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Girls soccer all-league teams announced
by Nathan Shoup
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Tribune file photo - Spanish Springs' Karen Corral was voted the High Desert League's Defensive Player of the Year. Her coach, Mike Faker, believes she is the best defender to come out of northern Nevada in 15 years.
Tribune file photo - Spanish Springs' Karen Corral was voted the High Desert League's Defensive Player of the Year. Her coach, Mike Faker, believes she is the best defender to come out of northern Nevada in 15 years.
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Tribune file photo - Reed's Kennady Whitehead was voted the High Desert League's Midfielder of the Year.
Tribune file photo - Reed's Kennady Whitehead was voted the High Desert League's Midfielder of the Year.
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With the Spanish Springs and Reed girls soccer squads both advancing to the North Region tournament this fall, a healthy number of players earned all-league recognition.

Spanish Springs (9-4-4) finished second in the HDL but was bounced in the North quarterfinals by Galena. Reed (8-5-4) finished third and was also eliminated in the quarterfinals, by state runner-up Carson. Nine players from each school earned all-league honors.

Reno coach (league champs) Shelly Avansino was named the High Desert League Coach of the Year and her own Eleanor Small was voted the Offensive Player of the Year.

In the North Div. I-A ranks, Sparks battled injuries all season on its way to a 2-14-0 record. A pair of Jerry Miller’s players received all-league honors.

Reed Raiders

•Kennady Whitehead was voted the HDL's Midfielder of the Year. The senior started all four years of her Raiders career, anchoring four consecutive playoff berths.

Raiders coach Jason Saville said in October it would be a “travesty” if Whitehead did not receive the award. Travesty avoided.

“She (Whitehead) has been big for four years,” Saville said. “She sees passes most kids just don’t see. She’s worked hard her whole life to be in the position she is now.”

Raider standouts Lindsay Marsh (midfield) and Aubrie Ciesynski (defender) were voted to the first team.

The trio of Raiders’ second-team selections included Kendra Bujnovsky (forward) and defenders Kailey Salter and Isabel Vega.

Vanessa Martinez (forward), Danielle Uptain (midfield) and Deadre Harvey (defender) were honorable mention selections.

“It was certainly a great year for us,” Saville said. “It was great for that many girls to be all-league selections. It says a lot about them and how hard they worked during the season. I’m really proud of the girls and obviously if we get that many, it’s good for the program as well.”

Spanish Springs Cougars

•Karen Corral led the Cougars’ all-league selections, hauling in HDL Defensive Player-of-the-Year accolades.

Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker has been coaching in high school and in the club ranks for the last 15 years and said Corral is the best defender he’s seen.

“I can’t think of a defender as good as Karen in those 15 years,” Faker said. “She’s the best defender out of northern Nevada in that time.”

Audrey Barham (forward) and Corrin Clark (defender) were first-team selections.

Makayla Long (forward), Samantha Ryckebosh (forward), Kirsten Lealtad (midfield) and Sydney Byers (defender) were voted to the second team.

Kiley Diesner (forward) and Caitlyn Sylva (goalie) earned honorable mention recognition.

“It was definitely a successful year,” Faker said. “It ended a little not like we wanted to (North quarterfinal loss), but a successful year for sure.”

Sparks Railroaders

•Freshman goalkeeper Senifa Po’oi led the Railroaders' receiving All-League honors, landing on the Div. I-A North second team.

Sparks coach Jerry Miller said Po’oi was in the first team discussion but was probably named to the Second Team because she is a freshman.

“All the other coaches were envious I have her three more years,” Miller said.

Senior captain Nina Cardenas (defender) was voted honorable mention.

“It was nice to see her get some recognition,” Miller said. “She’s just a great kid and great leader.”
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