All-Area Girls Soccer

Jefferson's Cogswell scores another honor

Jefferson's Cogswell scores another honor

December 10, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

Jefferson's Sarah Cogswell already was named the 2008 West Virginia Girls Soccer Player of the Year by both the West Virginia Sports Writers Association and the West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association.

The junior forward also was one of 72 girls in the country named to the 2008 NSCAA/adidas All-America Team.

It's no huge surprise that she is The Herald-Mail's 2008 All-Area Player of the Year.

"I'm just amazed at all the stuff I'm getting this year because it seems like every other year to me," Cogswell said.

They all seem to be pretty special.

Last year, Cogswell scored a team-high 20 goals, leading Jefferson to the state title.

This year, she led the Tri-State area in goals (36), total points (85) and points per game (3.70) and was fifth in assists (13). The Cougars finished with a 20-1-2 record, their only loss coming in the state semifinals against University.


"It would have been nice to go out with a victory, but you can't win states every year," Cogswell said. "It was still a successful season. I just wish it had a better ending."

All the success has not gone to her head.

While Cogswell lit up the nets all fall, she said, "I was just in the right place at the right time."

But Jefferson coach Dunnie Bache knows luck has little to do with scoring 36 goals in a season.

"She's a hard worker. She works hard on all phases of the game," he said. "She's a good student in school and it carries over to the soccer field. She's a scholar of the game.

"And she's a team player. She led the team in goals, but she was also second in assists. Many times she felt embarrassed with the number of goals she scored. She's veryunselfish."

Cogswell still has a season left with the Cougars. Then it's off to college.

"I'm going to pick my college based on academics, not on soccer, but I'm definitely looking to play," she said.

Joining Cogswell on the All-Area First Team are:
Danielle BerkThe Smithsburg senior midfielder gave her team stability and scored when it mattered most.
Maria Borland
The North Hagerstown senior forward had team highs in goals (17) and assists (14).
Stephanie Borland
The North Hagerstown senior forward was the other half of the twin attack, recording nine goals and nine assists.
Sarah Dice
The Clear Spring senior forward was Washington County's leading goal scorer with 24.Lauren Donley
The Smithsburg senior midfielder was a game changer on offense and defense.
Lauren HensleyThe Boonsboro senior forward had team highs in goals (9) and assists (8).
Amanda Hutzell
The North Hagerstown senior defender helped the Hubs hold opponents to only nine goals in 18 games.
Jenny Perry
The Jefferson senior forward tied for second in the area in goals (28) and had 14 assists.
Katie Perry
The Jefferson senior defender helped the Cougars hold opponents to only 13 goals in 23 games.
Katie Ritter
The North Hagerstown junior forward brought speed to the team and had eight goals and three assists.
Caroline Salisbury
The St. James senior defender also was her team's top scorer with 12 goals.
Melissa Taylor
The Jefferson junior goalkeeper posted an area-best 14 shutouts.
Amy Wright
The Martinsburg junior forward tied for second in the area in goals (28) and had eight assists.
Morgan Young
The Berkeley Springs senior forward had an area-high 19 assists to go along with 19 goals.

All-Area Second Team

Kelsey Barnholt, So., M, Jefferson
Kendall Bush, So., M, Martinsburg
Katie Butts, Sr., D, Williamsport
Kristen Byers, Sr., D, Boonsboro
Rachel Coles, So., GK, Musselman
Shannon Delaney, Sr., D, Smithsburg
J.J. DeShong, Sr., D, McConnellsburg

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