Carroll’s top weapon saw her goals nearly double with Allen netting a career-high 33 as a junior. Allen was Carroll’s primary goal generator during a 17-4 season that culminated with a fourth-place finish in Class 5A. Allen is orally committed to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, a Division I program. “She’s been a phenomenal soccer player all along, but she just went next level this year,” Carroll coach Greg Rauch said. “I would watch her every day in practice on a ball by herself and it was like she would be rehearsing play after play. I’ve never seen anything like it before. That’s next-level concentration and dedication and I think that certainly carried over to what you saw on the field this season.”
On a team that had seven players with at least six goals, Burnett was the creative cog generating the attack. Burnett finished with an area-best 17 assists this season to go along with six goals, as she became a two-way force for the Mavericks during their 18-2-1 season that ended with a third-place finish in Class 4-1A. Burnett, a future Division I player signed with Missouri-Kansas City, scored or assisted in 15 games. “What makes Hayden stand out is her incredible vision,” Maize South coach Marlon Rios said. “She has amazing foot skills and she finds ways to give you a pass only she can make. She was the one who ran our offense and found those gaps and created so many chances for other players.”
Eickelman scored 111 goals in four years and is a three-time All-Metro selection. Her top-notch pace has always made Eickelman stand out, but by the time she was a senior her skill on the ball combined with her physicality and competitive fire made her a well-rounded force. Eickelman’s career coincided with three straight regional championships for Derby, as the Missouri State signee netted 33 goals and eight assists in 16 games this season to help lead Derby to an 11-7 record. “I’ve never seen a girl who wants to work as hard as she does,” Derby coach Paul Burke said. “And not just on the soccer field, but in the weight room as well.… And she also worked on the technical side of being really good on the ball.”
Perhaps the most dangerous player with the ball at her feet in Kansas, Entz wrapped up a stellar career that saw her register 123 goals and 39 assists. Entz helped lead Newton to back-to-back regional titles and a 15-3 record, while being named the Most Valuable Player in AV-CTL I after notching a career-high 41 goals and 10 assists. The Kansas State signee scored at least three goals in a game seven times this season and is a two-time All-Metro selection. “She was the definition of a game-changer,” Newton coach Scott Jantzi said. “Teams really focused on her and she still found ways to score and make our team better.”
Green, a Kansas State signee and two-time All-Metro selection, was the coordinator of Maize South’s back line that registered 16 shutouts and could come off to man-mark any offensive player deemed to be a significant threat. Green also became the team’s most dangerous weapon on set pieces — scoring a career-high 12 goals, including crucial goals against Eisenhower, Hays, and Kapaun Mount Carmel. “Avery is a very technical player and was the leader in the back for us,” Maize South coach Marlon Rios said. “She really improved her overall game this season. She was so great in the air and was definitely a weapon for us in those big games. She was one of those players who made everyone else play at a higher level.”
East won 16 games, 10 more than last season, and advanced to the Class 6A semifinals for the first time since 2006 with Guevara as its leading scorer. The junior finished with a career-high 33 goals and 11 assists. “She is one of the very few girls you can say, ‘Go get me a goal’ and she can go out there and beat a player 1 v 1,” East coach Dylan Gruntzel said. “There are a lot of really good forwards out there, but I don’t know of many who can manufacture their own goals like Anahy. That’s pretty rare at this level where she can go out and go create her own chance and she can do that easily.”
A rare combination of size and speed, Lakin turned in her finest season to date as the leader of a Maize back line that shifted shapes throughout the season. Lakin, who is orally committed to Emporia State, was the eraser for anything that crept through the midfield. She also served as a dangerous threat with her flip throw-in and on set pieces to help lead Maize to a 16-4 record, a third-place finish in Class 5A, and its 10th straight appearance in the state semifinals. “She really is the complete package in the back for us,” Maize coach Jay Holmes said. “Her communication was crucial to us this season and she was so good at reading the play.”
Few were as creative in the middle of the field this season as Lynch, a Washburn signee. Splitting time between the midfield and forward, Lynch led Eisenhower to a 13-4 record and led the team in goals (19) and assists (six). She shared Most Valuable Player honors in AV-CTL II. “Tera is always looking to make something happen and she’s got the touch and vision to make just about anything work,” Eisenhower coach Brandon Sommer said. “She was so good at creating just enough space for herself to make room for whatever she wanted to make happen, whether that was a shot for herself or a shot for her teammate.”
Reeves, an Emporia State signee and two-time All-Metro selection, was one of the most athletic players on the field and had a knack for reading shots and making the spectacular save. Reeves, who shared Most Valuable Player honors in AV-CTL II, registered nine shutouts with 18 goals allowed in 17 games, while saving more than 83 percent of shots. “When you have a really elite player like Beth, sometimes it’s easy for them to make it about themselves,” Valley Center coach Steen Danielsen said. “But Beth never did that. Even though she was always one of our best players, she was a great leader and always made the team success her top priority.”
Carroll registered 14 shutouts and a 0.43 goals against average with the junior, who is orally committed to Kansas State, as its anchor. Sullivan, a three-time All-Metro selection, has the pace to stick with any speedy forward and the strength to win 1-on-1 battles. “You could literally drop her anywhere on a soccer field and she would be the best player out there I think,” Carroll coach Greg Rauch said. “The kid is just unbelievable — she’s that good. Everybody around her feels a little bit more relaxed when she’s on the field because they know she’s next to them. Her drive is second to none and I don’t know anyone who has worked harder than her or wants to win more than Maguire Sullivan.”
Toth concluded a two-year goal-scoring binge that saw her register 101 goals in 40 games. After scoring 50 goals last season, Toth one-upped herself in her senior season by notching 51 goals and adding 10 assists. Toth, who scored at least three goals in a game 10 times this season, is a Central Missouri signee and a two-time All-Metro selection. “Her passion and her desire to win are what stand out to me about Mak,” Maize coach Jay Holmes said. “She has so much pace and she is such a clinical finisher. There will be times where I think she takes a touch too far out wide, but she just does a great job with the angles and she’s so composed on the ball and is able to finish in those tight situations.”
After finishing with six wins last season, Gruntzel guided East to a 16-4-1 record and its first appearance in the Class 6A semifinals since 2006. The Blue Aces rattled off a 12-match unbeaten streak to reach the semifinals. East was able to produce with a young roster with just three seniors. “I think I’m still smiling from the girls getting to go to the state tournament,” Gruntzel said. “The girls were able to grow so much from last season and it was so satisfying watching them put in all of the hard work and finally be rewarded. I think we all realized this season if we put in the work, then we can achieve our goals. Right now the girls are reaping the benefits of their hard work.”
This is the 13th year for All-Metro teams selected by The Eagle, recognizing the best high school athletes in team sports throughout Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties.
This month, The Eagle sent nomination ballots to all girls soccer coaches at the 40 high schools in Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties.
Coaches were asked to return the ballots with nominations of the best players within those counties that they saw this season, including their own players.
Taylor Eldridge selected the team after tabulating nominations, his own evaluation of players and additional input from coaches.