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.
Rachel Knapp (AuSable Valley)- Knapp, a senior, was a utility player for the Patriots this season, and played fullback and striker. She has a strong spirit and was the team’s sparkplug. Knapp could score goals from all points on the field, finishing with nine goals and three assists on the year.
Brooke Knight (Plattsburgh)- Knight, a senior, was a captain for the Hornets this season, her fourth on the varsity level. She drew multiple defenders throughout the season, especially in the playoffs, but proved up to the challenge. Knight finished the season with 15 goals and two assists.
Amy LoTemplio (Saranac)- LoTemplio, a junior, patrolled the midfield for the Chiefs. She controls the attacking for Saranac and has the ability to play calm. LoTemplio shows great vision and anticipation. She finished the year with nine goals and 15 assists.
Katie Matott (Northeastern Clinton)- Matott, a sophomore, played mostly forward for the Cougars, but saw some action at midfield. She has great ball skills and sees the field well. Matott is comfortable at shooting from any distance or taking on defenders. She finished with six goals and an assist on the year.
Michaela McDonough (Northeastern Clinton)- McDonough, a senior, was a three-year varsity player and an all-star selection for the second consecutive season. She was the center of the Cougars’ defense and could clear the ball with either foot. McDonough sees the field well and made great decisions that solidified the defense. She added three goals and four assists to help offensively.
Lauren O’Connor (Beekmantown)- O’Connor, a senior, was named captain for the Eagles this season. She had a record of 14-2-1 on the season while patrolling the net for Beekmantown, and finished with six shutouts. O’Connor broke the Eagles career record for shutouts (23) and saves (569) this season.
Kiley Regan (Beekmantown)- Regan, a senior, was a captain for the Eagles this season. This is her second consecutive year on the all-star team. She controlled the midfield for Beekmantown, and continued to play through injuries this season. Regan possesses great vision and finished the year with two goals and seven assists.
Ellen Thew (Saranac)- Thew, a junior, was a forward for Saranac this season. She has a great ability to breakdown defenses and get past defenders. Thew draws attention away from other players, yet still was able to score plenty of goals. She finished with 24 goals and seven assists this season.
Kirsten Villemaire (Beekmantown)- Villemaire, an eighth grader, is the youngest player to make first-team all-star. She had 11 goals and six assists for the Eagles this season. She helped control the middle of the field, and has great foot skills to go with her speed. Villemaire is a hard worker, which showed on the field this season.
Northern Soccer League
Div. I Girls’ All-Stars
Lindsey Bushey (Peru), Summer Gillespie (Saranac), Rachel Knapp (AuSable Valley), Brooke Knight (Plattsburgh), Amy LoTemplio (Saranac), Katie Matott (Northeastern Clinton), Michaela McDonough (Northeastern Clinton), Lauren O’Connor (Beekmantown), Kiley Regan (Beekmantown), Ellen Thew (Saranac), Kirsten Villemaire (Beekmantown)
Kaitlyn Bowman (Saranac), Sheila Decker (Saranac Lake), Jamie Favreau (Saranac), Anna Hogan (Peru), Hailey McLaughlin (Plattsburgh), Kayla Napper (Saranac), Alex Putnam (Beekmantown), Kelsey Senecal (Plattsburgh), Logan Snow (AuSable Valley), Maddy Tucker (Northeastern Clinton), Courtney Wilson (Beekmantown)
Most Valuable Player: Kallie Villemaire (Beekmantown)
Coach of the Year: Mary LoTemplio (Saranac)
Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award: Beekmantown