2016 The News-Press All-Area Girls Soccer team

2016 The News-Press All-Area Girls Soccer team

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2016 The News-Press All-Area Girls Soccer team

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Taylor Yount, 15, is a freshman soccer player at Mariner High School.

Taylor Yount, 15, is a freshman soccer player at Mariner High School.

Taylor Hatch, 18, is a senior soccer player at Estero High School.

Taylor Hatch, 18, is a senior soccer player at Estero High School.

Jesse Monteiro, Esteron

Jesse Monteiro, Esteron

Olivia Talmage, Fort Myers

Olivia Talmage, Fort Myers

Casey Winn, South Fort Myers

Casey Winn, South Fort Myers

Marcella Montoya, Ida Baker

Marcella Montoya, Ida Baker

Sophia Restrepo, Mariner

Sophia Restrepo, Mariner

Taylor Kruse, North Fort Myers

Taylor Kruse, North Fort Myers

Haley Rounsifer, Ida Baker

Haley Rounsifer, Ida Baker

Kylee Rullo, ECS

Kylee Rullo, ECS

Nicole Paquin, North Fort Myers High School

Nicole Paquin, North Fort Myers High School


How we select All-Area teams

At the conclusion of each high school season, The News-Press staff sends area coaches a nomination form to select and rank players for our All-Area first teams and to nominate athletes for second team and honorable mention. 

A combination of The News-Press’ research and the coaches’ player rankings lead to the teams being selected and three athletes are named finalists for player of the year. The three finalists are invited to The News-Press All-Area Stars Banquet to be held Tuesday, May 31 at Germain Arena in Estero where the players of the year will be announced.


Player of the Year finalists

Syniah Clark, 18, is a senior soccer player at Ida Baker High School.

Syniah Clark, 18, is a senior soccer player at Ida Baker High School.

Taylor Hatch

School: Estero

Year: Senior

Highlights: The forward and Middle Tennessee State signee tallied 20 goals and 15 assists this season as Estero went 15-3-3.

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Taylor Yount

School: Mariner

Year: Freshman

Highlights: Yount, a forward, was the linchpin of the Tritons’ attack, scoring 37 goals and tallying 19 assists en route to Class 3A all-state honors. Mariner won a district title and reached a regional semifinal.

Syniah Clark

School: Ida Baker

Year: Senior

Highlights: The 2015 News-Press girls soccer player of the year is among the top defensive players in Lee County. She finished with four goals and eight assists for the Bulldogs.


First team


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Second team

Kianna Magner, ECS

Julissa Chimelis, Mariner

Gabby Ciancimino, North Fort Myers

Roxie Fraser, Ida Baker

Madison Lampkins, North Fort Myers

Claudia Lopez, Estero

Riley McAloose, Bishop Verot

Madison Metzger, Riverdale

Lander Peck, Bishop Verot

Madeline Sarnac, Bishop Verot

Emily Swope, Fort Myers

Makenzi Walden, North Fort Myers

Ida Baker girls lose heart-breaker to Gulf Coast in 4A-12


Honorable mentions

Bishop Verot: Nina Gulati, Olivia Miller, Elizabeth Bretton

Cypress Lake: Adrianne Baker, Riley Messery, Emily Dean

Evangelical Christian: Molly Lunsford, Madisyn Dupree, Victoria Valentine

Estero: Haley Desanto, Gigi Miano, Elise Tutton

Fort Myers: Sara DeLucca, Sarah Hagan, Kayla Thorne

Ida Baker: Acelya Adogmous, Sedona Townsend, Paxton Guerin

Island Coast: Riley Hare, Maddison Batha

Lehigh: Aileen Soto, Misa Scudder

Mariner: Aryana Saenz, Karleigh Acosta, Symantha Campos

North Fort Myers: Emma Berckman, Tori Kowalczyk, Abby Snyder

Oasis: Alyssa Abbondandolo

Riverdale: Marilynn Garcia, Alex Sexton, Kalie Samaroo

South Fort Myers: Marianna Scine, Kelsey Collins


Coach of the Year

Jefferson Swift, Mariner

Jefferson Swift, Mariner

Jefferson Swift

School: Mariner

Highlights: Swift guided the Tritons to a 19-3-4 record and a District 3A-13 title. Mariner averaged more than four goals a game and reached the regional semifinals where it fell to North Fort Myers in a rematch of the district championship game.

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