The Watauga High girl's soccer team had three players named to the Northwestern 3A/4A All-Conference Team. Leading the way were seniors
Hannah Younger and Lillie Brady. Younger, who will play collegiately at Queens University in Charlotte (Division II school and a member of Conference Carolinas), played and started in 21 games for WHS this season. She led the Pioneers with 20 goals and six assists.
Brady played in 21 games and started in 20. She had a goal and five assists. Brady, like Younger, will play at the collegiate level this coming fall. Brady signed with Pfeiffer University (a Division II school in Misenheimer, N.C., and a member of Conference Carolinas).
"Those girls have been great leaders for us," Bolick said. "They just love to play soccer. I don't care how bad the weather is, what the siutation might be, they're willing to play. They have such a drive and a desire for the game. This is a big day for them, and big day for our program. Playing at the next level is a just reward for those two."
Younger and Brady, who played club soccer in Lake Norman, have been teammates for quite a while---eight years to be exact. And they even got to play in Germany and Denmark just before their freshman year at WHS. And during their stay in Denmark, they participated in the third largest tournament in the world.
"Hannah has been an offensive threat and a player that truly adds so much to our offense and our team as a whole," Bolick said. "She has been a four year varsity member and a starter for me these past two seasons."
Brady, a defender, has nine goals and had five assists the last two seasons.
"Lillie is a player you can out anywhere on the field and can be a threat and successful," Bolick said. "She will be leader on the back line this year. She has a lot to offer the college soccer program as she is a very versatile player. She was an all conference player last season, although I am not sure she was her sophomore year. She has been a starter for the past two seasons as well."
India Roseman, who appeared in 18 games and started 17 times, was the third member of the Pioneers named to the all-conference team. She had two assists on the year. Brady and Younger were also named to the All-Region 11 team. Team-wise, Younger was named the Pioneers Most Valuable Player and their top offensive player; Brady was named the team's best defensive player and Ivy Wilcox received the Coaches Award.
St. Stephens, which won the conference championship, had seven players on the all-conference team. The Indians reached the Class 3A state finals, but lost to Raleigh-Cardinal Gibbons on Saturday. Hickory had six players selected; Fred T. Foard had players on the all-NW3A/4A team.
Brian Jillings of Hickory, who was an assistant coach at WHS, was named the Coach of the Year; Ashley Jolly of Fred T. Foard was the Defensive Player of the Year; Sarah Henson of Hickory was named the Offensive Player of the Year; Macy Franklin of St. Stephens was named the Player of the Year.
NORTHWESTERN 3A/4A ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
MARY BETH CROWE
FRED T. FOARD
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
MACY FRANKLIN, ST. STEPHENS
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
SARAH HENSON, HICKORY
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
ASHLEY JOLLY, FRED T. FOARD
COACH OF THE YEAR
BRIAN JILLINGS, HICKORY