Saranac and Beekmantown battled all season long to claim the top spot in the Northern Soccer League’s Division I girls’ soccer standings.
The Eagles only dropped two games during the season, both by a single goal to the undefeated Chiefs.
The battle didn’t stop in the regular season, however.
The two teams met again with the Section VII Class B title on the line and had an epic battle, which Saranac pulled out in sudden-death penalty kicks.
The Eagles were honored with the Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award.
The all-star teams and awards were selected by the NSL coaches.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Kallie Villemaire (Beekmantown)- Villemaire, a junior, was a captain for the Eagles in her fourth year on the varsity. She led the division in scoring with 22 goals and 13 assists on the season. Villemiare has a great knack for making her teammates better and possesses a strong work ethic. She has great speed and skills that have made her one of the most dominant players in the league.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Mary LoTemplio (Saranac)- LoTemplio helped lead the Chiefs to their first sectional title since 1995 this season. She guided Saranac to a perfect record in the Northern Soccer League, a Section VII Class B championship and a trip to the NYSPHSAA regional title game. The Chiefs finished the season with a 16-1-1 record.
Lindsey Bushey (Peru)- Bushey, a senior, was a five-year starter who generated 73 goals and 39 assists throughout her career. She’s aggressive with her play, possesses strong foot skills and was strong in both passing and scoring. Bushey also has the ability to shoot with both feet. She finished with 15 goals and eight assists in her senior year.
Summer Gillespie (Saranac)- Gillespie, a junior, played midfield for the Chiefs this season. She did a little of everything for Saranac on the year, including defending against the opponent’s top players, and could even play goalie in a pinch. Gillespie finished the season with 13 goals and nine assists.