No one better in 2015 than QA’s Frank
Lions stopper garnered North Bayside player of the year award, a rarity for defenders
Strikers with gaudy numbers, midfielders with the ability to control, and keepers who let little get by are often recognized with the area’s highest honor.
But the numbers Allyson Frank logged last year as stopper for Queen Anne’s County High’s girls’ soccer team were not only absent from the stat sheet, they usually weren’t counted at all.
Coaches, teammates and even those keeping the books, probably didn’t track the number of times Frank deftly took the ball away from an opponent with a flick of her foot, a subtle bump or just pure desire. They couldn’t tell you how many times she diffused opposing threats or started Lion attacks by winning a 5050 ball. And they probably couldn’t find the number of times an opponent mounted a build-up, yet never mustered a shot on goal because of Frank’s ability to some how get in the way.
“She does a lot on the field,” said Lions head coach Mike Kern of Frank, named the North Bayside’s player of the year last season by North coaches. “To get player of the year as a defender is really tough. Usually, it’s an offensive player or a goalkeeper. Very rarely do you see a defender get player of the year.”
Perhaps that’s because few played stopper at Frank’s level.
“Having Allyson out there was nice because you knew she was going to lead,” said Kern of Frank, a secondteam all-state selection last year. “We knew she was going to win most 50-50 balls. Any in the air, she was always winning in the air. And if she wasn’t going to win the ball, she was going to be in the play.”
Frank did get into the scoring column, netting six goals off corner kicks designed with her in mind.
“She had six goals and they were all headers,” Kern said. “She would get to the right spot and she wasn’t afraid to go up and get it. She is physically tough and just had a nose for the ball.”
Frank’s all-around play seemed to gain greater value as the season progressed and the Lions suffered a string of injuries to key players. She led Queen Anne’s to a second straight North Bayside title and an 11-3-1 season, which ended with a 2-1 over time loss to Parkside in the Class 2A East Section II final, where Frank was injured late in regulation.
Here’s a look back at the 2015 North Bayside team, as selected by the coaches:
Coach of the Year Jeremy Roop, Colonel
Richardson After allowing 31 goals in their first seven games, North coaches perhaps took notice how the Colonels, under their first-year head coach, transitioned into a tougher unit in the second half of the season. Though it went 1-3-2 over its last six games, Colonel yielded 11 goals (six of those against Snow Hill), took two opponents to double overtime and lost on penalty kicks in the region playoffs. Class 2A First Team Goalkeeper: Emma Hill, Jr., Queen Anne’s: An allstate, honorable-mention choice, Hill was the final line of defense for a unit that yielded a North Bayside-low 13 goals.
Back: Kendal Scharch, Jr., Easton: Notched two goals, set up two more, and was a steadying force for a team plagued by injuries.
Back: Cassidy Creighton, Fr., Kent Island: Though the Bucs allowed 30 goals, Creighton emerged as one of the area’s top defenders.
Back: Rebecca Gibbons, Fr., North Caroline: Sweeper helped solidify a defense that surrendered 18 goals, one of the lowest totals in school history.
Back: Abby Folker, Jr., Queen Anne’s: Played sweeper, and together with Frank and Hill gave Queen Anne’s the North’s stingiest defense.
MF: Emily D’Orsaneo, Sr., Queen Anne’s: A big part of the North’s highestscoring offense (59 goals), D’Orsaneo finished with eight goals and five assists.
MF: Brianna Millett, Jr., Kent Island: Steady played helped the Bucs go 8-6.
MF: Grace Schilling, So., Kent Island: Developed into a solid presence at the midfield for a young team.
MF/F: Molly Oertel, Jr., Easton: Registered a teamhigh nine assists to go with her eight goals that ranked second on the team.
F: Lizzy Walston, Jr., North Caroline: Her seven goals were the second most for the Bulldogs. She also set up three goals.
F: Merry Higginbotham, Sr., Queen Anne’s: Scored a team-high 12 goals and dished three assists.
F: Brooke Groves, Jr., Kent Island: One of the key components in an offense that generated 54 goals, second most in the North. Class 2A Second Team GK: Mackenzie Short, Sr. (North Caroline); D: April Canter, Jr. (North Caroline); Jade Ewing (Kent Island); D: Megan Lukehart, Jr. (Queen Anne’s); GK/F: Emma Skoglund, Jr. (Easton); F: Savanna Corcoran, Jr. (Queen Anne’s); MF: Ginger Louis, Jr. (Easton); MF: Julia Reed, Jr. (Queen Anne’s); MF: Charley Rekstis, Sr. (Queen Anne’s); F: Azalie Haro, So. (North Caroline); Allie Curry (Kent Island). Class 1A First Team Goalkeeper: Alyssa Kendall, Sr., Kent County: Backbone of a defense that yielded the second fewest goals in the North at 15.
Goalkeeper: Kaylie Seabrease, Sr., CambridgeSD: Though the Vikings were often outshot by lopsided margins, Seabrease kept them close in several games.
Back: Destiny Woodward, Jr., Colonel Richardson: Part of a defensive unit that gave up 11 goals over the final six games of the season.
Back: Maggie Jones, Jr., Kent County: A critical part of a unit that help the Trojans go 6-4-2 overall.
Back: Zoe Panas, Jr., Kent County: Another key player on the defensive end that helped Kent go 5-2-2 against 1A competition.
Back: Brooke Morton, Jr., North Dorchester: Though the Eagles were often overwhelmed on the defensive end, Morton developed into a solid defender.
MF: Madison Bee, Sr., Colonel Richardson: Pivotal in the Colonels becoming a tougher team in the second half of the season
MF/F: Audrey Helfenbein, Jr., Kent County: Helped the Trojans keep possession, foil opposing threats, and build offensive attacks.
MF: Karelly Sanchez, Sr., North Dorchester: Sanchez’ development in the middle of the field made her one of the brighter spots in the Eagles’ season.
F: Ashley Pete, Sr., Cambridge-SD: Netted a teamhigh 13 goals to go with five assists.
F: Emily Brohawn, Jr., Cambridge-SD: Scored 10 goals and set up six. Class 1A Second Team LW: Nichole Roop, So. (Colonel Richardson); Jayna Turner, Sr., (Colonel Richardson); F: Kaitlyn Jones, Jr. (Kent County); D: Riley Stafford, So. (Kent County); Lauren Edwards, So. (Kent County); F: Regan Jones, Jr. (CambridgeSD); D: Emily Keener, Jr. (Cambridge-SD); MF: Kadie Laramore, So., North Dorchester; D: Meredith Bell, Jr. (North Dorchester); MF: Riley Keener, Fr., Cambridge-SD; MF: Abby Robinson, Fr. (CambridgeSD). Follow me on Twitter @Bill_Haufe. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org