It was a particularly good year for Cartersville when it came to finding the back of the net.
The Lady Purple Hurricanes pushed the ball past their opponents’ goalie a crowd-pleasing 73 times during a season in which they compiled a 9-7 overall record, 7-3 in Region 7-AAA.
Also having a successful offensive season was Adairsville, which rang up 25 goals during a 5-9 season in which the Lady Tigers went 1-4 in Region 7A-AA.
Cass (3-13-2, 1-9 in Region 7-AAAA) scored 19 goals while Woodland tallied 17.
Woodland was the premier team defensively, as it limited opponents to 36 goals. The Lady Wildcats (5-11, 3-7 in Region 7-AAAA) used that defensive prowess to hang tough against a difficult schedule.
Cartersville also showed a defensive side, allowing 39 goals throughout the season. Adairsville surrendered 47 goals while Cass was tagged for 94.
All those teams received stellar play from their athletes, who make up The Daily Tribune News’ 2011 All-County Girls Soccer Team.
— Lindsay Anderson, the Daily Tribune News’ player of the year, led the way offensively for Cartersville. The senior forward pummeled the net for 37 goals — more than the seasonal totals put up by Bartow’s three other soccer teams — and had three assists.
Blake Dudley, her coach, describes Anderson as “tough as nails, [has] endless endurance, excellent speed and playing next year at Lincoln Memorial University; she is a pure competitor in every aspect of the term. She leads by example; always ready to play and always wanting to win.”
— Savannah Andersen, Cartersville, a forward/centermid who is an extremely creative attacker and strong tactical player who refuses to give up. Anderson also was a prolific scorer (17 goals), who was quick to find open teammate and give an assist. She was the team leader in assists, with 10. The senior, who also was CHS valedictorian, also was credited with mentoring younger players and inspiring hard play by her teammates.
— Adairsville’s Cassidy Greene, an offensive force for the Lady Tigers throughout the season, scoring her goals in bunches. Greene pulled a hat trick three times during the season and generated the offensive intensity that made the Lady Tigers a threat even when they trailed opponents. She also was a team player and doled out assists, too.
— Sara Garrett, Woodland, a 10th-grader who led her team in goals a second year, with six, and was second in assists, with three. She was good at winning balls in the midfield, great over the ball on set pieces, able to finish in the box, distributed the ball well, and improved her level of play as the season and level of competition progressed.
— Audrey Nix, Cass, a three-year starter at midfield who made things tick on the attack. She had four assists and distributed the ball so her fellow Lady Colonels could effectively probe for vulnerable positions coming out of the mid.
— Hailie Parshall, Woodland, a 10th-grader and midfielder/defender who led by example, always giving her best effort. She won a lot of balls in the air with her head, was unselfish, played balls with both feet and had a good understanding of the mental aspects of soccer. She earned the role of captain halfway through the season.
— Emily Moore, Woodland, a 10th-grader and The Daily Tribune News’ defensive player of the year, was fearless going into tackles and was the leader of the back line that gave up the fewest goals in the county. She had a knack for winning possession of balls in the air with her head, was able to take long goal kicks, free kicks and got forward on set pieces.
— Anna Ward, Cartersville, a sweeper who was her team’s defensive leader, keeping backs in position and also was instrumental in initiating its transition to the attack. The Lady Canes switched from a four-back set to a stopper/sweeper arrangement and she quickly adjusted. Her speed allowed her to come from anywhere on the field to intercept attackers and shut attackers down in one-versus-one situations.
— Stephanie Hicks, Woodland, a junior defender who was extremely athletic and able to clean up many attacks in the back with her closing speed and understanding of angles. She played the ball with both feet to spring counter attacks and unselfishly moved to this position about halfway through the season.
— Marbeli Castro, Cass, a four-year starter who was a premier player for the Lady Colonels throughout her years at the school. Her skills at shadowing and attacking set her apart as a defender. She could judge her foes, and when they got inside the box, she could keep them from taking an unfettered shot on goal, sensing the right moment to attack.
— Grace Tate, Cartersville, the Lady Canes’ goalkeeper who was their best tactical mind as well. She had excellent technical skill and kept the team close during difficult matches. She understood the game and coached her teammates. She was a leader in every sense, the first to practice and the first to call teammates on the carpet for lack of effort.
Honorable Mention — Adairsville: Brooke Chagnon, Nisa Ayers; Cartersville: Meredith Holmes, Kaeli McDermott; Cass: Charlotte Frady, Mallary Hedden, Madison Scoggins, Jordan Drawver; Woodland: Alexis Velasquez, Katie Harris, Rachel Dodson, Brooke Hummel and Amber Fuller.