Seahawks Punctuate All-Lowco Girls Soccer Team

One team stood out above the rest on the Lowcountry high school girls’ soccer landscape this season, but while Hilton Head High’s state championship run took center stage, plenty of talented players contributed to successful campaigns for other teams in the area.

After soliciting nominations from area coaches and studying the statistics – where available (more on that later) – we put together a list of the top 27 players – 11 first-team selections and 16 honorable mentions – to form the inaugural All-Lowco Girls Soccer Team.

The competition for the final spots was fierce, and a handful of players who just missed the cut for the first team or the honorable mention list certainly could make a case to be included, but keeping the list shorter makes the honor greater. These players were the best of the best on the local pitches.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Ernie Suozzi, HHIHS

The dean of area soccer coaches did it again in 2018, leading Hilton Head High to its fifth state title in eight years. Sure, Suozzi had a loaded roster, but he has a knack for getting the most out of his teams, even if he does so in a sometimes unorthodox manner. For example, he doesn’t keep any stats. None. You’ll note below that none of the Seahawks selected for the All-Lowco team have individual stats listed, and that’s because Suozzi thinks they’re detrimental to the team. That makes things tough on a sports writer, but it’s hard to argue with Suozzi’s results.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Carson Schoeppe, HHIHS

With Seahawks’ coach Ernie Suozzi’s aforementioned aversion to individual stats, it’s difficult to quantify Schoeppe’s impact, but know this — she was the most important player on what was the area’s best team by a wide margin. Schoeppe was a critical element in the midfield and an offensive threat, as evidenced by her six goals in the playoffs, including at least one in each postseason contest.

ALL-LOWCO FIRST TEAM

F: Sydney Camp, HHCA

Eagles’ top scorer netted two hat tricks

F: Charlotte Covington, HHP

Racked up 37 goals despite missing five games with ankle injury

MF: Sha’Nya Stephens, BLHS

Class 3A Player of the Year scored 15 goals

MF: Carson Schoeppe, HHIHS

Class 4A All-State selection

MF: Miya Poplin, HHIHS

Class 4A All-State selection

MF: Bailey Headlee, HHIHS

Class 4A All-State selection

MF: Alyssa Kushner, MRHS

Junior had 19 points while splitting time between striker and midfield

D: Christina Good, HHIHS

Class 4A All-State nominee

D: Kat Rathke, BLHS

Bobcats’ defensive stalwart had 206 takeaways

D: Maggie Crisologo, BHS

Center back was the anchor of Eagles’ defense

GK: Caitlin Heidel, HHP

Sophomore posted 12 shutouts in Dolphins’ 14 wins

Honorable Mention

Mary Clanton Bozard, HT

Kaleigh Brown, BLHS

Sydney DeSimone, HHCA

Margaret Donaldson, HHCA

Nikki Farizey, HHIHS

Katie Leigh Floyd, JPII

Jessica Jimenez, BLHS

Mills Langehans, HT

Sarah Orie, HHP

Val Palacio, HHIHS

Abigail Quinty, JPII

Ally Raschella, BA

Briana Riley, JPII

Josephine Rohrer, BHS

Rachel Schwerin, BHS

Kayle Stevenson, MRHS

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