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The 2015 Wichita Eagle’s All-Metro girls soccer team

The Eagle’s 2015 All-Metro soccer team. Front row, Paige Achey, Northwest; Jordan Eickelman, Derby; Maria Walden, Carroll; Katie McClure, Maize; and Masen Stamp, Andover Central. Back row, Maguire Sullivan, Carroll; Jami Reichenberger, Carroll; Tanna Benefiel, Maize; Kelsey Quick, Maize; Ryann Burnett, Maize South; Grace Hagan, Kapaun; Coach Marlon Rios, Maize South.
The Eagle’s 2015 All-Metro soccer team. Front row, Paige Achey, Northwest; Jordan Eickelman, Derby; Maria Walden, Carroll; Katie McClure, Maize; and Masen Stamp, Andover Central. Back row, Maguire Sullivan, Carroll; Jami Reichenberger, Carroll; Tanna Benefiel, Maize; Kelsey Quick, Maize; Ryann Burnett, Maize South; Grace Hagan, Kapaun; Coach Marlon Rios, Maize South. The Wichita Eagle

This is the 11th year for All-Metro teams selected by The Eagle, recognizing the best high school athletes in team sports throughout Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties.

Paige Achey

Senior forward

Northwest

There wasn’t a greater force down the left flanks than Achey, who set Northwest’s record for most points in a season with 36 goals and 19 assists. Achey, who’ll play at Butler Community College, led Northwest to a 12-6 record and was involved in more than half of the goals. “You couldn’t find a better left foot than hers,” coach Bobby Bribiesca said. “People would mark her with two or three defenders and she still found ways to create.”

Tanna Benefiel

Junior midfielder

Maize

After losing to Northwest in the Titan Classic, Maize moved Benefiel up from the back line to a holding midfielder role and proceeded to win 18 of its next 19 games to finish third in Class 6A. Benefiel immediately began to control the middle of the field and her touch out of the back was valuable (6 goals, 19 assists) in Maize’s ninth straight appearance in the state semifinals. “Her size and strength and speed in the middle were what we were lacking,” coach Jay Holmes said. “After we put her in that role, it just made all the difference in the world for us.”

Ryann Burnett

Senior forward

Maize South

Maize South (16-5) reached the state tournament for the first time in large part because Burnett’s offensive explosion (30 goals, 5 assists). Whenever the Mavericks needed a play, more times than not the UMKC recruit delivered with her blend of size, pace, and ball skills. “She had the fire to win,” coach Marlon Rios said. “She’s one of those players who is going to give everything they have to make sure her team is going to come out with a win.”

Jordan Eickelman

Sophomore forward

Derby

It’s no coincidence that Eickelman’s arrival as the target forward has coincided with back-to-back regional championships for Derby, the first two in more than a decade. She maintained her scoring prowess (24 goals) while becoming a more all-around player (13 assists) as a sophomore to lead Derby to a 14-4-1 season. “Jordan just has a motor that won’t quit,” coach Ryan Rhodes said. “Even if there are five people between her and the ball and the goal, she’s the type of player that is going to find a way to get to the ball and score.”

Grace Hagan

Senior midfielder

Kapaun

Nobody could make the spectacular play look ordinary like Hagan, a three-time All-Metro selection. Hagan became a box-to-box player, just as capable of generating a goal (14 goals, 12 assists) as preventing one. The Kansas signee led Kapaun (12-7) to its ninth straight regional championship. “Grace will be remembered for her heart,” coach Alan Shepherd said. “She was definitely a two-way player and her commitment to the game has always been fantastic.”

Katie McClure

Junior forward

Maize

In just three seasons of work, McClure, who has orally committed to Kansas, has become Maize’s career scoring leader with 110 goals in 63 games. McClure (45 goals, 31 assists) along with Paige Swanson provided the bulk of the scoring for an offense that averaged more than six goals, leading Maize (19-2) to a third-place finish in Class 6A and its ninth straight appearance at state. “Her first touch is just incredible,” coach Jay Holmes said. “It doesn’t matter where you play it to her, she’s going to bring it down and her tun is so quick she’s already by you.”

Kelsey Quick

Senior defender

Maize

Even with Maize overhauling its defensive philosophy, Quick still helped Maize (19-2) to nine shutouts and its ninth straight appearance in the Class 6A semifinals. She was crucial moving from her sweeper position up to centerback in a flat back four formation. Quick is a 2-time All-Metro pick and has signed with Central Arkansas. “She’s such a good student of the game,” Maize coach Jay Holmes said. “To learn a different formation her senior year and to bring her teammates along with it, it’s just so impressive.”

Jami Reichenberger

Senior goalkeeper

Carroll

Reichenberger, a two-time All-Metro pick and headed for Butler, wrapped up a standout career, saving more than 90 percentage of shots faced in her career with 24 goals in 78 games. Carroll (19-2) made its fifth straight appearance in the Class 5A semifinals with Reichenberger in goal, as she registered 14 shutouts and two goals allowed in 16 games. “Jami has the physical ability to make the spectacular save, but she doesn’t have to a lot of the time because she’s an amazing field general,” coach Greg Rauch said. “She’s smart enough to set the chess pieces in place to prevent shots before they happen.”

Masen Stamp

Senior defender

Andover Central

Scoring on Andover Central was a difficult proposition this season because of Stamp, a sweeper with enough pace to keep up with any forward. Andover Central (11-6-1) produced nine shutouts with 16 goals allowed in 18 games, as the Missouri State signee led the team to a regional title game. “She was constantly getting attacked and the fact that she could remain composed and deliver playable balls is remarkable,” coach Stephanie Garcia said. “She’s got that drive and that desire to win that you can see on the field.”

Maguire Sullivan

Freshman defender

Carroll

Sullivan met every possible challenge in her first season, immediately becoming the City League’s top defender as a center back for Carroll. Sullivan’s instinctual and poised play were unmatched for her age, an unmistakable reason why Carroll registered 18 shutouts and five goals allowed in 21 games. Sullivan, the first freshman All-Metro pick since 2011, has given Kansas State an oral commitment. “Her ability to read the game as a freshman is uncanny,” coach Greg Rauch said. “You can’t really teach it. You can try to make it better, but when you start at that high of a level, it’s a gift.”

Maria Walden

Senior midfielder

Carroll

It was impossible to watch a Carroll game without noticing the imprint Walden left on it. Not only did she track back to fortify a defense that produced 18 shutouts in 21 games, but Walden’s unrelenting pursuit for goal (14 goals, 10 assists) led to seven game-winning goals. Walden has signed with Emporia State. “She was a game-changer for us, truly,” coach Greg Rauch said. “She has the ability on the ball to do phenomenal things, whatever you need her to do. She has all of the tools that you would want in a collegiate soccer player.”

Marlon Rios

Coach

Maize South

Two years removed from losing games 10-0, Maize South won 16 games, a league championship, a regional championship, and reached the state semifinals for the first time in the program’s six-year run. Rios guided a roster that included five seniors, but had the majority of its rotation composed of underclassmen. “We had great senior leadership this season, I think that’s why we did well,” Rios said. “With last year’s experience and almost the same team coming back, we knew we had a good chance and that hard work paid off.”

All-Metro selection process

This is the 11th year for All-Metro teams selected by The Eagle, recognizing the best high school athletes in team sports throughout Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties.

Last 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.

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