Milton’s stars pack a punch
Ashley Roherty and Sara Spaulding were both a jab and a right hook for the Milton High girls soccer team this season.
“They were our 1-2 punch,” said Ryan Quamme, the Red Hawks’ coach.
Roherty and Spaulding, along with defender Brianna Miller, helped the Red Hawks to a 5-1 record in the Badger South and all the way to the WIAA Division 1 sectional finals.
Roherty, Spaulding and Miller have earned spots on the All-Badger South first team, with Spaulding and Miller unanimous selections by conference coaches.
Roherty led the Badger South in scoring. The senior forward finished with 22 goals, including six game-winning goals, and eight assists.
“I was very excited for Ashley because last year she only was honorable mention, and she deserved first team,” Quamme said. “It’s been a long time coming. She was a big part of our success.”
Spaulding, a junior, played midfield but still ended up as the Red Hawks’ second-leading scorer. She also was a first-team selection last year.
“Sara did a lot of little things for us,” Quamme said. “She was very versatile, and it was nice to see her get recognized.”
Miller also was a versatile player and was willing to play defense despite having the ability to score.
“She did a lot for us in her four years,” Quamme said. “She played a very key position on defense, and was a very big reason for our success in the back. We needed her back there.”
Edgewood senior midfielder Hannah Elfman and sophomore defender JoJo Chryst, Oregon senior midfielder Kali Jahn and Monona Grove senior midfielder Kaitlyn Fritsch join Spaulding as repeat first-teamers.
Evansville’s Lydia Eager is only a junior, but she is well known by Rock Valley girls soccer coaches.
“She just plays on an entirely different level,” said her coach Kendall Buttchen.
The Rock Valley coaches, who voted Eager the Player of the Year, supported that.
Eager was a midfielder for a Blue Devil team that went 5-1-1 in the Rock Valley to finish second behind Walworth Big Foot/Williams Bay (6-1).
Eager had 15 goals and four assists, along with 132 steals this season. Eager had a hat trick against Dodgeville and scored two goals in four other matches.
“Her speed with the ball, along with her vision, makes her a tremendous talent,” Buttchen said. “Every goal we scored this year went through her in some way.”
Joining Eager on the first team are Evansville teammates Emily Schlangen, Simone Hamby and Rachel Carlson.
Schlangen and Hamby played side-by-side at forward.
“Both Emily and Simone have great foot skills, which gives them the ability to score anywhere around the goal,” Buttchen said. “They’ve developed great chemistry.”
Schlangen had nine goals and 10 assists, while Hamby had 10 goals and six assists this season.
“Emily has another gear,” Buttchen said. “She can just accelerate, which allows her to separate from her defender.”
Hamby was voted the most improved player by her teammates and was the senior class salutatorian.
Carlson served as the Blue Devils’ co-captain the past two seasons. Buttchen said she was an inspiration to her teammates by playing this season with a knee injury that needed treatment after school just so she could play and practice.
“Her perseverance was contagious for the rest of the team,” Buttchen said.
Big Foot/Williams Bay players Lindsey Mazur and keeper Katie Pearce earned first-team honors. Mazur, a junior, earned her second straight first-team honor.
Whitewater junior Courtney Samuels earned a repeat first-team berth at the utility position. Another Whippet, Marisabel Valdez, is a first-team midfielder.
Other area first-team selections are Palmyra-Eagle’s DaNae Giese at midfield, and East Troy’s Katelyn Zimmerman on defense.
Angelina Delgado probably has some Southern Lakes Conference coaches sweating when thinking about the 2012 girls soccer season.
Those coaches agreed that the Lake Geneva Badger junior was the conference Player of the Year this season after her play at midfield for the Badgers.
“She stands out as one of the best, if not the best, player on field in every game we play,” said Badger coach Ross Fowler. “Obviously the other coaches agree.”
Delgado scored eight goals and had nine assists for the second-place Badgers.
“She is just so versatile,” Fowler said. “She can distribute the ball and see the field so well at midfield. When she gets the opportunity to score, she can.”
Junior forward Emma Kopp and sophomore defender Traci Mulligan joins Delgado on the first team for the Badgers.
Delavan-Darien’s Kristi Spotz, a senior defender, is a repeat first-team selection after helping the Comets go 9-0 in conference games and win their sixth championship in seven years.
Elkhorn’s Emma Scaro, a sophomore midfielder, earned her second straight first-team honor. She is joined on the first team by teammate Kaitlynn Daehn, a junior forward.