Express, Crusaders lead area all-state girls soccer picks

Express, Crusaders lead area all-state girls soccer picks


Express, Crusaders lead area all-state girls soccer picks


Elmira and Elmira Notre Dame have put two players each on the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports all-state girls soccer team.

Elmira Express picks in Class AA were junior midfielder Sierra Barr (fourth team) and senior forward Tianna Hatch-Dailey (sixth team).

Earning Class C honors for Notre Dame were senior goalkeeper Sheridan Heine (second team) and sophomore forward Emma Booth (fourth team).

Other area all-state picks were Corning sophomore forward Hailey Bicknell (fifth team, Class AA), Waverly junior midfielder Emiley Myers (third team Class B) and Spencer-Van Etten senior midfielder Lisa Nelson (fourth team Class C).

Barr and Hatch-Dailey led the Express to its first Section 4 Class AA championship and a 16-2 record.

“With having two forwards the way we did, it made it hard for teams to really key on one person,” Elmira coach Zach Sarno said. “When teams started to double-team or triple-team Sierra, Tianna started to turn it on. … It was nice having a double-headed monster up there.”

Barr scored an Elmira City School District record 30 goals and also had 14 assists in earning all-state honors for the second straight season. She was a sixth-team pick last year.

Hatch-Dailey was second in scoring for the Express with 10 goals and nine assists.

Heine and Booth helped Notre Dame win the Interscholastic Athletic Conference South Large School championship. The Crusaders finished with a 13-1-4 record.

Heine allowed only eight goals in 18 games this season and had 12 shutouts to finish her career with a school-record 33.

“She might be the best keeper we’ve ever had, and we’ve had a lot of good keepers,” Notre Dame coach Steve Weber said. “She was one of the main reasons we had only one loss this season.”

Heine was a fifth-team Class C all-state pick in girls basketball earlier this year. She will play basketball at Division I Manhattan College.

Booth was the top scorer for Notre Dame with 11 goals and six assists.

“She was our best scoring threat and usually double-teamed every game,” Weber said. “Emma does a great job. She’s playing up top for us and we had a lot of inexperience around her.”

Bicknell led Corning in scoring with 19 goals and 13 assists. The Hawks finished with a 10-6 record and advanced to the Section 4 Class AA final.

“She’s a pretty dynamic player, creates a lot of opportunities for herself that make our team better,” Corning coach Julie Pierce said. “Just humble and kind. An amazing kid.”

Myers was named MVP of the IAC South Large School Division and helped the Wolverines to an 11-3-2 record. She was a fifth-team Class B all-state pick last year.

Nelson’s season included being selected as Most Valuable Player of the IAC South Small School Division after helping the Panthers win the division title.


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