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Oak Glen’s Reece Enochs Captains 24th All-Valley Girls’ Soccer Team

Photo by Josh Strope Shown is the The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register’s 24th All-Valley Girls’ Soccer Team. Front row, from left, are Zara Zervos (John Marshall), Sophia Stark (Linsly), Macy Malin (St. Clairsville), Annalese Aderholt (Wheeling Park), Faith Mealy (Wheeling Park), Isabella Aperfine (Weir) and Reece Enochs (Oak Glen). Back row are Emma Delk (Wheeling Park), Jori Alexander (Oak Glen), Abigail Myers (Oak Glen), Mary Marshall (Steubenville), Kali Krynicki (Madonna), Brooklyn Loveland (Oak Glen) and Zoe Nocera (Steubenville). Not pictured are Graceylyn Hanna (Wheeling Park) and Athena Mariano (Linsly).

There looks to be a dynasty on the rise in New Manchester.

The Oak Glen girls’ soccer team is making a name for itself not only in the Ohio Valley, but throughout West Virginia.

Last season the Golden Bears broke through behind Maggie Kovalcik.

Kovalcik may be gone, but the future looks bright.

One of the names that is helping Oak Glen achieve new heights is Reece Enochs.

The junior striker has put her name among the best players in the state and today is named the captain of The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register’s 24th All-Valley Girls’ Soccer Team.

Enochs is the second straight Oak Glen player to captain the girls’ squad, following Kovalcik last season.

Enochs is on the All-Valley team for third straight season and will look to make it 4-for-4 next season in her final campaign with the Golden Bears.

Enochs had a season to remember, scoring 48 goals and adding 10 assists. The 48 goals in a single season was a school record and moved her career total to 107, also a breaking a school record previously held by Kovalcik.

As a junior, Enochs, barring injury, has a chance to put the scoring records nearly out of reach with another solid campaign.

What she really wants, though, is another chance down in Beckley after helping lead the Golden Bears to their first state title game, a loss to Charleston Catholic.

Enochs was recently named the captain of the Class AA/A all-state first team, as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. She was also named first team All-OVAC.

Annalese Aderholt, Wheeling Park

Wheeling Park’s defense was one of the best in the state, yielding 18 goals in 22 games. The leader of that unit was Annalese Aderholt, who makes the All-Valley team for a second straight season. Aderholt was often tasked with shadowing some of the state’s best players, including not allowing a goal to two-time Player of the Year Emilee Charles of Cabell Midland. Aderholt was named second team all-state by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association and honorable mention by the OVAC.

Jori Alexander, Oak Glen

While many of Oak Glen’s soccer players excel at other sports, Jori Alexander may be the team’s purest soccer player. The junior controlled the midfield for Coach Ryan Wells’ team and whether it was shooting or setting up her teammates, Alexander seemingly had a hand in every Oak Glen goal. She scored 15 goals and added 14 assists in her first season with Oak Glen. She was named first team All-OVAC and second team all-state.

Isabella Aperfine, Weir

A quad injury limited Isabella Aperfine to 13 games this season, but that wasn’t going to stop her from landing on her third straight All-Valley team. The junior midfielder has been a key cog for Coach Jeremy Angelo and the Red Riders. She has good touch, reads the field, can score, pass, dribble and defend. Despite missing part of the season, she finished with 14 goals and 10 assists. Aperfine was selected second team by the sports writers.

Emma Delk, Wheeling Park

Wheeling Park coach Carrie Hanna has been around the game a long time so when she says Emma Delk is the “strongest ball winner I’ve seen,” that carries a lot of weight. Delk was a member of the All-Valley squad last year, but took her game to a whole new level in her senior season. She was again the Patriots’ leading goal scorer, netting 31 despite being a midfielder. She also added 11 assists. Delk was selected first team all-state and All-OVAC.

Graceylyn Hanna Wheeling Park

With so many players that can put the ball in the back of the net for Wheeling Park, someone had to be the facilitator. Enter Graceylyn Hanna. The junior midfielder can score with the best of them and her eight goals this season are nothing to sneeze at. But with players such as Emma Delk and Faith Mealy, it was Hanna job to get the ball in space and find her open teammates.

She finished with 28 assists, one of the top numbers in the state. The Patriots standout, who will be a team leader next season with the loss of a number of quality seniors, was named first team All-OVAC and second team all-state.

Kali Krynicki, Madonna

Despite often being double- and triple-teamed, Kali Krynicki always seemed to find a way to score or set up a teammate for a goal. The senior forward was the veteran on a young, inexperienced group and helped lead the team to a berth in the OVAC Class 3A-1A title game. Krynicki finished with 30 goals and 11 assists, accounting for 60 percent of the Blue Dons’ offense. A complete player who is well-composed and strong on the ball, Krynicki was also selected first team all-state and All-OVAC.

Brooklyn Loveland, Oak Glen

If you need someone to take a free kick, you aren’t going to find many better than Brooklyn Loveland. A set piece specialist, Loveland was called up to put the ball in play on corner kicks and free kicks, with many of them finding the back of the net, either by her foot or from a teammate. While Enochs was breaking the school mark for goals, Loveland was also a beneficiary, setting the single season (32) and career (63) records for assists. She also scored nine goals. Loveland makes her first appearance on the All-Valley team as she was selected first team all-state and All-OVAC.

Macy Malin, St. Clairsville

St. Clairsville just keeps on churning out electric goal scorers. A year after the graduation of two-time All-Valley captain Alyssa Otto, Macy Malin has taken over as the Red Devils leader. She was one of the top assists makers in Ohio in her first two seasons, but took over the role of goal-scorer with Otto in college and St. Clairsville didn’t miss a beat. Malin recorded 35 goals with 12 assists in leading her team to a berth in the OVAC Class 4A title game. Malin was named first team All-OVAC and the OVAC Class 4A Player of the Year. She was also first team all-district and second team All-Ohio.

Athena Mariano Linsly

Linsly is back on top of the OVAC Class 3A/1A mountain again, thanks in large part to the play of standout forward Athena Mariano. The senior completed her career in solid fashion, netting two goals in a championship game victory against Madonna, bringing her career total to 80 goals. With a nose for the ball and a love for the game, Mariano looks at home on the pitch and it shows. In addition to being named to her second straight All-Valley team, she was also first team All-OVAC and was selected as the OVAC Class 1A/3A Player of the Year.

Mary Marshall

Steubenville

It has been a long time since a Steubenville girls’ player has been named to the All-Valley Team, but this season features two good ones. The first is Mary Marshall. Despite missing a short time with an injury, Marshall was key to making the Big Red offense go. Last season, she was starting to get noticed. In her junior season, she took off. She netted 20 goals and added seven assists. Defensively, she recorded 51 takeaways. Marshall was named first team All-OVAC, All-Eastern District and second team All-Ohio.

Faith Mealy

Wheeling Park

Playing the first three seasons of her prep career with club teams, Faith Mealy decided to spend her final season with Wheeling Park. The senior forward was welcomed with open arms and it didn’t take long to see she was going to be something special for this team. A dangerous attacker, opposing coaches raved about her skill and made her a focus every game. She scored 28 goals and added eight assists for the Patriots. Mealy, who will continue her career playing for West Virginia University, was named first team all-state and All-OVAC.

Abigail Myers

Oak Glen

If the All-Valley team separated players by position, Myers would be the definition of utility because she played everything but goalie for the Golden Bears. And whether it be forward, midfield or defender, Myers excelled at all of them. As a forward, she was the perfect complement to Enochs with 22 goals (72 for her career). She could move back to the midfield and pile up the assists (nine this season, 28 for her career) or when the team played highly skilled teams, she moved back to the defense and started the attack from there. Myers was also selected second team all-state and honorable mention by the OVAC.

Zoe Nocera

Steubenville

Where would Steubenville be without Zoe Nocera? The lone goalie on this year’s All-Valley Team, Nocera makes her initial appearance after setting every girls’ record possible at Steubenville. She recorded 112 saves for Coach Jared Robinson’s squad and helped Steubenville to a spot in the OVAC Class 5A tournament, as well as a first-round victory against Weir. Nocera was selected first team All-OVAC and All-Eastern District.

Sophia Stark, Linsly

Linsly wasn’t all offense. The Cadets also had a shutdown defense, led by junior stopper Sophia Stark. Coach Darryl Crews called Stark a “tremendous selfless talent,” and that could be seen in her play. She was the who Crews called upon to mark the opposing team’s main offensive threat and did so flawlessly. She will be one of the main cogs in Linsly’s bid to repeat for an OVAC title next season. The Cadets standout is making her first appearance on the All-Valley Team while also being named first team All-OVAC.

Zara Zervos, John Marshall

When it is all said and done, Zara Zervos may be a part of more All-Valley teams than any athlete in Ohio Valley history. A week after being named first team All-Valley in cross country, Zervos adds her second All-Valley soccer nod. Just how important was she to the John Marshall soccer team? She scored 44 of the team’s 60 goals. Of the remaining 16, she assisted on 11 of them. And she did this in 17 games, while also playing defensively in several of those. She uses her exceptional speed to beat defenders to the ball and her work ethic is second to none. Zervos was named first team All-OVAC and second team all-state.

First Team

Annalese Aderholt, Wheeling Park

Jori Alexander, Oak Glen

Isabella Aperfine, Weir

Emma Delk, Wheeling Park

Reece Enochs, Oak Glen (captain)

Graceylyn Hanna, Wheeling Park

Kali Krynicki, Madonna

Brooklyn Loveland, Oak Glen

Macy Malin, St. Clairsville

Athena Mariano, Linsly

Mary Marshall, Steubenville

Faith Mealy, Wheeling Park

Abigail Myers, Oak Glen

Zoe Nocera, Steubenville

Sophia Stark, Linsly

Zara Zervos, John Marshall

Second Team

Alexis Adams, Weir

Abbey Anderson, Wheeling Park

Alexa Andrews, Oak Glen

Neveah Cook, Linsly

Anastasia Crisante, Steubenville

Gracie Dennis, Edison

Abigail Gerner, Wheeling Central

Mikayla Hendershot, St. Clairsville

Megan Malin, St. Clairsville

Jaeda Nowak, St. Clairsville

Brooke Ohler, Brooke

Faith Paull, Linsly

Daisy Reasbeck, Wheeling Park

Angelina Spickard, Madonna

Ava Taylor, Weir

Jillian Williams, Oak Glen

All-Valley Captains

2019: Reece Enochs, Oak Glen

2018: Alyssa Otto, St. Clairsville; Maggie Kovalcik, Oak Glen

2017: Alyssa Otto, St. Clairsville

2016: Hayley Timko, Weirton Madonna

2015: Cheyenne Hudson, Brooke

2014: Briella Taylor, Wheeling Park

2013: Michaela Hinerman, Brooke; Maleha Kureishy, Linsly

2012: Ashley Grove, Wheeling Park

2011: Brett Nanners, Linsly

2010: Alex Frawley, Linsly

2009: Jaclyn Dutton, St. Clairsville

2008: Jaclyn Dutton, St. Clairsville

2007: Sarah Bizanovich, Wheeling Park; Lauren Thomas, Wheeling Park

2006: Sarah Bizanovich, Wheeling Park; Lauren Thomas, Wheeling Park

2005: Jamie Kocher, Brooke

2004: Kelsey Fowler, Wheeling Central; Arlene Wheeler, Wheeling Park; Jill Wright, Wheeling Park

2003: Ashley Neal, Linsly; Emily Porter, Wheeling Park; Jill Wright, Wheeling Park

2002: Julie Gompers, Wheeling Park; Maddie Lawther, John Marshall

2001: Brianne Basilone, Wheeling Park; Lauren Gompers, Wheeling Park; Jessica Yarter, Brooke

2000: Karrie Hutchins, Wheeling Park; Hannah Lawther, John Marshall; Emily Marshall, Wheeling Park

1999: Rachel Foose, Wheeling Park; Karrie Hutchins, Wheeling Park

1998: Hannah Lawther, John Marshall; Emily Marshall, Wheeling Park

1997: Katie Hull, Brooke

1996: Christy Dick, Brooke; Katie Hull, Brooke

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