Issaquah’s Audrey Thomas named 4A KingCo most valuable player
November 29, 2011
By Bob Taylor
Several athletes make all-league soccer team
One of the smallest players in KingCo Conference 4A girls soccer had a mighty big impact this season.
Audrey Thomas, just 4-feet-11, was a dynamo on the pitch for Issaquah High School. The junior midfielder led the conference in scoring and sparked the Eagles to the 4A state tournament.
She was also selected the league’s most valuable player.
“She won it by a landslide,” Issaquah coach Tom Bunnell said. “She was just so dynamic.”
Although on the small side, Thomas commanded respect from every team she played against.
Thomas scored a league-leading 10 goals and had 11 assists to tally a league-leading 31 points.
“She is extremely quick and she can jump like nobody’s business,” Bunnell said. “She has the whole package. She has a great knowledge of the game and very good vision. Teams would come up with plans trying to stop her, and she always would find a way to avoid that plan. She is tough physically and can take a hit.”
Thomas was joined on the all-KingCo first team by teammate Lyrik Fryer, a freshman defender.
“Lyrik is fantastic,” Bunnell said. “She really took to the position. She had a great freshman season.”
Fryer’s speed made her a force on defense.
“She is quite a runner. She would do 200-yard sprints and wouldn’t even break a sweat. She was relentless when getting back on defense,” Bunnell said. “People saw how hard she worked. It was tough for other coaches and players not to recognize that.”
The all-KingCo first team included members of Skyline’s 4A state championship squad. Goalkeeper Tina Vargas, who had 11 shutouts this season, midfielder Maddie Christ, who led the league in assists with 13, and defender Jackie Wilson were named to the first team.
Bunnell, who has coached many goalies over the years, was impressed by Vargas.
“Tina was amazing in the state tournament. She made game-saving saves in all those games,” Bunnell said.
Other members of the first team were forwards Heather Kovar, of Garfield, and Alisyn Cundiff, of Bothell; midfielders Abby Morrow, of Inglemoor, Ava Lewis, of Garfield, Kristin Hayman, of Redmond, and Tessa Vollrath, of Roosevelt; and defenders Kennedy Kieneker, of Redmond, Cat Banobi, of Ballard, and Rebecca Priestley, of Eastlake.
Issaquah had three players on the second team — midfielder Deanna Dakar, and defenders Sarah Leland and Morgan Zack.
Skyline’s Don Braman was selected as KingCo 4A coach of the year.
“He did a great job. His team showed lots of perseverance throughout the season and especially in the state tournament. Despite injuries, they never quit,” Bunnell said.
Receiving honorable mention were Issaquah’s Delaney Foreman, Jocelyn Eng, Sophia Kim and Julia Knitter; and Skyline’s Nicole Candioglos, Anna Dewierdt, Alexa Strom and Jordan Branch.
Four Patriots make 3A first team
Four members of the Liberty soccer team were selected to the KingCo 3A/2A all-league first team.
Defender Katie Noonan, midfielders Kimi Fry and Kiana Hafferty, and forward Kailiana Johnson, who helped Liberty repeat as KingCo champions, were first-team selections.
Fry, who was co-league leader in assists with 13, earned all-league honors for the second straight year.
Johnson ranked second in league scoring with 38 points. She scored 15 goals, which tied teammate Cassidy Nangle for the Liberty team lead. Hafferty ranked sixth among league scorers with 29 points.
Goalie Macaire Ament, and forwards Cassidy Nangle and Kali Youngdahl were picked on the second team. Ament had 11 shutouts this season.
Liberty’s Shannon Daly, Nicolle Marlow, Mollie Cooke and Leah Grefthen received honorable mention.
The all-league first team also included goalkeeper Corey Goelz, of Mercer Island; defenders Jessie Zogg, of Lake Washington, Leah Corra, of Mount Si, and Kaitlyn Melby, of Bellevue; midfielders Isabel Farrell, of Interlake, Emma Holm, of Lake Washington, Laura Barnes, of Mount Si, and Cassie Lively, of Lake Washington; and forwards Karissa Radke, of Juanita, and Miranda Rawlings, of Mount Si.
First-year coach Jamie Giger, of Liberty, was selected as the league’s coach of the year. Giger directed the Patriots to second place in the state tournament. It was Liberty’s highest finish ever in the tournament.
Farrell, who sparked Interlake to the 2A state title, was selected as the league’s most valuable player.
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