Cumberland Times-News

Mike Mathews - Sports

January 13, 2008

Russo, Delaney voted defensive players of year

CUMBERLAND — Christina Russo, who helped lead Allegany to a triple-crown season, and Jenna Delaney, who led area goalkeepers in shutouts and save percentage at Mountain Ridge, were voted the Cumberland Times-News girls soccer Defensive Players of the Year.

The tie in the voting by area head coaches is the first in the 10-year history of the award.

Russo and Delaney will receive their awards at the 60th annual Dapper Dan Awards Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 26, 5 p.m., at the Ali Ghan Shrine Club. For Dapper Dan Banquet ticket information, call The Original Sports Shoppe at (301) 722-5490.

Christina Russo

There were plenty of reasons for the success Allegany enjoyed last year. But none may have been bigger than the team’s defensive play led by Russo.

Allegany went unbeaten during the regular season at 12-0-1, winning the first Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference championship with a 6-0-1 record, and the Cumberland City title at 4-0.

The Campers won their third Times-News Area championship in four years, finishing with a 13-1-1 overall record.

A senior defender, Russo captained a defense that yielded just 10 goals in 15 games. There were eight shutouts, and the Campers allowed one goal or less in 12 of their 15 contests.

“Christina is very deserving of the defensive player of the year award. She is a three-year varsity starter who played center defender, outside defender or sweeper depending on the opposition,’’ said Allegany coach Bob Langan.

“Christina had a tremendous senior season. I don’t recall having a player improve as much as she did from her sophomore year to her senior year. Her work ethic and tremendous attitude were the key to her success.”

Allegany held a 5-to-1 scoring advangtage on its opponents, scoring 50 goals and allowing only 10. Russo, first-team All-AMAC and first-team All-City, also chipped in on offense, and was the team’s fifth-leading scorer with three goals and an assist. All of her scoring came in AMAC games, giving her a 1.00 average in the conference and placing her 15th in scoring in the eight-team league.

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