All-County girls soccer

Seventeen standouts selected from 5 teams

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July 26, 2010

By BJ Corbitt

Seventeen players and one coach represent this year’s Forsyth County News All-County girls soccer team. Local coaches selected 15 fielders, two goalkeepers and one coach from amongst their own ranks to represent the county’s best.

The team was selected by coaches Michelle Vonhaz (Forsyth Central), Scott Luthart (Lambert), Calter Moore (North Forsyth), Tom Braun (South Forsyth) and Peter Valentino (West Forsyth).
Luthart was chosen Coach of the Year.

In his first season coaching the young Lady Longhorns, Luthart led the team to the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs. Lambert ended the year at 15-4-1, and was ranked ninth in the state in the season’s final EuroSports poll.

Forsyth Central

Lindsey Freese (Sr., D)

Four-year varsity starter, team defensive MVP,  headed to Emanuel College (Franklin Springs) on soccer scholarship
Vonhaz: “Very solid player. She’s a player that her team can always count on, and trust her in the back with not letting people through.”

Lyndsey Gaffney (Sr., M/F)
team MVP, 16 goals, 20 assists, headed to Georgia State on soccer scholarship
Vonhaz: “She’s a player who will go 110 percent every minute of every game and she’s a player who basically won almost every 50/50 ball on the field. Very driven to succeed.”

Tori Hood (Soph., F)
team offensive MVP, 5 goals, 3 assists
Vonhaz: “Very fast player, had a lot of great plays. A lot of her goals were critical goals for criticial games and that’s one of the reasons she was chosen [Offensive MVP].”


Heather Lacy (Fr., M)

Twenty goals (led team), 5 assists, All-Region 7-AAA
Luthart: “Heather brings those around her to a different level of play. The speed of play increases whenever she had the ball at her feet.”
Jordan Harman (So., M)
Eleven assists (led team)
Luthart: “Jordan filled the all-important role of a great distributor of the ball. She was often the last link to setting up the final touch into the goal and has an uncanny ability to find the open player and put her in dangerous scoring situations.”
Rachael Adams (So., D)
Started every match, defensive mainstay for team, All-Region 7-AAA
Luthart: “Rachael has unparalleled poise and composure. She often was the voice of calm and organization that helped our defense remain consistently strong all year.”
Taylor Hammond (So., G)
Ten shutouts in goal, 0.67 goals against average in regular season
Luthart: “Taylor provided a key component to any playoff-caliber team — strong goalkeeping.  Her vocal leadership and terrific play were the difference in many matches, including two region wins in penalty kicks.”
Lauren Sykora (So., D)
Started every match at outside back
Luthart: “Lauren was a constant, strong contributor to our back line. Often given the resonsibility of marking the opposition’s best attacking player out of the match, Lauren excelled in that role.”

North Forsyth

(Editor’s note: coach Calter Moore could not be reached for comment)

Jenny Bulley (Sr., F)
Nine goals, 3 assists

Windsor Neal (Sr., M)
Two goals, 3 assists

Katie Lajoie (Soph., D)

South Forsyth

Anna Hardin (Jr., G)
Pitched 4 shutouts in goal
Braun: “Anna did a great job. ... Took the [eventual] state champs [from North Gwinnett] to penalty kicks, after she kept them scoreless for 90 minutes. ... Good hands, tall, controlled the box extremely well, and very coachable.”

Kirsten Ebert (Sr., M/F)
Team co-captain, 6 goals, 3 assists, headed to UAB on soccer scholarship
Braun: “Kirsten was a team catalyst with an extremely high work ethic. Very athletic and very aggressive player.”

Ashley Sweinhart (Sr., D)
Team co-captain
Braun: “Very solid, consistent, great speed, great athleticism. Was injured for the last couple years, so this was her first full season and she was a tremendous surprise for us.”

Taylor Crow (So., D)
Braun: “She shut down the best forwards in the state. ... Many of the top strikers we played against, she shut them out. ... Very well skilled, smart on the ball, reads the game extremely well, great speed.”

West Forsyth

Briggitte Emmons (So., D)

Second year varsity player, had 4.16 GPA during season (second highest on team)
Valentino: “Briggitte is small in size but big in play, showing no fear, continually shutting down much larger opposing forwards, never gives up on a tackle. Very fast, never stops during the entire game. She truly stepped up the level of her game this year, being the most consistent throughout each game and the season.”

Jamie Metzger (Jr., M/F)
Third year varsity player, second All-County appointment, team captain, 5 goals
Valentino: “Jamie is the blue collar type of player that does all the work throughout the game to help the team be successful, a true work horse. Gives 100 percent not only during the game but also during practice, and played through injury and illness. Jamie is the type of player that every coach hopes for — dedicated, hard working, a team player, and continually tries to better herself as a player.”

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