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HS Girls: Winter All-America

Article Written by Sheldon Shealer
Published: July 22, 2015

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Emily BatesMelissa (Melissa, Texas), Sr., Texas A&M

The Youth National Team pool player scored a staggering 88 goals her senior season. Bates helped Melissa, a first-year varsity program, to a 23-1-2 season. Bates was named the Dallas Morning News Offensive Player of the Year. 

Sarah KingCoppell (Coppell, Texas), Sr., Baylor

The Dallas Morning News Player of the Year put together a season to rival her youth idol Chioma Ubogagu. King finished with 33 goals and 23 assists. Her 74 career goals broke the school record set by current pro Ubogagu. King guided Coppell to a Class 6A state title, an undefeated season and a Winter No. 1 national ranking.

Tegan McGrady, Santa Teresa (San Jose, Calif.), Sr., Stanford

McGrady scored 20 goals and added five assists for Santa Teresa. McGrady is a three-time San Jose Mercury News first-team selection, and she's a fixture in the U.S. Youth National Team scene for several years. 

Melanie MonteagudoAmerican Heritage-Plantation (Plantation, Fla.), Sr., Florida

Monteagudo wrapped up a stellar high school career with a third straight state title. She also became only the third player in the 23-year history to be named Florida Dairy Miss Soccer in back-to-back seasons. Monteagudo had 34 goals and 21 assists during her senior season, pushing her career totals to 152 goals and 77 assists. 

Alexandra Thomas, Ben Franklin (New Orleans, La.), Jr.*, LSU

Thomas was the New Orleans All-Metro Player of the Year after scoring 57 goals and adding 15 assists her junior season. She has graduated early, and will report to LSU this fall. During her four-year high school career, which included a varsity season while she was in eighth grade, Thomas scored 189 goals with 39 assists. 

Midfielders

Marley CanalesWestview (San Diego, Calif.), Jr., UCLA

Canales was named the All-San Diego Section Player of the Year. The junior finished with 15 goals and eight assists. She is a member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team, which recently placed second in the NTC Invitational. 

Chelsea BurnsSt. Johns Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.), Sr., Duke

Burns was selected the Times-Union All-First Coast Player of the Year after leading St. Johns Country Day to a fourth straight state title. The Duke signee finished with 31 goals and 25 assists.

Jordan HarrSachse (Sachse, Texas), Jr., Texas Tech

The Dallas Morning News first-team selection had 28 goals and 17 assists. She was named the District 11-6A Offensive MVP. Harr is a member of the U.S. Soccer Under-20 National Team.

Natalie McDonoughBishop Lynch (Dallas, Texas), Sr., Missouri

McDonough is a repeat Dallas Morning News First-Team All-Area selection. She led Bishop Lynch with 22 goals and 10 assists as the team knocked off Ursuline academy for the TAPPS Division I state title -- ending Ursuline's national record of 24 straight state titles. 

Defenders

Jacey PedersonPalo Alto (Palo Alto, Calif.), Jr., UCLA

Pederson was named the San Jose Mercury News Player of the Year after a season where the defender scored a staggering 26 goals. She's been invited to the Under-20 National Team camp. Pederson hails from a long line of successful athletes as her father played baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers and her older brother is a top prospect in the Dodgers' minor league system.

Paige WelchVandegrift (Austin, Texas), Sr., Oklahoma

Welch was selected as the Austin Statesman Defender of the Year after leading Vandegrift to the state final for the second straight season. She had three goals and two assists from her defensive position, and was named to the Class 5A all-tournament team. 

Goalkeeper

Paige SimoneauSantiago/Corona (Corona, Calif.), Sr., San Jose State

Simoneau was named the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Player of the Year after leading Santiago to the Southern Section Division 2 and Southern California Regional championships. Santiago finished ranked No. 1 in California. She recorded 19 shutouts and posted four penalty kick victories during the playoffs.

Coach of the Year
Chris Stricker, Coppell (Coppell, Texas)

Stricker walked away a champion -- announcing his retirement immediately after Coppell claimed the Class 6A state title. Coppell went 28-0-3 to capture the SIMA FAB 50 No. 1 Winter ranking, as well as the overall school-year No. 1 ranking. Stricker spent 17 years at Coppell, which included two state titles, eight district titles and 15 straight playoff appearances. His career record is 325-80-42.

Winter Player of the Year

Sarah King, Coppell

 

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