As McGaughey used slick stickwork to deke around a defender in the Virginia Class 6 state final, a group of high school football players serving as volunteers at the tournament were wowed. “Breaking ankles and scoring goals!” one exclaimed. Even their untrained eyes recognized the center midfielder as a step above the competition as she led Langley to its first state championship. The William & Mary commit had 16 goals and seven assists as she powered the Saxons to a 20-1-1 record.
Gurnoor Dhaliwal, F, Jr., Riverside
An offensive powerhouse, she notched 40 goals and 22 assists for the 20-1 Rams.
Lauren Gerold, F, Sr., Good Counsel
The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference player of the year scored 21 goals, including the winner in overtime of the conference title game.
Emma Gladstein, F, Sr., Marriotts Ridge
The Delaware commit led her team in scoring en route to the Maryland 2A championship, the first state title in program history.
Zene Howard, MF, Sr., Quince Orchard
With 18 goals and 15 assists, Howard helped lead the Cougars to the Maryland 4A semifinals.
Lillian Kistner, MF, Sr., St. John’s
The centerpiece of the Cadets’ offense, Kistner tallied 18 goals and 10 assists and earned all-WCAC honors for the third straight season.
Caitlin Koehler, D, Sr., Spalding
Koehler anchored a Cavaliers defense that posted 11 shutouts.
Amayah Romandia, D, Sr., Heritage
She was the backbone of a defense that allowed 13 goals all season — and just three against district competition.
Sara Silarszka, F, Jr., Fairfax
Her 19 goals and 20 assists paced the Rebels and earned her a spot on the Virginia Class 6 all-state first team.
Lila Slattery, MF, Sr., Severna Park
The Northwestern commit scored 22 goals and added 18 assists for the Maryland 4A state champion.
Anna Stribling, MF, Sr., Woodson
A Virginia Class 6 all-state first-team selection, she provided shutdown defense as well as six goals and seven assists.
Eve Vickery, GK, Sr., Chesapeake
Although the Cougars fell short of a fourth consecutive state championship appearance, the Delaware commit impressed with her athletic and aggressive style.
Coach of the Year
Stacie Gado, Marriotts Ridge
The only coach the program has ever known, Gado guided the Mustangs from a one-win inaugural season in 2006 to a state championship this year. Marriotts Ridge (12-3-1) escaped overtime, double overtime and a shootout en route to the state final, in which it edged Oakdale, 1-0, for the title. After the season, Gado announced she is stepping down, but she leaves with her legacy secured.
Lauren Aguilar, D, Sr., Severna Park
Amelie Fieser, D, Sr., Riverside
Lauren Gresham, F, Sr., Patriot
Lana Hamilton, MF, So., Arundel
Alyssa Maryanopolis, GK, Sr., West Springfield
Lily Moore, D, Jr., National Cathedral
Adriana Risi, MF, Jr., Chantilly
Kaiya Sabur, MF, Sr., Old Mill
Mikayla Schoff, D, Sr., Langley
Esha Shah, MF, Sr., Mount Hebron
Sophie Whiteway, F, Sr., Holton-Arms
Lucia Alem, MF, Sr., Churchill
Shelby Bumgarner, D, Jr., Spalding
Ashley Button, MF, Jr., Sherwood
Bridget Cassata, D, Sr., W.T. Woodson
Therese Delp, MF, So., Walter Johnson
Bella DeMaso, F, Sr., West Potomac
Kate Distefano, F, Jr., Holy Child
Gillian Dumont, GK, Sr., Marshall
Sammy Dupcak, MF, Sr., Broadneck
Zoe Elliott, MF, Sr., Patuxent
Abigail Harrington, D, Sr., Georgetown Visitation
Hannah Johnston, GK, Sr., Dominion
Victoria Kennedy, MF, Sr., Colgan
Quinn Kindbom, MF, Sr., River Hill
Zoe Krawietz, MF, Sr., Robinson
Christina Marshall, F, Sr., Paint Branch
Kaelyn Mashburn, MF, Sr., Rockville
Adison Moore, MF, Sr., Westfield
Sara Pique, D, Sr., Arundel
Meagan Quick, MF, Jr., South River
Kelly Rose, MF, Sr., Broad Run
Vivian Rowan, MF, Jr., Stone Ridge
Nikki Seven, F, Jr., Arundel
Maddy Spotts, GK, Sr., Springbrook
Rebecca Stewart, MF, Sr., Washington-Liberty
Casey Stratton, GK, Sr., Centennial
Aly Trumbull, D, Sr., Langley
Gwendolyn Via, D, So., Fairfax
Chloe Westhoff, D, Sr., Yorktown
Sam Wootten, MF, Jr., Broad Run
— Text written by Kate Yanchulis