Pinellas player of the year: D Mary Raymond, So., Palm Harbor University
Raymond recently completed a second straight season where she was the dominant defender on a team that gave up nine goals all season. But here's the thing about Raymond: She's not really a defender. Growing up she played on boys club teams. Not only that, she played up a year in age. And on those teams she was always an attacking midfielder or forward. "Mary did so well in the back for us as a leader," PHU coach John Planamenta said. "We had injuries on our back line but Mary was consistent."
Season highlight: Raymond said she won't soon forget the last-second goal the Hurricanes scored to tie Newsome in the Class 5A state semifinal. But she said her season highlight was the season itself. "Just to be on the field for Coach (Planamenta's) last season. I'd always watched him coach because he coached my sister (Sarah). I thought it would be great to play for him and I got to do it for two years."
What's next: Raymond plays club soccer for the West Florida Flames in Brandon. She said she is close to deciding on a college, but still has some trips to take. One of her priorities is that it be an out-of-state school. One school that has shown interest is Pepperdine in California.
Did you know? Despite being a central defender, Raymond did wander up front at times. She scored four goals and had four assists.
Hillsborough player of the year: MF Sophie Shrader, So., Newsome
Shrader grew up in Carmel, Ind., and moved to Austin, Texas, when she was 12. A year later the family relocated to FishHawk Ranch near Newsome. She played on the Wolves' varsity as a freshman. This year, she emerged as Newsome's top offensive player with 36 goals and seven assists. She tied the school record for goals despite missing three early-season games with an ankle injury. "I didn't even know about the record until the last game of the season. My goal is to get 40 goals next season."
Season highlight: Shrader said it was not only beating PHU in the Class 5A region final, but getting to play in a second straight state final. "It was incredible, even though it didn't turn out well for us (3-0 loss to Oviedo). And I hope we win one before I graduate. I really want to win a state championship for coach (Kelly) Townsend. She deserves it. She's an amazing coach."
What's next: Shrader will continue to play with her club team, Tampa Bay United. She recently committed to Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. She is hoping her brother Spencer, a junior on Newsome's boys team, will also get an offer. "We want to go to the same college. It's something we've always talked about."
Did you know? Shrader is homeschooled. During the day she plays soccer with a group of middle-aged adults who have dubbed themselves the "MFC," or Mosaic Football Club. "Spencer will give me some moves to use before we go out there and then I try them out on them. They've helped me out a lot and they support me. They go to my games."
North Suncoast player of the year: F Jordyn Kadlub, So., Pasco
Kadlub didn't know what to expect when she decided to try out for soccer as a freshman. She was mainly a softball player who played soccer in her spare time. She ended up scoring 58 goals and setting a school record. This season, opponents would surely be more aware of Kadlub, a shortstop/pitcher already verbally committed to USF for softball. They did slow her down. She only scored 50 goals in 18 games. "Honestly I was kind of surprised. Soccer really wasn't my primary thing. I just did it for fun. I'd only played with a couple girls from this school. It was my first high school sport, but I guess I ended up doing pretty well."
Season highlight: Without hesitation, Kadlub said it was the Class 3A, District 7 final against Wesley Chapel. The Pirates were down 2-0 but came back to win 3-2 and claim their second straight district championship. "That was definitely the highlight of my season. I knew the whole (Wesley Chapel) team. I've played with them all."
What's next: Once the club soccer season winds down in May, Kadlub will spend the rest of the summer playing travel softball. "I have no breaks."
Did you know? Kadlub wears No. 72 in all her sports except in high school. Pasco doesn't have a No. 72 jersey so she wears No. 7. She wears the number in honor of her father, Scott, who wore No. 72 as a football player at East Lake and Appalachian State.
Coach of the year: Kelly Townsend, Newsome
Under Townsend, the Wolves have been a state tournament-caliber team for many years. This year was no different. They advanced to the Class 5A state semifinals before eventually losing to state champion Oviedo. That was Newsome's only loss this season. During its playoff run, Newsome got past nemesis PHU in the region final on penalty kicks. The Wolves finished the season 20-1-3.
D Alex Calhoun, Sr., St. Petersburg: Coach Rui Farias considers Calhoun one of the best defenders in Pinellas County. A four-year player, she anchored a stingy defense.
D Haley Eckel, Sr., Land O'Lakes: Once again, Eckel was a wall on defense. The Gators allowed only 18 goals in 26 games and Eckel was a big reason for that.
D Julia Petrillo, Sr., Holy Names: UConn commit was the leader on a defense that allowed only 11 goals.
D Alyssa Conarton, So., Bloomingdale: A versatile player who is usually tasked with marking the opponent's top player. Also has scoring ability.
M Hannah Menendez, Sr., Holy Names: North Florida commit scored 29 goals and added six assists.
M Sydny Nasello, Jr., Land O'Lakes: Missed eight games due to injury, but still had a big season. Had 20 goals and 11 assists in 18 games played and help lead the Gators to the Class 3A state semifinals.
M Allyssa Woodring, Sr., Palm Harbor University: Technically a forward, Woodring was all over the field. Had 35 goals and a team-high 16 assists.
F Jordan Stack, So., Bloomingdale: Arkansas commit was the Bulls' go-to player. She had 27 goals and 20 assists.
F Alivia Gonzalez, So., Palm Harbor University: For the second straight season, Gonzalez was counted on to score. Had 35 goals and 12 assists.
F Sabrina Wagner, Sr., Mitchell: Not many players are more versatile. Had 41 goals and 15 assists on a team that scored 123 goals in 24 games.
GK Caroline DeLisle, Jr., Wharton: Under attack most of the season but came up with 150 saves in 21 games. That's just over seven per game. She averaged just over one goal allowed per game.
D Jenna Oldham, Jr., Newsome
D Cassidy Rux, Sr., Hudson
D Robyn Larson, Jr., Riverview
D Natalee Slater, Sr., East Lake
M Sarah Harrison, Sr., East Bay
M Lauren Evans, Sr., Newsome
M Ellie Laxer, Sr., Berkeley Prep
F Rachel Dirks, Jr., Osceola
F Alexis Hiltunen, Fr., St. Petersburg
F K.B. Weiner, Sr., Countryside
GK Madison Rowe, Sr., Newsome
D Taryn Magadan, Sr., Bloomingdale
D Josie Barnhart, Sr., St. Petersburg
D Emma Hanyok, Sr., Sunlake
D Teagan Payne, Sr., Seminole
M Shannon Snyder, So., Plant
M Kristen Kelly, Sr., East Lake
M Aja Graham, So., Mitchell
F Alisha Deschenes, Jr., Wharton
F Francesca Ycaza, Jr., St. Petersburg
F Bailey Hern, Sr., Wesley Chapel
GK Amanda Johnson, Sr., Osceola
Holy Names: Kendall Catone, Ellie Abdoney, Claire Obeck; Alonso: Jenna McKnight; Berkeley Prep: Sarah Sbar; Boca Ciega: Devyn Nyhart; Carrollwood Day: Rachel Stevenson, Katrina Lenis; Clearwater Central Catholic: Laurel Egerter, Loren Bermudez; Countryside: Lily Conte, Alyssa Barnes, Antoinette Barnes; Dixie Hollins: Kaelin Neiger; Durant: Sophie Robertson; Fivay: Kirbea Harrell, Sarah Finn; Freedom: Emma Eldridge; Gaither: Jill Dowden; Hernando: Kaylee Frascatore; Hillsborough: Sophia Leon; Hudson: Brittany Cirnigliaro, Skylar Wohlfiel; Jefferson: Arazmin Jimenez; King: Kristina Budzban, Hannah Cardozo; Land O'Lakes: Samantha Epifanio, Morghan Craven, Carissa Dixon, Daniella Vasquez, Avery Wild, Hannah Young; Largo: Catrina Salazar, Emma Schechter; Mitchell: Gianna D'Amico, Kendra Hoffman, Alise Singletary, Pilar Eguino, Noah Stokes; Newsome: Addison Ura; Northeast: Raina Malecki; Osceola: Leah Pecora, Catherine Burke, Taylor Emmanuel, Katie Peterson; Palm Harbor University: Meg Stevenson; Pasco: Jenny Luna, Rachel Hillner; Plant: Dajah Holman; Plant City: Drew Knotts, Samantha Gutierrez; River Ridge: Emily Castro; Robinson: Sarah Jennewein; St. Petersburg: Angeline Friel, Holly Beaver; St. Petersburg Catholic: Alyssa Wolf; Seffner Christian: Tristan Puleo; Seminole: Gabby John; Shorecrest: Sophie Wiltshire; Sickles: Stephanie Linton, Ale Atenza; Springstead: Kim Gibson; Steinbrenner: Claire Morrison, Erika Peitersen, Mia Brantley; Strawberry Crest: Marianne Ibarra, Abigayle Cabellero; Sunlake: Landon Carter, Abby Morken, Riley Morrison; Tampa Bay Tech: Daniela Ramos; Weeki Wachee: Reilley Bain; Wesley Chapel: Victoria Mitchell, Kelly Vester, Lauren Campoe; Wharton: Sydney Hubbard; Wiregrass Ranch: Sydney Chase, Rylind Robinson, Ysa Novak