New Richmond girls well rewarded on 2014 All-Middle Border Conference girls soccer team
The 12-2-1 record and second place finish produced by the New Richmond girls soccer team was well rewarded when the All-Middle Border Conference team was announced last week.
Five members of the Tigers were named to the 2014 All-MBC team, including three on the first team.
Somerset was also recognized for its distinct improvement this season, garnering three all-conference selections.
Making the All-MBC first team for New Richmond were senior Tina Montpetit and juniors Caty Brayall and Morgan Graham. Tiger sophomore Harley Leavens was picked for the second team and freshman Cassie Kletschka received honorable mention status.
All three of Somerset’s selections landed on the second team. They included seniors Mary Fohrenkamm and Cassie Schmidt and junior Lauren Sandy.
New Richmond finished with its highest total of conference wins in team history, along with setting a new team goal-scoring record.
Montpetit led that effort. After battling injuries much of her career, she was one of the premier players in the MBC this season. She set a Tiger team record for goals scored with 23. She played every possible role, being used at forward, midfield, defense and even in goal this season.
Brayall had the best season ever by a Tiger goalkeeper. She recorded 10 shutouts and held opponents to two or fewer goals in 15 of the Tigers’ 22 games.
Graham became the director of the Tiger defense in front of Brayall. The Tigers had a young defensive group, but Graham kept the defense composed and in position as the Tigers gave up very few breakaways.
Leavens is a player opponents always remember. The Tigers played with a much tougher field persona this season and Leavens was the leader in that attitude adjustment.
Kletschka was another of the players who changed the Tigers’ on-field persona. She scored 17 goals. She has amazing raw speed and she’s able to maintain that speed while she’s dribbling a ball downfield. Her presence forced defenses to give the Tigers more room, opening up the field for more offensive options.
Montpetit was named as the Tigers’ Most Valuable Player for the 2014 season. Freshman Reese Jacobson was named as the Most Improved Player. Graham and Leavens have been voted into the roles of the Tigers’ captains for next season.
Somerset finished fifth in the MBC stats with a 7-8-1 record. Spartan coach Erin Wilson-Gehring said the success was led by the three players who received all-conference honors.
Schmidt finishes her career as Somerset’s top career goal scorer. She scored a team record 15 goals this season as one of the most instinctual scorers in the conference. Schmidt is hoping to continue her soccer career at UW-River Falls.
Fohrenkamm played outside defender for the past three years and was one of the Spartans’ most reliable defensive players.
“She was able to read a play. She knew when to step to a ball or not,” Wilson-Gehring said.
Sandy was the Spartans’ leader in assists this season. She’s what coaches want from a midfielder, someone with great range and vision who rarely is out of position.
“She sees the play develop,” Wilson-Gehring said. “She’s always looking to see where the play can build from.”
The Spartans have also presented their team awards. Junior Becca Olin was named Most Valuable Player. Freshman Haley Barritt was chosen as the Most Improved Award. The Spartan award for overall attitude and effort went to Bailey Johnston.
All-Middle Border 2014 soccer team
Goalkeeper: Caty Brayall Junior New Richmond
Goalkeeper: Kayla Fisher Senior Baldwin-Woodville
Defense: Morgan Graham Junior New Richmond
Defense: Jaydeen Anderson Senior Superior
Defense: Noel Weber Senior Hayward
Midfield: Tina Montpetit Senior New Richmond
Midfield: Nicole Cernohous Junior Baldwin-Woodville
Midfield: Mally O’Brien Junior Superior
Midfield: Rachel Dixon Junior Superior
Forward: Anna Dahl Senior Baldwin-Woodville
Forward: Stacy Wherley Senior Osceola
Forward: Bridget Manion Senior Superior
Defense: Mary Fohrenkamm Senior Somerset
Defense: Molly Stewart Junior Amery
Defense: Emily Anderson Senior Hayward
Defense: Sage Olson Senior Superior
Midfield: Harley Leavens Sophomore New Richmond
Midfield: Lauren Sandy Junior Somerset
Midfield: Andrea Cronk Senior Baldwin-Woodville
Forward: Cassie Schmidt Senior Somerset
Forward: Kaylie Johnson Sophomore Amery
Forward: Misty Swisher Sophomore Osceola
Forward: Amber Welsh Sophomore Superior
Cassie Kletschka Freshman New Richmond
Josie Borgen Junior Barron
Katelyn Schoonover Senior Barron
Emily Burger Senior Hayward
Sidney Kuschel Sophomore Hayward
Laura Pliscott Junior Osceola
Sarah Taylor Senior Spooner
Sammy Young Freshman Superior