Soc­cer play­ers hon­ored

Maxwell, Mar­ro­quin lead All-NWADG team

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - FRONT PAGE - — Gra­ham Thomas • @NWAGra­ham

Au­drey Maxwell

SCHOOL: Siloam Springs

CLASS: Ju­nior

HEIGHT: 5-7

THE SCOOP: Maxwell set the Siloam Springs girls soc­cer sin­gle-sea­son scor­ing record with 42 goals in lead­ing the Lady Pan­thers (24-3) to their fourth straight state cham­pi­onship. … She scored at least one goal in 24 of team’s 27 games. … She had 13 mul­ti­ple-goal games, in­clud­ing one four-goal game and four three-goal games. … Her fi­nal hat trick came in the Class 6A state fi­nals in a 6-1 win against Russellville, where she earned MVP hon­ors for the sec­ond straight year. … She also had 18 as­sists, which ranked sec­ond on the team. … Maxwell, a 6A all-state se­lec­tion, has ver­bally com­mit­ted to Rogers State, an NCAA Di­vi­sion II school in Clare­more, Okla.

DID YOU KNOW: Maxwell broke the sin­gle-sea­son goals school record of her men­tor, for­mer Siloam Springs stand­out Sarah Kidd Vi­a­trov, who scored 27 goals dur­ing the 2006 sea­son. Maxwell’s 18 as­sists also tied Vi­a­trov’s then sin­gle-sea­son record for as­sists set in 2007, but Maxwell’s classmate Me­gan Hutto had 22 as­sists this year for the cur­rent record.

QUOTABLE: “It’s been an amaz­ing sea­son,” Maxwell said. “I had so much fun this year with all the girls and coaches. We broke bar­ri­ers to­gether and I’m so thank­ful to be a part of Siloam soc­cer. Break­ing a scor­ing record that stood for 10 years was a high­light of the sea­son, be­ing awarded a cham­pi­onship MVP two years in a row was an honor.

“You don’t get to control the amount of ta­lent you have, but work ethic and at­ti­tude are things you can control. Ec­cle­si­astes 9:10 says ‘What­ever your hands find to do, do it with all your might …’ I strive to live by this verse, I want to be the kind­est hard­est work­ing kid on the field. What I’m most con­cerned about is that God gets all the glory for ev­ery­thing my­self and the team does.”

Ja­son Ivester/NWA Demo­crat-Gazette

Siloam Springs High School ju­nior Au­drey Maxwell was named the North­west Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette’s Girls Soc­cer Player of the Year for the 2017 sea­son.

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