2001 All-Carroll County girls soccer

November 29, 2001|By Nathan Max

Player of the Year

Tirza Ridgely, Westminster: The senior central midfielder was a near unanimous Player of the Year choice with Carroll County coaches. One of two remaining starters from Westminster's 1999 Class 4A state championship team, Ridgely dominated the midfield, and contributed offensively and defensively. Offensively, she led the Owls in scoring for the second straight season and finished second in the County with 12 goals and six assists. Ridgely came through in big games, scoring the winning goal against 3A state semifinalist Urbana, South Carroll, Broadneck and Hereford. A three-time All-County selection, Ridgely also earned second-team All-State honors and was selected first-team All Central Maryland Conference.

Coach of the Year

Bryan Shumaker, Westminster: Shumaker had an interesting strategy this season. He took a team that went 5-6-4 in 2000 and loaded the schedule with heavyweights. The result was a stunning turnaround, in which the Owls finished 12-4-1, scored a county-high 49 goals and allowed a county-low 19. During the season, Notre Dame Prep (2-0), Mount Hebron (2-1), Broadneck (3-1), Hereford (3-0) and Class 3A semifinalist Urbana (2-0) were all among Westminster's victims. On their way to finishing second in a talented Central Maryland Conference, the Owls also narrowly lost to Class 4A state champion Thomas Johnson, 1-0, and Class 3A finalist Franklin, 5-4, in overtime.

First team

Sharon Bowen, Westminster: A versatile athlete, Bowen was a second-team All-County selection at goalkeeper last year when she replaced the injured Carrie Serio after having started the season with six goals. This year, she stayed up top where her ability to win balls in the air off set pieces and corner kicks helped her become the county's third-leading scorer. She finished with nine goals and three assists.

Kelly Fiorani, Liberty: A four-year varsity starter and team captain, Fiorani finished with a team-leading seven goals and five assists from the striker position. Her biggest goal came in a 3-1 victory over South Carroll when she scored the game-winner to give Liberty the county championship. Fiorani was selected honorable mention All-State and second-team Central Maryland Conference.

Nancy Hayes, Westminster: A two-year starter and two-time All-County first-team member, this diminutive 5-footer successfully made the switch from forward to outside midfielder. Hayes finished with seven goals and four assists, and had four goals in the Owls' opening three victories over Notre Dame Prep, Patapsco and Mount Hebron.

Candice Hibberd, Francis Scott Key: Although Key was often overmatched, Hibberd, a senior goalkeeper, regularly kept the Eagles in games with her technically sound play and leadership. She recorded 275 saves and allowed 61 goals in 15 appearances. She made 16 saves in Key's shutout victory over South Hagerstown and had 14 saves in the Eagles' 2-1 triumph over Brunswick.

Jamie Janowich, South Carroll: After missing the entire 2000 season with a knee injury, this senior midfielder impressed with her passing ability and her strong ball control on first touches. Janowich was also dangerous on the offensive end, shooting equally well with her left or right foot. A second-team All-Central Maryland Conference selection, Janowich finished the season with four goals and five assists.

Kelly Kasper, South Carroll: A sophomore midfielder, Kasper is already a two-time All-County first-team selection. She has exceptional passing skills and first-touch ability, plays aggressively, shoots well and is dangerous during set plays. She finished the season with two goals and three assists.

Katie Riley, North Carroll: One of the top scoring threats in the state, this senior striker is a three-time All-County selection and led the county in scoring for the second straight season. Riley finished with 16 goals and six assists and could score in a variety of ways. Riley was also selected second team All-State and first-team All-Central Maryland Conference.

Megan Mullins, Westminster: Mullins, a junior, teamed with Ridgely to control the midfield. Mullins had six goals and two assists, but if high school soccer awarded assists on second passes, her numbers would have certainly been higher. She often started runs with crisp passes that would eventually end in the opposing team's net.

Ashley Schwarzmann, South Carroll: Alternating during the year between marking back, stopper and sweeper, one thing remained constant: Schwarzmann always kept a close eye on the opponent's top forwards. A senior, Schwarzmann was an outstanding one-on-one defender, stayed calm under pressure and was a team leader.

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