All-Middle Border Conference girls soccer team announcedSomerset had three players selected and New Richmond had two players earn places on the 2012 All-Middle Border Conference girls soccer team.
Somerset had three players selected and New Richmond had two players earn places on the 2012 All-Middle Border Conference girls soccer team.
Somerset senior Laura Wells was the only local player to be named to the All-MBC first team. Chosen for the All-MBC second team were Somerset seniors Lisa O’Connor and Paige Wagner and New Richmond juniors Kaycie Anderson and Abby Skoyen.
New Richmond finished fifth in the MBC this season with a 6-7-3 conference record. Somerset finished the MBC season with a 2-14-1 record.
Somerset coach Erin Wilson said Wells earned the first team honor for the leadership she showed from the defensive midfield position this season.
“She is a strong ball winner for us and played very strong in the middle. She really matured this season and did a good job of carrying the ball and controlling the offense for us. She tallied several goals for us this season including one of the three in our 3-2 comeback versus Barron,” Wilson said.
O’Connor scored several key goals for the Spartans, but she had an impact in several areas.
“Lisa really made strides of improvement for us this season. Playing forward for us she scored a few goals for us but really stepped up the level of pressure and attack for us,” Wilson said.
Wagner is a repeat All-MBC performer known for her tough defense.
“Her speed and endurance helped us a lot on defense to help our team stay up together and run a tough defense this season,” Wilson said.
New Richmond’s offensive and defensive leaders were the Tigers’ all-conference selections. Anderson and Skoyen were both captains for the Tigers. Anderson was directly involved in 75 percent of the team’s goals, either scoring them herself or with assists.
“She is very driven and leads by example on and off the field,” said Tiger coach Steve Tesar.
Skoyen took on the top defensive responsibility on the team as the sweeper and she became one of the best in the conference.
“She has frustrated many opponents by blocking numerous shots, forcing players to take shots that they don’t like and breaking up many long ball chances,” Tesar said.