Wednesday, December 4, 2013
By Paul Betit firstname.lastname@example.org
SOUTH HIRAM - Two years ago, following her sophomore year at Sacopee Valley, Emily Lane considered transferring to another high school.
Emily Lane of Sacopee Valley realized as a sophomore that she had to turn things around to play for Vermont and did it. She also helped the Hawks win the Class C title.
Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer
Nicolette Caron, Scarborough, senior back
In her third season starting at center back, Caron anchored a defense that allowed one goal in 18 games and fewer than five shots per game to help the Red Storm capture their first Class A state title.
Jessica DiPhilippo, Falmouth, senior forward/midfield
DiPhilippo, who will go to Babson next year, scored a team-high eight goals and had nine assists to lead the Yachtsmen to their fifth Class B state title in seven years.
Elizabeth Estabrook, Falmouth, senior keeper
Estabrook, who will go to Babson next year, posted 12 shutouts to run her career total to a school-record 35 to help the Yachtsmen capture their seventh Class B state title in 11 seasons.
Cortney Hughes, Scarborough, senior midfield
A fixture in the center of the field for four seasons, Hughes, who will go to Merrimack College in Massachusetts, had four goals and six assists to help the Red Storm claim the state title.
Emily Lane, Sacopee Valley, senior forward/midfield
An All-New England selection, Lane, who will play at the University of Vermont, scored a team-high 24 goals and had 10 assists to lead the Hawks to their first Class C state championship.
Riley McCarthy, Windham, senior back
One of the state's best one-on-one defenders, McCarthy anchored the Eagles' defense for four seasons.
Jordan Pellerin, Waterville, senior forward
An All-American selection, Pellerin, who will play at the University of Maine next fall, scored 38 goals and had 11 assists to lead the state in scoring for the second consecutive season.
Ashley Robinson, Bangor, junior forward
Robinson scored 28 goals and had 17 assists to lead the Rams to their first Eastern Class A championship.
Devin Simsarian, Yarmouth, senior forward
The speedy Simsarian scored a team-high 16 goals to help the Clippers advance to the Western Class B semifinals.
Nicole Taylor, York, senior back
A four-year starter in the back line, Taylor, who has a full scholarship to play basketball at the University of Vermont, anchored a defense that allowed eight goals in 17 games
Allison Walton, Brunswick, senior midfield/striker
An All-American selection who will go to Providence College, Walton scored a team-high 31 goals and had a team-high 14 assists to lead the Dragons to the Eastern Class A final.
Coach of the Year
Troy Kendrick, Richmond
During his 22 seasons as coach, the Bobcats have won seven Class D state championships. "I'm very fortunate," said Kendrick, who teaches fourth grade at Richmond Elementary School. "I have a very talented and hard-working group." Since 1989, Richmond also has 10 regional titles. "Having some success in the past keeps the numbers and keeps the kids coming out," Kendrick said.
"I had a really rough sophomore year," she said. "After soccer season I kind of spiraled down a little bit. My grades dropped a lot and I couldn't focus on anything."
The following summer, Lane attended a soccer camp at the University of Vermont. She did so well, she was invited back for an official visit. By the end of the summer, Lane, who was 15, made a verbal commitment to play for the Catamounts.
The chance to play at a Division I school really sharpened her focus.
"I really wanted to go there, but I knew just being an athlete wasn't going to get me into that school," Lane said.
Lane looked into going to a high school with stronger academics and perhaps a more competitive soccer program.
In the end, Lane, who was admitted to Vermont last month, decided to stay put.
"I focused on what I was doing in school and I brought my grades up," she said. "I ended up just sticking through it, and I'm really glad I did it."
The Hawks are glad, too.
This fall, Lane, the Maine Sunday Telegram's Most Valuable Player for girls' soccer, had a team-high 24 goals and 10 assists to lead Sacopee Valley to its first Class C girls' soccer state championship.
"She's meant a lot to the community, she really has, so I'm glad she made the commitment to the community where she grew up," Sacopee Coach Kevin Murphy said.
But Lane said her presence wasn't the main reason for Sacopee's success.
"It wasn't just one person," she said. "It was the entire team that came together and did what we've been waiting to do for four years."
Lane, recently named Class C player of the year by the Maine Soccer Coaches Association, made major contributions.
In last month's state final, she scored her final goal as a high school player five minutes into overtime to lift Sacopee Valley to a 2-1 victory against Fort Kent. She also assisted on Kara Singleton's goal during regulation play.
In three games in the Western Maine tournament, Lane had five goals and an assist.
During her four-year varsity career at Sacopee, Lane had 79 goals and 28 assists, both school records.
Murphy said Lane could have scored even more goals.
"She's someone who can score 30-plus goals a year," he said.
"She can do that. But this year, particularly, she said 'I don't care where I play, we have a goal in mind (as a team).' There was a time I asked her to play sweeper. She played halfback a lot. It's not her first choice but she knew for the betterment of the team that was where we needed her."
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