First Team

Girls Soccer

High School Sports

December 15, 2003

Kayce Blandford

Notre Dame Prep

The Blazers' senior co-captain was able to make her presence felt in a number of ways as a defense-first midfielder whose offensive skills weren't far behind. Hard work for 80 minutes - from penalty area to penalty area - was always a sure thing from Blandford. The four-year starter read the game well and had an ability to mark tight, win balls in the middle and distribute accordingly to help set the team's desired pace. Blandford finished with four goals and seven assists, scoring the game-winner in a 3-1 win over St. Mary's that sent the Blazers to the IAAM A Conference championship.

Kristen Carr

Mercy

The sophomore central defender took her game to a higher level in her second varsity season, bringing poise and a defining presence to the Magic's back line. With good speed and size at 5 feet 10, Carr read the game well, constantly disrupting opposing team's offenses. She also had good ball skills to effectively work the ball out of the back and get the Magic started in transition. When called upon, Carr also saw time up front, where she contributed four goals and four assists.

Tracey Dahlen

Chesapeake-AA

Flawless defensive play, timely goals and fierce leadership - the senior sweeper brought all those assets to the overachieving No. 13 Cougars, who posted 10 shutouts in a 12-3-1 season. With athleticism and a good feel for the game, Dahlen was a constant disruption on defense. The four-year starter had a strong clear and could effectively carry the ball forward or find teammates. Offensively, she contributed eight goals and four assists, handling most of the Cougars' free kicks. Also an All-Metro shortstop in softball, Dahlen will play that sport at Elon College next year.

Shannon Hadaway

Severna Park

Bringing a non-stop approach from start to end, the senior midfielder was the Class 3A state champion Falcons' catalyst and leader. With the Falcons looking to repeat as state champs with a largely new cast, Hadaway's responsibilities increased as a team captain and steadying influence. She was more than up to the challenge. Strong defensively and constantly to the ball first at midfield, Hadaway scored seven goals and added nine assists. The last goal of her career was by far her biggest - the game-winner in the Falcons' 3-2 win over Urbana for the state crown. Hadaway contributed to three state titles in her four-year varsity career.

Melissa Hornfeck

Arundel

A dynamic playmaker who had an outstanding presence on the field, Hornfeck closed out a stellar four-year varsity career with a 12-goal, eight-assist senior season that led the Wildcats to an 11-4-1 mark. Arundel coach Tom Degner said the talented midfielder constantly lifted the team's play with her skills, positive attitude and overflowing confidence. The Anne Arundel County Player of the Year and a four-time, first-team selection in the county, she finished her high school career with 49 goals and 30 assists.

Katy Hudson

River Hill

The junior goalkeeper looked right at home in her first season as a starter, finishing with 15 shutouts and allowing just three goals in the No. 4 Hawks' run to the Class 3A state semifinals. With a sound technical foundation, athleticism and smart decision-making in the penalty area, Hudson was reliable. She didn't surrender a goal in Howard County play, turning aside a late second-half penalty kick from Centennial's Hayley Siegel in a 1-0 win that played big in the Hawks' successful defense of their county crown.

Beth Koloup

Notre Dame Prep

It was a sight seen again and again over the course of the Blazers' IAAM A Conference championship season: Koloup getting behind a defense and finding a corner for a goal. A second-team All-Metro striker last fall, the talented junior makes the move to the first team with offensive productivity (27 goals, six assists) that was consistent and timely. Offsetting heavy marking with smart runs away from the ball, Koloup turned the slightest openings into goals with a fine touch inside the penalty area. She saved some of her season's best for last with a two-goal, one-assist effort in the Blazers' 5-4 overtime win over John Carroll in the title game.

Kara Lewis

River Hill

Always difficult for defenders to keep track of, the senior forward was quick and crafty with the ball as the catalyst in the Hawks' offensive third. With a quick burst following her first touch, the repeat All-Metro selection had a knack for finding open spaces and the back of the net with an accurate shot. Finishing the season with 10 goals and nine assists, the Hawks' co-captain also was a strong leader who brought a tireless work rate.

Shelley McDuff

River Hill

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