Hendershot Tabbed Second Team All-State
St. C. standout tallied 15 goals, 15 assists
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The St. Clairsville girls soccer team achieved new heights this season despite a lot of adversity. One of the main reasons was the play of senior Mikayla Hendershot.
It didn’t go unnoticed as the 4-year veteran was named Division II second team all-state. The all-state teams are voted upon by the Ohio High School Soccer Coaches Association.
“It’s definitely an exciting accomplishment to receive second team all-state recognition. To be considered for this among so many talented players is truly an honor,” Hendershot said. “The support from my amazing team, coaches, and family made me push harder and harder every game.
“For our team, it was never about individual success, but rather playing together as one. I’m humbled to receive this honor, but it is truly a representation of the whole team.”
Not only did the Red Devils have to deal with COVID-19 issues like every other team in the Buckeye State, but they also had to cope with an unusual amount of injuries, which began before the season got under way when returning all-stater Macy Malin suffered a season-ending knee injury.
“Although we faced so much adversity with injuries and the threat of COVID-19 throughout the season, the team really came together as a group to support each other. We truly had to take the season one game at a time,” she said. “Throughout the season, we were burdened with injuries to multiple starters, but we still found a way to be successful because players stepped up when they were needed. Winning the Buckeye 8 Championship and making it to the OVAC Class 4A Final gave us the confidence we needed going into the postseason. Being able to win a district championship and compete in the regional tournament for the first time in school history was truly special and only happened because of the contributions of every single player.”
Hendershot found the net 15 times and assisted on 15 more goals this season for head coach Wes Stoner’s squad. For her career, she tallied 47 goals and 53 helpers.
“She took over Macy’s role and turned into our most important player. She’s been a model of consistency, evidenced by her goal-to-assist ratio,” Stoner said of Hendershot.
“She turned herself into a wonderful player and was one of our hardest workers over her career.
“She changed positions without asking questions. She just did it and kept working. I wish I had 100 kids like her.”
Hendershot said there are many things she will remember about her career.
“What I will remember the most are the group of seniors that I had the privilege to play with. We started playing together in rec and travel leagues, and it made playing high school soccer with them that much more rewarding,” she pointed out. “As a senior class, we have won three consecutive Buckeye 8 Championships and made it to three OVAC Class 4A finals.
“We ultimately won the district championship in a PK shootout this year and also became the winningest class with 47 victories. I will never forget the memories I’ve made with my teammates over the past four years.”
Hendershot becomes the fourth player in program history to earn all-state honors. The other three are Jaclyn Dutton (first team), Alyssa Otto (first team) and Macy Malin (second team).