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Amazing how good this area is in girls and boys soccer and getting better and better with solid coaches and great club programs.
PK Yonge (15-1-2) and Oak Hall (13-6-2) both had nice runs to the Sweet 16s in their area, while Santa Fe (10-6), Eastside (7-8-3) and Gainesville (10-5-2) all fell on the first round but continued to improve.
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Trainer Rebecca Schackow has built quite a program with the Blue Wave, which has made four consecutive playoff trips. Oak Hall’s freshman coach Ken Murphy led the Eagles to the Sweet 16 after arriving from Santa Fe.
The surprise story could have been what Eastside achieved with Teri Ellerbe, the first year coach. The Rams were the three seeds in their district tournament but all together to win the District 9-4A title, with angry victories against the higher-seeded teams Tavares and Leesburg.
Gainesville Suns Soccer Player of the Year
Striker Faith Hardy, an eighth grader at PK Yonge, played 17 of the 18 games and scored at least one goal in all of them. Five goals this season against Fort White and two four-goal games against Trinity Catholic and Keystone Heights mark the season. She scored seven goals against rivals Buchholz, Gainesville, Eastside, Santa Fe and Oak Hall.
“Faith has a passion for this game, which is really something special. She loves the game of football, she loves to compete and she is very fast,” said Rebecca Schackow, trainer of PK Yonge. “She has a tremendous work ethic and tries to get better every day, whether here at PK Yonge or with her club team. She’s a phenomenal club player and plays all year round.”
Gainesville Suns Girls Soccer Coach of the Year
In four years at PK Yonge, Rebecca Schackow (62-9-5) has led the Blue Wave to three district titles and the first girls’ program in the region. She raises the bar with four consecutive playoff appearances each year, including two consecutive Elite 8 games in 2018 and 2019. PK Yonge won 20 games in her first year, but Schackow may have done her best coaching job by The team has helped deal with COVID-19 regulations but remain undefeated in the regular season before finishing at 15-1-2. The credit also goes to Ken Murphy in his first season at Oak Hall (13-6-2), who brought a young team into the Sweet 16.
The Gainesville Sun All-Area First Team.
Forward: Faith Hardy, PK Yonge, 8th grade – Leading goalscorer in the region with 39 goals, 3 assists and 89 points.
Forward: Kierston Shaw, Keystone Heights, 8th grade – Second in the area with 36 goals, 13 assists and 85 points.
Forward: Lindsay Jenkins, Oak Hall, Sr. – The Eagles’ top scorer with 30 goals and 15 assists.
Forward: Marley Block, Gainesville, Sr. – Top scorer of the Hurricanes with 20 goals and 5 assists.
Midfielder: Juliette Palechor, PK Yonge, senior – Second best scorer in the team with 17 goals and 9 assists, also team captain.
Midfielder: Kaylee Mullen, Buchholz, senior – No stats, but top scorer for the Bobcats.
Midfilders: Ayesha Khuddus, Oak Hall, Senior – Second best scorer in the team with 17 goals and 4 assists.
Defenders: Sally Schackow, PK Yonge – Junior shutdown defender.
Defenders: Gabby Aulisio, Oak Hall, Sr. – Versatile player who excels not only in defense but also in offense with 8 goals and 14 assists.
Defenders: Caitlin Rowe, Buchholz, Junior – Team captain. An opposing coach said she could be the player of the year.
Keeper: Chloe Maclaren, PK Yonge, Senior – Maclaren made 55 saves and allowed only 3 goals.
Keeper: Emma Hurlburt, Buchholz, Senior – No stats provided but a huge wall for the Bobcats’ last line of defense that came out big in multiple games and also had 9 shutouts.
The second all-area team from Gainesville Sun.
Forward: Evy Malone, Gainesville, Freshman – Took all free kicks and corners, scored 3 goals along with 9 assists.
Forward: Tes Berelsman, PK Yonge, Junior – Third top scorer of the Blue Wave with 14 goals and 7 assists.
Forward: Emma Ferrell, Eastside, Freshman – 15 goals and 3 assists.
Forward: Zoe Torres, Buchholz, Freshman – No stats given, but promising player.
Midfielder: Kathryn Fogler, Oak Hall, Freshman – Finished with 14 goals and 4 assists.
Midfilders: Spring Raulerson, Lafayette, Junior – 11 goals and 1 assist.
Midfilders: Zoey Lammers, Gainesville, Sr. – Team MVP.
Defenders: Shelby Phillips, Keystone Heights, Sr. – Best lockdown defender on the team.
Defenders: Marleigh Schackow, PK Yonge, freshman – Top lockdown defenders for Blue Wave.
Defenders: Sydney Millinor, Eastside, Sr. – Top defender and versatile player with 11 corners and 4 assists.
Keeper: Madeline Paquette, Oak Hall, Sr. – Survived 92 shots on goal and saved 41 en route to the Sweet 16.
Keeper: Ashley Krohn, Keystone Heights, 8th. – Made 153 parades.
Gainesville Sun’s Honorable Mention
Bell jar: Melonie Piechucki (Sr., F)
Columbia: Skyler Ziegaus (Fr.), Taiya Driggers (Sr., GK)
Gainesville: Julia Ostebo (Sr., F), Danielle Glocksman (Sun., K), Madison Beagle (Sr., D), Olivia Witt (Fr., D)
Keystone Heights: Ella Hutchins (Fri, F)
Lafayette: Lyda Plunkett (Jr., F)
Oak Hall: Cassidy McDonald (8th, MF), Lola Murfee (6th, MF)
PK Yonge: Karuna Leslie (Jr., MF), Madison Buss (Sun., D), Emma Mansfield (8.), Alli Maze (Fri.), Livia Mendes (Jr.), Cloe Westbrooks (Sun., MF)
Santa Fe: Kiyana Williams (F, Sr.), Ariel Anderson (Sr., D / F), Kire Nystrom (Jr., D / MF)
Trenton: Navaeh Pogue (8th, F)
– The Gainesville Sun All Area Girls ‘Soccer Teams and Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year were selected by Correspondent Corey Davis with the help of local coaches.
This is the third in a series of articles honoring local high school athletes and coaches who have participated in winter sports.