Meet the 2021 All-Enquirer Girls Soccer Team

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Pennfield's Abby Schwartz (No. 5) celebrates with Isabelle Noffsinger (No. 4) after Schwartz converted on a penalty kick during this first-round Division 2 district tournament game on Thursday. Pennfield defeated  Harper Creek, 2-0.

Meet the 2021 All-Enquirer Girls Soccer Team. The team is made up of members of the city and area girls soccer teams and voted on by the city and area coaches and the Battle Creek Enquirer sports staff.

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Madelyn Bellinger

Maddie Bellinger

Gull Lake

A key offensive threat and senior captain, Maddie Bellinger was a leader for a Gull Lake team that won the regular season championship in the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference and district title, helping the Blue Devils into the regional round as they went 12-3 in the regular season.

Bellinger was the leading goal scorer with nine while adding three assists as she was clutch in front of the goal all season, scoring in nine different games, earning all-league honors in the SMAC.

Allison Biergeder

Allison Biergeder

Pennfield

A team captain and four-year varsity letter winner, Allison Biergeder is a key leader and standout player for Pennfield and helped the Pantheres to a 9-10-1 record and a win in the first round of the districts. 

The top offensive weapon for the Panthers, the senior had 17 goals and nine assists while splitting her time at forward and center back to better use her defensive skills, earning all-league consideration in the Interstate 8 Conference.

Claire Boyle

Claire Boyle

Gull Lake

A senior leader on and off the field, Claire Boyle helped the Blue Devils finish as champs in the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference by going undefeated in the league campaign.

Boyle led Gull Lake in assists with five from her outside back position as she was also a key defender for a team that only allowed two goals in conference play and had 11 shutouts overall.

Marlene Bussler

Marlene Bussler

Harper Creek

Harper Creek played through injuries and COVID-19 concerns and finished with a winning record in the conference at 4-3 with six wins overall. Marlene Bussler was a key senior leader and earned all-league honors in the Interstate 8 Conference.

Bussler, a multiple-sport standout, finished as the team’s leading goal scorer, including getting six goals in a single game as the Beavers’ striker.

Anna DeMeester

Anna DeMeester

Coldwater

Anna DeMeester was probably the strongest and most athletic member of Coldwater’s team, also throwing discus and shot put, as well as running for the track team this spring. Her speed, awareness of the game, and desire to win made her a great team leader.

Named co-MVP by her teammates, DeMeester had a big junior year, earning all-league consideration in the Interstate 8 Conference.

Sydney Feasel

Sydney Feasel

Marshall

A junior with a high soccer IQ, Sydney Feasel was a key part of a Marshall team that returned to the regionals and went 13-2-2 in the regular season while winning the I-8 tourney championship.

Feasel had four goals, including two game-winning tallies, with five assists. Earning all-league honors, Feasel is a midfielder who makes good decisions with the ball and provides a top defensive presence.

Mackenzie Ford

Mackenzie Ford

Gull Lake

A key part of Gull Lake’s future as a junior, Mackenzie Ford helped the Blue Devils go 12-3 in the regular season.

Ford was part of a strong defensive backfield for Gull Lake that only allowed five goals all season as the center back finished with six goals and three assists, earning all-league honors.

Alex French

Alex French

Gull Lake

Alex French was a key part of Gull Lake’s regular season championship in the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference and district title, helping the Blue Devils into the regional round as they went 14-4.

French, playing center back, was key to Gull Lake’s defense, which had 11 shutouts in 15 games as the team only gave up two goals in conference play as she earned all-conference honors in the SMAC.

Lauren Higgs

Lauren Higgs

Harper Creek

Lauren Higgs was a first-year starter on the Harper Creek squad and earned all-league honorable mention honors in the Interstate 8 Conference.

A rising sophomore, Higgs was the leader of the defense from her goalkeeper position as the Beavers attempted to play low-scoring contests with an inexperienced squad.

Samantha Hollenbaugh

Sammy Hollenbaugh

Quincy

A breakout freshman for a Quincy team that went 7-5, Sammy Hollenbaugh led the Orioles in goals with 14 and also had a program-high eight assists. An impact player in her first year on the varsity, Hollenbaugh had a four-goal game against Grass Lake.

Hollenbaugh earned first-team honors on the all-district team as well as all-league consideration in the Big Eight.

Emily Lane

Emily Lane

Pennfield

A rising junior, Emily Lane is a big part of Pennfield’s future as one of the top athletes on the team and is already a three-time varsity player.

Lane, a key defender, earned all-conference honorable mention honors in the Interstate 8 Conference and had four goals and five assists. She also came up with five saves in goal from her defensive spot.

Emily LaSalle

Emily LaSalle

Olivet

Emily LaSalle was a senior captain and a four-year starter at Olivet at multiple positions. Her primary spot was goalkeeper and recorded a shutout this season and also kept many games close.

LaSalle also played in the field as she scored 10 goals and has seven assists, earning all-league and all-district honors. She is expected to play soccer next year for North Park University in Chicago.

Ella McAllister

Ella McAllister

Marshall

A rising sophomore, Ella McAllister is part of a youth movement in the Marshall program, helping the Redhawks to a sixth-straight Interstate 8 Conference championship and a trip to the regionals, earning all-league honors with 14 goals and 10 assists playing as a forward.

McAllister features power, speed and top-tier talent. With no season last year, the first-year starter has steadily improved her ball skills to make those physical skills even more dangerous.

Allison Miller

Allison Miller

Coldwater

Coldwater moved Allison Miller to every position on the pitch as the game and opponent required, and she ended up tied for playing the most minutes of anyone on the team. A dual-sport athlete, also competing in track this spring, Miller brought speed to the middle of the field.

Miller was named co-MVP by her teammates as the junior is part of the future for the Cardinals as she helped Coldwater to a 5-12 record overall, earning all-league consideration in the Interstate 8 Conference.

Alexa Morey

Alexa Morey

Lakeview

Led by underclassmen like junior Alexa Morey, who was a team captain, Lakeview is a program on the rise as her play earned her honorable mention all-league consideration and a spot on the All-City team.

Morey, a key defensive player, helped the Spartans to a 9-8-1 record and an All-City tourney crown.

Jhanaj Quispe

Jhanaj Quispe

Lakeview

The Lakeview program is on the rise with a young team, led by underclassmen like Jhanaj Quispe, a junior defender who was named team MVP and earned first-team all-league honors for the Spartans.

Quispe helped Lakeview win the All-City tourney title and was a standout defensive player who also added four assists and a goal.

Abbie Schoepke

Abbie Schoepke

Marshall

A senior leader on a young team, Abbie Schoepke helped Marshall to a 13-2-2 regular season record and a trip to the regionals, earning all-league honors with five goals and six assists playing as a midfielder.

According to her coach, Schoepke is the consummate playmaker who has the ability to pick the defense apart. Looking at her balanced numbers, she is equally dangerous in front of goal or setting up teammates. 

Abigail Schwartz

Abigail Schwartz

Pennfield

A team captain and four-year varsity letter winner, Abigail Schwartz is a multiple-sport standout for Pennfield and helped the soccer team to a win in the first round of the districts. 

Limited by injuries, the senior forward had seven goals and nine assists, including two goals in the districts, and was named all-league in the Interstate 8 Conference.

Emma Shugars

Emma Shugars

Calhoun Christian/St. Philip

A junior midfielder, Emma Shugars led the team in scoring as a captain in her second season on varsity. 

Shugars was an important leader and could play any position on the field and often did for the Calhoun Christian/St. Philip co-op squad, stepping in on offense or defense depending on the team’s needs.

Kalyn Smith

Kalyn Smith

Lakeview

Part of a key youth movement for the Spartans and a strong sophomore class, Kalyn Smith had a breakout season and helped Lakeview win an All-City tourney title.

Smith, a forward, tied for the most goals on the team with nine and added five assists, holding her own and getting first-team all-league honors in a very competitive Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference.

Madelyn St. John

Madelyn St. John

Marshall

A junior, Madelyn St. John helped Marshall to a sixth-straight Interstate 8 Conference championship, earning all-league honors with four goals and six assists.

St. John began the year playing exclusively as a central defender. Midway through the season, Marshall began playing her in a center forward position and the offense flourished as a result.  Although her individual numbers are not eye-popping, the Redhawks were simply a much better offensive team when she was at the forward. 

Elena Stolberg

Elena Stolberg

Olivet

Elena Stolberg was a senior captain and a four-year starter at Olivet, primarily on defense. A reliable defender, Stolberg was asked to mark the top offensive player on the opposing team.

Hardly ever being removed from a game, Stolberg was key to the Eagles’ back line and also found the opportunity to score one goal and add one assist, earning all-district and all-league honors.

Zadia Torres

Zadia Torres

Battle Creek Central

A senior leader for a young Battle Creek Central team, Zadia Torres has helped to try and grow the program as a team captain for three seasons.

Playing any position that is needed, Torres played offense, defense and even spent time in goal as she had one goal, three assists, as well as four saves as a keeper, as she earned all-district honors.

Mallory Tucker

Mallory Tucker

Marshall

Mallory Tucker helped Marshall to a sixth-straight Interstate 8 Conference championship and a trip to the regionals, earning all-league honors as the junior had two goals and two assists playing in the defensive backfield.

Mallory was a key component to Marshall’s defense, which had 10 shutouts and only allowed nine goals during the regular season. She has great speed and quickness and those traits made her a terrific defender.

Caelee Williams

Caelee Williams

Lakeview

A senior leader on a young Lakeview team, Caelee Williams was a key part of the Spartans’ All-City tourney championship and provided solid play in the competitive Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference.

Williams was one of the leading scorers on the team from her midfielder position with eight goals and two assists, earning honorable mention all-league consideration.

Caroline Yapp

Caroline Yapp

Gull Lake

A rising junior and college prospect, Caroline Yapp is part of one of the strongest defensive backfields in the area as an outside back for a team that only allowed two goals in conference play and had 11 shutouts.

Yapp was a big part of Gull Lake’s 14-4 season as the Blue Devils won the regular season championship in the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference and took home a Division 2 district title.

HONORABLE MENTION

Ashlynn Giannunzio (Marshall), Addison Waito (Marshall), Isabelle Noffsinger (Pennfield), Maya Walters (Pennfield), Reese Lessig (Pennfield), Sarah Willard (Gull Lake), Jessie Cummins (Harper Creek), Carla Felton (Harper Creek), Rachel Meyer (Harper Creek), Payton Rice (Harper Creek), Isabella Surprenant (Harper Creek), Sophia Thawnghmung (Lakeview), Alexa Thurman (Lakeview), Mimi Hibbard (Calhoun Christian/St. Philip), Bri Noorg (BCC), Masyn Marsh (Coldwater), Marissa Cox (Coldwater), Grace Ortiz (Coldwater), Taylor Robison (Coldwater), Sam Hagaman (Quincy)

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