By JOHN LIKANJE
Catherine Rogers led her squad to the sectional semifinals. Kendall Mesh lifted her team to a state title. Meghan Joerger ignited Pittsford Sutherland to the sectional final. Isabella Walsh contributed to a Batavia unit which finished as the No. 3 seed in its classification.
The four seniors were named the Player of the Year for their respective divisions as announced by Monroe County Soccer coaches.
Rogers accounted for 38 percent of the Webster Thomas offense as the senior scored 21 of the Titans’ 56 goals and paced the squad with 18 assists to earn Division I Player of the Year honors. The senior midfielder was one of 28 players in the entire Rochester area to tally 20-plus goals, including third-most among Monroe County individuals.
Rogers recorded seven multi-goal games, including a trio of hat tricks: September 7th in a 3-1 win over Victor, October 3rd in a 7-0 victory over Rush-Henrietta and October 11th in a 6-2 win at Fairport. Against Rush-Henrietta, the senior midfielder scored two of her three goals in the first half and added three assists. She contributed in sectionals as well with four assists across two games and even found the back of the net in a 4-0 first-round win over Churchville-Chili.
Rogers led the Titans to a 13-5-0 record, a Monroe County Division I title and the No. 3 seed in class AA.
Teammates Sophie Esders, Mia Estelle and Addison Schaeffer joined Rogers on the Division I All-County Team. Esders drilled a team-high 23 goals and spread out eight assists. Estelle dished out five dimes. Schaeffer played both sides of the ball and contributed to a Titans’ defense which posted four shutouts. The junior defender added a pair of assists and goal as well.
Sierra Bianchi, Mallory Heise and Olivia Pilato were named on the Division I First Team for Hilton. Pilato posted nine goals and nine assists, both of which led the Cadets. Bianchi paced the defense with 113 saves in 1,226 minutes in goal and pitched seven shutouts. Heise contributed to a backline which held its opponents to 15 goals in 17 contests and added two assists on offense. The Cadets’ defense only allowed one goal or less 13 times as well.
Savanna Biehler and Mary Kate Rudnicki represented Fairport on the Division I First Team. Biehler found the back of the net on 14 occasions and applied four helpers. Rudnicki spearheaded a Red Raiders’ defense which pitched three shutouts and held opponents to one goal or less in 10 of their 18 games.
Jordyn Constable and Alice Marchese made the Division I First Team for Penfield. Marchese tallied 12 goals and finished with nine assists. Constable recorded six assists and five scores as a defender. Constable helped the Patriots pitch six shutouts as well.
Alivia Day (Rush-Henrietta), Elizabeth Miller (Victor) and McKenna Reh (Victor) rounded out the Division I First Team. Day compiled five goals and five assists. Reh accumulated 12 scores and five dimes. Miller contributed to a Blue Devils’ offense which tallied 34 goals in 18 games and added a score and assist as well.
Mesh was named the Division II Player of the Year. The senior defender ignited Spencerport to a position only six other Section V teams resided: the state semifinals and ultimately, a championship. Along the way, Mesh spearheaded a defense which allowed three goals all season. The Rangers pitched 20 shutouts in 23 games, including eight straight to start the season and nine consecutive to end the campaign. During both streaks, the Rangers outscored their opposition by a combined 67-0.
Mesh contributed offensively with six goals and two assists. The senior defender’s offensive highlights included burying the lone goal as the overtime game-winner on September 11th against Aquinas and posting the first tally in a 3-0 victory over Webster Schroeder in the class AA sectional final.
Overall, Mesh led the Rangers to a 23-0-0 record, the top seed in class AA, the sectional title and a state championship.
Teammates Cate Burns, Jamie Keens and Lindsay Lenhard joined Mesh on the Division II All-County Team. Lenhard led Monroe County with her 79 points, 28 goals and 24 assists. Burns played the most minutes among Monroe County goalkeepers with 1,455 ticks and accumulated 86 saves. Keens finished with six goals and four assists as part of the midfield.
Alyssa Doody, Shannon Koomen and Sasha Zilist made the Division II First Team for Webster Schroeder. Zilist compiled nine goals and five assists. Doody commandeered the midfield with 13 dimes to go along with her five tallies. Koomen was part of a stout defensive backline and owned a goal offensively.
Kayla Heister and Casey Keller represented Irondequoit on the Division II First Team. Heister led the Eagles with eight goals along with five assists. Heister has two dimes and one tally.
Izzy Alexandre and Finn Cregan made the Division II First Team for Brighton. Alexandre finished with 20 goals and seven assists to pace the Bruins. Cregan led the team with 22 helpers and tallied 10 scores.
Avery Aloi (Churchville-Chili), Samantha Cipolla (Gates-Chili) and Olivia Hogan (Churchville-Chili) rounded out the Division II First Team. Cipolla stepped up to lead the Spartans with 10 goals and nine assists. Aloi and Hogan conducted a Saints’ defense which pitched three shutouts and allowed one goal or less eight times.
Joerger was the Knight’s only double-digit scorer with 10 goals and marshaled an offense which tallied 43 points in 19 games. The senior midfielder contributed seven assists as well. Joerger recorded two multi-goal performances: a hat trick on September 7th in a 3-all tie with Pittsford Mendon and both tallies on September 19th in a 2-1 win over Canandaigua. The senior midfielder highlighted her final season with two assists in a 6-1 victory over Geneva in the sectional quarterfinals as well.
Overall, Joerger led the Knights to a 12-4-3 record, the Monroe County Division III title, the No. 2 seed in class A and runner-up in sectionals.
Teammates Alexandra Bova, Skyler Fliss and Callie Johnson joined Joerger on the Division III All-County Team. Bova led the Knights with 11 assists and finished right behind Joerger with nine goals. Fliss and Johnson accounted for a defense which pitched six shutouts and held their opposition to one goal or less 14 times. Johnson added four tallies and three assists offensively while Fliss pitched in two dimes.
Charlotte Engin, Addison Larimer and Jaelyn Rodi made Division III First Team for Pittsford Mendon. Rodi accumulated 16 goals (tied for seventh in Monroe County) and four assists for 36 points (10th in Monroe County). Engin contributed 13 helpers and five tallies. Larimer rounded out a Vikings’ defense which pitched six shutouts and allowed one goal or less on 13 occasions. The senior defender added four assists and one goal as well.
Haley Drake, Kate Rayburn and Julia Russo earned Division III First Team honors for Greece Athena. Drake led the Trojans with 10 assists and was second with nine goals. Russo rounded out the midfield and contributed three scores and a dime. Rayburn captained a Trojans’ defense which pitched six shutouts and allowed one goal or less 12 times. The junior defender added two assists and a goal as well.
Payton Malec and Elizabeth Teerlinck were named on the Division III First Team for Canandaigua. Teerlinck conducted the midfield with 16 scores and eight helpers. Malec amassed 95 saves in 1,200 minutes (fifth in Monroe County) and posted six clean sheets.
Baylee Degenfelder and Maddison Gilfilian rounded out the Division III First Team for Brockport. The defensive duo ignited a Blue Devils’ backline which pitched five shutouts and allowed one goal or less eight times. Gilifilian added an assist on offense as well.
Walsh collected Division IV Player of the Year honors. Batavia finished as the No. 3 seed in Class A and the senior defender played a large part with leading 10 shutouts. Walsh contributed four assists and three goals offensively as well.
The senior defender conducted a backline which limited the opposition to 12 goals in 17 games. This included a five-game shutout streak to launch the campaign in which the Blue Devils outscored their opponents, 35-0. Walsh scored twice during that steak as well: August 31st in a 7-0 victory over Warsaw and September 5th in a 3-0 win over Honeoye Falls-Lima. The senior defender assisted in another shutout effort spanning four matches between September 27th and October 5th.
Overall, Walsh led the Blue Devils to a 14-2-1 record, the Monroe County Division IV title and the No. 3 seed in Class A.
Teammates Kylee Brennan, Ella Shamp and Anna Varland joined Walsh on the Division IV All-County Team. Shamp led the Blue Devils with 21 goals and 13 assists, both of which tied for third in Monroe County. Varland compiled 16 scores and 11 helpers. Brennan paced the midfield with seven assists and three goals.
Kayla Mattice, Hannah Roxstrom and Sarah Tawaf made the Division IV First Team for Greece Olympia. Tawaf posted team-highs of 16 goals and nine assists. Roxstrom contributed eight goals and seven assists. Mattice finished with seven tallies and six dimes.
Katie Adams, Natalia Carlson and Avery Rennoldson earned Division IV First Team honors for Honeoye Falls-Lima. Carlson accounted for 33 percent of the Cougars’ offense with 11 goals along with four assists. Adams and Rennoldson rounded out the midfield and combined for four tallies and four helpers.
Grace Devlin (Eastridge), Isabella Nuciolo (Greece Odyssey) and Adelina Topovcic (Greece Odyssey) rounded out the Division IV First Team. Nuciolo stepped up to score 14 of the Leopards’ 18 goals this season. Devlin found the back of the net twice for the Lancers.