The formation that Valders girls soccer coach Brian Brandl uses has only one striker.
Which, this season, meant that it would be up to Amanda Miller, this year’s HTR Media Girls Soccer Player of the Year, to put the exclamation point on many of the Vikings’ scoring opportunities.
Miller didn’t disappoint.
The junior scored 23 goals and tallied nine assists in 17 matches.
“She’s our only striker, so she’s our break away option for the quick-strike method and she’s fast enough for that. Then, if the defense gets back and she doesn’t have a lot of help … she has to hold the ball until the midfield gets there to set up a scoring opportunity. She’s big enough and strong enough and a good enough ball handler to do that,” Brandl said. “She’s really a valuable combination in those ways.”
In addition to being named first-team all-Olympian Conference, Miller helped the Vikings to an 8-8-1 record. Even last year, Brandl saw the potential. This season, with some experience under her belt, she began to piece it all together.
“She had kind of a burst out season,” Brandl said. “She was always a good athlete and a good ball-striker, but she had to grow into anticipating the game. Before, she was always reacting to everything that happened. Now she anticipates and that’s what she gets so many more open shots.”
HTR Media All-Area Girls Soccer Team
Amanda Miller, jr., Valders (POY)
Lauren Clark, so., Roncalli
Ashley Burris, jr., Kiel
Andrea Vaca, so., Roncalli
Sydney Gutman, jr., Valders
Morgan Kelly, jr., Valders
Jeana Fale, jr., Kiel
Micayla Fritsch, jr., Kiel
Mathilade Luthaes, sr., Kiel
Angela Brandl, sr., Valders
Hailey Augustine, jr., Lincoln