NEW MANCHESTER — Oak Glen is turning into one of the premier soccer teams in West Virginia, advancing to two straight state tournaments and, this year, making its first state title game.
Next year, the Golden Bears will look to take that next step and a big part of that optimism has been the play of Reece Enochs.
The standout forward has made her own share of history this season, breaking the school record for career (107) and single-season goals (48).
For her efforts, Enochs was selected as captain of the Class AA/A all-state girls’ soccer team, as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
“She is very deserving and her stats alone are something that should open eyes around the state,” Oak Glen coach Ryan Wells said. “The leadership qualities she has shown in the locker room, she really is a leader among leaders.
“Watching a kid grow from a sophomore to a junior, she has gotten bigger, stronger, faster. The ability has always been there and she has really taken those next strides.”
Enochs is the second straight Oak Glen player to be selected as captain of the Class AA/A squad, following Maggie Kovalcik from last season.
In leading the Golden Bears to OVAC, sectional and regional titles, Enochs has done so by example.
“She isn’t real vocal, but she puts her head down and does what she needs to do,” Wells said. “Last year, she had a counterpart in Maggie and now she is the main scorer and having to take on the full focus of opposing defenses.”
Enochs is helped out by Brooklyn Loveland, who was selected as a first-team midfielder.
The junior is an expert at crosses, corner kicks and set pieces. She was one of the top assist leaders in the state with 32 to go along with nine goals.
“Brooklyn is one of the best defenders and people don’t see that,” Wells said. “When they try to force the ball to the other side, she is there to cross it in. Her pinpoint accuracy on corners and set pieces is remarkable.
“She and Reece have a weird knack of finding each other. She never comes off the field and goes 18-to-18 the whole game.”
Madonna’s Kali Krynicki netted 30 goals and 11 assists on a young Blue Dons, taking the team to an OVAC Class 3A/1A title game appearance. She makes the first team in a utility spot.
“Kali is a complete player, well-composed and strong on the ball,” Madonna coach Bob Kolanko said. “Our team finished with 68 goals so Kali directly accounted for 60 percent or our offensive attack. But more importantly was her ability to lead such an inexperienced group of players to a very respectable season.”
The Golden Bears also placed two players on the second team in forward Abigail Myers (22 goals, nine assists) and midfielder Jori Alexander (15 goals, 14 assists).
Weir’s Isabella Aperfine played in 13 games because of an injury, but still made an impact with 14 goals and 10 assists. She was a second-team midfielder.
While it was a solid year for Oak Glen, at the end of the season, it was Charleston Catholic that raised a state championship trophy after three years of runner-up finishes.
The Irish are led on the first team by a trio of players in midfielder Lindsay Carr (junior), defender Audrey Miller (junior) and goalie Katie Nestor (senior).
Carr netted 19 goals and 12 assists for Coach Amy Mullen’s squad, including a key goal to put the Irish up 3-1 in the championship game victory.
Miller added six goals and two assists, while Nestor allowed eight goals all season.
Bridgeport and Winfield rounded out the final four in the state.
Sophomore midfielder Allison Bender was the lone Indians player on the first team, while the Generals were represented by senior forward Julianne Pauley (23 goals, two assists), junior midfielder Ava Hall (16 goals, 17 assists) and senior defender Emily Bryant.
Poca freshman Katie Farley burst onto the scene with 48 goals and 15 assists and joins Enochs, Pauley and Sissonville sophomore Anna Gregor as forwards.
Joining Miller and Bryant on the defense is Philip Barbour junior Payton Gregory (three goals, three assists, 32 tackle).
Williamstown senior netminder Mara Rinehart recorded 13 shutouts while allowing 17 goals in 21 games (.8 per game) to be selected as a first-team goaltender.
The utility spots belong to Sissonville sophomore Amelia Compston, St. Joe Central senior Mina Smith (10 goals, 13 assists) and Krynicki.
St. Joe Central senior forward Abby Lee captains the second team. Joining her at forward are Myers, Bridgeport senior Madie Wilson and Elkins senior Sophia Triplett.
Alexander, Aperfine, Robert C. Byrd senior Maddie Smith and Winfield senior Peyton Frohnapfel are the midfielders.
Herbert Hoover senior Allison Dunbar, Nitro sophomore Lena Elkins and Bridgeport senior Emma Perine represent the defenders, while East Fairmont sophomore Myleena Starsick is the lone second-team goalie.
Oak Hill junior Morgan Wills, Pocahontas County senior Kira Bircher and Charleston Catholic sophomore Bella Cinco round out team as utility.
F – Reece Enochs, Oak Glen, jr (captain)
F– Katie Farley, Poca, fresh
F – Julianne Pauley, Winfield, sr
F – Anna Gregor, Sissonville, soph
M – Brooklyn Loveland, Oak Glen, jr
M– Allison Bender, Bridgeport, soph
M – Lindsay Carr, Charleston Catholic, jr
M – Ava Hall, Winfield,jr
D – Audrey Miller, Charleston Catholic, jr
D -Payton Gregory, Philip Barbour, jr
D – Emily Bryant, Winfield,sr
G – Katie Nestor, Charleston Catholic, sr
G – Mara Rinehart, Williamstown, sr
Utility – Mina Smith, St. Joe Central, sr
Utility – Kali Krynicki, Madonna, sr
Utility — Amelia Compston, Sissonville, soph
F – Abigail Myers, Oak Glen, jr
F– Madie Wilson, Bridgeport, sr
F – Sophia Triplett, Elkins, sr
F – Abby Lee, St. Joe, sr (captain)
M – Jori Alexander, Oak Glen, jr
M– Isabella Aperfine, Weir, jr
M – Maddie Smith, RCB, sr
M – Peyton Frohnapfel, Winfield, sr
D – Allison Dunbar, Herbert Hoover, sr
D – Lena Elkins, Nitro, soph
D – Emma Perine, Bridgeport, sr
G – Cloie Mosesso, Philip Barbour, sr
G – Myleena Starsick, East Fairmont, soph
Utility – Morgan Wills, Oak Hill, jr
Utility – Kira Bircher, Pocahontas County, sr
Utility — Bella Cinco, Charleston Catholic, soph
Alexis Adams, Weir; Alexa Andrews, Oak Glen; Jon’C Atkinson, Scott; Sienna Bircher, Pocahontas County; Alaina Bott, Lincoln; Mikayla Brown, Braxton County; Laila Calhoun, Pocahontas County; Beth Carter, Liberty; Emma Coiner, Williamstown; Sarah Crim, Robert C. Byrd; Jacinda Devart, Grafton; Karlie Denham, North Marion; Kadie Dunham, Grafton; Aeriss Efaw, North Marion; Abigail Gerner, Wheeling Central; Kate Gribben, Fairmont Senior; Haley Gribble, Philip Barbour; Molli Gould, Robert C. Byrd; Haylee Griffith, Bridgeport; Margaret Hartzell, Wheeling Central; Mackenzie Hendricks, Lewis County; Abi Hugh, Huntington St. Joe; Emily Jett, Lincoln; Kennedy Jones, Sissonville; Kalei Jordan, Winfield; Shannon Karr, Charleston Catholic; Avary King, Fairmont Senior; Heidi King, Braxton County; Isabella Karlen, Elkins; Emily Knotts, Grafton; Brittany Lawrence, Philip Barbour; Abby Macek, Madonna; Mara McGrew, Winfield; Lilly McMullen, Williamstown; Angelina Musilli, Nitro; Devin Ord, Poca; Jenna Panaro, Charleston Catholic; Shayna Paxton, Herbert Hoover; Berta Pintatdo, Scott; Mackenzie Randolph, Bridgeport; Samantha Richbart, Huntington St. Joe; Hannah Runions, Poca; Brooke Runner, Grafton; Braelynne Sandreth, Bridgeport; Ember Smith, South Harrison; Angelina Spickard, Madonna; Victoria Sturm, Lincoln; Ava Taylor, Weir; Sydney Vilain, Liberty; Laney Whitmore, Huntington St. Joe; Jillian Williams, Oak Glen