Herald All-Area Girls Soccer Team

April 4, 2013 

Jade Adams, sophomore, Palmetto

To her credit: Just a sophomore, Adams has provided Palmetto fans with a blossoming game that fits right in with a senior-laden club. Her career highlight so far came when she bagged six goals in one game, and her attacking mindset gives Palmetto a good base for next year's team.

Fast fact: Adams' father played professional tennis, reaching the top 100 rankings in the world at one time.

Amanda Baar, senior, Lakewood Ranch

To her credit: Baar was a linchpin defender for the Mustangs. Her ability to lock down opposing forwards allowed the Mustangs to exploit weaknesses on the other end of the field, and generate plenty of offense. Lakewood Ranch marched to the Final Four this season.

Fast fact: Baar did get an opportunity to shine on offense in a regular-season match against Saint Stephen's, and she notched a hat trick.

Katerina Elliott, junior, Braden River

To her credit: Elliott's presence in goal is an imposing force for any would-be goal scorer to try to penetrate. Aided by a strong defense all season, the Pirates' junior keeper logged five clean sheets and was a key player in sending Braden River into the Class 4A-District 11 semifinals against Lakewood Ranch.

Fast fact: The most inspirational saying she heard came from Tim Howard at his camp in Lakewood Ranch, when the United States goalkeeper said, "When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, that's when you'll be successful."

Tyler Gordon, sophomore, Lakewood Ranch

To her credit: You can't win soccer matches without scoring goals, and Gordon exemplified that to a "T" for the mighty Mustangs. Gordon's numbers (17 goals, 10 assists) led all Ranch players and was a big reason the Mustangs advanced to the Class 4A state semifinals.

Fast fact: Gordon's genes for soccer are good as her father played soccer professionally before a knee injury ended things.

Jessalyn Kinlaw, junior, Manatee

To her credit: The striker was a potent force for the Hurricanes, scoring 11 times. However, Kinlaw's ability to play a deeper role against Venice in the Class 4A-District 11 semifinals gave head coach George Ameres the flexibility to maneuver some working parts in dominating the game against the Indians.

Fast fact: Kinlaw improved her assist total from her sophomore season with 14 assists, up two from 2011-12.

Alex Latham, junior, Lakewood Ranch

To her credit: The Mustangs keeper racked up 77 saves and helped Ranch deliver 15 shutouts this season. Only 14 goals were scored on Latham as the Mustangs won 19 games and advanced to the Class 4A state semifinals before exiting against Melbourne.

Fast fact: Latham hopes to be an engineer or physical therapist because she enjoys helping people and using math and science.

Cassandra Ordoñez, senior, Palmetto

To her credit: The Tigers had a strong season that ended in the region tournament, but the senior's tenacious skills stifled the competition routinely. Ordonez's defensive prowess led the Tigers to postseason soccer, and it has landed her a chance at the next level to play soccer at Coker College.

Fast fact: Ordonez credits IMG soccer coach Marcelo Carrera for helping her become the player she is.

Carly Provan, sophomore, Braden River

To her credit: Provan's stats aren't eye-popping for a forward, but her nine goals carried some weight. She often was in the right place to leave her mark, bagging an insurance goal late to fend off pesky Punta Gorda Charlotte in a Class 4A-District 11 quarterfinal match.

Fast fact: Provan's favorite school subject is English.

Angelica Rego, junior, Lakewood Ranch

To her credit: Rego's partnership with Tyler Gordon up front for the Mustangs provided a deadly force for opposing teams to defend against. And for Rego, that meant scoring 15 goals on 66 shots and adding six assists.

Fast fact: The highlight play that Rego points to is scoring on a diving header against East Manatee rivals Braden River.

Jessica Schafer, freshman, Manatee

To her credit: Schafer looked like a seasoned veteran with the Hurricanes. And as a midfielder, she distributed the ball quite well. Schafer tallied 10 assists for Manatee, the second-most on a club that took Venice to the wire in a district tournament semifinal.

Fast fact: The highlight of Schafer's career so far is winning nationals for 3-on-3 soccer in three consecutive years.

Sarah Wasser, junior, Manatee

To her credit: Wasser played a more central position in Manatee's vaunted midfield. Yet she racked up the second-most points on the team, with nine assists. But Wasser wasn't just a distributor. She found her way on the scoresheet as a goal scorer plenty of times this season, netting nine goals to bring balance to the Hurricanes' attack.

Fast fact: Wasser's goal from 30 yards out in Manatee's Class 4A-District 11 quarterfinal against Port Charlotte set off a chain reaction as the Canes won the game 7-0 to advance to the district semifinals.

Honorable mention

BRADEN RIVER -- Brittney Rangel, senior; Bridgit Lanier, senior.

MANATEE -- Michaela Krebser, junior.

PALMETTO -- Jenna Steininger, senior; Megan Peterson, senior.

-- Capsules compiled by Jason Dill, Herald staff

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