Plenty of super sophomores on All-Europe girls team
June 25, 2006
For a roster that’s nearly half sophomores, the 2006 girls All-Europe team has plenty of experience.
Avianos scoring machine Anna Schrader and Heidelberg defensive anchor Ana Anger, both among the seven sophomores on the team, lead a group of seven repeat choices named by a panel of coaches to the high-school all-star squad.
Joining their younger peers as repeat first-teamers for 2006 are juniors Paris Cervantes of Kaiserslautern, Whitney Lynch of Sigonella and two-time repeater Kylie Marchant of Patch. Seniors Melissa Hirzel of Ramstein and Kyri Bye-Nagel of Hanau, recently voted DODDS-Europe’s female athlete of the year, also return from 2005, with Bye-Nagel making the team for the third straight year. She was a second-teamer as a freshman.
The first team has just two defenders and no goalkeepers.
Mannheim’s John Crockett, who served on the selection panel with Ricardo Buitrago of Ramstein, Tom Manuel of Patch, Kathy Clemmons of Hohenfels and Shawn McCarthy of Sigonella, said the offensive tilt was understandable.
“The more skilled players end up at midfield and striker,” he said. “We had a lot of discussion about how hard a player worked to be of value to her team.”
There’s plenty of value up front. Striker Bye-Nagel, with 23 goals despite a game missed because of injury, and fellow striker Schrader, called the “best player in the Mediterranean” by coach Pam Hillestad, had 17.
Best in the Med is an assessment that Whitney Lynch and Jaimie Jennett of two-time European Division III champion Sigonella could contest, however. Lynch, who posted a hat trick in the D-3 title game against Hohenfels, scored 13 goals and handed out 13 assists; Jennett scored 18 and helped out on 11 goals.
“Jaimie’s ability to navigate in traffic was the best in the league and one of the best in Europe,” McCarthy said of his team’s scoring leader.
Also scoring in double-digits was Patch’s Marchant, who tallied 11 times in making her third-straight All-Europe team, while Heidelberg sophomore Lauren Brousseau, in the words of her coach, Jim McCauley, “plays at a level that many would consider to be years above her age.”
And no team in Europe fielded more scoring power and speed than the Kaiserslautern tandem of Cervantes and sophomore Liana Knight.
The All-Europe midfield is in good, if young hands. Ramstein’s Lauren Williams, a sophomore, is, in the words of her coach, Buitrago, “the type of player who makes things happen for her team,” while her teammates Hirzel and Jayci Cachuela, a junior, both had “tremendous presence on the pitch,” Buitrago said.
“Watching Melissa play in the midfield is like watching a painter create a beautiful landscape out of a blank canvas,” he said.
Heidelberg’s Julia Roberson, a senior, and Mannheim’s Sarah Griggs, a sophomore, also wielded mean midfield brushes, according to their coaches. Griggs, according to Crockett is the “top midfielder in Division II,” while Roberson “was a leader on and off the field.”
Even though the defensive side of the ball is sparsely represented on the 2006 team, it’s effective.
Heidelberg’s Anger led a defense that allowed just two goals all season; Patch’s Ciarra McGregor, another sophomore, is the defensive specialist who took on the opponents’ most dangerous scorer.
It’s a top 15 Crockett thinks would give a good account of itself if ever it took the field.
“I’d love to coach a team like that,” he said.
All-Europe Girls Soccer
All-Europe Girls Soccer
School Class Pos. Stats and coach’s comment
Ana Anger, Heidelberg So D Lions yielded just 2 goals
Lauren Brousseau, Heidelberg So F 7 goals, tourney-winning PK
Kyri Bye-Nagel, Hanau Sr F 23 goals, 4 assists
Jayci Cachuela, Ramstein Sr M “No. 1 goal facilitator”
Paris Cervantes, Kaiserslautern Jr F “Dominates with speed”
Sarah Griggs, Mannheim So M 7 goals, “top D-2 mid”
Melissa Hirzel, Ramstein Sr M 6 goals, “selfless player”
Jaimie Jennett, Sigonella So M 18 goals, 11 assists
Liana Knight, Kaiserslautern So M “Extremely skilled, fast”
Whitney Lynch, Sigonella Jr F 13 goals, 13 assists
Kylie Marchant, Patch Jr F 11 goals, “team leader”
Ciarra McGregor, Patch So D “Hardest shot on team”
Julia Roberson, Heidelberg Sr M “Key to team ball control”
Anna Schrader, Aviano So M 17 goals, “Best in Med”
Lauren Williams, Ramstein So F 8 goals, “Makes it happen.”
Lyndy Axon, junior defense, Hohenfels; Amanda Bryant, senior midfield, Wiesbaden; Kelsey Chavarria, senior forward, Mannheim; Helen Della-Rovere, sophomore midfield, Ramstein; Kate Frasca, junior midfield, and Laura Ingold, senior defense, Patch; Bianca Gerena Perez, senior goalkeeper, and Anna Hrushka, senior midfield, Kaiserslautern; Greta Gerstener, junior midfield, Lakenheath; Lydia Gray, sophomore midfield, International School of Brussels; Feiloaiga Oloi, freshman goalkeeper/forward, Hanau; Stephanie Patrick, senior midfield, Aviano; Ounjaniese Pegues, senior defense, Alconbury; Fallon Puppolo, freshman defense, Heidelberg, and Michelle Rosas, freshman forward, Brussels.