worked out because she never lost at home all season,” Jones said.

Future plans: Schuering is on a recruiting trip and still weighing her college options though they will involve a scholarship. In terms of academics, Schuering hopes to pursue nursing, pre-med or speech pathology.

First team
F Anezha “A.J.” Blount, Fr., Wiregrass Ranch: Scored 28 of the Bulls’ 60 goals.
F Marisa Russo, Sr., Mitchell: Mustangs’ top producer is off to Florida Atlantic on a soccer scholarship; finished with 34 goals and 10 assists.
F Tara Vasquez, Fr., Springstead: Led Hernando County with 13 goals and three assists.
MF Mikaela Morolla, Sr., River Ridge: Balanced producer with 13 goals and 12 assists.
MF Alicia Schuering, Sr., Hudson: Talented goal scorer with the ability to make plays.
MF Jenny Karl, Jr., River Ridge: Led the Royal Knights with 17 goals and 10 assists.
MF Jessica Jagielski, Sr., Mitchell: Another one of the Mustangs’ key standouts in the middle.
D Molly Short, Jr., Land O’Lakes: Shutdown defender for the Gators.
D Brittany Nieves, Jr., Land O’Lakes: Another key piece of the Land O’Lakes’ back.
D Alex Phillips, Jr., River Ridge: Royal Knights’ top defender helped smother opposing offenses.
D Katy McGee, Sr., Hudson: Gave Hudson a fighting chance in the region final with solid defense.
GK Tara Marshall, Jr., Land O’Lakes: If not for Marshall and her defense, the Gators would not have been as competitive.

Second team
F Chelsea Foster, Jr., Gulf
F Cristina Passafaro, Sr., Springstead
F Logan McGee, Fr., Hudson
MF Sarah Touchton, So., Zephyrhills
MF Cally Quinn, Sr., Springstead
MF Nikki Forcier, Sr., Land O’Lakes
MF Shelby Wright, Sr., Mitchell
D Stacy Swezey, Sr., Hudson
D Dani Schulman, Jr., Gulf
D Megan Coleman, Sr., Mitchell
D Alyson Brady, Jr., Springstead
GK Jessica Imbimbo, Sr., Hudson

Honorable mention
Anclote:
Moriah Sipickzy; Bishop McLaughlin: Corrie Bexley, Spencer Valdespino, Taylor Maramara, Erica Houseman, Emily Hernandez; Central: Samantha Berberette, Anna Badger; Gulf: Hannah Foster, Alicia Schulman; Hernando: Hailey Royal; Hudson: Brooke McKillen, Erica Wills; Land O’Lakes: Alexis Villar, Kayla Robinson; Mitchell: Arielle Anahory; Nature Coast: Danielle Doucet; Pasco: Mayra Torres, Caitlin Dozack, Teresa Christmas, Melissa Fletcher; Ridgewood: Brittany Martin, Kayla Labbe; River Ridge: Lisa Jadick, Melissa Hale, Corinna Dyl; Springstead: Ashley Walker; Sunlake: Erin Ballard; Wesley Chapel: Tess Gemberling; Wiregrass Ranch: Nicole Esposito, Caitlyn Morehouse, Melanie Dean, Kelsey Brown, Dayton Weatherby; Zephyrhills: Chelsea Smith, Sara Denney, Amber Morganstern

Coach of the year
Stephen Jones, Hudson

In his first season, the referee-turned-coach guided Hudson to the Class 4A region final, one win shy of a final four berth. Jones’ Cobras pulled off some of the biggest wins of the season, none bigger than a 4-3 come-from-behind win against River Ridge in the region semifinals. Jones’ knowledge of the game and familiarity with the team helped make Hudson a success.

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