Herald All-Area Teams | Girls soccer capsules

April 12, 2012 

Meredith Argeros, senior, defender, Manatee

To her credit: There aren't many stats for defenders at the high-school level, but what Argeros offered Manatee was an invaluable tool. And that, head coach George Ameres said, was leadership. It's something that can't be taught.

Fast fact: Argeros displayed her leadership skills and moxie as a tough defender for the Hurricanes.

Daryl Bell, sophomore, midfielder, Southeast

To her credit: If there was a sophomore slump after her stellar freshman season, it wasn't evident. Bell controlled the Seminoles' flow from the midfield and did more than just distribute. She found the goal at an electric rate, scoring 18 of Southeast's 25 goals. And she did it in only 12 matches. "She's that good," said head coach Shane Cline.

Fast fact: Bell opened the season with a four-goal effort in a 4-3 victory over Bayshore.

Katerina Elliott, sophomore, goalkeeper, Braden River

To her credit: In 17 matches, Elliott recorded eight clean sheets and generated 144 saves. She also saved two penalty shots. Those skills make it easy to see why she played keeper at Braden River as a freshman and is a U.S. Club National ID2 Team pool player.

Fast fact: Elliott even got in on the attack, blasting two long balls that turned into assists for the Pirates.

Erika Gress, senior,defender, Cardinal Mooney

To her credit: Before a knee injury in the middle of her sophomore year, Gress ran between a 4.5- and 4.6-second 40-yard dash. It was hard to notice a difference this past season, particularwhere Gress controlled the middle of defense for Cardinal Mooney during its playoff run.

Fast fact: Oppoents scored 0.95 goals on average in matches Gress played.

Hannah Howell, junior, midfielder/forward, Saint Stephen's

To her credit: No matter whether Howell, a multi-sport star at Saint Stephen's, played midfield or up front, she shined. On most nights, she was the top player on the pitch.

Fast fact: Howell bagged 25 goals and had eight assists.

Jessalyn Kinlaw, sophomore, forward, Manatee

To her credit: The Manatee underclassman did so much in the Hurricanes attack this season that she was an easy choice.

Fast fact: Kinlaw, who scored 21 goals and dished out 12 assists was Manatee's offensive player of the year.

Haley Martin, senior,defender, Lakewood Ranch

To her credit: At a soccer powerhouse, it's easy for defenders to get lost in the mix of what's happening on the offensive end. But Martin's talents on the defensive side provided the Mustangs a unit, with keeper Alex Latham, that notched 13 clean sheets.

Fast fact: Martin, Ranch's MVP, scored five goals and had an assist.

Shannon Morrish, senior, goalkeeper, Saint Stephen's

To her credit: Morrish leaves behind quite a legacy. She also played outfield positions, but her primary spot was in the net, where she racked up enough saves to become Saint Stephen's all-time leader. It's also landed her a scholarship to Vanderbilt.

Fast fact: Morrish allowed just nine goals.

Brittney Rangel, junior, midfielder/defender, Braden River

To her credit: Rangel was the Pirates' defender of the year last season and played that position until she was needed in the midfield. As a center midfielder, Rangel solidified Braden River in the middle of the park. She also has a grade-point average higher than 4.0, showcasing her cerebral skills. "Great soccer head on her," head coach Don Engleberger said. "Both on and off the soccer field."

Fast fact: Rangel scored four goals with seven assists in four matches as a midfielder.

Aubrey Riggins, junior,midfielder, Lakewood Ranch

To her credit: Riggins tied for the second most goals for the Mustangs this season. That's quite a feat, considering Riggins plays as a central midfielder. That position is usually designed for playmaking and ball-controlling players, not goal scorers.

Fast fact: Riggins provided Lakewood Ranch with seven goals and six assists.

Jasmine Rosales, sophomore, defender, Cardinal Mooney

To her credit: Rosales provided the perfect complement to Gress in Cardinal Mooney's vaunted back line. She usually marked the opposition's fast wingers on the outside, and that normally turned into an advantage for the Cougars.

Fast fact: Rosales contributed a goal and two assists, high marks for a defender.

Honorable mention

Bayshore -- Miranda Brunner, junior, midfielder/forward; Mia Attruia, junior, forward; Emily Camp, junior, keeper/midfielder; Emily LaRue, senior, defender; Angelica Roby, senior, defender; Juana Orozco, senior, midfielder

Cardinal Mooney -- Sarah Quick, freshman, forward; Kelly Nicholson, junior., keeper; Abby Goecker, junior, midfielder; Gabby Ojeda, sophomore, midfielder; Sam Savinsky, junior, midfielder

Lakewood Ranch -- Tyler Gordon, freshman, forward; Alex Latham, sophomore, keeper; Amanda Baar, freshman, defender; Kaitlin Deglman, senior, midfielder; Juliana Guida, sophomore, defender

Out-of-Door Academy -- Sammi Jo Gaeta, senior, keeper; Skylar Jungers, seventh grade, forward

Southeast -- Mallory Robinson, sophomore, defender; Samantha Cline, freshman, midfielder

Saint Stephen's -- Michelle Benz, senior, midfielder; Amber Falkner, senior, midfielder

-- Jason Dill, Herald staff

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