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Meet the 2014 All News Herald girls' soccer team PHOTOS

  • Alexia Moody-Trenton
  • Abbey Lorenz-Woodhaven
  • Allison Manning-Woodhaven
  • Anja Plaumann-Woodhaven
  • Andrea Thornsberry-Anderson
  • Caroline Fleming-Grosse Ile
  • Caitlyn Lefebvre-Cabrini
  • Christina Hammond-Gabriel Richard
  • Katlyn Armstrong-Allen Park
  • Kayla Czarnik-Trenton
  • Kirsten Chambers-Riverview
  • Lauren Poslaiko-Carlson
  • Maddie Menna-Trenton
  • Marina Steffke-Flat Rock
  • Laekyn Jaciuk-Anderson
  • Miranda Cobbs-Riverview
  • Kate Tobin-Grosse Ile
  • Rachel Caswell-Allen Park
  • Kristina Torres-Carlson

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Another soccer season is in the books, but the local girls made it yet another memorable year for the area.

Grosse Ile and Trenton both advanced to the regional round before bowing out of the state playoffs.

The Red Devils did not suffer a loss until the regional round, recording the most wins in school history while winning the Huron League title with a very strong, but surprisingly young team.

The Warriors were tops in the Downriver League yet again, but were halted in the MHSAA state playoffs by an always troublesome Saline team.

Trenton and Carlson took their rivalry to the district final after the Trojans breezed through their side of the bracket, while the Marauders knocked off Huron in come-from-behind fashion and Riverview in a shootout.

Elsewhere in the Downriver League, Anderson took a game against Carlson in penalty kicks in the regular season after the Marauders took a 2-0 lead and the Titans went on to play in their own district final game before falling to Dearborn Fordson.

Allen Park had quite the say in the Downriver League with a big win over Truman in the first half of the season. The win knocked the Cougars to the bottom half of the DRL standings, helping Anderson to stay in the top four.

The Jags knocked off Truman once again with the state playoff run on the line when the two met in the opening round of districts and Allen Park took the 2-1 shootout win before advancing to the district finals.

Kristina Torres, Carlson- The senior star had quite the year to cap her four-year career with the Marauders. She finished with 21 goals and six assists this season for a total of 75 goals and 38 assists during her career. The captain was All Academic, All Downriver League, All District and received the team MVP award as well as the Coach Award at the Carlson Invite. “In my future coaching, I will have the honor to coach talented players again, but it will be very difficult to find an all-around great student athlete like Kristina has been,” Coach Steve Briggs said.

Allison Manning, Woodhaven- In her role as captain, Manning had quite the final outing with Woodhaven, helping to lead her team to its sixth straight league title. The senior scored 29 goals and added on nine assists in 2014 for 109 career goals in four seasons. Coach Scott Hoye called her a strong, powerful player with the ability to score with both feet and a high soccer IQ. Manning was named to the All Downriver League and All District teams.

Laekyn Jaciuk, Anderson- The junior star was all over the place for the Titans this season. In one particular overtime win against Carlson, Jaciuk scored in regulation, scored in the penalty kick round and even played in net during the penalty kick round. The dominating forward scored 37 goals and also had seven assists for Anderson in 2014. She was named to the All Downriver League, All District and All Region teams and was All State honorable mention.

Caroline Fleming, Grosse Ile- She was just a sophomore, but Fleming was a huge part of Grosse Ile’s trek to the regional final this season. The midfield/forward finished the season with 28 goals and 24 assists and was voted team offensive MVP for 2014. “Caroline was one that abused this season; she was always on the field and we had her matched up against the strongest defender on the opposing team,” Coach Amy Rossow said. “The coaching staff knew she would never give up … the fact that she was so successful scoring and assisting others illustrates strength and value to the team helping to set a school record of 113 goals this season.” Fleming was first team All Huron League, All District, All Regional and honorable mention All State.

Clare Cierlino, Truman- Only a sophomore, Cierlino was Truman’s best defender and overall team player this season. Although she is a defender, the contributed five goals and seven assists. Cierlino was the team MVP and was also named to the All Downriver League team.

Andrea Thornsberry, Anderson- Thornsberry was a quiet, but natural leader on the field during her final outing as a Titan. Coach Larry Lankford said Thonsberry was one to never give up on her team during a game. The senior finished the year with 17 goals and 20 assists. She was named to the All Downriver League and All District team.

Abbey Lorenz, Woodhaven- Lorenz had to overcome some adversity this season, dealing with a sprained wrist early on and a sprained ankle in districts, but still had quite the year with the Warriors. Coach Scott Hoye said she always gave 100 percent on the field, had an incredible soccer IQ and had a desire to be better in every training session and game. Lorenz finished the season with 21 goals and four assists and was named to the All Downriver League and All District teams.

Abigail Perecki, Huron- The junior was the center of the Chiefs’ defense and was the last line of defense before the keeper. “Abigail had to control a young defensive unit that consisted of two freshmen,” Coach Dan Rossow said. “She made excellent decisions and directed players the right way.” Perecki was also dangerous on the offensive side of things as well. She scored three goals from direct free kicks this season and had four goals and four assists from the defensive end.

Lauren Poslaiko, Carlson- Just a sophomore, Poslaiko made quite the difference for the Marauders this season from her spot at center back. “Taking over the position full time this past season, she has made that position hers,” Coach Steve Briggs said. “She is like having a second keeper back there to protect our net.” Poslaiko finished her second varsity campaign with three goals and one assist. She was also All Downriver League, All District and was awarded the Coach Award at the Carlson Invite.

Alexia Moody, Trenton- Moody was part of the Trojan backline that had 12 shutouts and a 1.444 goals against average, helping the team to four-peat as District Champions. The junior three-year starter was two-time All Downriver League, two-time All District, All Regional and was All State honorable mention this year.

Anja Plaumann, Woodhaven- With a team-first mentality, Coach Scott Hoye said Plaumann sacrificed individual stats for the betterment of the team. “Anja is our player best exemplifying the team first mentality,” Hoye said. “She is a great leader, communicator and soccer player.” Plaumann was the anchor to the Warriors’ defense in their quest for yet another league title this season and was also named to the All Downriver League team.

Sydney Toth, Huron- The junior forward led the Chiefs in 2014 with 17 goals and seven assists. “She was consistently marked by opposing teams and her speed and exceptional work ethic, combined with her foot skills made her a threat whenever she touched the ball, “Coach Dan Rossow said. Toth was also named Huron’s MVP this season.

Kirsten Chambers, Riverview- The senior capped off a stellar career with 28 goals and 26 assists in 2014. She was a second team All State selection and the team MVP for the Bucs. Chambers owns all the school records and finished third in the state for career assists. An MHSAA Scholar Athlete winner, Chambers is going to play at Adrian College next year. A four-year starter, Chambers “will go down as one of the best players to ever come out of Riverview,” Coach Pete Cano said.

Kate Tobin, Grosse Ile- One of the most consistent and constant strengths for the Red Devils, Tobin finished the season with 15 goals and 24 assists. “She was another player who hardly ever left the field and one who we matched up against the opposition’s best midfielder,” Coach Amy Rossow said. “The fact that the team gave up only nine goals this season, and only three within the midfield area shows her defensive skill.” Tobin was the team’s defensive MVP and was named First Team All Huron League, All District, All Regional and honorable mention All State.

Miranda Cobbs, Riverview- Just a junior, Cobbs was a rock for the Bucs this season and finished the year with nine shutouts in her keeper spot. “She has great hands, vision and is very smart,” Coach Pete Cano said. “She plays the game very aggressive and is not afraid to make mistakes.” Cobbs is being recruited by D1 and D2 schools and this year was named to the All Huron League, All District and All Region teams and was All State honorable mention.

Melissa Brick, Grosse Ile- The sophomore center defender was a big part Grosse Ile’s 18 shutouts, the most in a single season, and just nine goals allowed, the school record for least amount of goals allowed, in 23 games this season. “Melissa was a constant defensive presence, often arriving in the face of the opposing forwards before they knew what stopped them,” Coach Amy Rossow said. “(She) controlled the defense, providing leadership and organization that helped allow the team to send more players into the offensive end.” Brick was named to the first team All Huron ‘League and All District.

Kayla Czarnik, Trenton- The junior outside back was part of a backline that finished 2014 with 12 shutouts and 1.444 goals against average in 2014 against six top-10 teams. Czarnik has been two-time All Downriver League, two-time All District and was All Regional this season while helping the Trojans four-peat as District Champions.

Rachel Caswell, Allen Park- Caswell was the player the Jags could lean on this season in any tough situation. “If we needed something to happen, I could tell her ‘go be great’ and she was able to impact a game,” Coach Justin Hunter said. The junior gave Allen Park its first lead in a big district opener against DRL rival Truman and scored again in the PK round, helping the team advance to play Redford Thurston, where she scored both goals to advance her team to the district finals. Caswell finished the 2014 season with 11 goals and one assist.

Maddie Menna, Trenton- The sophomore attacking midfielder helped the Trojans four-peat as District Champs and then to the regional round of the MHSAA state playoffs in 2014, finishing the year with nine goals and eight assists. Just a sophomore, Menna is a two-year starter and was All Downriver League, two-time All District, All Regional and All State honorable mention this year.

Katlyn Armstrong, Allen Park- Armstrong was consistent in helping to keep things close for the Jags this season, en route to the team’s district final appearance. She was a big game player, helping the team knock off Downriver League rival Truman during the regular season as well as in the district round. “You saw Katlyn’s best during the biggest games,” Coach Justin Hunter said. “(She’s) a silent leader as a captain, but her presence was always felt.” Armstrong finished 2014 with four goals and one assist.

Caitlyn Lefebvre, Cabrini- The workhorse of the Monarchs, Lefebvre’s ability to see the field and set up other teammates as well as score was huge for Cabrini this season. “We played everything through her and her work rate is exceptional,” Coach Frank Mlodzik said. The senior midfielder finished the season with six goals and five assists.

Marina Steffke, Flat Rock- The junior forward finished the year with 28 goals and 16 assists to lead the Rams. She was First Team All League, All Region and Flat Rock’s team MVP (voted by the players). “Marina is a very hardworking, aggressive and determined player,” said Flat Rock coach Michael Wagner. “No matter what, she always gives everything she has.”

Honorable Mention:

Woodhaven-Alexis May, Sydney Lemelin, Cassidy Murray, Kerstyn Williams

Trenton- Brooke Teska

Anderson- Cynthia Konan, Hallie Tingstad, Jen Ibarra

Truman- Isabel Sanchez

Carlson- Jenni Simmons

Allen Park- Lisa Marsh, Natalie Lovasz, Sarah Klein, Natasha Sanchez, Casey Bowdell

Cabrini- Catherine Diroff, Hannah Burke, Madison Carter, Erin Lockard

Grosse Ile- Abby King

Last Updated: 8/7/2014 6:46:57 PM EST