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Keller gets her recognition

All-County Girls Soccer

All-County Girls Soccer

December 10, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

Goal scorers tend to get most of the recognition in soccer.

That's absolutely fine with North Hagerstown senior Jackie Keller, who has made a career out of keeping the opposition's names out of the newspaper.

Now, Keller, a four-year starter, is finally getting some recognition of her own.

The standout defender is The Herald-Mail's 2009 Washington County Girls Soccer Player of the Year. She also was the only county player selected to the all-state first team this year.

"I never really worried about the offensive players getting all the recognition. I just always worried about pushing myself to be the better player," Keller said. "I've always been a defensive player. It's just something I like to do. I like the anticipation of knowing that you have to stop the ball from going in the goal every time. You have to be there to stop it."

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The Hubs went 14-2-1 this year, including a 7-0 run through the MVAL Antietam Conference. They won their sixth straight county tournament title and advanced to the Maryland 2A West region final. They allowed only 11 goals in 17 games and had 10 shutouts.

Credit Keller for much of that success.

"She's probably one of the top five players I've ever coached," said Rick Aleshire, who has had more than his share of stars in his 11 seasons at North. "She's just a girl who comes to practice every day and works hard, very hard. She's a tremendous team leader and just a tremendous, coachable individual. She'll do whatever is necessary for the good of the team."

Keller even can score when necessary, as evidenced by her three goals this year.

"She can very quickly go from the defensive side to that offensive side," Aleshire said. "She just reads the game so well."

Keller said her college plans are still up in the air.

"I want to get into pre-med," she said. "I'm still looking to see if I'm going to be able to balance that with soccer, but most likely I will be able to."

Joining Keller on The Herald-Mail's all-county first team are:

Courtney Boschert, North Hagerstown

The senior was a leader on the county's top defense and also scored four goals.

Jessica Dice, Clear Spring

The junior midfielder battled injury and sickness and still had a team-high 14 points (six goals, two assists).

Ashley Ferguson, Smithsburg

The senior forward scored a team-high nine goals and added two assists.

Emily Horst, Boonsboro

The junior defender had seven goals and two assists from the stopper position.

Lindsay Irving, North Hagerstown

The senior goalkeeper allowed only nine goals in 16 games and set a single-season school record with 10 shutouts.

Alyssa Monniger, Boonsboro

The senior anchored the Warriors on defense and was an all-state honorable mention.

Katie Ritter, North Hagerstown

The senior forward led the county in goals (12), points (28) and points per game (1.75) and was an all-state second-team selection.

Cassie Rzomp, St. Maria Goretti

The senior four-year starter starred on defense for the Gaels.

Jen Sherdel, Boonsboro

The junior forward led the Warriors in points with seven goals and four assists.

Amber Shumaker, Williamsport

The junior forward scored a team-high nine goals and had five assists.

Kelsey Smith, North Hagerstown

The junior midfielder had 10 goals and four assists.

Beth Wagner, North Hagerstown

The junior midfielder had seven goals and four assists.

Brittany Weaver, Williamsport

The senior midfielder had five goals and a county-best eight assists.

Lenzie Weicht, Williamsport

The senior midfielder had six goals and an assist.

Second Team

Mary-Kate Afzali, Saint James, Freshman, Forward

Tori Albert, Clear Spring, Freshman, Keeper

Casey Arnone, Williamsport, Sophomore, Defender

Jessica Barnhart, Clear Spring, Sophomore, Midfielder

Abby Duncan, Boonsboro, Freshman, Forward

Monica Hovermale, Smithsburg, Senior, Midfielder

Samantha Koterwas, North Hagerstown, Junior, Midfielder

Danielle Langley, South Hagerstown, Sophomore, Defender

Ashley Likely, Williamsport, Freshman, Defender

Ashlyn Long, Clear Spring, Junior, Defender

Lauren Marriner, South Hagerstown, Senior, Midfielder

Kaylee Monniger, Boonsboro, Junior, Defender

Rachel Poffenberger, Smithsburg, Sophomore, Midfielder

Allison Portoghese, Smithsburg, Junior, Defender

Becky Smith, Boonsboro, Senior, Keeper

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