PAL ALL-LEAGUE SOCCER — GIRLS

2 03 2012

We got an email recently from Peninsula Athletic League Commissioner Terry Stogner announcing the All-League teams in soccer for 2011-2012. If you mozy on over to the PAL website, you’ll see that those teams have yet to be updated. So, if you’re wondering if you made one of three teams, here you go, first, the All-Bay team, girls. I took at look and I’ll admit to have some issues. Teams are selected at the coaches’ meeting … if you’re coach didn’t go, you get lobbied by someone else. Here are the teams.

First, any typos are the PAL’s fault, so SHANNON if you read this, I know how to spell your name. It’s WISCHER (right?). Notice they got her little sister’s name right in the Honorable Mentions. It’s interesting to see who the league thought their best players were and who I thought played great soccer when the Daily Journal was around to watch. One name that immediately pops out as missing is Woodside’s Randall Stafford. She’s a midfielder, wing player mostly, and I saw Woodside play 3-4 times and left impressed on each occasion — enough so that if I had to pick my All-Daily Journal team right now, she’d be a starting midfield player for me.

Lexie Rogers — Aragon Defender

Second, I mean no disrespect to any of the players named because honestly, I didn’t watch all of you play, but Amelia Jacobs would not have been my  first choice for midfielder of the year. A First-Teamer? Sure. I’ll give you that. I have a feeling I know why she won (THEY’RE THE BAY CHAMPS, FOR GOD’S SAKES, JULY!), but if you were going to reward a player on Carlmont’s team, I would have gone with Carly Richardson as a Defender of the Year. Maybe even Malak El-Khatib. No one played defense, especially at year’s end, like Carlmont did. It was fun to watch. And on that note, for my money, no one played the midfield like Lena Mendelson this year. And I would have given Shannon the nod on the First Team. And I’m rambling.

A couple of other notables not mentioned but that I feel should be considered are Aragon’s Lexie Rogers and Gianna Mendez, both defenders. I didn’t see as much of Gianna in the second half of the season, but Rogers is a trooper. I caught her the other day on my walk back from Starbucks with her arm in a sling. Girl turned around and probably played in the game the day after. Plus, Aragon is a win away from a CCS title — Rogers and Mendez had a lot to do with that. Also of noticeable absence to me is San Mateo’s Jenn Ticzon.

Notice how Woodside had a couple of names on here that are underclassmen. That bodes well for their future. Confidence is so important, especially in high school soccer — just having that feeling that you belong. I’m anxious to see what Jose Navarette’s teams will look like in the future.

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10 responses

2 03 2012
Me (Julio)

Hey everyone, it’s me. This thing is littered with typos. My apologies. I’ll get to them in the morning.

July

2 03 2012
Steve

July I agree with you on the all league teams for girls soccer. I would like to see you officially post your all league team.

2 03 2012
julitolara

@Steve
Hehe … the word ‘official’ freaks me out. I’m leaning towards it … after CCS. Good luck to Ashley and the Dons. I’ve been assigned your game … don’t hesitate to say hello.

20 03 2012
S

July still looking forward to your all league team. You still going to do it?

20 03 2012
julitolara

Steve, Winter season officially ended for us on Saturday. We’ll hard at work on the All-Daily Journal teams which will be out … next week … I think the girls are out next Tuesday (boys basketball Friday, then girls, then boys soccer then girls then wrestling). [I have a feeling Aragon country knows our Player of the Year very well, btw … thanks for reading).

20 03 2012
S

Thanks July I just looking forward to seeing what you think vs the coaches picking the teams. It will make a great conversation at the dinner table.

20 03 2012
julitolara

I think you’ll see that my views are more than slightly different. I’m crazy when I think about soccer strategy. Doesn’t always equates to the best players, but my team would win going away more often than not. Going 4-3-3 just to mix it up a bit. Maybe it’s more like a 4-3-2-1 …

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Hehe.

24 03 2012
SoccerInsight

Spot on with your observations including the one regarding Carlmont’s senior, Malak Al-Khatib. She was the most fearless and physically dominating defensive player in PAL. Great timing with her in the air and field tackles especially around the goal area. And on offense, Carlmont’s freshman Soha Said averaged a goal a game the last five or six games including one against MA, two against highly favorite Aragon, and a goal against Burlingame in the last three games which is what Carlmont had to do to secure first place and win PAL for the first time in five years. Soha also scored a goal to help Carlmont win their first round CCS quarter-finals game against Monta Vista to help Carlmont make the Semi-finals for the first time since 2008. This is notable since Soha didn’t start games as a freshman, played fewer minutes and typically had few balls make it her way close to the goal. But when she did get the ball, she was extremely efficient with it so she is probably one of the top true finishers in PAL. Did I mention she is a freshman?

24 03 2012
julitolara

Soha was the reason why the Scots won the PAL Bay — she carried that team offensively. If she stays healthy (which we all hope she does), she’ll be quite the force in years to come donning a Carlmont uniform. Thanks for reading.

July

24 03 2012
SoccerInsight

Cheers July. There was no question it is always a collective team effort but Soha stepped it up, played her role as an impact player and being a game changer on offense. As with everyone, I am also eagerly looking forward to your all league team and a more neutral view of league players overall.

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