Girls Soccer

All - Carroll County

High Schools

November 26, 2003

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Lauren Schwarzmann

Century

A first-team pick a year ago, Schwarzmann elevated her play further this fall, leading Century to its second straight Class 2A state title. The forward finished with 15 goals, tied for the most in the county, in addition to eight assists. An intense player, she used her great speed and field awareness to exploit opponents' weaknesses time and again. At the offensive end, she always positioned herself to receive the ball and make strong moves toward the goal, and used her strong shot to finish more often than not. Early in the season, she scored the game-winner with 3:09 left in sudden-death overtime in a 3-2 win over host Liberty. The Johns Hopkins-bound senior then ended the season with two goals in a 3-1 win over Glenelg in the state title game.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Vanessa Ozimek

Century

A year ago, Century shocked many by winning a Class 2A state title in its first year of varsity competition. The feat the Knights pulled off this season was perhaps even more impressive. They withstood the best shots from upset-minded opponents on a nightly basis, and somehow managed to get stronger as the season progressed. After a 1-1-1 start, her team, which didn't graduate one player, won 15 of 16, allowing just three goals over its final 12 games.

FIRST TEAM

Alexa Ashwell

Westminster

The senior was a dynamic field leader for the Owls, as well as a dominant force at midfield. A second-team pick a year ago, she consistently won balls, both on the ground and in the air.

Brittany Baer

Westminster

After joining the varsity during last year's playoffs, the sophomore forward came into her own this season, finishing with 15 goals - tied for the most in the county - and four assists. She scored a hat trick in the first 12 minutes of her team's win over Francis Scott Key.

Erin Boston

Westminster

The senior's "flip" throw-in was one of the most dangerous weapons in Carroll County. An athletic midfielder with good speed, Boston was at her best when putting the ball in bounds, able to throw up to 45 yards on the fly. Her rare talent created numerous scoring chances for the 8-4-2 Owls.

Amanda Bradley

Century

The sophomore midfielder was at her best when using her speed to beat defenders on the outside. She scored seven goals and assisted on nine others, including several on corner kicks. She scored the game-winning goal in Century's state final victory over Glenelg.

Amber Falcone

Winters Mill

The junior was a strong left-footed player who used a blend of speed, touch and strength to compile eight goals and seven assists. Spending time at forward and midfield, she created numerous scoring chances for the Falcons from the left flank.

Karyn Farrar

South Carroll

In her third year on the varsity, the senior forward blossomed into one of the top scoring threats in the county. She finished with 12 goals and five assists for the Cavaliers, ranking among the county's scoring leaders.

Kim Fiorani

Liberty

For the second straight year, Fiorani led the Lions in scoring. This fall, the junior forward tallied 13 goals - including five game-winners - and four assists, helping Liberty to a 9-5-1 mark. Her goal against Century helped the Lions take the eventual state champions to overtime.

Kristin Greene

Westminster

The repeat first-team pick anchored a young defense for the Owls, playing a major role in their second-place county finish. The junior consistently displayed her exceptional shot-blocking abilities, and never was afraid to come out to cut off passes around the goal mouth. In 14 games, she allowed 13 goals.

Kristen Hannon

Liberty

The three-year varsity starter started as a sweeper, but then missed two weeks with an injury. In her return, she was inserted at midfield and stopper, excelling at both. She finished with three goals in earning her third straight All-County selection.

Brittany Harman

Liberty

The three-year varsity starter used her relentless work ethic to post a huge senior season. The forward finished with 10 goals - including four game-winners - and three assists for the Lions, who took second place in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Piedmont Conference.

Katie Hertsch

Winters Mill

The sophomore may not have compiled gaudy statistics, but her play as a defensive midfielder was second to none this season. She consistently hounded opponents with intense defensive pressure. She also scored two goals and an assist.

Kelly Kasper

Century

Last season's county Player of the Year had another exceptional campaign, helping the Knights capture their second straight 2A state title. The University of Maryland-bound senior finished with seven goals and 10 assists from her position at center midfield.

Megan Mills

Century

The sophomore was all over the field this season for state champion Century. Used mainly as a forward, Mills always looked to set up scoring chances in finishing with four goals and seven assists.

Cristina Noack

South Carroll

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