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2013-14 Hernando Today All-County Girls Soccer Team


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Player of the Year

Nicole Morolla

Forward

Springstead - Senior

COMMENTS: Four-year letterman . Rare four-year starter . Three-time All-County selection . First-time POY pick . Despite her tiny frame, 5-foot-2 and weighing less than 100 pounds, Morolla has the vision to see the entire pitch and create scoring opportunities on the fly . Her modest freshman year included three goals and three assists . As a sophomore, she enjoyed 11 goals and 10 assists . In 2011-12, she finished runner-up in Hernando County behind Emily Myers' 11 county-leading assists . Finished fifth overall in the circuit in scoring with 32 points . As a junior, Morolla reached double figures again in goals (22) and assists (11) . Again finished fifth in local circuit in scoring (55 points) . As a senior this past winter, she become the 13th Lady Eagle to reach 100-point plateau since 1990-91 . Just missed the scoring Triple Crown . Finished with 27 goals, one less than NCT senior Hailey Lalande (28) . Paced the county in assists with a personal-high 19 . Led the county in scoring (63 points) . Closed out her prep career ranked third all-time at SHS in goals scored (63), fourth all-time in assists (43) and third in total points scored (169) - behind Jenny O'Sullivan and Angela Passafaro.

QUOTES: "Nicole is elusive, has breakaway speed, has the ability to read the field in a blink and provide scoring opportunities. . Since her freshman year, her confidence has skyrocketed. . When we had additional scoring threats, like Sammy (Betters) last year, she complemented those type players. . With all the injuries to our team, the other teams saw Nicole as a scoring threat. . Whether she was marked by 1-2 players didn't matter, her numbers speak for herself. . Possesses great athleticism and natural ability. . She can definitely play at the next level."

- Springstead head coach Scott Wern

"She's the type of player who never gives up. Forget her size, he's extremely aggressive. If the ball is in the box, she'll either take the shot or make sure someone with a better chance has a crack at it."

- Central head coach Ken Brening

"I love that kid; she's a great player and great choice (for POY). She's the type of player that goes hard every game. Forget her size, when she's in the (scoring) box she's looking to score or distribute - she's very dangerous. . To me her best trait is she carries herself very well; she's not cocky at all."

- Central assistant coach Amy Ellis

Jayna Tyler

Forward

Nature Coast - Freshman

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection . Provided a potent scoring option in her initial prep campaign . Delivered her first-ever hat trick against archrival Springstead at Shark Tank Stadium on Nov. 18 . Finished second on the Sharks in goals scored (16) and fourth in assists (six) . Concluded her inaugural varsity season fourth overall in the local circuit's final top 10 Honor Roll with 34 points.

QUOTES: "She had an impressive freshman season this year. Her hat trick against Springstead definitely established her as an offensive threat for us. It attracted the attention from other teams, too, and she found herself more heavily marked for the rest of the season. . She is a creative player who looks for scoring opportunities for the team, not just herself, and does a great job setting up her teammates. Despite being a first-year player for us, she sees the field well and communicates well for us. Definitely has a bright soccer future."

- Nature Coast head coach Lisa Masserio

Chelsea Reid

Forward

Nature Coast - Sophomore

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection . Arrived with a splash tallying seven goals and four assists as a freshman in 2012-13. Finished her first season ranked fourth on the team in goals scored . Placed 10th in the county's final Honor Roll . This past winter, Reid finished third on the team in goals scored (15) and fourth in assists (seven) . Concluded her second season tied for fifth in county scoring ranks with 37 points.

QUOTES: "Filled a huge void late last season when Emily (Myers) went down (with a an anterior cruciate ligament injury). . She's an exciting player to watch. . Works very hard to make things happen. . One of the keys to our offensive success was our forwards complementing each other - that's exactly what Chelsea brought. . She's got a nose for the ball in the (scoring) box."

- Nature Coast head coach Lisa Masserio

Nicole Sullivan

Forward

Hernando - Junior

COMMENTS: First-time All-County soccer selection . Versatile athlete excelled anywhere on the pitch . Sullivan served as the Lady Leopards' primary goalie, yet played admirably up top . With Sullivan between the pipes, HHS notched seven shutouts - its highest total since 2003-04's 10 . Despite limited minutes outside the pipes, the athletic Sullivan paced the Purple and Gold in scoring with seven goals . Her 14 points tied her with Springstead frosh Kimberly Gibson for ninth in the final Honor Roll . Since the season ended, Sullivan's family has relocated to Spring Hill and she has enrolled at Springstead.

QUOTES: "I firmly believe Nicole Sullivan is the best overall player in Hernando County. As a goalie, with the defense she had, she made many unbelievable saves, kept us in matches, and was technically the best around and could play the field and score goals, as well."

- Hernando head coach Rick Ahrens

Erin Blackwell

Forward

Springstead - Junior

COMMENTS: Tremendous all-around athlete . A two-time All-County track and field selection - she specializes in the half-mile and 4x800 relay . Repeat All-County soccer selection . As a frosh, she tallied three goals and three assists . In 2012-13, Blackwell doubled her production with six goals and seven assists . She finished ninth in the local scoring race with 19 points . This past winter on a Lady Eagle team decimated by season-ending injuries to four starters, Blackwell responded with a career-high 23 goals and 10 assists . As a result, Blackwell finished third in the scoring race behind a personal-best 56 points.

QUOTES: "Erin has great explosiveness and her confidence has risen tremendously since her freshman season. . She used to complain, 'They're pushing me around coach,' - not anymore. With all the injuries we had here, she was definitely our go-to player. . She's her own worst critic, but in a good way. She's pushing her limits by playing year-round. . Our team GPA is over 3.3 and Erin is one of the reasons grades are never an issue here."

- Springstead head coach Scott Wern

Haleigh McDuff

Midfielder

Springstead - Senior

COMMENTS: Four-year starter .Three-time All-County selection . Named as a defender in 2010-11 . Tallied three goals and six assists as a freshman . Notched six goals and four assists as a sophomore . As a junior, she contributed five goals and seven assists . This past winter, McDuff finished tied for fifth in the county scoring race with NCT's Reid (37 points) . As a senior, McDuff garnered a personal-best 11 goals and 15 assists . Her 15 assists ranked second overall in the county behind teammate Morolla's 19 . With McDuff nursing a nagging hamstring injury, SHS dropped three of four matches before she returned . Her presence served as calming influence across the SHS team in district play.

QUOTES: "Haleigh's presence was huge. We were a different team with Haleigh out there. She did a tremendous job of distributing the ball on our attack. Without her at center-mid, our attack sunk. . What I'll miss most is how she fought for every ball. She won a lot of 50/50 balls - just based on her grit, determination and physicality."

- Springstead head coach Scott Wern

Lisa Soehngen

Midfielder

Nature Coast - Senior

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection . Flourished as a senior . As a freshman and a sophomore, Soehngen tallied a combined two assists . In 2012-13, she began to turn the corner at the offensive end with four goals and two assists . This past winter, Soehngen tallied a personal-high seven goals to go along with nine assists . Finished eighth in the final Honor Roll with 23 points.

QUOTES: "To me, her versatility stands out; plus she's an aggressive player. When you look at her (thin build), you don't expect her style of play; she's very tenacious. Even if she loses possession, she'll continue playing hard. . We're going to miss how strong she was on the wing for us. Her speed created scoring opportunities."

- Nature Coast head coach Lisa Masserio

Hailey Lalande

Midfielder

Nature Coast - Senior

COMMENTS: Three-time All-County selection . Notched a pedestrian five goals and two assists as a freshman to tie for the Lady Shark lead in scoring with 12 points . More than doubled her offensive production as a sophomore in goals scored (11), assists (eight) and points (30). She finished sixth in the local circuit in the scoring race that winter . In 2012-13, she tallied eight goals and chipped in nine assists to finish tied for seventh in the scoring race (25 points) . In a fabulous senior campaign, she edged out Morolla for the county lead in goals scored, 28-27 . Besides leading her team in goals scored, she finished second on the Lady Sharks in assists (11) . Finished as the county's No. 2 scorer - behind Morolla - with 67 points . Finished third lifetime in goals scored at NCT (52) just behind Emily Myers (53) and Jalessa Scott (74) . Departs as the school leader in assists (30), toppling Myers (25) . Leaves as the Lady Sharks' No. 2 scorer all-time (134 points) compared to Scott's school-record (167).

QUOTES: "A rare four-year letterman and four-year starter for us. . She was our offensive leader this year. Despite a lot of pressure, she turned her senior year into a great season. . From the moment she arrived, she's worked tirelessly at improving her game. . She can absolutely play at the next level - that 30-yard rocket she launched that won us the Eastside game (regional quarterfinal won by NCT, 3-2) when she was a sophomore proved that. . It'll be very difficult to replace Hailey, not just as a four-year letterman, but all the experience that she's collected along the way."

- Nature Coast head coach Lisa Masserio

Kendal Worden

Midfielder

Nature Coast - Senior

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection . Three-year letterman . As a sophomore, she broke into the varsity ranks with four goals and five assists . In 2012-13, she added three goals and seven assists . As a senior, she enjoyed a personal-best seven goals and 14 assists . Her 14 assists led the team . Worden finished seventh in the county scoring race with 28 points . Seasonal highlight featured a personal-high three assists in the regional quarterfinal 3-0 shutout over visiting Sunlake.

QUOTES: "She's an experienced played who is really intelligent. . She has that great ability to distribute the ball. And she wins a lot of balls in the air. . Her play had a calming effect on the rest of her teammates - she was an important part of our offense. . One of the reasons she was one of our captains is she's the type of player who people can look to for advice. She's extremely unselfish. . What we're going to miss most is what she brings to us off free kicks and the experience and field smarts she carries every day with her."

- Nature Coast head coach Lisa Masserio

Zavana Schmit

Defender

Nature Coast - Senior

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection . Two-year starter . Not a scoring threat with one career goal and one career assist . Helped build the attack from the back . Extremely fast with deceptive closing speed . Part of the "Great Wall of China" defensive back line in front of keeper Samantha Oliveira.

QUOTES: "I was so thrilled when she came out. She filled a critical need for us along that back wall. Until she came out from volleyball, I wasn't sure we could continue utilizing that three-man alignment without someone like her. . She's extremely coachable and thrived in game situations. . She was a tireless player who was fast and reliable."

- Nature Coast head coach Lisa Masserio

Rosie Witherell

Defender

Nature Coast - Senior

COMMENTS: Four-year letterman . Four-year starter . Two-time All-County selection . Originally named All-County as a defender in 2011-12 . Known as the supreme organizer in the back . Labeled as the "security blanket" along the back third . Former standout tennis player did not score as a freshman or a senior, but tallied a goal and chipped in four assists as a sophomore . As a junior, she notched two goals.

QUOTES: "I have to give Rosie a lot of credit; she had high expectations playing that position and did whatever needed to get done. . As a three-year starter in the back, she'll be extremely difficult to replace because she understood exactly how all the pieces meshed together. I used to play her position, so I put a lot of responsibilities on her plate. She really was our security blanket back there."

- Nature Coast head coach Lisa Masserio

Sabrina Branch

Defender

Nature Coast - Sophomore

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection . Excelled on man-to-man marking . She drew Pasco County's leading scorer, Hudson senior Dominique Cirnigliaro, during the Class 3A, District 7 title game at Shark Tank Stadium . Cirnigliaro, who arrived with 56 goals, did not score helping the Lady Sharks to a come-from-behind 2-1 upset in penalty kicks . Branch is not viewed as an offensive threat with one assist over two varsity seasons.

QUOTES: "She started off the season slowly, coming off an (knee) injury. We eased her into more playing time as the season progressed. She had such a dynamic ability to mark 1 v. 1. I decided prior to the district final to have her mark Cirnigliaro. She wasn't the primary reason we won, but that move really helped. . She's a very smart player - someone I don't have to tell not to dive in. She's part of the Great Wall of China back there and really stepped up her play as the season went on. . To me, her biggest strength is that she is so mentally strong."

- Nature Coast head coach Lisa Masserio

Regina Sameri

Defender

Central - Freshman

COMMENTS: First-time All-County selection . Excelled as the Lady Bears' stopper . Known for her man-marking abilities.

QUOTES: "Regina did a tremendous job marking up Nicole (Morolla) twice. When she came off the pitch for some water that's when Nicole would either score or set up some other players to score. . Regina is the type of player that frustrates other kids."

- Central head coach Ken Brening

Samantha Oliveira

Goalkeeper

Nature Coast - Senior

COMMENTS: Two-time All-County selection . Originally named All-County in 2011-12 and also feted as Player of the Year . As a sophomore, the Oliveira-led Lady Sharks permitted 21 goals in 21 matches, registering 10 shutouts . As a junior, the Lady Shark defense permitted 13 goals in 22 matches featuring a school- and county-record 18 shutouts. Of those 18 clean sheets, Oliveira was credited with 17 shutouts . Of NCT's 12 shutouts this winter, 11 were credited to Oliveira . In her prep career, Oliveira was credited with a school- and county-record 38 shutouts.

QUOTES: "If you think of our last three years, Sam's been a huge component of this team. Shutouts have been a huge defensive stat for us. The key has been that Sam has worked exceptionally well with the players in front of her. . Two of our best defenders, Rosie (Witherell) and Sam, have played together on the same team for years. Our defense has benefitted with those two being on the same page. . Like all our other seniors this year, Sam plays with a lot of heart. Sam is as tough as nails. She's already signed to play for Warner (University). Now, we have to work even harder to replace the anchor in the back."

- Nature Coast head coach Lisa Masserio

Coach of the Year

Lisa Masserio

Nature Coast - 5th Year

COMMENTS: Three-time selection . Before her arrival, the Lady Sharks won less than 40 percent of their matches along their initial six seasons . In five seasons, Masserio's troops have notched a combined 70-26-11 (.729) won-lost-tie slate capturing Hernando County team crowns in 2011-12 and 2013-14. Her teams have also reached back-to-back-to-back district finals, hoisted back-to-back district championship trophies and carved out four regional victories . With a defense-first approach, Masserio's teams have notched a county-best 40 shutouts across the past three winters . This year's 20-3-2 Lady Sharks tied the county record for most wins in a season with Springstead in 2006-07.

QUOTES: "When we won last year, the success was based on what we did the year before. It helped that we had so many returning players. . But we were not that same team this year. I give credit to our six seniors. I didn't push my goals on them, it's not about me. This group worked extremely hard to reach the level we attained the year before. . The level of experience and their perseverance made all the difference. Sure, we had some hiccups during the season, but our kids allowed me to push them. . The seasonal highlight arrived just before the PK round in the district championship when Sam (Oliveira) walked over and said, 'Where are my first five shooters?' Right then I knew we could it. Without actually saying the words Sam was demonstrating 'This is my purpose, I know why I'm here and I know I can do this.' That was the mantra of this group of seniors and this group of kids."

- Masserio

"She deserves this; she's got the best players and they took home districts again."

- Central head coach Ken Brening

"I consider Lisa not only a coach, but a friend. So much so that she coached my daughter at the club level for years. She has a tremendous ability to wring out 100 percent of her players' abilities. She has a way of getting her kids to stick to the game plan and not allow the kids to mentally break down. . To me, she not only deserves this honor, she's earned it."

- Springstead head coach Scott Wern

2014 Hernando Today All-County Girls Soccer Team

PLAYER SCHOOL POSITION YR

Erin Blackwell Springstead Forward 11

Chelsea Reid NCT Forward 10

Nicole Sullivan Hernando Forward 11

Jayna Tyler NCT Forward 09

Hailey Lalande NCT Midfield 12

Haleigh McDuff Springstead Midfield 12

Lisa Soehngen NCT Midfield 12

Kendal Worden NCT Midfield 12

Sabrina Branch NCT Defense 10

Regina Sameri Central Defense 09

Zavana Schmit NCT Defense 12

Rosie Witherell NCT Defense 12

Samantha Oliveira NCT Keeper 12

Player of the Year - Nicole Morolla, Springstead

Coach of the Year - Lisa Masserio, NCT

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