2020 All-County girls soccer team released

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Managing Editor 

With No. 1 teams in three of the four different classifications, the 2020 girls soccer season in Shelby County was set to feature an exciting finish.

Unfortunately, the season came to an abrupt end on March 13 due to COVID-19. At that time, defending Class 1A-3A state champ Westminster at Oak Mountain was No. 1, Chelsea, who made the state championship last year and lost a heartbreaker, was No. 1 in Class 6A, and three-time state champion Oak Mountain was No. 1 in Class 7A.

In addition to that, Spain Park and Pelham were both ranked, while others were having their best season in a while.

While we won’t get to see the season unfold, we can honor the players for their work during a hard-fought 2020 campaign, and that’s what we’ve done on the 2020 All-County girls soccer team featuring the best players and all seniors.

FIRST TEAM 

Forward: Danielle Retief, senior, Oak Mountain. On pace to be one of the state’s best players this year, Retief scored 29 goals and had eight assists in the shortened season.

Forward: Kailey Littleford, senior, Chelsea. In 10 games, Littleford scored 11 goals and had six assists for the No. 1 Hornets, and was part of a dominant one-two punch.

Forward: Haley Duca, junior, Chelsea. The other part of the strong forward duo at Chelsea was Duca, who posted nine goals and an impressive nine assists early in the season.

Forward: Morgan White, senior, Westminster at Oak Mountain. Last year’s hero in the state championship, White was off to another strong start with six goals and four assists early this season.

Midfield: Morgan Bright, senior, Chelsea. One of the most versatile players on Chelsea’s team, Bright can attack or play back. She posted four goals and one assists this season.

Midfield: Katie Hoaglund, senior, Westminster at Oak Mountain. Hogalund had nine goals and four assists early in the season and was set to be the leading scorer this season for the Knights. She’ll be playing at Samford next year. 

Midfield: Kori Ingram, junior, Pelham. With 10 goals and 11 assists, Ingram not only led her team in both categories, but was one of the best in the county in both categories as well.

Midfield: Taylor Davis, junior, Helena. A crossover forward and center midfield player, Davis was as dominant an offensive player as any this year with 20 goals and 13 assists. Even with a shortened junior season, she already has 95 goals with the Huskies. 

Defender: Kaitlin Maynard, junior, Oak Mountain. A captain and defensive star, Maynard was part of a defense that gave up just seven goals and had eight shutouts in 14 games.

Defender: Kierson McDonald, freshman, Oak Mountain. McDonald still has time to develop, but joined Maynard as a leader of the back line as a freshman. She also sparked offense with five goals and eight assists.

Defender: Morgan Snyder, sophomore, Pelham. With six goals and nine assists, Snyder let her strong defensive play lead to offense as well.

Goalkeeper: Mackenzie Titus, junior, Chelsea. An All-County goalkeeper last year, Titus had 15 saves and two shutouts this season and was set be a key piece for Chelsea’s playoff run.

SECOND TEAM

Forward: Anna Martin, junior, Briarwood. With a tough schedule, Briarwood’s girls struggled early in the season, but lost several close games, while Martin was the main key offensively with 12 goals and five assists in nine games. 

Forward: Sunni Graber, senior, Thompson. Graber totaled 15 goals and seven assists this season, and as a senior captain, she helped the program take another step in the right direction. 

Forward: Virginia Hunt, junior, Indian Springs. Indian Springs only got in five games this season, but Hunt averaged more than a goal per game with seven goals and five assists this season. 

Forward: Michelle Hernandez, senior, Pelham. With 10 goals and three assists, Hernandez was on pace to match her impressive junior season with a strong final year at Pelham. 

Midfield: Taylor Pilcher, sophomore, Pelham. Just a sophomore, Pilcher posted eight goals and six assists and also scored the first goal against Chelsea in the last four years.

Midfield: Marjorie Kingsmore, junior, Helena. Kingsmore had 11 goals and five assists this season and was another key to the Huskies having a strong start.

Midfield: Molly McNulty, senior, Spain Park. A North-South All-Star last summer, McNulty was one of many on a consistent Spain Park team to make a difference for the Jaguars.

Midfield: Hayley Wells, sophomore, Oak Mountain. Another young future star for the No. 1 Eagles, Wells posted eight goals and five assists in a shortened season.

Defender: Ella Davenport, freshman, Westminster at Oak Mountain. Westminster gave up a combined four goals in eight games this season, including no more than one in any game and four shutouts, with Davenport being the leader of the unit. 

Defender: Berkley Barnett, junior, Briarwood. A three-year starter on defense, Barnett led the back line that gave up two or less goals in five of eight games.

Goalkeeper: Mary Catherine Griffith, senior, Westminster at Oak Mountain. With her four shutouts, the starting keeper back from last year’s state championship team was off to a strong start and allowed a combined four goals this season against a tough schedule.

Honorable mention: Emily Scott, Briarwood. Bailee Washington, Helena. Mia Rosener, Helena. Riley Kate Hulsey, Helena. Leila Menconca, Montevallo. Kate Murray, Oak Mountain. Herandy Medrano, Pelham. Odalys Perez, Pelham. Brooke Savage, Spain Park. Hannah Horton, Spain Park. Sydney Soehn, Spain Park. Maddie McNulty, Spain Park. Mary Beth O’Bryant, Spain Park. Georgia Cousins, Thompson. Gracelyn Noss, Thompson. MP McDonald, Thompson. Marlee Rouh, Thompson. Jenny Grant, Westminster at Oak Mountain.

Congrats to the rest of the Class of 2020: Mary Evelyn Amster, Briarwood. Olivia Ricks, Briarwood. Carson Brooks, Briarwood. Brooke Benes, Briarwood. Kimberly Herrera-Diaz, Calera. Treasure Davis, Calera. Lizbeth Eslava, Calera. Morgan Davis, Chelsea. Emily Pulmano, Chelsea. Mary Connor Smith, Chelsea. Bailee Nahargang, Helena. Mariana Etheredge, Helena. Brooke Hopton-Jones, Helena. Kendall Hosey, Helena. Gilder Caruthers, Indian Springs. Grace McCarty, Indian Springs. Ashton Dudley, Indian Springs. Catherine Goodrich, Indian Springs. Wilmarie Oquendo, Montevallo. Wendy Escalante, Montevallo. Danubia Caceres, Montevallo. Denise Ocampo, Montevallo. Margarita Ayala, Montevallo. Asia Prentice, Montevallo. Emmi Long, Oak Mountain. Morgan Terry, Oak Mountain. Hallie Campbell, Oak Mountain. Nicole Alcaino, Pelham. Carla Aleman, Pelham. Amaryany Martinez, Pelham. Lupita Rios, Pelham. Chloe Sims, Thompson. Riley Stoneback, Thompson. Skylar McClellan, Thompson. Virginia Welch, Westminster at Oak Mountain. Bekah Anderson, Westminster at Oak Mountain. Arden McCullough, Westminster at Oak Mountain.