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November 26, 2003

GIRLS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Zoey Bouchelle

Notre Dame Prep

What better way to cap a stellar high school career than to score the championship-winning goal with four seconds left in double overtime? That's exactly what Bouchelle did.

A three-time All-Metro selection and a repeat Player of the Year, Bouchelle netted her third goal to seal a 5-4 victory over John Carroll in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference final. That boosted her career numbers to 54 goals and 27 assists.

An Olympic Development Program veteran and national under-19 pool player, the senior midfielder had 14 goals and six assists this season, down from 20 goals and eight assists from a year ago, as she became more of a controlling influence in the midfield. At critical points, however, Bouchelle could still take over the offense as she sparked the Blazers (14-1) in a wire-to-wire run as the No. 1-ranked team.

Bouchelle has orally committed to play soccer at Penn State.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Derek Woodward

Kenwood

The third-year coach orchestrated the turnaround of the season as the Bluebirds finished 13-2 and came within a game of reaching the Baltimore County final. After winning just six games during his first two seasons, Woodward helped the Bluebirds go 11-1 through the regular season, falling only to Class 4A state finalist Perry Hall.

Success came against all odds, too, because the Bluebirds suffered a spate of injuries and had only two seniors. An influx of young club veterans and Woodward's ability to get the most out of his team carried the Bluebirds to success.

FIRST TEAM

Lauren Askey

Loch Raven

The central cog in the Raiders' run to the Class 1A state title, the senior moved up from the defense to provide an offensive spark at center midfield. Her 17 goals and 13 assists as well as her aggressive play were key ingredients.

Nikki Bell

McDonogh

A versatile defender who alternated between center back and sweeper, the senior excelled at winning loose balls and jump-starting the counterattack. She had seven goals and eight assists.

Kayce Blandford

Notre Dame Prep

Blandford's role as a defensive midfielder in the Blazers' exceptional season cannot be overestimated. Superb skills and keen defensive instincts made the senior a transition force. An All-Metro second-teamer last season, she contributed four goals and seven assists.

Kristen Carr

Mercy

Considered by many coaches to be the top defender in the IAAM A Conference, the sophomore center often kicked off the Magic's counterattack with her speed, size (5 feet 10) and ball-handling skills.

Ashley Carroll

Perry Hall

The cornerstone of the defense for the three-time Class 4A state runner-up Gators, the senior sweeper led a unit that allowed only two goals in the playoffs. She is a repeat first-team selection.

Katlin Hassell

Eastern Tech

The senior goalkeeper allowed only 11 goals and posted 13 shutouts for the Baltimore County champion Mavericks. Hassel had a 93 percent save rate, and she made 13 saves in the county final, a 2-1 win over No. 13 Perry Hall.

Meagan Holmes

Dulaney

A natural defender, the junior under-17 national team and under-19 national pool player handled the key center midfield position. Holmes not only controlled the transition game, but she also made a lot of runs, resulting in 19 goals and six assists.

Jessica Knight

Perry Hall

Nearly unstoppable on the break, the sophomore striker gave the Gators a new dimension, finishing with 20 goals and eight assists. She hit the game-winner against No. 5 John Carroll.

Beth Koloup

Notre Dame Prep

A second-team All Metro striker last season, the junior led the No. 1 team in scoring with 27 goals and six assists. She proved a creative attacker and a strong finisher.

Lindsay Lowder

Institute of Notre Dame

Spending time on the line and in the midfield, the senior excelled at directing traffic and orchestrating the transition. She helped the Indians to a 12-game unbeaten streak and scored seven goals and three assists.

Brittany McKew

Perry Hall

Coach Brad Kressman called her the "puppet master." She pulled all the strings from center midfield as a defensive presence, transition focus and offensive threat. All-Metro a year ago, she led the Gators in scoring (15 goals, 14 assists).

Kelly O'Connell

Seton Keough

The three-time first-team selection scored 17 goals and had 10 assists, many on exceptional crosses. Her final goal gave the Gators a 1-0 win over McDonogh in the IAAM A quarterfinals.

Brittany Tegeler

McDonogh

The junior striker finished with 35 goals and 14 assists. Once Tegeler got the ball, she ripped apart defenses. An All-Metro first-teamer last season, she excelled at creating chances for herself and her teammates.

Britney Thomas

Eastern Tech

The game of the Baltimore County champion revolved around the repeat first-teamer's ability to win balls, distribute or finish. She scored 22 goals and contributed 16 assists.

THE GIRLS TEAMS

Player of the Year: Zoey Bouchelle, Notre Dame Prep

Coach of the Year: Derek Woodward, Kenwood

First team

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