High School Soccer
---- — Brooks School sisters Bella and Olivia Papapetros of North Andover are quite the combo.
Bella, a senior forward/midfield, scored seven goals and added 13 assists. Olivia, a sophomore defender/midfield, had two goals and one assist.
The two sisters helped Brooks to a 13-4-2 record and the program’s first ISL championship since 2007.
They lead this year’s Eagle-Tribune girls soccer awards as the “Top Sister Combo.”
Here are the rest of the awards:
STORY OF THE YEAR: Haverhill
Haverhill girls soccer had its best season in school history, posting a 12-1-4 regular season record on its way to the MVC Division 2 title and a 13-2-4 overall record.
Several Hillies players had standout seasons and head coach Fred Tarbox added quite an experienced first-year assistant, his dad Bill Tarbox, who was a high school varsity boys head coach for 40 years (22 years in North Andover), posting 422 victories.
He just retired from North Andover last year.
The Tarbox pair made quite the father/son coaching combo, leading the Hillies’ ascent to the top of the MVC.
“He’s been a really big help,” Haverhill senior Kelleigh Cokely said about Bill Tarbox during the season.
“He helps to run all of our practices and do the drills that we need. ... This year we have a lot more skill drills that we’ve been doing. So I think that’s helped us with our game.”
Cokely, meanwhile, won the MVC Division 2 MVP for the second straight year, scoring nine goals and adding five assists.
TOUGH AS NAILS AWARD: Central’s May
How tough is Central Catholic senior defender Stephanie May?
Well, the EMass first-teamer hardly ever left the field, playing 99 percent of all potential minutes during her career.
The Central defense shut out 49 of 63 opponents with her on the field throughout high school.
May will play soccer either at WPI or RPI.
COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Andover’s Grygiel
Andover junior forward Courtney Grygiel sat out last season with a torn ACL.
But she returned strong this year, earning MVC All-Star honors and having some very strong games, including netting both goals in a 2-0 victory over Billerica and also pumping in two goals in a 4-0 victory over Tewksbury.
MOST IMPROVED: Pinkerton’s Grochmal
Astros senior midfield Katyann Grochmal netted 12 goals this year after netting six last season.
With her 10 assists as well, Grochmal was involved in 70 percent of her team’s scoring plays.
MASS. TEAM OF THE YEAR: Central
Central Catholic continued its local dominance, going 18-1 overall and 13-0 in the MVC.
The Raiders haven’t lost an MVC game in two years and they outscored their 19 opponents 75-6.
Alli Wiggins (14 goals, 15 assists), Courtney Walsh (15 goals, 11 assists), Kylie Regan (14 goals, 6 assists) and Aly Spencer (9 goals, 15 assists) provided tremendous offense while freshman keeper Amanda Fay posted a 0.29 goals against average.
Top-seeded Central, however, fell to fifth-seeded Acton-Boxboro, 1-0, in the Division 1 North semifinals.
N.H. TEAM OF THE YEAR: Windham
The Jaguars went from 12-5 last year to 15-1-2 this year.
They were 14-0-2 during the regular season led by All-State defender Clairee Putnam.
The Windham defense allowed just four goals all season.
TOP NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Pinkerton’s Mitchell
It’s not easy replacing a two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star goalie and Villanova recruit who last year was ranked the No. 96 junior nationally by Top Drawer Soccer.
Pinkerton sophomore goalie Sam Mitchell was called up to replace superstar Emily Harris, who sat out with a sprained ACL.
Mitchell did a fine job, earning Division 1 second-team honors and helping Pinkerton go 14-3-1.
UNSUNG HERO AWARD: NA’s Sullivan, NR’s Schille
Not only is North Andover senior Tori Sullivan described by her coach as the “backbone of the defense” but the MVC All-Star also is the Vice President of her class and ranked No. 2 academically among seniors.
Meanwhile, North Reading senior Emily Schille was a force on defense and the midfield, helping the Hornets keep possession and being vital in transitioning the ball from defense to the attack.
BEST PLAYOFF PERFORMER: Georgetown’s Sapienza
Georgetown goalkeeper Kaylie Sapienza and the Royals defense posted three shutouts in the Division 4 North tournament before Austin Prep won 1-0 over the Royals in the finals.
UNDER THE RADAR AWARD: Gr. Lawrence’s Perez
Greater Lawrence’s Venecia Perez didn’t headline any articles this year, but the sophomore sweeper had a heck of a season.
She was a nominee for CAC MVP and earned CAC All-Star for the second straight year.
The three sport athlete (soccer, swimming and softball) also is ranked 22nd in her sophomore class with a 3.9 GPA.
MOST IMPROVED TEAM: Windham
While the Jaguars went from 12-5 last year to 15-1-2 this year, they had quite the prolific offense.
Hannah Pesci led the way with 28 goals and six assists while she was complemented by Rachel Vafides (8 goals, 4 assists), Sarah Chau (8 goals, 3 assists) and Haley Psareas (6 goals, 10 assists).
TOP SHOT OF THE YEAR: Andover’s Alois
Andover sophomore Veronica Alois scored a sudden death penalty kick in a shootout to lead the Golden Warriors’ 2-1 over Chelmsford in the first round of the Division 1 North tournament.
Andover’s win came after both losing to and tying Chelmsford during the regular season.
Alois earned All-MVC honors as well as EMass first-team honors.
VERSATILITY AWARD: Pelham’s Paradis
Brooke Paradis started the year at center back because her team needed a boost defensively. Then, she was moved to center midfield to help the Pythons create more offense.
Paradis finished with seven goals and was named to the Division 3 honorable mention team.
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