CUMBERLAND — Frankfort’s Morgan Turley, a two-year team captain and a dominant force on both sides of the field, was voted the Cumberland Times-News Defensive Player of the Year by area girls soccer coaches.
Turley, a senior and four-year starter, led Frankfort to its most successful season and also the most successful four-year span in school history.
This year, Frankfort won a single-season school record 15 games, as the Falcons went 15-5-1 and were No. 4 in the final area poll. The 15th win, a 4-1 sectional tournament victory over Philip Barbour, broke the previous record of 14, set by the 2005 team that was 14-1-3.
The most successful four-year span began with Turley’s freshman season and ended last fall with Frankfort piling up an impressive 51 victories in that span. The Falcons, who were 51-27-2 the last four seasons, won at least 11 games each year.
Turley is the first Frankfort player to be voted the Defensive Player of the Year, and the second to win one of the top individual awards. The other was Heather Alkire, who was the Offensive Player of the Year in 2005.
Turley will receive the award at the 65th annual Dapper Dan Awards Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Ali Ghan Shrine Club.
Frankfort won low-scoring games and high-scoring games this season. The offense produced 79 goals and had an area best 3.76 goals per game. The defense ranked third in the area, allowing only 1.33 goals per game, had seven shutouts and allowed two goals or less in 17 of the 21 games.
Turley played a big part in the success of both.
“Morgan has a natural ability to play in the defense,’’ said Frankfort head coach Scott Turley. “She can play in a line of defensive players or as a sweeper. She has the skills to play right- or left-footed with no real dominant foot.
“She has good speed to go along with a never-give-up attitude to try to stop all attacks on goal.”
The same traits that helped Turley establish herself as the area’s top defensive player also made her one of the top offensive threats as well.
“Morgan had the power to clear the ball if necessary or control and distribute the ball to a teammate to get an attack started,’’ said coach Turley. “She can also transfer to the offense with the same never-give-up attitude with the ability to finish, leading our team in goals scored.”
She led the team in goals scored, and was second in the area behind only Northern’s Tiffany Warnick, with 22. Turley finished fifth in the area in scoring with 22 goals and five assists for 49 points in 21 games and a 2.33 per-game average. Also first-team All-AMAC, she finished third in the league in scoring with eight goals, an assist and a 2.42 average in seven games.
Turley is also a standout in the classroom, carrying a 3.5 grade-point average.
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Mike Mathews is Cumberland Times-News sportswriter. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org