Jackson’s Keile Hansen (right) jumps for a loose ball with Lake Stevens’ Callaway Knutson defending during a game on November 2, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Jackson’s Keile Hansen (right) jumps for a loose ball with Lake Stevens’ Callaway Knutson defending during a game on November 2, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Herald’s 2018 All-Area high school girls soccer teams

A look at the top girls soocer players in the area this past season.

Eds. note: The Player of the Year and All-Area teams were chosen by The Herald sports staff based on coach recommendations, season statistics and first-hand observations.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Callie Wright, sr., F, King’s

Wright totaled a school-record 37 goals and six assists while leading the North Sound Conference champion Knights to an 18-3 mark and a Class 1A state quarterfinal appearance. The NSC offensive player of the year had 11 multi-goal matches and netted a combined five goals in three victories over KingCo 4A opponents.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Terry Swanson, South Whidbey

In his second season at the helm, Swanson guided the Falcons to an 11-8-1 record for the program’s first winning season in more than 15 years. South Whidbey finished second in the North Sound Conference and earned a landmark victory over perennial powerhouse King’s.

FIRST TEAM

Callie Wright, sr., F, King’s

Amber Elliano, sr., F, Lake Stevens

Elliano tallied 19 goals and nine assists, leading the Vikings to a second-place finish in Wesco 4A and a 4A state quarterfinal appearance.

Keile Hansen, sr., F, Jackson

Hansen, a Boise State University signee, totaled 18 goals and four assists. She led the Timberwolves to the Wesco 4A title and a 4A state tournament appearance.

Bree Nichols, soph., F, Snohomish

Nichols tallied 19 goals and seven assists, leading the Panthers to a district title and 3A state tournament appearance.

Bethany VanSant, jr., MF, Stanwood

VanSant scored 13 goals to lead the Spartans.

Katie Cheng, jr., MF, Jackson

Cheng totaled 10 goals and six assists, helping the Timberwolves claim the Wesco 4A title and advance to the 4A state tournament.

Michaela Danyo, sr., MF, Edmonds-Woodway

Danyo tallied 10 goals and five assists, helping the Warriors claim the Wesco 3A title and reach the 3A state quarterfinals.

Emily Schwartz, sr., D, Archbishop Murphy

Schwartz scored eight goals and anchored a defense that allowed just 10 goals in conference play. She helped the Wildcats to a third-place Wesco 3A finish in their first season in the league, as well as a 2A state tournament appearance.

Liz Thayer, sr., D, Kamiak

Thayer, an Eastern Washington University signee, tallied five goals and three assists while anchoring a defense that yielded just 15 goals in Wesco 4A play.

Bonnie Martin, sr., D, Jackson

Martin scored a goal, provided an assist and anchored a defense that posted 12 shutouts and allowed just 10 goals all season. She helped the Timberwolves claim the Wesco 4A crown and advance to the 4A state tournament.

Juliet Hufford, sr., D, Edmonds-Woodway

Hufford anchored a defense that posted 13 shutouts and yielded 16 goals all season, including just six goals in conference play. She helped the Warriors claim the Wesco 3A title and advance to the 3A state quarterfinals.

Kaitlynn Knocke, sr., GK, Marysville Getchell

Knocke, a Seattle Pacific University signee, was regarded by Wesco 3A coaches as the league’s top goalkeeper.

SECOND TEAM

Sophia Martino-Crew, jr., F, Edmonds-Woodway

Martino-Crew totaled 16 goals and three assists, leading the Warriors to the Wesco 3A title and a 3A state quarterfinal appearance.

Haley Grambo, sr., F, Glacier Peak

Grambo led the Grizzlies with 10 goals and nine assists.

Jersey Heiss, so., F, Arlington

Heiss tallied 12 goals and four assists to lead the Eagles.

Sarah Hommas, sr., F, Cedarcrest

Hommas totaled eight goals and four assists, leading the Red Wolves to a second-place Wesco 3A finish in their first season in the league.

Gaby Chappell, sr., MF, Edmonds-Woodway

Chappell tallied nine goals and three assists, helping the Warriors to the Wesco 3A title and a 3A state quarterfinal appearance.

Sarah Nielsen, sr., MF, King’s

Nielsen totaled seven goals and eight assists, helping the Knights claim the North Sound Conference title and advance to the 1A state quarterfinals.

Peyton Manalo, sr., MF, Jackson

Manalo tallied six goals and five assists, helping the Timberwolves to the Wesco 4A title and a 4A state tournament appearance.

Jordan Cagle, soph., D, Lake Stevens

Cagle anchored a defense that posted 12 shutouts and allowed 16 goals all season, including just six goals in conference play. She helped the Vikings finish second in Wesco 4A and advance to the 4A state quarterfinals.

Hai-Ying Aw, sr., D, Shorewood

Aw keyed a defense that yielded just 16 goals in league play and finished with seven shutouts. She helped the Thunderbirds reach the 3A state quarterfinals.

Emma Culberson, sr., D, King’s

Culberson, the North Sound Conference defensive player of the year, tallied three goals and two assists while anchoring a defense that allowed just four goals in league play. She helped the Knights claim the conference title and advance to the 1A state quarterfinals.

Cassidy Gamble, sr., D, Meadowdale

Gamble keyed a defense that yielded just 16 goals in Wesco 3A play.

Tayla Peterson, fr., GK, Lake Stevens

Peterson protected the net for a defense that posted 12 shutouts and allowed 16 goals all season, including just six goals in conference play. She helped the Vikings finish second in Wesco 4A and advance to the 4A state quarterfinals.

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