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Byers, Nilles, Loyd named to All-Kitsap Girls Soccer Team

Siara Byers led the Olympic League with 23 goals this season.  - Brad Camp/File Photo
Siara Byers led the Olympic League with 23 goals this season.
— image credit: Brad Camp/File Photo

The All-Kitsap County Girls Soccer Team was compiled by the sports writers for the Bainbridge Island Review, Bremerton Patriot, Central Kitsap Reporter, North Kitsap Herald and Port Orchard Independent. Candidates for the team were nominated by the writers for their respective areas. The nominees were then voted on by the writers, with the top vote-getters making the team. The team includes the best players from area schools who not only performed well individually, but played a role in the success of their team as well.

The 2009 All-Kitsap County Girls Soccer Team:

F — Hannah Anderson, Central Kitsap, senior: A co-captain who coach Vicky Webb called the “heart and soul of the CK soccer team,” Anderson scored a team-high 13 goals to go with five assists, despite playing much of the season either injured or ill. She will play next season at Oregon State University.

F — Siara Byers, North Kitsap, senior: In her fourth year as a varsity starter, Byers led the Olympic League-champion Vikings with 23 goals during the regular season and added five assists. Six of her goals came in the final two games of the regular season, helping the Vikings finish undefeated in league play. Byers’ offensive numbers are impressive considering the fact she also spent time playing defense.

F — Becca Schoales, South Kitsap, freshman: It is rare for a first-year player to come into a deep program and make an impact, but Schoales did just that. She had a team-high 11 goals and added three assists this season.

MF — Kirsten Anthony, Central Kitsap, junior: With six goals and five assists, Anthony was a large reason Central Kitsap controlled the middle-third of the field.

“She was voted ‘most valuable to the offense’ by her teammates,” Webb said. “Focused, hard-working and a tenacious defender, Kirsten could be counted on to provide the strength needed to take on the tough teams of the Narrows League.”

MF — Christina Boddie, South Kitsap, senior: Boddie has been the centerpiece of the Wolves’ offense for the last two seasons. Boddie, who has an offer to play at the University of Idaho next year, finished with six goals and five assists to lead South to state for a second consecutive year.

MF/F — Riley Dopps, South Kitsap, junior: Despite moving all over the field — she spent the first half of the season as a defender — Dopps still finished with five goals and four assists this season. Several universities took notice even though Dopps has a year of high school remaining. She said Arizona State, Boise State and Washington State all have extended scholarship offers to her.

“Riley’s a game-changer,” Cain said. “She’s one of those players that can play anywhere on the field and perform well.”

MF — Delanee Nilles, North Kitsap, sophomore: Arguably the Vikings’ most complete player, Nilles tallied nine goals and led the Olympic League in assists with 14 during the regular season.

D — Molly Edde, Central Kitsap, senior: Edde, a co-captain who was voted “most valuable to the defense” by her teammates, anchored a Central Kitsap back line that allowed just 11 goals during the regular season.

“Molly Edde worked tirelessly in the back,” Webb said. “Time and time again she thwarted opponents’ attempts to score. Reliable, aggressive and serious, Molly led by example."

D — Kacey Loyd, Kingston, senior: Loyd anchored the defense that kept the Buccaneers in the hunt for the playoffs and helped them secure a first-round win in the district tournament. Coach Craig Smith called Loyd “one of the better defenders in the league.”

D — Brianna Waldron, South Kitsap, senior: When the Wolves needed someone to contain the opponent’s best playmaker, they turned to Waldron. Despite her position, Waldron also was an offensive threat, scoring five goals and an assist.

“I think she’s one of the top one-on-one defenders in the state,” Cain said. “She could just shut down a player.”

Co-GK — Darrien Dorr, Olympic, senior: Olympic failed to produce the offense it did in 2008 en route to the state playoffs. It was the physical Dorr to whom coach Steve Haggerty turned to combat those struggles. She finished the season with 13 shutouts in 18 games.

Co-GK — Holly Sieler, South Kitsap, senior: Even after helping the Wolves to state in 2008, Sieler had to battle sophomore Brianna Smallidge to retain her starting position. Sieler did that as she had 12 shutouts this year and allowed an average of 0.4 goals per game.

Coach of the Year — Julie Cain, South Kitsap: Cain became the third coach of the Wolves in as many years and the fourth in the last five seasons. Despite implementing a new system, she guided South to the state playoffs. Cain, a former assistant at Seattle Pacific University, also became the first Wolves coach to defeat Bellarmine Prep twice in one season.

South’s 2-0 win against the Lions in the Narrows League Tournament championship marked the first time in a decade a school other than Bellarmine won that game. South finished with a 14-1-3 record.

HONORABLE MENTION:

F — Ashley Cole, soph., NK: Cole was second on the North Kitsap team in assists, with eight, and added five goals during the regular season.

D — Rachel Fisk, soph., NK: Fisk was third on the Viking team in assists, with seven, largely because of her accuracy on set plays. She also added two goals on the season.

D — Lindsey Foster, soph., NK: Head Coach Dee Taylor said Foster “has one of the highest soccer IQ’s on the team,” which allowed her to play multiple positions and excel in the backfield.

F — Tori Gerken, soph., Kingston: Gerken led the Bucs in scoring despite fighting tendinitis in her knee all season. “Tori is the future of Kingston girls soccer,” said Head Coach Craig Smith.

M — Elya Le, jr., NK: Playing the 2009 season with an injured shoulder, Le managed two goals and a pair of assists. Taylor called her “the engine in the midfield,” and said Le’s “creative play ... was a key ingredient (in) North’s success on and off the field.”

GK — Heather Martin, sr., NK: After giving up nine goals in the first two games of the season, Martin held opponents to just eight goals in the remaining 12 regular season games.

F — Jaime Schultz, sr., Kingston: Schultz was an essential part of the Bucs’ front line, using her speed as a weapon against defenders.

M — Jessica Sprague, soph., NK: Sprague contributed six goals and three assists during the 2009 season.

D — Georgia Suter, sr., NK: The Vikings’ “most tenacious defender,” according to Taylor, Suter was asked to mark the opposition’s strongest attacker in each game.

F — Madison Taylor, sr., NK: Taylor had four goals and four assists for the Vikings during the 2009 season.

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