Argos girls soccer earns 7 All-Academic nominations
ARGOS — The Argos girls soccer team was given a program-record number of All-Academic nominations and set another program first with the school’s first All-State Honorable Mention nod as the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association named award-winners for the 2011 season.
Argos had its highest-ever number of All-Academic winners in history with seven players named to the list. No previous squad had placed more than three.
Senior All-Academic winners from the regional championship squad were Keri Bair, Karalei Kring, Carly McCay and Stefany Parrish. Joining them were juniors Emily Alcorn, Samantha Hopkins and Madeline Williams.
“Our team success this season resulted, not only from the skill of the players, but from hard work and diligence,” Argos Head Coach Jon Alcorn said. “These players demonstrated that excellence in the classroom, and I have no doubt that this overflowed onto the pitch.”
The ISCA also awarded Parrish the Top Team Player award. Parrish, a central midfielder for the Dragons, was third in scoring and second in assists. A captain, she earned four varsity letters.
“Stefany was a huge factor in the quality of play that developed by the end of our season,” said Alcorn. “She missed a third of the year due to injury, and returned to boost our tournament run. Her performance and attitude on and off the field were outstanding.”
Meanwhile, junior forward Jami Patterson was named to the ISCA All-State list, earning Honorable Mention.
Patterson was an All-District I First Team pick. From a pool of 46 schools and approximately 800 players, 16 field players and two goalkeepers were chosen to represent the area for college showcase games held Nov. 19 and 20. The six Indiana districts played a series of matches in Indianapolis with college coaches and ISCA voters in attendance. Following the games, the District Representatives voted the ISCA All-State team.
“Jami played well and her district team beat District Four 3-2,” Alcorn said. “That district contains players from State Champion Carmel along with large school powers Zionsville, Avon, Cathedral and Brownsburg, so everyone was excited about that. She played in two soccer games Saturday, drove to Elkhart to help her basketball team beat Jimtown, drove three hours back to Indy, and played in the third game at 8:30 the next morning. That’s impressive.”
Patterson became the sixth Argos player to make First Team All-District, with the last being Kelsie Hollabaugh, who made the team in 2007 and 2008. She is the first to make the ISCA All-State list.