FROSTBURG — Mountain Ridge’s Chelsea Muir, who led the area in save percentage and shutouts and her team to a 14-win season, was voted The Sports Shoppe high school girls soccer Goalkeeper of the Year by area head coaches.
Muir will receive the inaugural award at the Dapper Dan Awards Banquet on Sunday, Jan. 27, 4 p.m., at the Ali Ghan Shrine Club.
Little got past Muir, a two-year starter, who allowed just nine goals in 14 regular-season games and was also named first-team All-Area and first-team All-Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference.
Mountain Ridge, which won the Area and AMAC title, had a 14-2-1 overall record and went 7-0-1 in the AMAC.
Muir and the defense was a key to the Miners’ championship season, as Mountain Ridge gave up a goal or less in 14 of its 17 games.
Muir made 91 saves and allowed only 12 goals for an area best .883 save percentage. Her nine shutouts were not only the best in the area, but tied for the sixth highest single-season total in area history.
Mountain Ridge coach Martha Mauzy saw goalkeeper potential in Muir, and the talented junior more than proved her coach right.
“Last season I looked for an athlete that could possibly play the goal so we could keep (defensive player of the year) Annabelle Hegeman on the field,’’ Mauzy said. “Chelsea had a lot of potential so we moved her to varsity and she worked hard to develop the necessary skills to play the position.
“I am very proud of how Chelsea has developed her skills and her hard work has paid off. In two short seasons she has developed into the premier goalkeeper in our area.”
With Muir in the goal, Mountain Ridge has gone 24-6-2, including 13-2-1 in the AMAC, the past two years. Fifteen of those 24 wins were shutouts.
Muir has 157 saves, an .853 percentage and 15 shutouts in two years as a starter. With six more, she would break into the top five in career shutouts. Former Mountain Ridge goalie Jenna Delaney holds that record with 25 1/2.
“Chelsea has played an important role in the success of our team the past two seasons,’’ Mauzy said. “She has made some game-saving stops for us and we depend on her to be our last line of defense and our first line of offense.
“She has learned to make great decisions on playing the angles as well as when to come out and when to stay and hold her ground. I tell her to protect her house before each game and she has done an outstanding job of doing that.”
Muir is also an honor-roll student and was a member of last year’s Mountain Ridge softball team which won the Class 1A state championship.
For tickets to the Dapper Dan Awards Banquet, call 301-722-5490.
Mike Mathews is a Cumberland Times-News sportswriter. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org