Out of the dozen players named to the second team, North Wilkes and West Wilkes had four selections each while East Wilkes and Wilkes Central had two players apiece.
With the graduation of Pierce and Aguilar, a lot of the offensive responsibility in 2020 will fall on Jordan Schubart’s shoulders.
The sophomore, who Wagoner says, “was our best passer in the midfield,” scored eight goals and assisted on two others for the Cardinals.
“She sees openings and distributes the ball very well — she’s a very hard worker in practice and works to improve every day,” said Wagoner.
Katie Stokes assisted on a pair of goals on offense but Wagoner felt her best contributions came when she was playing defensive midfield.
“Her critical play in the midfield is what kept us in games,” said Wagoner. “She was always fighting for the ball and when she won the ball, she was able to make the right pass to start a break for us.”
Taylor Harrold and Leksa Billings were both named All-MVAC honorable mention selections as junior.
Harrold, a midfielder, was second behind Tribble in goals scored with six and added five assists. Billings manned the goal for North Wilkes and collected 130 saves (compared to 70 allowed).
Freshmen Reagan Jenkins and Allie Billings, two fast players according to Martin, were key contributors on the offensive side of the pitch.
Billings finished with four goals — a total that could have been higher if not for mid-season injury.
Lacey Church, who was an All-MVAC honorable mention selection, led the Blackhawks in assists (three) and scored one of West’s three goals.
Fellow all-MVAC honorable mention selection Brooke Greene was a very versatile player, according to West Wilkes Head Coach Natalie Marley, and was used on the Blackhawks’ back line because of her speed.
Jaimi Shell was also named to the second team after leading West Wilkes in goals this past season with four while Natalia Perez-Brasil was important in being able to cover the midfield both offensively and defensively from box to box, according to Marley.
Freshmen Olivia Rush and Addy Nichols were two more players who made Central’s defense strong in 2019 and Caudill felt both players had attributes that made them go.
Nichols also finished the spring with three goals while playing some forward.
“Olivia served the ball out of the back well and was very good one-on-one. She was another strong freshman who improved every match and another important part of our unbending defense,” said Caudill. “Addy is a forward at heart but she has the heart of a lion who just wants to compete. She filled a big hole on the backline that we did not know who would fill it.”