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Times' all-Pinellas County girl soccer

PHU’s Alexis Mouton scored 10 goals in the postseason, helping earn a state semfinal berth.


PHU’s Alexis Mouton scored 10 goals in the postseason, helping earn a state semfinal berth.

Why we picked her: Defense has always been Palm Harbor University's strong suit, and this season was no different. The Hurricanes allowed just four goals during the regular season and were undefeated. Trouble was, the offense was not coming through. The inability to score resulted in five ties and dropped PHU to the third seed in one of the toughest districts in the state. That was when Mouton went on a tear, scoring a combined 10 goals in six district and playoff games to lead the Hurricanes to the Class 8A state semifinals, where they lost 1-0 to Vero Beach. It was the first time PHU had advanced to the state semifinals during Mouton's career at the school. Her scoring binge continued in the Pinellas-Hillsborough senior all-star game with two goals that erased a 2-0 deficit and sent the game into overtime, with Pinellas eventually winning.

Most impressive accomplishment: Mouton had never scored three goals in a game before the district tournament. She accomplished that in two straight wins against Alonso and East Lake that secured a playoff berth. The win against the Eagles in the district semifinals was key considering PHU had been knocked out of the playoffs by its rival the previous two seasons.

Did you know? Mouton always waits until she is out of the car to put on her shin guards, socks and shoes, regardless of whether she is late for a practice or a game. She always puts the left shoe on before the right one and wears her hair in a ponytail with a braid before each game.

Future plans: Mouton has signed with Alabama and will play soccer there in the fall. She currently is on the Tampa Bay under-18 club team and will play in the state cup starting March 28.

Coach of the year

John Planamenta, Palm Harbor University: Playing in one of the toughest districts in the state, Planamenta guided the Hurricanes (18-1-5) through an undefeated regular season despite some early-season injuries. In the district tournament and postseason, PHU survived a brutal bracket to make the state semifinals for the first time since 2010.

First team

F Gabrielle John, Fr., Seminole: County's top newcomer led team with 22 goals and had eight assists.

F Olivia Red, So., Seminole: Consistent scorer finished season with 15 goals and 23 assists.

F Cassidy Reich, Jr., Osceola: Team's top offensive threat had 13 goals and 10 assists.

MF Brandy Maulucci, Sr., Seminole: Puerto Rican national team member came through in big moments for the Warhawks.

MF Skyler Ellenburg, Sr., Shorecrest: Had 24 goals and 14 assists to lead Chargers to the Class A state semifinals.

MF Caroline Krueger, Sr., St. Petersburg: The distance runner played a pivotal role in helping the Green Devils win the conference title.

D Mackenzie Geier, Sr., PHU: One of the defensive anchors during the Hurricanes' postseason run.

D Ashley Blanchard, Jr., Largo: The Gulf Coast commit had the speed to track down the top scoring threats in the county.

D Quinn Lombard, Sr., PHU: Would mark the opposing team's best player and routinely hold her scoreless.

D Gabby Rademaker, Jr., East Lake: On a team of scorers, she stood out as the last line of defense.

D Sarah Raymond, Sr., PHU: Tampa commit was part of the county's best defense.

GK Theresa-Rose Kudak, Jr., St. Petersburg: Stepped in when Kaylan Marckese went down with an injury and helped Green Devils reach the playoffs.

Second team

F Shaura Washington, Jr., St. Petersburg

F Nhi Truong, Fr., Countryside

F Kyla Kreemer, Jr., Largo

MF Alison Watkins, Jr., Osceola

MF Rachel Preble, Sr., Countryside

MF Kennedy Flynn, Jr., Largo

D Chloe Beaver, So., St. Petersburg

D Gabby Holcombe, Jr., Osceola

D Layna Hatfield, Sr., Seminole

D Kai Greenlees, So., Shorecrest

D Dominique Nelson, So., East Lake

GK Rachel Taylor, Sr., PHU

Honorable mention

Admiral Farragut: Brittany McGee; Boca Ciega: Angela Reinhart; Calvary Christian: Hannah Brookover, Emily Curran, Elizabeth Wissman; Clearwater: Alexis Pedersen, Lindsey Perkins; Clearwater Central Catholic: Caroline Booth; Countryside: Sarah Hughes; East Lake: Maggie Amos, Emily Cady, Lauren Dodge, Indie St. George, Karlie White; Indian Rocks Christian: Bobbi Labrant, Olivia Ross-Johnson; Largo: Morgan Power; Northeast: Kayla Dunlay, Amanda Ellie, Raquel Hauss; Osceola: Samantha Pifer, Courtney Smith; Palm Harbor University: Shalisa Crowell, Alyssa Skyrd; Seminole: Leah Rapuano, Sarah Reinhold; St. Petersburg: Anna Tobin, Kaylan Marckese; St. Petersburg Catholic: Brooke Coughlin, Rebecca Harb, Erin Hillman; Shorecrest: Demi Tellios, Sophie Wiltshire, Sarah Zolper; Tarpon Springs: Ali Ward

Player of the Year | Alexis Mouton, Sr., Palm Harbor University

Times' all-Pinellas County girl soccer 03/15/14 [Last modified: Saturday, March 15, 2014 12:06am]
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