Meyer is Sierra league forward of the year
The Viking girls’ soccer team left zone prematurely, but they left a lasting impression with coaches around the league.
Among seven other South Tahoe Vikings to receive recognition, South Tahoe junior forward Kelly Meyer received the highest honor by earning Northern Region 4A Sierra League Forward of the Year.
Despite being hurt for the last part of the season and missing several games, Mayer racked up 18 goals during the year, her best season as a Viking. She was the Vikings’ biggest offensive threat and their leading scorer.
Junior Stacy Volkmar was voted first-team midfielder and Kristen Tener first-team defense.
Earning second-team, all-league honors were forwards Alyssa Reilly and Renee LaForce.
STHS’s Nolie Pierini earned second-team midfielder and Sierra Shipley second-team goalkeeper.
South Tahoe and Douglas each boast seven players with all-league recognition. Douglas has four first-team all leaguers and Midfielder of the Year Tracy Hawks and Defender of the Year Jessica Brady.
Two Vikings received two first-team and four received second-team recognition.
The Vikings are also very young, with only five seniors. Of that group only Shipley and Reilly received enough votes from 4A Sierra League coaches to receive first- or second-team recognition.
Carson’s Katie Kotter was the only Senator to earn first-team recognition. Three other Senators received second-team honors.
Reno and North Valleys both had two players with league recognition and Wooster and Hug followed suit with two.
“I think that the year was an all-around success,” Volkmar said. “It was tense. We all wanted to win, but we all wanted to stick together at the same time. I think we did a great job sticking together through thick and thin.”
Volkmar said the team needs to work on its aggressiveness and internal strength. Against rough-and-tumble teams, she said the Vikings got taken out of their game.
“I think we need to play more physically and maybe unite a little more,” Volkmar added. “Sometimes we separated because people got offended at times. But if we can play together 110 percent, we’re going to be great next year.”
First Team/player of the year
South Tahoe 111
Douglas 11111 1
South Tahoe 1111
North Valleys 11
South Tahoe 7
4A SIERRA LEAGUE
Forward of the Year – Kelly Meyer, South Tahoe
Midfielder of the Year – Tracy Hawks, Douglas
Defender of the Year – Jessica Brady, Douglas
Co-Coaches of the Year – Steve Asher, Reno; Jerry Miller, Wooster
F D Hannah Sullivan, Douglas; Cristine Bradshaw, Douglas; Ashley VanRourke, North Valleys
M D Brinn Skau, Reno; Katie Kotter, Carson; Terran Hadlock, Douglas; Stacy Volkmar, South Tahoe
D D Kristen Tener, South Tahoe; Caitlin White, Reno; Janna Moyer, Hug
G D Andrea Bryant, Douglas
F D Allison Reilly, South Tahoe; Renee Laforce, South Tahoe; Kristy Hale, Carson; Mary Skau, Reno; Chrissy Katzorke, Carson
M D Kylie Miller, Wooster; Christian Martinez, Hug; Nolie Pierini, South Tahoe; Aimee Shelhammer, North Valleys
D D Roxanna Moran, Wooster; Rebecca Wallstrum, Douglas; Carolina Hernandez, Carson; Melissa Goldfin, North Valleys
G D Sierra Shipley, South Tahoe
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