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Lyndsey Thompson can score.
That’s an understatement.
The Shady Spring soccer midfielder set an unofficial state record with 133 career goals. Her senior year she racked up 35 goals and assisted on 11 others.
Those stats made her a lock for a first-team position on the Class AAA All-State squad, announced recently by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
“When Lyndsey gets on a roll, she’s really accurate,” said Tigers coach Rachel Kincaid. “She has a wide range, up close or from way back. If she needs to get open and make a play, she can do it.”
Thompson was the go-to player in many ways. She could play anywhere and had leadership skills to match.
“Wherever we needed her to go, she played,” Kincaid said. “She was a leader on and off the field. The girls looked up to her and listened to what she said.”
Thompson has indicated she will play college ball at the University of Charleston.
“I think she’ll make a great player for Charleston,” Kincaid said. “Wherever she goes, they will be lucky to have her. She is so talented.”
Woodrow Wilson senior midfielder Sarah Akers and Greenbrier East junior defender Erin Johnson were named to the All-State second team.
Oak Hill’s Brianna Ovalle was an honorable mention selection.
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After Winfield suffered its first loss this season, that’s when Jayne Lawman really stood out.
“There were some things we let go that should have been taken care of as far as discipline that wasn’t getting done,’’ said Winfield 10th-year coach Marshall Hoff of Morgantown’s 1-0 victory a few weeks before sectionals. “She took it upon herself and called the problem to the front and got it taken care of.’’
Behind Lawman’s leadership the Generals didn’t lose again as they swept to back-to-back Class AAA state championships earlier this month.
Lawman was honored Friday as the high school girls soccer player of the year and the captain of the AAA all-state first team.
Lawman, who has verbally committed to Marshall, scored 23 goals from her forward position to pace Winfield (23-1-1). The junior, who has netted 74 goals in three seasons, will enter her final season next year with a chance to break 100 career goals.
“I think the biggest thing was personally just stepping out,’’ said Hoff of Lawman’s naturally laidback demeanor. “She’s really taken on quite the role with the team.
“Not at first because the biggest thing with Jayne she carries a real humble spirit. As far as she’s concerned she’s just one of the 11 out there. She never really takes on that kind of boisterous mentality. She brings the most out of the ones around her. She’s a joy to coach. Always smiling and continues to work hard.’’
Winfield ended the year on an eight-game unbeaten streak. Lawman tallied four goals in the Generals’ five postseason games, including one in the state championship matchup, a 2-0 win over Washington.
“When the games are the tightest or everything was on the line she was able to perform at her best under those kinds of conditions,’’ Hoff said. “A lot of athletes have trouble with that at a young age and it came easy to her.’’
In addition to Lawman, Winfield also placed senior Micharae Thompson (midfield) and sophomore Kaylee Cross (defender) on the Class AAA all-state first team.
George Washington also had a trio earn first-team honors in seniors Taylor Ellis (defender), who tallied 11 goals and is continuing her career at Division I Coastal Carolina, and Rachel Mears (defender) and junior Olivia Miller (goalkeeper). GW only allowed 14 goals in 24 games, including five in the last 14 contests as it marched back to the state semifinals.
Hurricane juniors Abby Watson, a forward who turned in a team-high tying 26 tallies, and Taylor Coalter (defender) were also on the first team.
Washington senior Kylie Nelson (goalkeeper) and sophomore Haelly Ramirez (midfield) were first-team picks after leading the Charles Town school to its first state title game appearance. Washington also made its inaugural trips to states since opening in 2008.
Morgantown seniors Maggie Snively (forward) and Makayla Schmidt (midfield) complete the first team.
The second team was led by Morgantown senior defender Mazie Cheesebrough, who was selected captain.
Winfield senior Braiden Maddox (goalkeeper), freshman Mary Lawman (forward) and sophomore M.E. Zulauf (midfield) were also second-team selections as was Hurricane junior Lauren London (defender).
Maddox moved from the field to goalie for the first time this year. She showed her versatility by moving to the pitch at opportune times this season and scoring a handful of goals. Mary Lawman, Jayne Lawman’s younger sister, made an immediate impact with 22 goals. Zulauf, who chipped in five goals, controlled the midfield for the Generals.
The other second-team goalkeeper was Jefferson’s Shelbie Spencer. The rest of the forwards were Washington freshman Atley Fortney and Parkersburg South senior Kirsten Jones.
Akers, Hampshire senior Taylor Harwood and Musselman sophomore Madison LaPole rounded out the midfielders. Filling out the defenders were Johnson and Wheeling Park senior Cece Jebbia.
— Charleston Gazette sports writer Tommy R. Atkinson and Register-Herald sports writer Dan Stillwell contributed to this story.