This is the ninth year for All-Metro teams selected by The Eagle, recognizing the best high school athletes in team sports throughout Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties. Nomination ballots were sent to girls soccer coaches at high schools in those 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.
The team was selected by The Eagle’s Joanna Chadwick and Austin Colbert after tabulating nominations, their own evaluation of the players and additional input from coaches and other media members.
All-league teams are selected by the leagues' coaches.
Junior defender, Kapaun
Boswell led a tenacious Kapaun defense that gave up one goal or fewer 16 times this season en route to the Class 5A state quarterfinals and the City League championship. Boswell is a good one-on-one defender who is both strong and aggressive.
Junior midfielder, Andover
Dilkes proved to be a dynamic goal scorer from midfield, finishing with 17 goals and two assists. She helped lead Andover to the Class 5A regional championship game. “She has added so much to our team and it is great to see her teammates support her and help her be successful,” Andover coach Chris Lemons said. “If any team has played against Ana, they can see what she adds.” Dilkes was also on the 2012 All-Metro team.
Junior forward, Northwest
Gillespie’s 23 goals and six assists led the team and helped carry the Grizzlies to the Class 6A regional championship against Maize. “She has God-given speed. She used that to her advantage very well,” Northwest coach Bobby Bribiesca said. “Once she got by defenders it was very hard to catch up with her.”
Sophomore midfielder, Kapaun
Hagan was the points leader on a Kapaun squad that went undefeated through the City League and into the Class 5A state quarterfinals. She finished with 21 goals and 10 assists. Kapaun coach Alan Shepherd said she is best at creating space for shots and is among the best when it comes to headers.
Sophomore forward, Carroll
Carroll finished third in Class 5A in large part due to the play of its young forward, who had 23 goals and six assists. “She always seemed to be in the right place and created scoring opportunities,” Carroll coach Greg Rauch said. “Her work rate is second to none and she was a clinical finisher.”
Junior forward, Maize
Lucas returns to the All-Metro Team for a second year in a row behind 41 goals and nine assists. Her play carried Maize back to state where it finished third to finish 18-3. “She is a very tenacious and driven forward,” Maize coach Jay Holmes said. “She is not going to be denied on most occasions. Those attributes are what helped us win league and get us back to state.”
Junior forward, Eisenhower
Means helped lead Eisenhower to the Class 5A regional championship, beating rival Goddard in the semifinals. Means scored the team’s lone goal in a 1-1 tie with Carroll, which finished third in 5A. “She is probably the hardest worker I’ve ever coached,” Eisenhower coach Brandon Sommer said. Means finished with 15 goals and six assists.
Junior midfielder, Eisenhower
Moore, and Means, carried Eisenhower into the Class 5A regional championship game. “I would call Moore the quarterback of our back half,” Eisenhower coach Brandon Sommer said. “She has very good technical skill and is always willing to go up as the opportunity gives her.” She had six goals and six assists.
Junior midfielder, Heights
Scott had 29 goals and 17 assists to help lead the Falcons to the Class 6A state quarterfinals. This is the third year in a row she has made the All-Metro team. “She is a great player and a natural leader,” Heights coach Ryan Kelley said. “The reason why we get in a lot with the attack is she is so quick to get the ball in.”
Senior goalkeeper, Andover Central
Stamp returns to the all-metro team for the second year in a row after leading Andover Central to the regional title game. “Her leadership has given our team an enormous amount of confidence and pride in our program,” Andover Central coach Stephanie Garcia said. “She is a team player and has represented us with honor as a player for four years and captain for two.”
Senior forward, Valley Center
Wedekind makes the all-metro team for the second time in three years after leading the Hornets to 20 wins and second place in Class 5A. She finished with 26 goals and 12 assists. “Her energy and tenacity kind of carries everyone else,” Valley Center coach Jeff Burger said. “She just kind of keeps going.”
Coach, Valley Center
Burger led the Hornets to a school best 20-1 record and spot in the Class 5A state championship game against St. Thomas Aquinas, beating Shawnee-Mill Valley and City League champion Kapaun Mount Carmel along the way. “It’s kind of a humbling thing because you tend to get those honors when you have a great bunch of kids,” Burger said.