Saturday, January 20, 2018
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All-North Suncoast girls soccer team

First team

F Emily Myers, Jr., Nature Coast: Scored a Hernando County-best 20 goals to take the Sharks to region for the first time in school history.

F Sarah Olin, Jr., River Ridge: Was among the North Suncoast's top scorers with 28 goals, including the tying one in a district championship win over Mitchell.

F Berlin Waters, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Became the Bulls' go-to scorer (23 goals, 10 assists) after A.J. Blount's knee injury.

M Anne Cypriano, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: All-conference pick scored six goals and had 12 assists for a strong Bulls team.

M Kendra Secrest, Jr., River Ridge: Scored 20 goals, including the winner in double overtime to send the Royal Knights to their first region title game.

M Kimberly Smith, Sr., Springstead: Was one of Hernando County's leaders with 17 goals and eight assists.

M Spencer Valdespino, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin: Nicholls State recruit and multisport star tallied 18 goals and 17 assists.

D Natalie Banks, Sr., Mitchell: Sweeper helped secure the Mustangs' 18 shutouts in 26 games.

D Kelsey Bare, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Scored 10 goals to help lead a turnaround Wildcats team.

D Danielle Misener, Jr., Mitchell: The focal point of a defense that allowed only 11 goals all season.

D Mallorie Pickersgill, Sr., Nature Coast: FACA All-Star led a defense that shut out opponents 11 times.

GK Lisa Jadick, Sr., River Ridge: Had 89 saves and nine shutouts; starred in penalty kicks in the district championship.

Coach of the year

Skip Glover, River Ridge. After three consecutive losses in the region semifinals, Glover's Royal Knights finally broke through and advanced to the first region final in program history. River Ridge knocked off rival Mitchell for the district championship and again in the region semifinals to make its success even sweeter.

Second team

F Amanda Hayes, Fr., Mitchell

F Brooke McKillen, Jr., Fivay

F Silvana Paonessa, Jr., Nature Coast

M Danielle Gottwik, So., Mitchell

M Katie Hellman, Jr., Bishop McLaughlin

M Darian Ohling, Sr., Hudson

M Alicia Schulman, Sr., Gulf

D Katie Angelo, Sr., River Ridge

D Hannah Foster, Sr., Gulf

D Arielle Le-Tran, Sr., Land O'Lakes

D Joelle Stewart, Sr., Land O'Lakes

GK Dayton Wetherby, Wiregrass Ranch

Honorable mention

Academy at the Lakes: Skyler Boynton; Anclote: Moriah Sipiczky; Bishop McLaughlin: Corrie Bexley, Elizabeth Heidrich, Emily Hernandez, Rickelle Vetzel; Central: Karissa DiMuccio, Tara Vasquez; Fivay: Cassidy O'Connor; Gulf: Abby Cohen, Haley Foster, Catie Greene, Brianna Rossi; Hernando: Delaney Ahrens, Wendy Cuevas, Summer Solovitch; Hudson: Karlie Lamphier, Sarah Staley, Brittney Wilkins; Land O'Lakes: Ariana Bailey, Catherine Gray, Alyssa Lonsway, Alexa Satmary; Mitchell: Baylor Cherry, Erica Disbrow, Leslie Fallon; Nature Coast: Nicole Brennan, Paige Kuhn, Hailey Lalande, Samantha Oliveira; Pasco: Ashton Brock, Melissa Fletcher; Ridgewood: Helynn Brown; River Ridge: Laura Cason, Tiffany Hulse, Andrea Simon; Springstead: Haleigh McDuff, Kayla Montealegre, Nicole Morolla; Sunlake: Carly Hill, Kim Devoe, Emily Higgins, Sarah Sprague; Wesley Chapel: Aspen Cooper, Tess Gemberling, Briana Rosario; Wiregrass Ranch: Lauren Gordon, Teresa Ledee; Zephyrhills: Sarah Denney, Carly Patton

Girls player of the year Shannon Estes-Larkin Sr., Mitchell

Estes-Larkin was the North Suncoast's most well-rounded player on one of its top teams. The Sunshine Athletic Conference player of the year helped Mitchell finish 20-3-3 and advance to the region semifinals. She has played virtually every position for the Mustangs during her career, but she focused on attacking as a midfielder this season. Her aggression made her dominant. Her coaches estimated that she wons 85 percent of the balls she fought for, and few high school girls are as competitive. "You put her in the game, no one wants to go up against her," coach Karl Kukec said. "She's very aggressive. She gets the ball. She knows what to do with it." An honorable mention All-North Suncoast pick last year, Estes-Larkin took Mitchell to region each of the last three seasons.

Most impressive accomplishment: Estes-Larkin led Mitchell with 52 points (20 goals, 12 assists) and ranks among the top five scorers in school history. She also scored the winning goal in a regular-season contest against Land O'Lakes and tallied four goals against Tampa Catholic.

Did you know? One of Estes-Larkin's hobbies is art. She has taken art classes for several years and sketches a lot with pencils. Her other focuses are soccer and academics.

Future plans: Estes-Larkin signed to play soccer at Eckerd College last month. "The school, the campus is amazing," Estes-Larkin said. She plans to study pre-med with hopes of pursuing a career in pediatric surgery. She has prepared herself for that in Mitchell's academy of medical arts program.

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