November 14th, 2011

2nd Annual All-Catholic Soccer Teams

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

2nd Annual All-Catholic Soccer Teams
photo by Chris Jung

Area's top boys and girls soccer players recognized

The All-Catholic Teams include and recognize student-athletes who played at the top level during the regular and postseasons within their sport. Players are selected based on nominaitons and feedback from local coaches and staff that covered soccer during the 2011 season.

St. Xavier High School and Sacred Heart Academy represented the Louisville Catholic high school soccer community last week by playing in their respective boys and girls state championship games in Lexington.

The Tigers, which finished its season with a 26-game winning streak, defeated Ryle 3-0 to win the Tigers' 11th state title in program history and 7th in the past 12 years. St. X also finished the year ranked in the top ten of several national high school rankings.

The Valkyries fell 2-0 in its state title game against Notre Dame Academy and settled for runner-up, but SHA had another strong year against one of Kentucky's most difficult regular season schedules.

Those two teams were indicitive of the talent and success of other local squads. Trinity won 17 games to start the season and fell a few goals short of a state tournament berth, while Assumption won 18 games and got a little closer to returning to its first state tournament appearance since 2005.

Below are the boys and girls soccer players who helped these aforementioned teams reach new heights and play at the highest level all season.

Congratulations to the following student-athletes (listed alphabetically):

First Team

  • Abdul Abdullahi, Trinity
  • Danny Belza, St. Xavier
  • Cameron Brothers, DeSales
  • Neil Henley, St. Xavier
  • Chris Hubbard, Trinity
  • Nathan James, St. Xavier
  • Mitchell Metzger, St. Xavier
  • Josip Petri, Holy Cross 
  • Tanner Reece, DeSales
  • Sam Stockton, Trinity
  • Ben Sykes, Trinity

Second Team

  • Nathan Bearden, Holy Cross
  • Jacob Dickerson, Trinity
  • Thad Dodge, DeSales
  • Jonathan Gardner, DeSales
  • Drew Hillebrand, St. Xavier
  • Blake Keith, Holy Cross
  • Adam Kirsch, St. Xavier
  • Thomas Mudd, Bethlehem
  • Logan Riely, St. Xavier
  • Gabe Stewart, St. Xavier
  • Austin Young, DeSales

First Team

  • Eleanor Gabriel, Sacred Heart
  • Sara Herbert, Sacred Heart
  • Casey Marlin, Providence
  • Christen McAllister, Assumption
  • Sydney Morabito, Holy Cross
  • Camille Ogden, Assumption
  • Corinne Peabody, Sacred Heart
  • Kayla Richardson, Mercy
  • Morgan Riggs, Assumption
  • Mary Kate Schmidt, Sacred Heart
  • Caroline Wistrom, Sacred Heart

Second Team

  • Liz Brumleve, Mercy
  • Shelbie Francescon, Presentation
  • Maya Hardin, Holy Cross
  • Whitney Hartlage, Mercy
  • Logan Higgins, Assumption
  • Hannah Hollenbach, Sacred Heart
  • Leah Mattingly, Providence
  • Kim Mingus, Holy Cross
  • Brandy Orthbecker, Assumption
  • Heather Schmitt, Assumption
  • Elizabeth Sherman, Presentation

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