Schafer headlines all-area team

Posted: November 25, 2013

The All-Southeastern Pennsylvania girls' soccer first team:

Forward / Player of the Year

Megan Schafer, Neshaminy

For the second consecutive year, Schafer is the Southeastern Pennsylvania Player of the Year because of her amazing offensive contributions to the Redskins.

Strong on the ball and excellent at shielding off opponents, the senior forward can take on three or four defenders at a time because of the physicality with which she plays.

A prolific scorer, the Penn State recruit netted 33 goals, including one in the PIAA Class AAA state championship game, and added 18 assists this season.

Schafer eclipsed the 100-goal mark for her career during the state playoffs, and her speed, range, and high soccer IQ were invaluable to Neshaminy as the program won its first state title and finished 25-0.

Forward

Jlon Flippens, Penn Charter

A downright playmaker with an uncanny knack for scoring, Flippens dominated all season for Penn Charter, netting 52 goals. Just a sophomore, she has become one of the most dangerous scoring threats in Southeastern Pennsylvania. This season, she helped the Quakers win their first Inter-Ac League title and Independent Schools state championship.

Forward

Linnea Faccenda, Downingtown East

One of the most exciting forwards in the area, Faccenda recorded 40 goals this year, helping the Cougars reach the District 1 Class AAA championship game and the quarterfinals of the state tournament. Her speed and technical ability were demonstrated best when she scored five goals in the first round of state play.

Midfielder

Megan Giannopoulos, Spring-Ford

Extremely explosive, the Pittsburgh recruit created chances from seemingly everywhere for the Rams. She finished the season with a team-leading 22 goals and added six assists. Giannopoulos' offensive firepower helped Spring-Ford win its first Pioneer Athletic Conference championship, set a school season record for victories (23), and advance to the Class AAA state final for the first time.

Midfielder

Emily Diehl, Boyertown

Diehl was consistently a scoring threat for the Bears, and one of the senior's biggest assets this season was how she distributed the ball to her teammates. Undefeated through the first 17 games of the year, the Bears reached the state tournament for the first time in program history, falling in the second round.

Midfielder

Nicole Panella, Central Bucks East

A pivotal player in the midfield, Panella helped the Patriots to the semifinals of the state Class AAA tournament and fourth place in the District 1 tournament. The senior ranked third in goals scored and total points for East, while simultaneously tasked with shutting down her opponents' midfield through high pressure.

Midfielder

Taylor Dillon, Council Rock South

The Golden Hawks improved in almost all facets of the game, losing only two league contests - both to the eventual state champion, Neshaminy. They won four more games than they did all of last season, and made it to the District 1 Class AAA quarterfinals. A major reason for all that was the stalwart play of Dillon, a senior who started the attack and played consistently strong defense.

Back

Kaitlyn McFadden, Archbishop Ryan

A three-time first-team all-Catholic League selection, as well as a captain and the Ragdolls' team MVP, the junior sweeper held the unit together, not just in the back but all over. McFadden's staunch defense helped Ryan to its second straight Catholic League and District 12 Class AAA titles.

Back

Zoe Traficante, Central Bucks West

Recording 12 shutouts and allowing only 10 goals all season, the Bucks defense was certainly stingy. Thank Traficante, a senior, for that. She proved to be the anchor that held the back line together, whether it was tracking down runners or making tough challenge after tough challenge on opposing players.

Back

Alexa Fabbri, Villa Joseph Marie

Named the most valuable player in the Catholic Academies this season, Fabbri, a junior, sparked the Jems to a third consecutive District 1 Class AA championship, a 17-3 record, and a berth in the state semifinals with her consistently tough defensive effort. She has never lost a league game.

Goalkeeper

McKenna Mullin, Neshaminy

Remarkably, the senior gave up only seven goals in 25 games, as the Redskins completed a perfect season. Mullin never allowed more than a single goal in any contest and surrendered only a goal in consecutive games one time. She compiled 19 shutouts, including three consecutive clean sheets in the state Class AAA tournament.

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