Fall All-metro

Girls Soccer

December 12, 2007

Player of the year

Christine Nairn

Arch. Spalding, midfielder

No player in the area was more dangerous with the ball than Nairn, who completed a stellar four-year career with 27 goals and 13 assists in her senior season. Nairn's goals could come from anywhere in the Cavaliers' offensive third, and she was equally adept at feathering passes to set up teammates. Her four-year contributions helped put the Spalding program on the map in the strong Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference, as the Cavaliers reached the title game in 2005, captured their first championship last season and reached the semifinals this fall. A three-time All-Metro selection and two-time Parade All-American, Nairn finished her career with a program-best 70 goals and 37 assists. "Christine not only is a great scorer, but is a consummate playmaker as well. Using her knowledge of the game and making use of her incredible passing, dribbling and shooting skills, she makes everyone around her better," Spalding coach Bob Dieterle said. "She reads the field, the game, her opponents and her teammates better than any player I've seen." Nairn, an under-17 U.S. national team pool player, is set to play at Penn State next year.

FIRST TEAM

Karen Blocker

Arch. Spalding, goalie

The repeat All-Metro selection started all 81 games the Cavaliers played over the course of her stellar four-year career in which she went 64-8-9 with 57 shutouts. Agile and technically sound, Blocker, a team captain, went 18-2-1 this season with 17 shutouts and five goals allowed, as Spalding reached the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinals. The Cavaliers, with a defense dominated by underclassmen, relied on Blocker's poise and vocal leadership that helped keep the back organized. In her four years, Blocker was instrumental in the Cavaliers' rise to the top echelon of the area's most powerful league. Included was a 37-game unbeaten streak (34-0-3) that began with a 19-0-2 season last year and extended through the majority of this season. Blocker will play soccer at Liberty next year.

Allyson Carey

John Carroll, defense/midfield

After mostly playing forward in her first three seasons, Carey made a smooth adjustment to the middle of the field, where she controlled play at center midfield or the stopper position. She finished the season with a team-high 12 goals to go with four assists, but the biggest impact she made was the stability she provided for the Patriots, who reached the IAAM A Conference semifinals. Combining athleticism, speed, strength and good field sense, the team captain was hard to get past and equally impressive with the ball. A member of two IAAM championship teams in her freshman and sophomore seasons, Carey finished her career with 43 goals and 26 assists. One of the country's top lacrosse recruits, she will play that sport at Vanderbilt next year.

Amanda Carta

St. Vincent Pallotti, goalie

The No. 2 Panthers didn't have the same offensive firepower as last year when they reached their first IAAM A Conference title game, but they did have Carta. The repeat All-Metro selection posted three consecutive 1-0 playoff shutouts to lead Pallotti to its first conference championship. The senior finished the season with an 11-5-2 mark that included nine shutouts and 92 saves. Combining smart positioning and fearless play, Carta was always right where she needed to be. Her consistent play gave her teammates added confidence, which was never more apparent than when it counted most. Seeded fifth, the Panthers knocked off Institute of Notre Dame and top-seeded John Carroll before edging McDonogh in the title game. Carta is deciding between Towson and St. John's.

Monica Fischer

Fallston, forward

Fast and crafty with the ball, the junior emerged as a go-to player as the Cougars enjoyed a 16-1-1 season that included the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship. A three-year starter, Fischer had 25 goals and nine assists this season and proved to be a model of consistency. She had a goal or an assist in 14 of the team's 18 games, enjoying one four-goal game and four three-goal games. Equally impressive was Fischer's ability to make her teammates better. When opponents made it a priority to stop Fischer by sending additional defenders her way, she was able to find open teammates for scoring chances.

Mara Hauf

Institute of Notre Dame, midfield

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