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SK well represented on All-County soccer team

With end of the fall sports season comes the obligatory awards season and this year the sports editor and writers of the Kitsap News Group of newspapers continue that tradition with the announcement of the 2005 All-Kitsap County girl’s soccer team.

Reporters from the Bainbridge Island Review, North Kitsap Herald, Bremerton Patriot, Central Kitsap Reporter and Port Orchard Independent have collaborated to compile all-star teams from athletes from the high schools that reside in Kitsap County.

The teams include the best players from those respective schools that not only performed well individually, but played a role in the success of their team as well.

The soccer team is covered below, while the football team will be released Nov. 26.

2005 All-Kitsap County Girl’s soccer team

F – Brandi Hamre, Central Kitsap: Arguably the Narrows League’s best offensive player. Just a sophomore, Hamre led the county with 17 goals and 14 assists, totaling 48 points for the Cougars

F – Cassie Brown, South Kitsap: Led the Wolves in scoring with 11 goals and seven assists. The speedy tri-captain can move the ball around nicely and can be pretty tough when she needs to. Already signed with Southest Missouri State.

F – Shannon White, Olympic: While she didn’t pack the same scoring punch as teammate Liz Curry, White still scored seven goals while adding four assists, including a pair of goals after she experienced some knee problems.

MF – Alissa Russell, Central Kitsap: Russell was a key part of the CK attack, selflessly helping create more opportunities for her teammates than for herself. That’s not to say she didn’t find the back of the net plenty this year. Russell, using crafty footwork and precision passing, scored 11 goals and dished out 11 assists for 33 points.

MF – Erin Carpenter, South Kitsap: Always in the middle of everything, the senior was solid and consistent, scoring eight goals while adding five assists for 21 total points. Her physical style of play opened the way for others to score.

MF – Stephanie Skelly, North Kitsap: North’s fast and feisty field general, Skelley served as the holding midfielder for the Vikings until she was lost midway through the season due to an injury.

D – Santerra Holler, South Kitsap: The defensive captain of the Bridge Division’s best defense. Her vocal presence and physical play along with her leadership propelled the Wolves to the top of the division. Notched eight points offensively.

D – Alana MacWhorter, Bainbridge Island: The co-captain and emotional leader of the team was one of the keys in a defense that allowed an average of one goal per game.

D – Amanda Clark, KSS: The junior captain was instrumental in helping the Eagles through a playoff stretch that saw them win several one-goal games when it counted the most and an 8-7-1 finish in the Nisqually League. 

D – Kayleigh Westermann, South Kitsap: Tough defender who played wherever she was needed. Also an offensive threat, scoring four goals with five assists for 13 total points. A tall and lanky body, she is tough to get around.

GK – CJ Balstad, South Kitsap: Her numbers say it all, five goals allowed in 16 regular-season games. The junior recorded 11 shutouts while no league or division opponent scored more than a single goal on her.

Coach – Eric Bergeson, South Kitsap: In what would turn out to be his final season as the Wolves’ coach, Bergeson took a team with just five seniors and produced an undefeated regular season and the Bridge Division title. Under his leadership, South made its fifth straight trip to the state playoffs as well.

Honorable Mentions

Pepper Fanua, Olympic: The sophomore goalkeeper helped lead the Trojans back to the playoffs, allowing 23 goals in 17 games. Fanua is a strong all-around athlete and will play a key role in the Trojans’ future.

Kelsey Penn, South Kitsap: Very quick off the first step, outruns opponents to the ball and knows what to do with it once she’s there. Scored six goals and dished out five assists as a junior.

Chanel Williams, Central Kitsap: Williams came through in the clutch both offensively and defensively down the stretch for CK, using her speed and toughness to help see the Cougars into the playoffs yet again.

Naomi Abad, Bremerton: The Knights’ leading scorer with six goals and three assists, Abad was the most consistent player on the Bremerton squad and provided much-needed leadership on a young squad as a sophomore.

Kelsey Krasas, North Kitsap: While sharing time with fellow goalie Laural Patton, Krasas racked up numerous impressive saves. She stood solid, preserving five shutouts on the year.

Talia Speer, KSS: A talented forward who isn’t afraid to get physical, Speer also proved a valuable defender down the stretch.

Lizzie Seligmann, Bainbridge Island: Solid defender who was key in shutting down the opponent’s top scorer.

Kylie Balstad, South Kitsap: Scrappy midfielder who finds a way to score when it’s needed most. Tallied three goals and five assists as a sophomore and plays solid defense.

Meredith Johnson, King’s West: The Warriors’ second best goal scorer held an important leadership role in getting King’s West to a second-place SeaTac League finish.

Liz Curry, Olympic: Among the league leaders in scoring yet again, Curry racked up nine goals and eight assists for 26 points this season. And the Trojan forward is just a sophomore.

Sheree Kuehl, KSS: A junior, Kuehl is part of a youth movement that should see Klahowya through continued improvement. One the squad’s captains, Kuehl will be back in the middle for the Eagles next season.

Carlye Rice, Central Kitsap: One of the Cougars’ most consistent defensive performers, Rice doesn’t do anything too flashy, but always gets the job done. Rice wasn’t afraid to get physical and helped anchor one of the division’s better defenses.

Brenna Lander, North Kitsap: Lander took on the role of North Kitsap’s sparkplug for the second half of the season, stepping up in the place of injured leaders. She scored 10 goals and hooked up 8 assists in her junior season.

Ashley Waplinger, Bainbridge Island: Part the Spartan defense that clamped on to opposing players, shutting out some of the best goal scorers in the state.

Jennifer Smalley, Bremerton: Smalley was instrumental in the turnaround of a previously lackluster Bremerton defense. The Knights surrendered just 35 goals this season compared to an average of 98 in the past two years.

Erin Ferderer, King’s West: Second on the team in scoring as a defender, Ferderer helped lead the Warriors to a berth in the quad-district tournament and performed well against players from area 4A and 3A schools in the non-conference season.

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