With a 14-0 undefeated league season and a Special District 3 title under their belts, eight members of the Brookings-Harbor High School girls' soccer team added to their season accolades with all-league awards.
andquot;Every player that got an all-league award deserved it and some that didn't get it deserved it as well,andquot; Coach Paul Angove said. andquot;In my opinion, every single one of our starters should have gotten first team all-league.andquot;
The Bruins ended the season last week with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Catlin Gable in the second round of the state playoffs.
andquot;It's hard for me to get over the loss,andquot; Angove said. andquot;But we need to celebrate our accomplishments as well.andquot;
And this year's girls' soccer team racked up the accomplishments.
They went undefeated in league play, registered 11 shutouts, including nine straight games without allowing a goal, only allowed three goals all season and outscored their opponents 49-3 in the regular season.
andquot;Our program has success because our girls put in the work,andquot; Angove said. andquot;I'm really excited that I got to be a part of this amazing season.andquot;
Senior Jessie Goergen led the way for the Bruins this year with 18 goals and was a first team all-league selection.
andquot;She absolutely takes the game over,andquot; Angove said of Goergen. andquot;Every time you need a big play, she makes it.andquot;
Goergen is an extremely intelligent soccer player and uses her smarts to find hole in opposing defenses for an open shot or an open players.
Joining Goergen on the first team were freshman Ashley Juarez and senior Kara Miller.
Juarez was Goergen's scoring counterpart, tallying 16 goals on the year with her powerful leg and aggressive play.
Miller used her height and sheer athletic ability to control the middle of the field for the Bruins while pushing the ball forward to the strikers and helping play defense as well.
Seniors Jeana Hensley and Ellen Stadelman along with freshman Ally Manley were selected to the all-league second team.
Hensley was a part of the outstanding Bruin defense that frustrated opponents time and time again with their intense but smart play in the backfield.
The person who benefited the most from the stellar defense was Stadelman, the Bruin goalie, who only allowed five goals all year, and only three in league play.
Manley was the best passer in the Bruin midfield and her constant energy helped the Bruins pick up the pace of the game and wear their opponents out.
Junior Molly Moncrief and senior Brooke Blofsky were recognized as honorable mention selections.
Moncrief played the entire season for the Bruins in the midfield, constantly hounding opponents and forcing them to make bad passes and turn the ball over.
andquot;No one can match her when it comes to aggressiveness and hustle,andquot; Angove said. andquot;She's one of the glue players on this team.andquot;
Blofsky anchored the incredible Bruin defense, never afraid to put her body on the line to make a play.
andquot;She's really tough and really intimidating and we're going to miss her next year,andquot; Angove said.
Angove was also recognized as the Coach of the Year in Special District 3, leading his team to a perfect league season and league championship.
Other team awards given out were: Most Improved - Hensley; Most Inspirational - Blofsky; and MVP - Goergen.