Haley Pigott knew she wanted to better herself and her team in the 2012-13 girls soccer season.
Did she ever.
Pigott, a junior forward on the Evangelical Christian School soccer team, scored a school-record 75 goals, the most in the area this season. She did so while leading the Sentinels to the Class A state championship game.
Although ECS lost that game, 3-1 to St. John’s Country Day, Pigott won over her teammates and fans with her ability to score goals in bunches. She has been named The News-Press All-Area Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
“It was a great season,” Pigott said. “It was a good experience. God just really blessed me and the team. I had my goals set pretty high. I really wanted to get to the state finals. I’m truly happy about it. I felt like I had to step up more. I would really like to get back to the state finals and win the tournament, since we didn’t win the tournament this year.”
Pigott credited coach Steve Magner and all of her teammates for the success she and the Sentinels enjoyed this season, in which the Sentinels finished with a 26-2 record.
Pigott likely would have scored even more goals had she not suffered a torn quadriceps muscle in mid-December. She also missed two regular season games in order to play for her club team, the Lee County Strikers. She also had 16 assists for ECS. She had scored 49 goals in the previous season.
“She goes 100 percent, or she doesn’t go at all,” Magner said. “I think it’s just her personality and her makeup. When you ask her to do something, she’s going to give you everything she has. I think she has the capability of playing Division I. On work ethic alone, that will give her a shot at it.”
» School: Ida Baker senior
» Highlights: The versatile scorer played defense and more than half of her team’s games. She often guarded the opposition’s top player. She scored 36 goals and had 26 assists. She finished her career with 102 goals, 67 assists, three district titles and the 2012 Class 4A state championship. Elliott signed a letter of intent with Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.
» School: North Fort Myers senior
» Highlights: Lukas became the all-time leading scorer in Red Knights history, finishing with 103 career goals. She scored 35 goals this season and had 20 assists.
» School: Mariner sophomore
» Highlights: In her first two varsity seasons, Holly Fritz has scored more than 100 goals. She finished this season with 45 goals and 23 assists, the leader in both categories for the Tritons.
» School: Mariner senior
» Highlights: Megan Fritz served as the leader of a young team that started four freshman. She scored 15 goals and had 18 assists, but her impact on the team as captain went beyond the statistics. She guided the Tritons to an 18-4-4 record and the District 3A-11 championship.
» School: Mariner senior
» Highlights: One of those dangerous forwards in the area, Muro-Solis scored 23 goals, including a game-winner against North Fort Myers that kept the Tritons undefeated in the Lee County Athletic Conference. Her two goals against Charlotte clinched the Mariner Invitational title. She also had 19 assists.
» School: Riverdale senior
» Highlights: The forward guided Riverdale to a district title and to the Region 3A-3 championship game in the state playoffs. She scored 38 goals and had 33 assists.
» School: Lehigh sophomore
» Highlights: Lauded by her own coach and many opposing coaches as the best goalkeeper in Southwest Florida, Mosher had 244 saves in 13 games.
» School: Riverdale sophomore
» Highlights: Marrero scored 41 goals and had 32 assists in leading the Raiders to a district championship and to the Region 3A-3 title game.
» School: Estero senior
» Highlights: The captain of the Wildcats scored 35 goals with 11 assists. She played offense and defense, ranking third on the team with 45 steals. Her 69 career goals and 25 assists rank her second all-time in program history for points.
» School: Ida Baker senior
» Highlights: The forward scored 28 goals and had 29 assists, finishing her Bulldogs career with 77 career goals and 60 assists.
» School: Fort Myers senior
» Highlights: The sweeper and center midfielder scored seven goals and had 15 assists in leading the Green Wave. She helped lead Fort Myers to a 14-7-1 record, and she signed to play Division I soccer next fall at Stetson University.
» Sydni Brookhouser, Island Coast
» Sarah DiRoma, Mariner
» Franny Farella, Ida Baker
» Casey Gentile, North Fort Myers
» Kayla Keller, LaBelle
» Darian Leschewski, North Fort Myers
» Abby Lunsford, Evangelical Christian School
» Mackensie Phelps, Evangelical Christian School
» Katie Sullivan, Bishop Verot
» Noelle Tennant, Canterbury
» Alexsys Vargas, Ida Baker
» Jordan Yandle, Fort Myers
» Bishop Verot: Ashley Lofgren, Rebecca Abernethy, Sofia Quinonez
» Canterbury: Lila Gutstein, Katie Flaharty, Olivia Miller
» Cape Coral: Kianna Turmenne, Megan Terzak, Mallory Gerrero, Laura Hollaway
» Cypress Lake: Jordan Wallace
» Dunbar: Gharenn Alabre, Carolina Garcia, Maria Gonzales
» Estero: Allison Horner, Taylor Hatch, Daley Cline
» Evangelical Christian School: Kylee Rullo, Alyssa Prieto, Mackenzie Curcio
» Fort Myers: Bailey Pombrio, Michelle Andrade, Jenny Shotwell
» Gateway Charter: Braeleen Scott, Indira Denny, Kelsey Anders, Hannah Wherry
» Ida Baker: Lori Rosario, Ashleigh Weaver, Syniah Clark, Morgan Holbrook
» LaBelle: Cory Taylor, Brooklin Walls, Peyton Walls
» Lehigh: Carolina Cajti Coj, Cayela Cuevas, Jeanette Soto
» Mariner: Brittany Webb-Martin, Samantha Kirby, Sarah Hamilton
» North Fort Myers: Amy Pavy, Rebecca Watson, Morgan Cook
» South Fort Myers: Julie Conidaris, Brittney Gavin, Casey Winn
» Southwest Florida Christian Academy: Meghan Sullivan, Alex Kleinmann, Hunter Montesino
» Riverdale: Kaylee Martin, Brianna Sherkus, Taylor VanVliet
Coach of the year
Steve Magner, Evangelical Christian School: Magner guided the Sentinels to a 26-2 record that included a 26-game winning streak sandwiched between a season-opening loss to Fort Myers and a season-ending 3-1 loss to St. John’s Country Day in the Class A state championship game.