If there was such a thing as an All-World team, Jackie Rieschick of Hammond probably would have made that one also this year. She made every other team.
And she's also The Howard County Sun's Player of the Year.
The Bears' senior sweeper won All-American honors from the National Soccer Coaches of America -- one of only two All-Americans from Maryland.
She also was voted to All-State and All-South teams by theMaryland Association of Coaches of Soccer. Maryland had only seven All-South winners.
Rieschick also was selected to The Sun's All-Metropolitan team and was The Sun's Player of the Year.
"Yeah, she's won every award available," Hammond Coach Dave Guetler said. "And shedidn't need any statistics to do it. You only had to watch her play once and you didn't forget her name."
As sweeper, Rieschick playeda crucial defensive role for the state Class 2A/1A champion Bears, who recorded eight shutouts while allowing just 14 goals. Five of those goals were scored by arch-rival Oakland Mills, and three by county champion Centennial, the only team to beat the Bears. Hammond went 15-1.
That Oct. 8 Centennial-Hammond game, a 3-1 Eagles' win, turnedout to be the real state title game. Centennial eventually won the Class 4A/3A state champion ship, and Hammond went on to take the Class2A/1A title.
Rieschick has ample offensive skills, as she displayed last year when she scored 11 goals and had five assists while playing offense only part of the season.
But this year, the Bears had a less-experienced defense, and Rieschick was forced to play the entire year at sweeper.
"We needed her to guide the defense," Guetler said. "Defense is her real forte. It's a position that requires a lotof work and usually doesn't get you much publicity."
Rieschick displayed some amazing footwork, faking opposing players nearly out of their shoes many times this season.
She also had the skill and confidence to pass the ball back to her own goalie frequently, somethingrare in girls soccer.
"Jackie always knew what she wanted to do with the ball," said Guetler.
During her 4-year career, Hammond recorded 28 shutouts in
games that she played sweeper. She had careerscoring totals of 21 goals and 17 assists.
Wilde Lake Coach Rick Wilson, whose team lost to Hammond in the state-title game, gave mostof the credit for Hammond's win to Rieschick.
"She beat us. She nullified every through ball to our forwards -- balls that would have gone through any other sweeper," Wilson said. "And some of them she turned around into offensive threats for Hammond."