Girls soccer Player of the Year: Anna Bialczak of McDonogh

December 13, 2013|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

Player of the Year

Anna Bialczak


The senior forward closed out a stellar four-year career playing her best soccer, finishing with 20 goals and 13 assists this season to lead the No. 1 Eagles to another Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship.

An All-Metro first-team selection last season, Bialczak finished her four years with 55 goals and 24 assists, helping the program win three conference titles along the way.

In addition to her fine ball skills and heavy shot, Bialczak, a co-captain, brought a relentless work rate and physical presence that opponents found difficult to match.

One of her biggest moments this season came in the Eagles' 2-1 title game win over Archbishop Spalding, when she opened the scoring with a blistering shot from 30 yards.

"From Day One through the last day of the season, Anna brought an incredible work rate," McDonogh coach Harry Canellakis said. "It's a great mindset to have on the team, because it raised the level of play for everybody. Not only does she demand the best for herself, but also everyone else around her."

Bialczak was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American for a second straight season and has been called up to train with the U.S. Under-18 National Team this month. Originally set to play at James Madison, she recently de-committed and has signed to play at Tennessee.

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