|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' HUTCHISON HEADLINES SUPER 7 AS GIRLS SOCCER 'PLAYER OF YEAR' (2018-11-27)
ATHENS' GAMBRELL, PITTS, WAVERLY'S HAMMOND, SAYRE'S HANEY ALSO EARN TOP HONORS
Valley Sports ReportTHE VALLEY — Senior Rachel Hutchison established a new career goal-scoring record and helped Athens to its first District 4 title in nearly two decades, and is once again the Valley Sports Report girls soccer “Player of the Year.”
Athens senior Ariana Gambrell is the 2018 VSR “Offensive Player of the Year,” while Waverly senior Wendi Hammond is the “Defensive Player of the Year,” Sayre freshman Rozlyn Haney is the “Newcomer of the Year,” and Athens’ Rich Pitts is the “Coach of the Year."
Hutchison scored 39 goals to finish her career with a school-record 107, and doled out 16 assists. She also tied the school record this season with seven goals in one game.
Hutchison broke the school record with a goal in the District 4 semifinals, then added two more goals in the title game, lifting the Lady Wildcats to their first crown since 2000.
Possessing blinding speed, tremendous foot work, and uncanny field awareness, Hutchison will take her skills to Division I St. Bonaventure in the fall.
Gambrell, who was a mainstay on the Athens defense the last three years, shifted to the front of the Lady Wildcat alignment and it paid immediate dividends.
Using her sprinter’s speed, superior strength, and a hefty soccer IQ, Gambrell scored 26 goals and dished out 10 assists, before being shifted to defense for the final 3 1/2 games of the season. She also tied the school record with seven goals in a game.
Gambrell has committed to compete at Division I Bucknell in track & field.
Hammond, a five-year starter, was the vocal leader of a Waverly defense that allowed just 10 goals in 18 games.
Hammond, who used speed, physicality and a high soccer IQ to help Waverly to three consecutive Section IV, Class B title games, will playing Division I softball at Albany next fall.
Haney stood the Valley soccer world on its ear this season with a school-record 39 goals and five assists.
Haney, who possesses sprinter’s speed, tremendous foot skills, size and strength, and a soccer IQ well beyond her years, also set the school record for most goals in a game with seven. She also set a school record with six goals in a playoff game.
Pitts compiled a 31-5-2 record in his first two years at Athens, but two of those losses were in the opening round of the District 4 playoffs.
Pitts and his Lady Wildcats got over than hump this season, winning the program’s first District 4 title since 2000. Athens finished the season at 15-4 and won its seventh consecutive NTL title.
Ariana Gambrell, senior, Athens: See above.
Rozlyn Haney, freshman, Sayre: See above.
Melina Ortiz, junior, Waverly: Possessing blazing speed, tremendous foot skills and an off-the-charts soccer iQ, Ortiz has been an integral part of a Lady Wolverine team that has appeared in three consecutive Section IV, Class B title game.
Ortiz, who will be playing at Division I Siena College in 2020, scored 12 goals and dished out seven assists this season.
Mackenzie Macumber, junior, Tioga: A whirling dervish on the soccer pitch, Macumber is always in high gear on the field. She had six goals and five assists this season.
FIFTH FORWARD: Emma Adams, senior, Athens.
Rachel Hutchison, senior, Athens: See above.
Stephanie Klovekorn, senior, Sayre: Fast, physical, and smart, Klovekorn scored 10 goals and dished out 16 assists.
Gabby Picco, sophomore, Waverly: Fast and physical, Picco always seems to be one step ahead of opposing defense. She scored a team-high 21 goals and doled out seven assists this season.
Hannah Blackman, sophomore, Athens: An overlooked driving force behind the Lady Wildcats’ success this season, Blackman is fast, not afraid of contact, and knows her way around the soccer field. She scored four goals and dished out 11 assists.
FIFTH MIDFIELDER: Abby Moliski, junior, Sayre.
Wendi Hammond, senior, Waverly: See above.
Haley Chambers, junior, Athens: Fast, strong, and soccer savvy, Chambers was the driving force behind the Lady Wildcat defense. She scored one goal and had six assists.
Cora Smith, junior, Waverly: Fast and physical with a high soccer IQ, Smith plays the field from end to end. She had five goals and seven assists on the season.
Brooke Warner, senior, Athens: Fast, with a tendency to be in the right place at the right time, Warner scored two goals and had six assists this season.
FIFTH DEFENDER: Alex Tomasso, senior, Waverly.
Camry Lane, senior, Sayre: In just her second year in net, Lane used her athleticism to record 230 saves (12.1 per match) in helping Sayre to an 11-9 record and a trip to the District 4, Class A quarterfinals. She posted six shutouts on the season.
IN PHOTO: Athens’ Rachel Hutchison.
“Player of the Year”
2017 — Rachel Hutchison, Athens
2016 — Chloe Tracy, Sayre
2015 — Chloe Tracy, Sayre
2014 — Chloe Tracy, Sayre
2013 — Kirsten Colegrove, Athens
2012 — Kirsten Colegrove, Athens
2011 — Liia Carpenter, Waverly
2010 — Kirsten Colegrove, Athens
2009 — Megan Kyc, Sayre
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