Another soccer season is in the books. The 2006 season proved highly successful in girls soccer after all five teams in Columbia County reached state tournament play. All three teams in Class AAAA (Lakeside, Greenbrier and Evans high schools) saw their seasons come to an end in the second round of the state tournament. Both Harlem High School and Augusta Preparatory Day School went one step further by reaching the state quarterfinals.
We saw a milestone surpassed when Greenbrier's Stephanie Fransoso scored her 100th career goal. We saw the heated rivalries live up to all the hype: Greenbrier beat Lakeside, Lakeside beat Greenbrier, Evans beat Lakeside, Greenbrier beat Evans, Harlem tied Lakeside. It's time to recognize these talented athletes.
The 2006 News-Times Girls Soccer
F - Stephanie Fransoso, Greenbrier - Scoring 100 goals in a career is a one-way ticket to any all-county first team.
F - Ashley Wray, Lakeside - "The Sting Ray" led a strong one-two punch with teammate Renee Redington to claim the region championship.
F - Elissa Botts, Harlem - This senior scored more goals (33) than any other forward in the county.
F - Tarah Henderson, Evans - The sophomore simply outran defenders for 23 goals this season.
MF - Jamie Nevin, Harlem - Nevin led the county with 37 goals and 31 assists all while playing tennis and earning the title of Harlem's Valedictorian.
MF - Bridget Lyons, Greenbrier - One of the team leaders on a senior-filled Lady Wolfpack team.
MF - Monica Ploetzke, Augusta Prep - Led an injury-plagued Lady Cavalier team with 24 goals and 10 assists.
MF - Caitlin Clark, Lakeside - A junior who, along with teammate Brianna Lowrie, took over the middle of the field for the Lady Panthers.
D - Becky Marshall, Greenbrier - Easily could start on any team in the state.
D - Sarah Daniel, Greenbrier - Scored a pair of goals this season to go with a strong, defensive-minded game.
D - Suzanne Lewis, Greenbrier - Three goals and three assists. Not bad for a defender.
D - Morgan Fordham, Lakeside - Only a sophomore but led a Lady Panther defense that gave up only two goals in the last five games of the season.
GK - Emily Brandenburg, Lakeside - This college-bound senior blanked Greenbrier and totalled 74 saves on the year.
F - Renee Redington, Lakeside
F - Amanda Ness, Greenbrier
F - Sara Oland, Greenbrier
F - Mallory Morgan, Harlem
MF - Jennifer Dye, Greenbrier
MF - Brianna Lowrie, Lakeside
MF - Chelsea Mason, Greenbrier
MF - Brooke Weinstein, Greenbrier
D - Carol Skenes, Lakeside
D - Ashton Leogrande, Harlem
D - Emily Belchyk, Evans
D - Elena Freeman, Augusta Prep
GK - Megan Morgan, Harlem
Harlem - Beyre Ortega (MF), Christie Hart (MF), Whitney Martinez (D)
Evans - Abby Miller (MF), Chelsea Shugars (D), Janay Moore (GK)
Lakeside - Amanda Wade (MF)
Augusta Prep - Mary Beth Horton (MF), Kelley Peel (D), Becca Adkins (GK)
Greenbrier - Tiffany Nichols (GK), Emily Garnto (GK)
Player of the Year
Stephanie Fransoso, Greenbrier
Coach of the Year
Chris Newman, Lakeside
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