Several area players were among those honored on the recently announced Western Athletic Conference girls soccer all-star team.
A total of eight area players were named first-team all-stars, while six other area players earned second-team honors.
Canajoharie's Jenelle Dillenbeck was named the WAC West Division Most Valuable Player.
Canajoharie’s Jenelle Dillenbeck, right, controls the ball in front of Paige Galloway-Hammond, left, during an Oct. 12 Western Athletic Conference game. Dillenbeck recently was selected as the WAC West Division Most Valuable Player. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
Fort Plain’s Anna Sweet (3) and Canajoharie’s Stormy Young (15) arrive at the ball at the same time during second-half
action in a Western Athletic Conference West Division game Oct. 15 in Fort Plain. Sweet recently was selected as a Western Athletic Conference all-star. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
Dillenbeck, a junior forward, finished with 26 goals and eight assists for the Lady Cougars who went 14-0 in WAC play this season and won the WAC West Division title.
Galway junior forward Erica Chase was named the WAC North MVP, while Middleburgh defender Calley Lawyer was named the WAC South MVP.
Dillenbeck, Chase and Lawyer also were named first-team all-stars.
St. Johnsville sophomore goalkeeper Leann Knapp, Mayfield senior keeper Jennifer Little, Northville seniors defender Abby Moore, Canajoharie senior midfielder Kara Schwab, Northville senior defender Mary Ryan, Canajoharie sophomore defender Christina Towse and Fort Plain senior defender Kaitin Trumbull all were named first-team all-stars.
Knapp, a first-year varsity goalie, made more than 250 saves this season for the Saints.
"She has good size and great hands. Even though we gave up goals (as a team) this year, she kept us in many games and had stellar performances against many of the top teams," St. Johnsville coach Zale Benton said. "She has the potential to be one of the better goalies in the area if she continues to work hard."
Moore was a two-year varsity player for the Lady Falcons.
"She was a key defender in the back and communicated well with teammates," Northville coach Chris Edwards said.
Schwab finished with eight assists and three goals for Canajoharie this season.
Ryan concluded her four-year varsity career with four goals and three assists this season for Northville.
"She was key defender with the ability to shut opponents down," Edwards said. "She also was excellent on set pieces."
Trumbull played the sweeper position for the Lady Hilltoppers.
"Kaitlin [Trumbull] was the key to our entire defense in front of our goalie. She has great skills, speed and intelligence," Fort Plain coach Kim Lathers said. "She covers pretty much from side line to side line and goalie to half field. She does all you would expect out of an all star and more - she had to because we struggled this year."
Rounding out the first-team all-stars were Duanesburg senior Olivia Ash, Schoharie senior Hannah Bowersox, Schoharie freshman Seana Cleveland, Galway senior Paige Galloway-Hammond, Berne-Knox-Westerlo senior Liz Harvey, Mekeel Christian sophomore Macie Holmes, Berne-Knox-Westerlo senior Makayla McCormick and Middleburgh junior Amanda Roney.
Canajoharie senior Melissa Bowley, Mayfield senior Anna Husain, Canajoharie senior Gabbie Kiefl, Fort Plain senior Anna Sweet, Northville senior Kelly VanNostrand and St. Johnsville junior Skyler Viveros were named second-team all-stars.
VanNostrand, a midfielder, finished with six assists and four goals.
"She was a great playmaker as the right midfielder," Edwards said.
Bowley, a midfielder, finished with five goals and four assists for Canajoharie.
Sweet, a defender, played a key role for the Lady Hilltoppers.
"The first thing that comes to mind with Anna [Sweet] is her effort. I know of no player, on any team, that puts in more effort than her," Lathers said. "If she gets beat, she does all she can to catch up to her opponent. There is absolutely no give up in Anna. She is a skilled and tenacious defender. Anna and Kaitlin [Trumbull] are two great soccer players and even better people. I will miss them greatly."
Kiefl, a defender, had one assist for Canajoharie.
"She played sweeper for us," Canajoharie coach Ellee Fichthorn said. "She was excellent at knowing when to strike."
Viveros, a defender, was named to the second team for the second straight year for the Lady Saints.
"As a junior captain, she led the team with five goals and two assists, but more importantly was recognized as a defender," Benton said. "She was instrumental in our win against Mekeel in shutting down their leading scorer [Macie Holmes] and was given the task of marking some of the best players in the league. She is the ultimate team player and will do whatever is asked of her without hesitation. Her speed makes her that much more of a threat no matter where she plays on the field."
Rounding out the second-team all-stars were Schoharie's Lauren Archer, Middleburgh's Taylor Cater, Schoharie's Caitlyn Kendle, Middleburgh's Megan Hagadorn, Berne-Knox-Westerlo's Alex Luciano, Mekeel Christian's Lindsay McCarty, Berne-Knox-Westerlo's Delaney Martin, Duanesburg's Maeve McKeeby, Galway's Kelly Phillips, Sharon Springs' Stephanie Tessier and Galway's Brianne Rogers.
Western Athletic Conference Girls Soccer All-Stars
North Division MVP: Erica Chase (Galway)
West Division MVP: Jenelle Dillenbeck (Canajoharie)
South Division MVP: Calley Lawyer (Middleburgh)
Olivia Ash (Duanesburg), Seana Cleveland (Schoharie), Paige Galloway-Hammond (Galway), Liz Harvey (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), Macie Holmes (Mekeel Christian), Leann Knapp (St. Johnsvillle), Jennifer Little (Mayfield), Makayla McCormick (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), Abby Moore (Northville), Amanda Roney (Middleburgh), Mary Ryan (Northville), Kara Schwab (Canajoharie), Christina Towse (Canajoharie), Kaitlin Trumbull (Fort Plain)
Lauren Archer (Schoharie), Melissa Bowley (Canajoharie), Taylor Cater (Middleburgh), Megan Hagadorn (Middleburgh), Anna Husain (Mayfield), Kaitlyn Kendle (Schoharie), Gabbie Kiefl (Canajoharie), Alex Luciano (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), Delaney Martin (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), Lindsay McCarty (Mekeel Christian), Maeve McKeeby (Duanesburg), Kelly Phillips (Galway), Brianne Rogers (Galway), Anna Sweet (Fort Plain), Stephanie Tessier (Sharon Springs), Kelly VanNostrand (Northville), Skyler Viveros (St. Johnsville)