Congratulations to the following Central League girls soccer players who were named to the All Delco Teams.
Alison Durfee, Haverford: The senior goalkeeper capped four years as the starter by taking the Fords on their deepest districts run in program history. Durfee was in net two years ago when the Fords notched their first districts win; as a senior, she piloted the Fords into the District 1 Class 4A quarterfinals, shutting out Upper Dublin away from home and then tipping top-seeded Owen J. Roberts in the shootout in the second round, the Fords prevailing 3-0 in penalty kicks after Durfee made 13 saves over 110 scoreless minutes. In 22 games, Durfee allowed just 18 goals, keeping 11 clean sheets.
Sarah Hughes, Penncrest: An All-Delco defender last year, the center back’s switch to forward energized the Lions’ season en route to a return to states for a third straight year (this time in Class 4A) and a first states win. The Lions scored just five goals in their first 10 matches (outside of a 7-0 win over Upper Darby); with Hughes up top, they scored 11 in their last five regular-season matches to storm into districts as the 20th seed, then routed No. 13 Hatboro-Horsham, 4-0, behind a Hughes brace. The Lions upset No. 4 Central Bucks West and No. 5 Downingtown West in districts, then toppled District 4 champ Williamsport in the states opener. Hughes, an All-Central pick, finished the season with five goals and four assists and helped a Lions defense that allowed 18 goals in 25 games. Hughes will continue her career at Dickinson College.
Rebekah Cunningham, Haverford: The senior defender forged a formidable pairing with Britt Riegler in back-stopping a defense that allowed 18 goals in 22 matches. Cunningham was at the center of it, her steady clearances and sure-footed marking limiting opponents as the Fords advanced to the District 1 Class 4A quarterfinals. Cunningham also scored a goal and, as a prime set-piece server, delivered four assists. Cunningham was an All-Central selection.
Rylie Butler, Ridley: What the senior midfielder lacks in size, Butler made up for in smarts and tenacity. As the Green Raiders’ holding midfielder, she served as the key fulcrum between a senior-laden defense and a young but talented attack that guided the Green Raiders to their first ever District 1 tournament appearance and an 11-win season. With Butler repelling threats in midfield, the Green Raiders surrendered 21 goals in 19 games. Butler contributed four goals and five assists, including the only goal of the Green Raiders’ season-culminating win over Bensalem to ensure the districts berth.
Maggie Forbes, Strath Haven: Just a sophomore, the midfield dynamo makes her second All-Delco appearance. She helped power the top seed in the District 1 Class 3A tournament with six goals and six assists, pulling the strings deep in midfield for a club that allowed 15 goals in 19 games despite a sophomore- and junior-heavy roster. Forbes set up the only goal of a 1-0 win over Haverford and scored the overtime winner against Harriton. She accounted for both markers in a 2-1 win over Springfield. Forbes was named first-team All-Central and to the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association All-State team.
Alyssa Saito, Garnet Valley: The technical midfielder was the principle animator of Garnet Valley’s attack. She led the team with eight goals and added five assists to earn a spot on the All-Central team. Saito scored twice and set up a goal in the Jaguars’ early September win over Rustin, added the game-winner against Springfield and set up Regan Nealon’s late winner in a match vs. Ridley. The senior will continue her career at Haverford College.
Annalena O’Reilly, Haverford: The senior two-time All-Delco was the heart of the Fords’ run to the District 1 Class 4A quarterfinals. The do-everything midfielder assumed a more expansive role that in years past, often dropping deep to help the Fords control midfield. Still the Fords’ main offensive threat, she scored 16 goals and four assists. The All-Central first-teamer had the only goal in the districts upset of Upper Dublin and converted in penalties to lead the Fords past top-seeded Owen J. Roberts in the second round. O’Reilly will continue her career at Drexel University.
Sydney Zimmerman, Sr. GK, Ridley
Bryn McLaughlin, Sr. GK, Penncrest
Andrea Pezick, Sr. D, Ridley
Britt Riegler, Sr. M, Haverford
Logan Morris, Sr. D, Penncrest
Regan Nealon, Sr. M, Garnet Valley
Julia Mullaney, Jr. M, Penncrest
Rebecca Ritchie, Sr. M, Marple Newtown
Julie Schickling, Sr. M, Springfield
Garnet Valley: Kara Nealon, Kayleigh Saboja, Alyssa Wert, Haley Williams
Haverford: Niamh Boyle, Anna Mefford
Marple Newtown: Olivia DiValerio, Lindsay Kan
Penncrest: Kenna Kaut, Kara Mullaney, Katie Sparling
Radnor: Melissa Massimino, Lu McKenzie, Ellie Rinehart, Keara Seasholtz
Ridley: Lindsay Boyd, Anna Charitonchick, Ericka Kitzinger, Katie Mason, Danielle Simister
Springfield: Shannon Cutcliff, Jordan D’Ambrosio, Erin Gormley
Strath Haven: Ellie Malek, Danielle McNeeley, Grace Samaha, Claire Wolgast, Gianna Zweier
Upper Darby: Gabby Liberio