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Sammie McCoy, G-C forward

If replacing 10 seniors wasn’t difficult enough, the Cougars lost their top returning goal scorer from a year ago (Emily Koers, 11 goals) in the second game of the season. Enter McCoy, who has virtually come out of nowhere — she did score five goals last season — to lead Hancock County with 18 scores, twice as many as runner-ups Lauren Joray of New Palestine and Chelsea Thomas of Mt. Vernon. McCoy, a junior forward, has accounted half of her squad’s goals (18 of 36).

“I knew she would be an asset speed-wise, I didn’t know she had such a nose for the goal. But after the first couple of games, I figured out that she’s hungry to score,” said first-year G-C coach Amanda Eid. “She’s one of the hardest-working kids around, both athletically and academically. She took it personally when it Emily  got hurt.”

Lauren Joray, NP midfielder

The 2011 victor of this award hasn’t put up the goal totals she did last season (19 in 2011, nine this season), but she co-leads the county in assists (nine) after finishing with seven helpers a year ago. The emergence of Alyssa Mouzin (eight goals), Madison Parish (six goals) and Kristin Wagner (five goals) has allowed for the senior midfielder to be more of a distributor than a producer.

“She understands her role,” NP coach Bobby Holden said. “She’s been focusing on playing positions that we need her to play as opposed to scoring goals, and it’s allowed other players to step up.”

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