The 2015-16 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Soccer Teams were selected by USA TODAY High School Sports based on performance, level of competition and strength of schedule. This is the inaugural ALL-USA team in girls soccer and includes players from fall, winter or spring seasons.
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Name: Cindy Marcial
School: American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Marcial is a winner. As a midfielder at Lynn University, Marcial was a two-time First Team All-American and led the Knights to three NAIA national championships. And now that she’s moved from the field to the sideline, she has led American Heritage to four consecutive Class 3A state titles.
In five seasons in charge, Marcial is 128-6-4 for a winning percentage of .942. The program hasn’t lost in the postseason since falling in the 2012 Class 3A state title match in a shootout.
This season, the Patriots (22-1) dominated a challenging schedule, outscoring their opponents 131-5. It wasn’t as easy as it sounds. AHS had to overcome injuries to four starters, including one to midfielder Chyanne Dennis, a member of the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team. But that didn’t stop the Patriots, who secured the state title with a 2-0 win against Ponte Vedra (Fla.) on a rainy and cold night in February.
“This year we had a lot of injuries,” Marcial told the Sun-Sentinel. “(But) I knew we would find a way to win. I always believed in my girls.”
The Patriots received a superb season from senior forward Zandy Soree, a member of the Belgian Youth National Team and the Miami Herald Class 3A-2A-1A Player of the Year, but it was freshmen Marlee Fray and Taylor Dobles who scored late in the championship match to wrap up the four-peat, only the fourth in state history.