It was a season full of questions as Katie Knight took over the St. Vincent soccer team, replacing highly regarded coach Tess Tvrdy, who led the Saints to three straight state crowns before COVID-19 finished fourth in March 2020.

How would the change affect the team’s chemistry? Would the transition work well with a new style of coaching? And how would it fare for the Saints to switch from class 2A to the much tougher 1A private?

One by one, game by game, the saints and knights answered these questions throughout the season. SVA went through its regular season – won a regional title and made it to the quarterfinals of the states, where the Saints lost on penalties to eventual champion Holy Innocents.

After leading her team to a 12-1-1 record, Knight is the Savannah Morning News Girls Soccer Coach of the Year.

“At first I was scared of taking on a girls’ team because there can be more drama,” said Knight, who was an assistant at Benediktiner for three seasons before joining SVA. “And then we moved to another class after winning all the national championships. But everything went together and we had a magical year. I’m sad that the season didn’t last longer, but I was happy to work with this senior class Year.”

Knight added that she should give credit to her husband, Kevin Knight, who served as an assistant and was an important part of the successful season.

The Saints had a variety of stars, including Emma Beddow, Alana Beddow, and Isabella Hogan, who received All-Greater Savannah first-team awards.

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The All-Greater Savannah girls’ soccer team will be announced Thursday, and the Player of the Year award will be announced during the annual Coastal Empire High School Sports Awards, an on-demand streamed broadcast broadcast on the 28th website https: / /sportsawards.usatoday.com/coastalempire/.

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ALL-GREATER SAVANNAH GIRLS SOCCER FIRST TEAM

EMMA BEDDOW, St. Vincent’s, Sr., Onwards

Beddow scored 21 goals and four assists for the Saints (12-1-1), who advanced to the quarter-finals of the Class A Private. She equalized in the playoff loss to Holy Innocents when the Saints fell on penalties. Beddow signed to play for Columbus State.

ISABELLA HOGAN, St. Vincent’s, sr., F / MF

Hogan was a defining factor for the Saints, as a solid player in the middle or up front. She had nine goals and five assists that season.

ALANA BEDDOW, St. Vincent’s, so., Goalkeeper

Alana, a cousin of Emma Beddow, was the stone in the net for the Saints all season. She had 70 saves a year.

BAILEE HILDEBRANDT, Effingham County, sr., MF

Hildebrandt had 12 goals and seven assists in the season to crown his career with 47 goals and 30 assists. She signed up to play for Columbus State.

MYCHAEL FRUITS, Calvary Day, sr., MF

Fruits was the Cavaliers midfielder, scoring 10 goals and nine assists on a squad that ended the season 11-5, finishing second in his region. Fruits signed to play for North Georgia.

EMMA CROSBY, Calvary Day, sr., F.

Crosby had 18 goals and three assists for Calvary Day. She will move on to play in North Georgia.

COURTNEY ALLEN, Richmond Hill, so., MF

Allen was an attacking midfielder for a Wildcats squad that finished second in the rugged 2-6A region and made a first-team selection from all regions.

SARAH HUNGERFORD, Richmond Hill, Jr., MF

Hungerford was a key defensive midfielder for the Wildcats, who advanced to the Class 6A quarterfinals and ended the season with a 13-4 record.

EMILY HOUSE, Bradwell Institute, Jr., F

The standout junior scored 29 goals with 19 assists for a Tigers squad and reached the Sweet 16 in the class 6A playoffs.

AMINA OKUMU, Savannah Country Day, Jr., F.

Okumu scored 19 goals and three assists for the Hornets, helping to lead the team to a playoff spot.

JADE CINTRON, ISLANDS, Jr., MF

Cintron was a mainstay for the Sharks, who won the Region 4-3A title and made it to the state quarter-finals for the fourth year in a row.

SURRENA COPELAND, Savannah Arts, sr., F.

Copeland was named Offensive Player of the Year in Region 3-3A. She had 15 goals and five assists for the Panthers.

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SECOND TEAM

Lexie Merry, Richmond Hill

Belief bullied, Savannah Christian

Rowan Carter, Savannah Arts Academy

Amber Beddow, St. Vincent’s Academy

MaKayla Robinson, Bradwell Institute

Olivia Carney, Savannah Country Day

Katie Ellenwood, Calvary Day

Julia Metzger, Islands

Ariana Page, Richmond Hill

Anna Fife, St. Vincent’s Academy

Kate Crunkleton, Calvary Day

Madison Steyer, Bradwell Institute

Cailyn Kurdys, Savannah Arts

Lauren Groneck, Richmond Hill

Hayden Aliotta, St. Vincent’s Academy

JoJo Cintron, Islands

AWARD

BRADWELL INSTITUTE – Andrea Lopez

CALVARY DAY – Lauren Baker, travel school

COASTAL HOMESCHOOL – Abby Snider, Shannah Stewart, Gracie Smith, Celeste Baladi

EFFINGHAM COUNTY – Dayanara Figueroa, Taylor Clyde, Stephanie Miller

ISLANDS – Maddie Caldwell, Shelby Harvey, Jordan Albury

LIBERTY COUNTY – Keyasia Hairston, Arlasia Jones, Mildany Rodriguez

NEW HAMPSTEAD – Jaiden Brait, Christian Pate, Marina Daniel

RICHMOND HILL – Karli Eubanks

SAVANNAH ARTS – Liberty Lebos, Amelia McCorvey, Niki Karfakis, Mattie Lossing, Catherine Costner

SAVANNAH HIGH – Tania Bryant

SAVANNAH CHRISTIAN – Riley Schwarzer

SAVANNAH COUNTRY DAY – Haley Avino, Grace Wilson, AC Davis

SÜDEFFINGHAM – Harley Murphy

ST. ANDREW’S – Stella Oelschig, Ella McWhorter

ST. VINCENT’S – Emma Cowart, Mary Grace Meyers, Camryn Woods

WINDSOR FOREST – Madeline Moguel, Joahna Ortiz

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Dennis Knight reports on sports for the Savannah Morning News. Contact him at Dknight@savannahnow.com. Twitter: @DennisKnightSMN