CUMBERLAND — Northern’s Adria Graham and Kaitlynn Fratz and Frankfort’s Diane Dayton, a high-scoring trio who posted double-figure totals in goals and assists, head this year’s Cumberland Times-News All-Area girls soccer team, selected by the area’s head coaches.
Graham, who had 33 goals and 20 assists and broke the area’s single-season record with a 5.37 scoring average, was the Offensive Player of the Year and was featured in a previous edition of the Times-News, as were Player of the Year Danielle McGinnis and Defensive Player of the Year Quincy Hegeman, both of Mountain Ridge.
The All-Area team also features Stephanie Fazenbaker, Corrie Ferree and Miranda Nicol of Mountain Ridge, Justine Harvey of Northern, Crystal Moreland of Frankfort, Morgan Anderson and Claire Wilkinson of Southern, Catherine Czapski and Morgan Evans of Bishop Walsh, Amanda Meneghini of Fort Hill, Bailey Ellsworth of Allegany, Jordan Derryberry of Keyser and Ashlyn Haines of Hampshire.
Graham, Meneghini and Anderson are the only first-team repeaters from last year.
• Fratz, a high-scoring sophomore forward, led Northern to a 13-3 record and second place in the Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference.
She finished third in the area in scoring with 22 goals and 11 assists in 16 games for 55 points and a 3.43 average. Her 11 assists were second best in the area, behind only the 20 by teammate Graham.
Also first-team All-AMAC, Fratz was third in the conference in scoring with 10 goals and three assists in seven games for a 3.28 mark.
• Dayton, a senior forward, led the Falcons in scoring despite often times being double-teamed or marked by the opposition’s top defender. She finished fourth in the area with 21 goals and 10 assists in 18 games for 52 points and a 2.88 average.
Dayton holds career scoring records at Frankfort with 48 goals and 17 assists, and was second-team Class AA All-State this year after leading the Falcons to their first state tournament.
Also first-team All-AMAC, she was fourth in the conference in scoring with six goals, two assists and a 2.33 mark.
• Fazenbaker had a big sophomore season at Mountain Ridge, with her 27 goals tying Graham’s area record for most goals by a sophomore.
Fazenbaker finished second in the area in scoring with 27 goals and five assists for 59 points and a 3.68 average.
Also first-team All-AMAC, the speedy, second-year starter was runner-up in the conference in scoring with 12 goals, two assists and a 3.71 average in seven games.
• Ferree, a senior captain, was a four-year varsity player (two years at Mountain Ridge and two at Beall), and led her teams to a 49-11-4 record and area championships in 2008 and 2006.
A wing most of her career, Ferree was especially effective with crossing passes that provided numerous scoring opportunities for teammates. She was 11th in the area in scoring with seven goals and six assists for a 1.25 average.
Ferree was also first-team All-AMAC, and had a goal and three assists in conference play.
• Nicol, a senior defender, regained her starting spot this year after missing most of her junior season with an injury.
A starter as a sophomore, Nicol’s strong defensive play led a Mountain Ridge defense that registered 13 shutouts. Her all-around ball skills made her a threat to create an offensive run anytime she gained control of the ball.
Nicol was also first-team All-AMAC, leading the Miners to the conference title and a defense that allowed just two regular-season goals.
• Harvey, a senior at Northern, proved to be one of the area’s top goalkeepers during her three years as a starter.
This year, she made 100 saves and allowed only 15 goals to rank second in save percentage at .869. She also was second in the area in shutouts with seven.
Harvey is Northern’s all-time leader in saves (288), save percentage (.864) and shutouts (21). During her three seasons, the Huskies went 39-8-2, were area champions in 2006 and region champions in 2007.
• Moreland, a senior and captain at Frankfort, gave the Falcons solid play both offensively and defensively at her midfield position.
A first-team All-State pick after leading the Falcons to the state tournament, Moreland was the area’s fifth-leading scorer with 18 goals, five assists and 41 points in 18 games for a 2.27 average.
Also first-team All-AMAC, Moreland was ninth in the conference in scoring with four goals and a 1.33 average.
• Anderson, a senior midfielder and captain at Southern, led the Rams to a solid season that included a 9-6 overall record and third place in the AMAC at 4-2.
She repeated on the first team after getting seven goals and two assists for a 1.14 average, good for 13th best in the area.
Also first-team All-AMAC, she ranked eighth in the conference in scoring, getting four goals and an assist in six games for a 1.50 average.
• Wilkinson, like Fratz and Fazenbaker, was a high-scoring sophomore and led the Rams in scoring for the season and in conference play.
She ranked seventh overall in the area with nine goals and eight assists for a 1.75 per-game scoring average.
Also first-team All-AMAC, Wilkinson finished fifth in the conference in scoring with six goals and one assist in six games for a 2.16 mark.
• Czapski, a senior forward, emerged as one of the area’s top scorers in leading Bishop Walsh to an 8-10-1 season.
Czapski ranked sixth among all area players in scoring with 14 goals and two assists for 30 points and a 1.76 per-game scoring average.
Czapski was also named to the All-City team.
• Evans, a senior midfielder, excelled in leading the Bishop Walsh defense, which allowed one goal or less in eight of its games.
An aggressive player with solid all-around skills, Evans led a defense that allowed only five goals in four City games, was also named to the All-City team.
• Meneghini, a senior forward and team captain, repeated on the first team after leading Fort Hill to a 6-8-1 season.
The team’s defensive player of the year as a junior, Meneghini made a smooth transition to offense this year, leading the Sentinels in scoring and placing 12th in the area with eight goals, two assists and a 1.20 average.
Meneghini was also first-team All-AMAC and All-City. She had two goals and an assist in the AMAC, helping Fort Hill to fourth place with a 3-3-1 record. The Sentinels were runners-up in a tight City League battle with Allegany, going 2-1-1 in league play.
• Ellsworth, a sophomore, earned a spot on the All-Area team after her second year as a starter at sweeper at Allegany.
A quick defender with strong all-around skills, her smart and consistent play helped lead Allegany to the City League title. The Campers went 2-0-2 in the league and allowed just two goals in the four games.
Ellsworth, also first-team All-City and All-AMAC, was Allegany’s second-leading scorer with three goals.
• Derryberry, a junior, is a three-year starter at Keyser. She was a standout defensive player from the sweeper position her first two seasons, then moved to midfield this year.
A speedy player with a strong leg and shot, she led the Golden Tornado offense this season in both goals and assists.
She was also first-team All-AMAC, and had a goal and an assist in conference play.
• Haines, a senior goalkeeper at Hampshire, was the busiest goalie in the area, making an area-high 236 saves. She had a .753 save percentage.
Second-team All-Area as a junior, Haines recorded 479 saves in her final two seasons.
Mike Mathews is a Cumberland Times-News sportswriter. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.