Kennebunk’s Leah Dumas has been named the Journal Tribune Girls Soccer Most Valuable Player for the 2015 season.

Kennebunk’s Leah Dumas has been named the Journal Tribune Girls Soccer Most Valuable Player for the 2015 season.

KENNEBUNK — For the Kennebunk girls soccer team, there was perhaps no one that made the impact that junior Leah Dumas made this season as the Rams made a run to the Class A South semifinals.

Dumas played with high energy throughout the season, and coach John Dolan believes that this was a major contributor to her success.

“She showed remarkable tenacity and dedication this year on the field. She was aggressive when taking defenders on from the dribble, and showed a marked improvement in her ability to read the game,” said Dolan. “Her decision making with and without the ball was vital to her success and to the success of the team.”

Dolan also noted Dumas’ improvement as a player this year. Thanks to her hard work and maturation, Dumas became one of the strongest players in the conference.

“Leah has worked quite hard over the last two years to reach her current level of performance,” said Dolan. “She has always been an athletic player, but has really shown a great deal of maturation both on and off of the field.”

Not only has Dumas’ improved play helped herself, it has also rubbed off on her teammates and has made each game easier, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

“Her improved play and understanding of the game allowed other players on the team to be confident in their decision making as well, knowing that when they played the right ball that more often than not, Leah would be their to receive it. This improved our ability to possess the ball with purpose and create more chances in the offensive end of the field,” said Dolan.

Dumas is also a role model off the field. According to Dolan, her personality was a big part of the team dynamic and brought the team closer.

“Leah is a dynamic personality. She has a great sense of humor and a great work ethic. She brings a lot to the team dynamics,” said Dolan.

Although Dolan spoke highly of her overall progress, he believes that Dumas still has room to grow, which could be a scary thought for opposing teams next year.

“Leah will return for her senior season next year. I hope to see her continue to grow as a player and as a person,” said Dolan. “She has so much potential, and it has been great to see her scratch the surface of it. I’m hopeful to see her fully realize her capabilities next year.”

Journal Tribune Girls Soccer All-stars

MVP: Leah Dumas, Kennebunk

Vanessa Hodge, Sanford

Megan O’Connel, Sanford

Kyla Bragg, Sanford

Hannah Cottis, Wells

Missy Huot, Biddeford

Peyton Janelle, Biddeford

Hallie Schwartzman, Kennebunk

Kendall Dolan, Kennebunk

Eden LeBlanc, TA

Hannah Niles, TA

Lexi Nason, TA

Skylar Renaud, Massabesic

Natalie Thurber, Wells


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