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2012 Herald Journal All-Valley Girls Soccer Team
By: By Jason Turner
Herald Journal



Player of the Year — Katie Call, Sr., D, Preston

Newcomer of the Year — Kanyan Ward, Fr., F, Logan

Top Utility Player — Karlee Campbell, Sr., D/F, Mtn. Crest



First Team


Goalkeeper: Lacee Rallison, Sr., Preston

Defenders: Becca Godfrey, Jr., Logan; Kortney McBride, Sr., Mtn. Crest; Tierra Shaffer, Jr., Sky View; Abby Veibell, Jr., Sky View; Tess Hobbs, Jr., Preston;

Midfielders: Anna-Marie White, Sr., Preston; Jamie Dyer, Sr., Logan; Annie Nalder, Sr., Mtn. Crest; Carly Richins, So., Mtn. Crest; McKenley Hellstern, Sr., Sky View

Forwards: Madie Siddoway, So., Sky View; Taylor Horsley, Sr., Logan; Kenidee Hyde, Jr., Preston; Whitney Alder, Sr., Preston

Honorable Mention

Logan: Emily Davis, Sr., GK; Alex Hollingsworth, Sr., MF; Caitlin McCuskey, Jr., MF; Maddie Hale, Sr., F

Mountain Crest: Courtney Funk, Jr., GK; Abby Wright, Sr., D; Lacey VanYperen, Jr., MF/F; Annalee Davidson, So., MF

Preston: Kassie Burton, Jr., MF; Serena Harris, Sr., MF; Brittany Miller, Fr., D; Kayla Winward, Sr., F/D

Sky View: Jordyn Brown, So., F; Brenna Porter, Sr., MF; Kylee Villanueva, Jr., MF; Kilee Lamb, So., D


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Player of the year ~ Preston's Call was a Program Changer
 
Player of the Year ~ Katie CallWithout question, Katie Call is one of the best soccer players in Preston history.

After all, not many high school players end their careers as four-year starters at the center back position.

However, Call’s impact on the Preston girls soccer program cannot solely be measured by how many matches she started or how skilled a player she was. Simply put, the daughter of Kristal and Steve Call was the driving force behind the Indians’ transformation into a solid defensive side, and that makes her arguably the most “influential” player in school history, head coach Brandon Lyon said.

“We can battle with these high-level 4A teams because we can defensively stay in the game,” Lyon said. “And we haven’t been able to do that, this program, in the past. And so you cannot overstate what Katie has meant defensively to this program.”

With Call anchoring the backline, the Indians won what is believed to be a school record 14 matches in 2012. Preston capped off its most successful season in program history with a 2-1 overtime victory over Wood River for the fifth-place trophy at the eight-team 4A State Championships.

The Indians scored a lot of goals this season, but also posted nine shutouts in 20 matches. In several games, Call was joined on the backline by a trio of freshmen, which makes Preston’s defensive success all the more noteworthy.

“How she brought that unit together was actually pretty remarkable,” Lyon said of Call.

Call’s ability and drive to lead Preston’s inexperienced backline into uncharted territory — the Indians made their first-ever appearance in the 4A tourney after nine seasons of trying — was the biggest reason she was selected as The Herald Journal All-Valley Player of the Year.

The senior is the first-ever Preston soccer player — girl or boy — to receive this award.

“I’m so grateful to have this award, but I really couldn’t be here without my team, so I’d like to thank my team and all my coaches for this because they really did bring me here,” Call said. “And it just makes me feel like all the hard work has paid off in the end.”

This was Lyon’s first year at the helm, but he was the school’s head boys coach for nine seasons. Therefore, Lyon has also been very familiar with the girls program, and he firmly believes Call is the program’s best defender of all-time.

The Indians first started playing soccer in 2000.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt (she’s the best) when you combine skill wise what she’s capable of, how she can read a game, see a game,” Lyon said. “And maybe the biggest thing that puts her over the top is I don’t know if I’ve ever been around somebody that is as big of a competitor as Katie.”

Lyon went on to say Call is even ultra competitive in simple practice drills, and No. 9 certainly didn’t deny her competitive nature.

“If you ask any of the freshman girls, they’ll tell you that they’re scared of me, because I’m very controlling on the backline,” Call said with a laugh. “I pretty much take control of everything. I tell them where they should be and if they don’t get there than they keep hearing from me. And then I taught them the shapes and the shifting of defenses, so then they understood for themselves where they’re supposed to be, what they’re supposed to be doing and how to cover and balance each other.”

Not only was Call one of 4A’s top defenders this season, she was also one of the state’s most dangerous players when it came to set pieces. Call showcased this ability as a freshman when she scored a free kick goal against Pocatello, and the Indians were very dangerous when No. 9 stood over the ball this year.

In fact, Call was a bit unlucky not to score a handful of free kick goals in 2012. For starters, in a district match against Bonneville, Call pinged a pair of free kicks off the crossbar. Lyon said there was a three- or four-game stretch this season in which Call fired at least one shot off the woodwork.

Call, a four-time all-valley selection, finally broke through with a free kick goal against eventual 4A runner-up Century in the district tournament. It was Call’s only goal of the campaign, but she assisted on four others.

“Even in practice, I would hit the crossbar like 94 times,” Call said. “It was so, so frustrating, and so then when I finally got one on Century, on a team that actually was (really good), I was so ecstatic.”

Ecstatic is also a word Call used to describe her senior season. The Preston native insisted she never thought this season would turn out this well for the Indians.

“I think the biggest key to our breakthrough would have to be our hard work,” said Call, who made it a point to praise the team’s other senior leaders. “Like I said before, we put so many hours into this. ... And we also had coach Lyon there (and) he was telling us, ‘You guys need to focus, you need to do this.’ I just think it was our mentality. Really, I think Lyon made us believe that we could win.”

Call has also enjoyed plenty of success as a sweeper for her club team. Call has played for her uncle, Travis Baxter, for the last five years, and her Infinity side has fared very well at the Utah State Cup level a couple times. Two years ago, Call’s team won the Mayor’s Cup International Showcase in Las Vegas.

Call, who made it a point to praise Lyon and Baxter, has aspirations of playing at the next level, preferably at national junior college power Iowa Western. Call plans on trying out for the Reivers in the near future and is also looking at a couple other colleges.

Regardless of what happens in the future, Call will always look back at her time in Preston with much joy.

“I love the girls (at Preston),” Call said. “You make so many memories, like I don’t even know which ones to say because there’s so many. ... I just love my team; they’re the ones who really made the whole season for me.”

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NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Kanyan Ward, Logan, Fr.

Heading into the season, this freshman made it a goal to score in every Logan match, according to head coach Mitch Peterson.

Ward darn near did this until she suffered a stress fracture in her foot. The forward netted at least one goal in five of the Grizzlies’ first six matches. The forward recorded a hat trick against Morgan and scored all seven of her goals in the first six games.

No. 14, who is a standout club and ODP player, also assisted on a trio of goals during the season.

“Her accuracy is wonderful,” Peterson said. “I mean, her shooting is incredible. We’d be done with practice and her dad would come over to the field with a bag of balls, and he would just set them around the field, she’d shoot and she’d hit upper 90 nine out of 10 times, all over the field. So she pushes herself hard, and she’s a very smart player.”

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TOP UTILITY PLAYER

Karlee Campbell, Mtn. Crest, Sr.

Whether she was playing up top or anchoring Mountain Crest’s backline, Campbell was one of the best players n Region 5.

The Utah State commit led the Mustangs in goals with eight and tied for the team lead in assists with four. Campbell, a four-year starter for the Mustangs, had two-goal matches against Roy and Box Elder and a two-assist performance against Logan.

“I think I’d have to say (she’s meant) a whole lot (to the program) because, as a freshman, she came out and we put her out there at defense, and she started,” MC head coach Dennis Giles said. “... She fit the bit and she came out and played well. She’s a smart little player, she really is. And she’s got good speed to her, she thinks well (on the field).”

Campbell also showed a lot of toughness — “injuries aren’t going to stop her, she wants to play” Giles said — her senior season.

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FIRST TEAM

GOALKEEPER

Lacee Rallison, Preston , Sr.

Heading into the season, Rallison, a starting center back a year ago, had never played the keeper spot — not at any level.

“We had a senior who’s very vocal, very aggressive, very athletic and we were like, ‘All right, let’s give it a whirl,’ and it’s just taken off from there,” Lyon said.“She totally bought into it, she trained as hard as anybody at her specific position. And she’ll be the first to tell you having (assistant coach) Kyle (Hugie) there was huge.”

Rallison handily led the valley in shutouts with nine, including one against Middleton in a state tournament elimination game. In that match, the Vikings took it to the Indians in the early going, but Rallison made a couple of huge plays to keep them off the scoreboard.

“It honestly is remarkable how far she came and it’s pretty scary to think if she would have done this for four years how good she could have been,” Lyon said.

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DEFENDERS

Becca Godfrey, Logan, Jr.

This speedy defender was also one of Logan’s best players in transitioning from defense to offense, much to the delight of Peterson.

“I can’t diminish any of the other (defenders), but Becca was a team captain and she was a positive, focused, determined leader on the field, on and off the field,” Peterson said. “... And we’d put her at striker at times to get that burst of speed and that shot making. For her small size, you kind of don’t think it would be that way, but she’s an incredible player.”

Godfrey’s one goal this season was a huge one in a double overtime victory over Mountain Crest.

One of No. 15’s best attributes, Peterson said, was her ability to mentally and physically bounce back when the Grizzlies had a shaky game defensively. Godfrey also earned the praise of Peterson for making life difficult for Box Elder star forward Lana Willard.

Kortney McBride, Mtn. Crest, Sr.

This senior made the All-Valley team for the third straight year, and Giles is going to miss the diminutive McBride’s toughness, versatility, work ethic and knowledge of the game.

“She really plays tenacious,” Giles said. “She’s not afraid of a kid that’s two heads taller than she is. ... She knows that she can’t get the high balls, but let me tell you, she can go around them and underneath them, and she ends up with that ball and I’m sitting there going, ‘wow.’ But yeah, she’s a great little kid and she hustles really hard on that field.”

Like last year, McBride proved she had the ability to go forward in the attack as she scored goals against Logan and Box Elder. Giles is convinced No. 9 can be productive anywhere on the pitch and is hopeful she will get a chance to play in college.

Tierra Shaffer, Sky View, Jr.

When Danica Hansen graduated, the Bobcats needed someone to take command of their backline, and Shaffer was that player.

“She’s just the perfect player in the perfect spot,” SV head coach Doyle Geddes said. “She is just a born stopper, somebody that’s just got a lot of grit and attitude, and then the physical gifts to play that particular spot on the field. And she was essential to our success because she knew how to keep the ball in front of her, and she knew how to read balls and win them, so she was just difficult to get by.”

Shaffer, last year’s HJ Newcomer of the Year, is beginning to learn how to “make runs (in the attack), which I’m really excited for, for next year,” Geddes said. Doyle expects No. 6 to be more of a playmaker as a senior.

The junior only scored one goal this season, but it was a big one — an equalizer against Timpview in the 4A playoffs.

Abby Veibell, Sky View, Jr.

This junior spent last season recovering from a knee injury and, needless to say, Geddes was grateful to have her back in ’12.

“We’ve had a history of great sweepers at Sky View, I think, and we look for the player at that spot and we look to groom them because my whole system is really dependent on a player fulfilling that role, and I think Abby just did an amazing job as our sweeper this year,” Geddes said.

Geddes is looking forward to next season with the return of Veibell and Shaffer, and even joked that his backline will be so solid his team can make due without a keeper.

“She may not possess the speed that we’ve had in that position in the past, but she certainly has the smarts, so she makes really great reads on when to leave that position and when to hold ground,” Geddes said of Veibell. “She is just a super intelligent player back there.”

Tess Hobbs, Preston, Jr.

This talented junior missed a handful of matches with a painful hip injury and also entered the season still recovering from a torn MCL in her right knee.

Nevertheless, Hobbs was still able to score four goals and six assists because she is, as Lyon put it, “a special talent.”

“I wouldn’t hesitate to say that, relative to gender, she’s the most talented player I’ve ever coached,” Hobbs said. “I mean, I’ve had some great, talented boys, but relative to their gender she’s the most talented player I’ve coached. She’s got so much ability and I don’t think she’s even scratched what she could become. Her physical strengths are off the charts.”

No. 2 was Preston’s starting left back, but Lyon gave her a wealth of freedom to push forward in the attack. Simply put, Hobbs made so many overlapping runs, she was “basically a wing,” Lyon said.

“She has one of the most lethal left foots I’ve seen,” said Lyon, who is convinced Hobbs would “dominate” at any position on the pitch.

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MIDFIELDERS

Anna-Marie White, Preston, Sr.

Not only was this senior a very good leader for the Indians, she was one of their most talented and soccer-savvy players.

“She was pivotal in our attack,” Lyon said. “I mean, from Day 1 we penciled her into that attacking mid spot, and throughout the season she was just pivotal in distributing that ball and being that link from the ball to the forwards. ... She saw the field as well as anyone on the team, and we’re really going to miss her.”

No. 3 led Preston — and the valley, for that matter — with nine assists and also ranked third on the team with eight goals. White had two-goal performances against Minico, Canyon View and Blackfoot.

White scored Preston’s first goal in its 2-1 overtime victory over Wood River in the 4A consolation championship game.

Jamie Dyer, Logan, Sr.

Like Ward, Dyer also got off to a hot start for the Grizzlies, scoring four goals and assisting on another during their first six matches.

However, it was Dyer’s vocal leadership, drive, focus and intensity in anchoring Logan’s center midfield that really earned the praise and admiration of Peterson.

“A couple of things made her stand out,” Peterson said. “(First of all) her leadership was incredible. Taylor (Horsley) was a little more quiet and reserved ... but Jamie was that vocal leader that led by example, but also by her words. She was always encouraging, always confident, always mature. ... Plus, she’s very athletic and I think she was really just a great team player for us.”

No. 11, who scored twice against Morgan and netted Logan’s final goal of the season, finished with six goals and three assists.

Annie Nalder, Mtn. Crest, Sr.

Nalder wasn’t able to finish nearly as well as she did a year ago, but she was more of a playmaker out of the midfield for the Mustangs as a senior.

“She worked hard this year, but I think probably the biggest thing about her was she had an ability to kind of read the field and distribute things out,” Giles said. “And she also had one heck of a hard kick.”

No. 3 only found the back of the net once in ’12, down from four goals a season ago, but tied for the team lead with four assists. Nalder also showcased a competitive drive this season that Giles really appreciated.

“Sometimes a player would get her and then she’d get mad and go after them even harder, so she did really well that way,” Giles said.

Carly Richins, Mtn. Crest, So.

When Richins was on top of her game, she was a big difference maker for Mountain Crest in the attack.

“Carly has that ability (to be a game changer),” Giles said. “She plays with the ball a lot and she’s gotten really good at it with fast footwork. I mean, she can move the ball and get away from people, juke them and fake them out. ... And she can pass the ball pretty well and she’s got a pretty good kick on them.”

No. 6 tied for the team lead in assists with four. Three of those assists were recorded in a 4-1 road blowout of Roy.

Giles is hopeful and confident Richins will improve on her decision making next season. Sometimes Richins would attempt shots from too far out, yet wouldn’t pull the trigger quick enough when she had the ball at her feet inside the box. However, she did create a lot of dangerous scoring opportunities for the Mustangs.

McKenley Hellstern, Sky View, Sr.

This senior was asked to elevate her level of play when star midfielder Jessica Brooksby blew out her knee in Sky View’s season opener, and Geddes felt Hellstern did just that.

“She was just a great captain and her greatest field attribute is that she’s a calming influence,” Geddes said. “She just knows how to settle a ball and try to get other people around her to stay calm and collected, which out of a central midfielder, that’s the perfect virtue.”

No. 16 tied for the team lead with six goals — all in different matches — and led the Bobcats with three assists. Hellstern, who combined very well with forward Madie Siddoway, had one goal and two assists in a win over Roy.

“I’ve always believed that skill finds its level, and when you’re playing at the level McKenley and Madie are, they look for each other,” Geddes said. “And they both have a great knowledge of the way the game works, so they were able to play off of each other really well.”

FORWARDS

Madie Siddoway, Sky View, So.

Even though she’s just sophomore, Siddoway is already one of the most skilled and fundamentally sound players in the valley.

No. 5 tied Hellstern for the team lead with six goals — like Hellstern, all in different matches — and also dished out two assists. Siddoway had a goal and an assist in a big road victory over Box Elder.

“She was super important because she just demands respect when she has the ball at her feet, so things open up when she has control of the ball,” Geddes said. “And she’s had to grow up fast in our system because without Stacy (Bair), we needed a go-to person, and I think she’s kind of emerged as that up top. We didn’t have a lot of offensive punch, but I think Madie’s going to have a couple of breakout years in front of her.”

Geddes also praised Siddoway’s leadership as a sophomore. The lanky and athletic Siddoway is already getting looked at by Division I universities.

Taylor Horsley, Logan, Sr.

This speedy senior quite possibly had the valley’s best single-match performance this season with four goals — Horsley missed scoring a fifth goals by a matter of inches — in a 4-2 road victory over Box Elder.

“She did an incredible job for us,” Peterson said. “... It was hard to not put too much pressure on her, it was hard to not put too high of expectations on her and expect her to do that every time she stepped on the field. But yeah, she’s got the speed, and the biggest thing that was interesting in that Box Elder game is she wasn’t being selfish, she wasn’t being greedy at all.”

No. 12, who led the Grizzlies and finished third in the valley with nine goals, also headed in the game-winning goal against Mountain Crest in double OT and scored twice against Hurricane.

“When she was on, it was so fun to watch her,” said Peterson, who raved about Horsley’s instincts on the field.

Kenidee Hyde, Preston, Jr.

This junior was arguably the valley’s most improved player and was a strong candidate for player of the year.

Hyde led the valley in goals with 15 and also emerged as a playmaker as the season progressed, as she finished with six assists. The Indians scored four goals in their two state tournament wins, and No. 13 helped account for three of them.

“I knew she’d have a good season,” Lyon said. “I mean, I’ve been around Kenidee long enough that ... I know she’s a great athlete and she’s got that physical strength, combined with just that gifted speed. And I think she would tell you that she didn’t know that she’d have this type of year.”

Hyde, who had a goal or assist in a valley-best 13 different matches, is a relentless player, and that’s arguably her best attribute on the pitch.

“That’s the thing is she has this motor that never stops,” Lyon said. “I mean, she’s going to give you everything for 80 minutes, and If I ever subbed her out, even for a minute, she would be pissed because she didn’t want to stop. ... What she could be a year from now is pretty scary.”

Whitney Alder, Preston, Sr.

Lyon recalled watching Alder compete in a drill as a freshman and thinking “she could be something special.”

Alder did her best to live up to those expectations in ’12. No. 1 finished second in the valley with 10 goals, including four at home against Marsh Valley, and also assisted on seven others.

“She honestly, I would say, was probably all the way through the season our most consistent player,” Lyon said. “A lot of our players had these ups and downs throughout different points during the season, but she was just steady the whole season. And whatever we needed her to do, she would just find a way to do it at those times.”

Alder, who had a goal or assist in 11 different matches, scored the OT goal that allowed Preston to capture fifth place at the state tourney.

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jturner@hjnews.com

 
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