By: Rich Torres
Daily Reporter Sports Editor
All-Hancock County Team 2015: Girls Soccer
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Alexi Hardie, Mt. Vernon
Despite being a freshman, Hardie needed little time to adjust to the varsity game. Named All-Hoosier Heritage Conference, she was also selected to the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association’s District 5 First Team. Hardie finished the season with 11 goals and 16 assists.
Morgan Scruggs, Mt. Vernon
As a freshman, Scruggs was hampered by injury, but in 2015 she made up for it with a county-leading 20 goals scored in 18 matches. She was named All-Hoosier Heritage Conference and made the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association’s District 5 Second Team.
Katie Villiger, New Palestine
Last year’s Hancock County Player of the Year, Villiger once again led the Dragons’ offense. She scored 15 goals and had three assists to pace the team in scoring with 33 points. Named All-Hoosier Heritage Conference, the Academic All-State honoree guided the squad to a share of the HHC title.
Cleo Mills, Mt. Vernon
Mills lost eight matches due to a concussion but her statistics were off the charts. Averaging 1.2 goals per match in 11 contests, the freshman earned All-Hoosier Heritage Conference honors and was third in points (29) behind teammates Morgan Scruggs (45) and Alexi Hardie (38).
Gabbi Pierson, New Palestine
The most feared goalkeeper in the county, Pierson allowed 13 goals in 1,081 minutes for an average of 1.0 per match. She was second in the county with 91 saves against 78 shots on goal. She was named All-Hoosier Heritage Conference and recorded nine shutouts in 18 matches.
Katie Helgason, Greenfield-Central
A multi-sport standout, Helgason was second on the team in goals scored with seven. She added five assists to help the Cougars tie for third in the Hoosier Heritage Conference. Helgason was named to the All-HHC first team and was among the top point scorers for Greenfield-Central.
Lucy Brand, Greenfield-Central
A seasoned freshman with experience at the national level with FC Pride, Brand had a smooth transition in her first varsity season. Finishing the year with two goals and three assists, the up-and-coming talent earned All-Hoosier Heritage Conference honors and played heavily in opposing team’s game plans.
Meaghan Matus, New Palestine
Matus was a big part of the Dragons’ success in 2015. For a second straight year, she led the team in minutes played (1,326). She finished with three goals and four assists, earned All-Hoosier Heritage Conference honors and an ISCA District 5 First Team selection. Matus was also named Academic All-State.
Nicole Ratts, Mt. Vernon
A key contributor in the Marauders’ juggernaut offense, Ratts was second on the team with 15 of Mt. Vernon’s 63 overall assists. The forward had three goals and was named an All-Hoosier Heritage Conference honorable mention this season.
Blaire Viehweg, Mt. Vernon
Viehweg led the Marauders in minutes played (1,351) and captained the defense. The senior scored two crucial goals during the Marauders’ upset win against Roncalli in the regional semifinal. She was named Academic All-State and was All-Hoosier Heritage Conference honorable mention.
Alaina Nelson, Mt. Vernon
Nelson earned her second straight All-Hancock County selection with another strong campaign. Third on the team in minutes logged (1,311), the sophomore scored 11 goals after having 12 the year prior and was named All-Hoosier Heritage Conference. She also had four assists.
Honorable Mentions: Trystan Ailes, Jordan Rupley (Greenfield-Central); Madison McClain, Megan Gawrys (Mt. Vernon); Victoria Crowder, Olivia Lambdin, Molly Carpenter, Danielle Matus (New Palestine).