TENNERTON – Buckhannon-Upshur’s Audrey Gaudet and Madison Ware earned 2018 Big 10 All-Conference Soccer First Team honors as the team was released Sunday afternoon.
Leigh Ann Bennett joined her teammates as a member of the Second Team.
Ware, a senior forward/midfielder, played in 17 games and scored 12 goals and had eight assists despite missing three games with a concussion.
She was a four-year starter for the Lady Bucs.
“Madi had a great senior season and really worked hard,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc coach Jackie Zuliani. “She really matured as a young woman and a player. Her movement greatly improved and she was a total offensive threat. She had a great scoring season, but also had several assists. She has been an offensive leader all of her high school career and we will miss her next year.”
Gaudet, also a four-year senior starter, tallied two goals and one assist and played in all 20 games for the Lady Bucs from her center defender position.
“Audrey had a fantastic four years as our center defender,” Zuliani stated. “She was the heart and soul of our defense. She shut down so many scoring opportunities and frustrated many other teams’ strikers. She was definitely one of the top defenders in the state. She will be very hard to replace.”
Bennett, a senior midfielder and four-year starter, scored three goals and owned three assists in 20 games for the Lady Bucs.
“Leigh Ann had a great season and really stepped up for us in the midfield. We needed someone to fill in at the holding mid position and I called on Leigh Ann to give it a shot. She did very well and really changed the balance of our attack and working the ball up from the defense. She was a natural defender and really helped close down the center of the field. I am very proud of how far she has come as a player. I hope others learn from her and see to always be open to playing anywhere on the field and do whatever it you can to benefit the team.”
Zuliani and her Lady Bucs ended the year with a 13-5-2 record falling to University in the sectional opener.
“I wish nothing but the best to all three of our all-conference players in their future endeavors.”
Bridgeport and Robert C. Byrd put three members on
the First Team while the Lady Bucs and Elkins each had two.
Robert C. Byrd won the Class AA-A championship with a 3-1 victory over Charleston Catholic.
RCB won both post-season individual awards with Ashton McKane getting Player of the Year honors while Tina Smith was named the Coach of the Year.
BIG 10 FIRST TEAM
Maddie Wilson – Bridgeport
Kristin George – Bridgeport
Rory Marple – Bridgeport
Ashton McKane – Robert C. Byrd
Lura Simons – Robert C. Byrd
Maddie Smith – Robert C. Byrd
Audrey Gaudet – Buckhannon-Upshur
Madison Ware – Buckhannon-Upshur
Kiley Calain – Elkins
Sophia Triplett – Elkins
Trisha Lemasters – Fairmont Senior
Mackenzie Hendricks – Lewis County
Aeriss Efaw – North Marion
Payton Gregory – Philip Barbour
BIG 10 SECOND TEAM
Brittany Lawrence – Philip Barbour
Cloie Mosesso – Philip Barbour
Braylynn Travis – Philip Barbour
Kendra Bolinger – Preston
Sydney Davis – Preston
Megan Noss – Preston
Emma Cayton – Lewis County
Mikayala Lattae – Lewis County
Hannah Floyd – Fairmont Senior
Avery King – Fairmont Senior
Leigh Ann Bennett – Buckhannon-Upshur
Stevee Brock – East Fairmont
Sydney Vilian – Liberty
Tiara Snyder – Robert C. Byrd
Player of the Year – Ashton McKane (Robert C. Byrd)
Coach of the Year – Tina Smith (Robert C. Byrd)