Parade names 3 local girls to All-America soccer team

Bouchelle, Myers, Siegel get national recognition

High Schools

May 07, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

When it comes to playing soccer, Zoey Bouchelle, Ashley Myers and Hayley Siegel are highly skilled and dedicated, and love the game.

Now, the three high school standouts have one more thing in common: Each has been named to Parade magazine's 12th annual All-America girls soccer team.

Bouchelle, a senior midfielder for Notre Dame Prep; Myers, a junior forward for John Carroll; and Siegel, a junior midfielder for Centennial, were three of 35 players from around the country chosen for the team, which will appear in the magazine Sunday as an insert in The Sun.

"It's definitely an honor and always fun to be recognized because I do play soccer all the time and I'm always trying to do better and work hard on the things I need to improve on," said Siegel, a two-time All-Metro selection. "But I just love playing so much that I don't consider it hard work."

Parade writer Michael O'Shea is responsible for choosing the team, relying on input from coaches and organizations around the country. This is the second year Maryland has placed three players on the team (the first was 2002), but the first time the Baltimore area has had three.

Since the initial team was selected in 1993, 13 players have represented Maryland. Bouchelle is the third two-time selection from the state but the first two-time pick from the Baltimore area.

"It's just a great honor and I don't know how to explain it except that it made me feel good last year, and I feel really good right now," said Bouchelle, who will play at Penn State in the fall.

Bouchelle, who also was named the National High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, earned Metro Player of the Year honors in the fall for her dynamic, end-to-end play and her ability to rise to the occasion.

Siegel, who recently made a verbal commitment to Santa Clara, is masterful at dictating the pace of a game and making teammates around her better.

And Myers, a two-time All-Metro choice, is quick and strong up front, with outstanding ball skills in tight quarters and a knack for finishing her chances.

"The thing they most have in common is fire," said John Carroll coach Gary Lynch. "But as similar as they are because of how great they are, each of them brings something different to the game. It's great to see them all honored like this."

They've occasionally shared the field as teammates, beginning with the Olympic Development Program's under-13 team, when Bouchelle was 12 years old and Myers and Siegel were 11.

Myers and Siegel are currently national pool players for the under-17 team who also play on the same club team, the Bethesda Excel. Bouchelle, an under-19 national pool player, played on the under-18 Bethesda Dragons.

The clubs scrimmaged regularly in preparation for the national tournament last summer, when each of the teams reached the final in its age group.

As opponents, Bouchelle and Myers took center stage in the high school season's finest and most dramatic hours in early November.

It happened in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game, won by Notre Dame Prep, 5-4, when Bouchelle scored her third goal with four seconds left in the second overtime to match Myers' three-goal performance.

"That game was so tough, but it was awesome," said Myers, who scored 20 goals during the season. "It was tough for us that Zoey finished like that in the last couple of seconds, but I have so much respect for her that she could do that."

Girls on Parade

Since the first Parade All-America high school girls soccer team was named in 1993, 13 players from Maryland have been chosen, including three two-time selections. Here are the nine players who have been named to the team from the Baltimore area.

Year Name School

1993 Samantha Andersch Hammond

1996 Megan Boehm Howard

Laurie Schwoy McDonogh

1999 Brooke Stastny Maryvale

2002 Ali Andrzejewski McDonogh

Kelly Hammond St. Mary's

2003 Zoey Bouchelle Notre Dame Prep

2004 Zoey Bouchelle Notre Dame Prep

Ashley Myers John Carrol

Hayley Siegel Centennial

Note: Samantha Myers of Thomas Johnson (1997, '98) and Noelle Keselica (2001, '02) of Watkins Mill were the other two-time selections.

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