No one bet­ter in 2015 than QA’s Frank

Lions stop­per gar­nered North Bay­side player of the year award, a rar­ity for de­fend­ers

Record Observer - - Sports - By WIL­LIAM HAUFE bhaufe@star­

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 bhaufe@star­

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