First Team All-State

Ma­toaca’s Ally But­ler on Class 5 state FH team

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CH­ESTER­FIELD -- Her high school field hockey is not over yet, but Ally But­ler has al­ready made her col­lege com­mit­ment…

...and now she al­ready has a First Team All-State se­lec­tion to her name.

The Ma­toaca Field Hockey ju­nior goalie last Wed­nes­day made First Team on the Class 5 State Field Hockey team fol­low­ing a 9-4 sea­son in 2018.

In 13 games played, But­ler al­lowed seven goals, and she didn’t give up more than one goal in a game in the reg­u­lar sea­son. But­ler was a part of a ju­nior core of War­riors (An­nie Grace Louthan, Mor­gan Mick, Anna Pletch and Jil­lian Pueppke among them) who not only el­e­vated Ma­toaca Field Hockey to a win­ning sea­son in rain­plagued 2018, but also gave the pro­gram a record 14-2 reg­u­lar sea­son in 2017.

Mor­gan Mer­ritt of Menchville High School was named the Class 5 State Field Hockey Player of the Year, and Robin Woodie of Stafford High School was named the

Class 5 State Field Hockey Coach of the Year.

Be­fore the 2018 sea­son reached its end, But­ler com­mit­ted to NCAA Divi­sion I Wake For­est.

But­ler, who will be a se­nior for the 2019-2020 aca­demic year, is among sev­eral ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers ex­pected back on the Ma­toaca War­riors in the 2019 fall sea­son.

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