Three Panthers on All-ECC first team

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

BROOKLIN WILLOUGHBY BROOKLIN WILLOUGHBY Plymouth’s Brooklin Willoughby, Sydney Robinson and Kaylee Koenig were voted to the All-East Central Conference girls soccer first team for the inaugural 2016 season by the league coaches.

The Panthers, who shared the first ECC championship with Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) at 11-2-1, have two players on the second team in Skyler Gosse and Kalei Hering. PHS has three honorable-mention picks – Olivia Jankowski, Emily Majerus and Nuria Cervera.

Robinson, a sophomore attacker, is a unanimous pick. She scored 16 goals and had four assists in ECC action. Robinson was the Panthers’ top scorer in league play.

“Sydney not only scored a lot of goals but she constantly applied pressure to the opponent’s back line. She came up huge in multiple games, often scoring when it mattered most,” said Panther head coach Brad Feick.

“No other ECC player has come up so consistently when goals were most needed.”

Robinson scored the game winning goal in several matches, including the one which gave PHS a 3-2 victory over Kewaskum and a share of the ECC title.

Koenig, a junior attacker, is also a unanimous choice. She contributed 10 goals and five assists during league play. Koenig was an All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference first-team defender last year.

“Technically, Kaylee is one of the strongest players in the ECC. She can play any position and did so for us throughout the year,” Feick pointed out.

“Depending on our opponent she played center-back but has been moved into the midfield and up as forward when we need to generate goal-scoring opportunities. She is really what makes our team what it is.

“Her passing, movement and understanding of the game make it difficult on opponents. She’s one of the best players, offensively or defensively, in the ECC. She converted every penalty kick for us,” said the coach.

SYDNEY ROBINSON SYDNEY ROBINSON Willoughby, a junior, was a defender this year. She had two assists during the ECC season.

“Brooklin is one of the best defenders in the conference. Early in the season Brooklin transitioned from a midfielder to a center defender. This was the first time that she played defense at the high school level,” Feick pointed out.

“She has fantastic touch and passing in the back but it was her speed and ability to play angles that sets her apart from others. Without her, there would have been many more goals given up this season. She was able to close down and prevent goals by some of the top forwards in the ECC.

“She played nearly every minute even though she played through an injury for much of the year,” said Feick.

KAYLEE KOENIG KAYLEE KOENIG Hering, a junior attacker, scored 11 goals and made six assists in ECC play. She was All- EWC honorable-mention at forward as a sophomore.

“Kalei started the year playing alongside Sydney as a forward but really found her niche as an outside midfielder who attacks from the outside,” said the coach.

“Her ability to get deep into the attacking third makes her a threat to either score or set her teammates up. She became a dangerous threat on the outside.”

Gosse, a junior defender, had four assists in the conference.

“Skyler was our defensive midfielder. She plays physically and works to control the midfield. She is often looking to deliver long passes to switch the point of attack,” said Feick.

“Having her in the middle of the field gave our back four confidence. Her toughness often rubbed off on her teammates. In the second half of the conference schedule she began to find her teammates for scoring opportunities.”

Jankowski, a senior attacker, tallied seven goals and had four assists in ECC matches. She was an All-EWC second-team forward in 2015.

“Olivia played our left-outside midfield position for much of the year. She’s a physically strong player who was often sprinting in on goal or getting the ball deep into the attacking third,” Feick noted.

“From her play we were able to generate many goal-scoring opportunities, however, she was not the one credited for the final pass. Instead she was often the one who generated the opportunity for others to make the final pass.”

Cervera, a senior attacker, contributed four goals and seven assists in ECC action. Her assist total paced PHS.

“Nuria played as a forward and a center midfielder. Her ability to attack with the ball close to her feet made it difficult for opponents,” said Feick.

“Her ability to dribble and pass in tight spaces helped set her teammates up as well as maintain possession for extended periods of time. Sometimes she was a bit too unselfish – passing up opportunities to score when she should have taken the shot herself.”

Majerus, a junior attacker, scored three goals and had three assists during the ECC season. She was an All-EWC honorable mention midfielder last year.

“Emily played as a center midfielder. Her passing and movement helped us often maintain possession in the midfield, and her composure on the ball helped give her teammates composure,” Feick pointed out.

“She missed the first few games due to an off-season injury. Once she was back we were much better. There are few players in the ECC that play with her composure and passing.”

Senior attacker Abi Aswege of KML was voted the ECC’s Player of the Year. Aswege, senior defender Peyton Schneider of KML, senior attacker Tiffani Anderson of Campbellsport and senior attacker Jeray Riffel of Kewaskum are the other unanimous selections.

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