Co-Player of the Year
Nicole Froman, Loch Raven, senior, defense: Rarely can a sweeper dominate a game, but Froman showed that ability the (( past four years for the Raiders. After claiming first-team All-Metro honors the previous two seasons and second-team honors as a freshman, Froman capped her career by leading the Raiders to the Class 2A-1A state title. Defensively, her quickness, high skill level and ability to read the game separated her from other area defenders. The Raiders (17-1) posted 15 shutouts this season, and Froman's poise was a big reason. That was only half of what she brought to the Loch Raven team, as she proved to be a complete player. Always a step ahead of opposing offenses with sound instincts, she provided the Raiders with a smooth transition game by being able to develop from the back. Her exceptional long throw and strong shot provided five goals and 18 assists this season. In her four-year career, the Raiders posted 43 shutouts.
Co-Player of the Year
Shanna Ziegenfuss, Liberty, senior, forward: The Lions' four-year stand-out set new scoring standards in Carroll County with her 77 career goals and also was the cornerstone in the county's first state championship in girls soccer this year. She closed out her career with 24 goals and eight assists and saved her best this season during the playoffs, when she scored nine times -- including three consecutive game-winners -- to go along with two assists. A number of adjectives can be used to describe the excellence Ziegenfuss displayed on the field over the past four years. What was bewildering to opposing defenders was dazzling to fans, who came to expect the unexpected from the creative striker. Ziegenfuss had the ability to take over a game a number of different ways. She could be dribbling past defender after defender one minute and the next be finding a teammate with a crisp through-ball. Her finishing ability -- whether inside the penalty area or off a direct kick from 25 yards out -- was uncanny and set her apart. And when the Lions had a lead late, Ziegenfuss often was moved to sweeper to make things tougher for opponents.
Coach of the Year
Sam DeLaurence, Liberty: The first-year coach helped put Carroll County on the map in girls soccer by guiding Liberty to the county's first state championship. The Lions' 0-0 overtime tie against South River in the Class 3A-2A final capped an unbeaten season at 15-0-3. DeLaurence knew the abundance of talent he had to work with and got the most out of it. With every player understanding her particular role, the teamcohesively blended together and worked the patient, build-from-the-back attack he was looking for. Despite their inability to finish on the final day, the Lions were at their best, outshooting South River, 20-8. At the start of the season, DeLaurence dropped standout Shanna Ziegenfuss back to midfield to get everyone more involved in the offense. Later in the season, with sophomore Trish Young coming into her own and senior Haley DeLaurence returning to form after two lost seasons to injury to anchor the middle of the field, he moved Ziegenfuss back up front. The move paid off -- Ziegenfuss scored nine of her 24 goals in the playoffs.
The first team
Nicole Brooks, Catholic, junior, forward: When the Cubs needed a big goal, Brooks was usually the player who provided it. With her speed, high skills in handling the ball and her ability to finish, this All-Catholic League performer finished the season with a team-high 22 goals, as well as eight assists. Brooks, a repeat first-team All-Baltimore County/City selection, scored the game-winner in the Cubs' 1-0 win over top-ranked St. Mary's in the two teams' first meeting in early October.
Kelly Jordan, Arundel, sophomore, forward: The co-Player of the Year in Anne Arundel County, Jordan led the Wildcats (16-2) to the Class 4A-3A state final with her 21 goals and eight assists. Her speed and anticipation presented a lot of problems for opposing defenses, and she made the most of her opportunities with a scorer's knack of finding the goal. Jordan led Arundel to its first victory over Severna Park in 11 years with the only goal in the Class 4A-3A region final.
Lindsey Vosloh, South Carroll, senior, forward: A reliable scorer throughout her four-year varsity career, Vosloh (13 goals, three assists) was asked to do much more this season, which enabled her to showcase her fine all-around skills. Those skills were evident in the Cavs' 3-1 win over Centennial in the region playoffs. After perfectly placing two shots in the lower right corner in the first half, the three-time All-Carroll first-teamer dominated the middle of the field in the second half.
Tina Steck, Mercy, senior, forward: The All-Catholic League performer brought excellent ball control, a sure shot and a