Girls Soccer

All-anne Arundel County

High Schools

November 26, 2003

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Melissa Hornfeck

Arundel

When the senior standout was around the ball, good things were guaranteed to happen for the Wildcats. Possessing gifted skills and a tireless approach, Hornfeck closed out a stellar four-year career with 12 goals and eight assists as the catalyst of a Wildcats team that finished with an 11-4-1 mark. "She was our spark - the engine of the team," said Arundel coach Tom Degner. Hornfeck, who played midfield, at striker and in back at times to protect a late lead, was a first-team All-County selection in all four of her seasons, finishing her career with 49 goals and 30 assists.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Jerry McBee

Chesapeake

The No. 13 Cougars found an ideal mix of experienced veterans and talented newcomers, and McBee collectively got them on the same page to enjoy a banner 12-3-1 season that included an appearance in the county championship game. The team's success was based on a strong commitment to marking tight on defense and relying on a number of sources to provide offense. The Cougars opened eyes early with a 1-0 win at South River and were able to stay on a positive course throughout the season. Their only losses came against Class 3A state champ Severna Park (in the regular season and county championship game) and a postseason loss to South River.

FIRST TEAM

Nicole Brown

Archbishop Spalding

Physically strong and deceptively quick, the junior sweeper anchored a young Cavaliers defense with consistently smart play. She was reliable in one-on-one situations with an opposing striker and also good in the air on crosses.

Catie Bukowski

Arundel

After splitting time early on, Bukowski won the goalkeeper job with a knack for coming up with the big save. The senior allowed six goals - three coming in a loss to state champion Severna Park - and posted a 1-0 shutout win over South River late in the regular season.

Crystal Curry

South River

An ankle injury kept her out of seven games, but the senior midfielder still made a major impact in the Seahawks (14-3-1) run to the Class 4A state semifinals. She finished with four goals and six assists.

Tracey Dahlen

Chesapeake

The senior sweeper did a whole lot of everything for the Cougars to close out a stellar four-year career. With fine athleticism and instincts, Dahlen disrupted opposing teams' offensive threats. She also contributed eight goals and four assists.

Jennifer Dunbar

St. Mary's

The senior central defender protected the back for the Saints with a good feel for the game and high skills. A four-year contributor on varsity, Dunbar was strong to the ball and saw the field well to distribute effectively.

Shannon Hadaway

Severna Park

With endless energy, the senior midfielder was the do-it-all catalyst in leading the No. 2 Falcons (17-1) to their second straight 3A state title. The team captain capped her career with the game-winning goal in the state championship win over Urbana to finish the season with seven goals and nine assists.

Christina Middleton

St. Mary's

The junior marking back always drew the toughest assignment and more than held her own with a combination of finesse and sturdy defensive play.

Amy Morrison

South River

Moving from sweeper to midfield this fall, Morrison showed the same strong will on defense while providing stability and offensive creativity to hold everything together in the middle. The three-year starter finished with three goals and five assists.

Zara Nematollahi

Severna Park

The senior midfielder was a valuable asset at both ends of the field, supplying the Falcons with timely offense as well as strong marking. Nematollahi finished the season with nine goals and four assists, scoring the lone goal against Chesapeake in the regular-season finale that sent them to the county championship game.

Sara Schmidt

Glen Burnie

The Gophers asked for a lot from their senior captain, and Schmidt responded with sound two-way play and a nonstop work rate. In her fourth season of varsity, Schmidt could create on her own or set up teammates with scoring chances. She had nine goals and seven assists.

Emily Sullivan

Archbishop Spalding

The Cavaliers' senior captain was a tough mark who took advantage of a stronger supporting cast this fall. The four-year starter and repeat first-team All-County selection had a knack for finding corners as well as open teammates, finishing with a team-high 13 goals and 14 assists.

Jaime Swears

South River

The Seahawks' go-to player up front was relentless when attacking the goal, either finishing off scoring chances or finding open teammates. The senior standout closed her career with a team-leading 11 goals and seven assists.

Samantha Young

Severna Park

No newcomer had a bigger impact in the county than Young, who provided the Falcons with a steady flow of offense. The freshman was a strong finisher and capable distributor in leading the team in scoring with 13 goals and 11 assists.

Christie York

Severna Park

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