Jill Harrelson of Enterprise / Coach of the Year
Background: Harrelson has coached varsity and junior high sports in Alabama for the past 27 years in volleyball, basketball, softball and soccer. She has been the head girls’ soccer coach at EHS for four years and the assistant the previous two.
This year: Harrelson led the Wildcats to a 16-4-1 record, area championship and second round of the Class 7A state playoffs. She has compiled a 54-23-7 overall record as the head coach.
Enjoy most about coaching: Of course our goal is to develop our players’ talents so they can be the best they can be on the field. We also try to teach our players important life lessons, the importance of having good character and just doing the right thing, even if you think no one is watching.
Most memorable moments? Looking back it is always exciting to win your area and we also won the Shamrock Invitational in Cullman. Our greatest accomplishment is we won over every state championship team in Alabama this season except for 7A Vestavia. We beat 1A-3A Westminster at Oak Mountain, 4A-5A Montgomery Academy and 6A Homewood.
What made this year’s team so special? We had the same team back from last year’s Final Four team and they got a taste of the Final Four and wanted to go again. So this group of young ladies worked hard in the offseason on their conditioning and skills at our six-man practices from September to January. We also put in a new formation and the team worked hard on learning their roles in this formation.
On being named Coach of the Year? Definitely an unexpected honor, especially when we have so many great coaches in the Wiregrass area. Without God, the support of my family, two great assistant coaches (Emily Vaughan and Corrie Thomas), a very hard-working team, supportive parents and ECS for trusting me and giving me this opportunity to coach, none of this would have happened.
Sydney Garth of Enterprise / Player of the Year
Background: Garth started playing micro soccer when she was three years old in Dothan. Along with playing for Enterprise High, she has played club soccer with the Dothan Shockers and Wiregrass Futbol Club.
This year: Garth, a sophomore, led the Wildcats with 28 goals and also contributed 15 assists.
Enjoy most about soccer: I enjoy being able to play and compete with teams that are just as good as mine. I love the competition. My dad says, “The only way to get better is to play people better than you.”
Strengths as a player: I would say my strengths are scoring and making plays that create scoring opportunities for my teammates. Also, I started juggling everyday which improved my first touch.
Most memorable moments this season: Being down 2-0 against MA and making a 5-4 comeback win. We haven’t beat them since I’ve been playing. And beating Prattville twice to be area champs.
What made this year’s team special? I think adding Coach Corrie (Thomas), because she played soccer in college, gave our team an advantage. She changed our formation, and we played a lot better because of it. We beat three teams that won state titles this season.
On being named player of the year: Honestly, I was shocked. When I got a text from my coach, I didn’t think it would say I’m player of the year. Without my teammates and coaches being so amazing and supportive, I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today, and that’s such a blessing.
Goals for the future: Making it to the Final Four next year is definitely a goal. After high school, I hope to play soccer in college and continue after I graduate as well. I love the sport and want to go far.
Harrelson on Garth: Sydney is a great player. She plays very physical for her size and has a lot of speed. She works hard and has the talent and ability to play at the next level.
Super 12 Team
Sydney Garth – Enterprise
Garth led the Class 7A Wildcats with 28 goals along with contributing 15 assists in helping the team to the area title and Elite Eight of the state playoffs.
Morgan Harrelson – Enterprise
The talented Harrelson scored 23 goals and had 17 assists in helping the Wildcats to the area title. She was selected for the AHSAA All-Star game this summer.
Ashlyn Purvis – Enterprise
Purvis is a tremendous defender who controls the middle for the Wildcats, which compiled a 16-4-1 record.
Sydney Jeffcoat – Houston Academy
A team captain, Jeffcoat scored 23 goals, had 19 assists, 43 takeaways and blocked 18 shots in playing every minute of the Raiders’ 15 games.
Morgan Bienvenu – Providence Christian
Seventh grade Striker
The speedy and talented youngster compiled 19 goals for the Eagles. She also played on the JV squad and scored 11 goals for that unit.
Frances Fabbrini – Northview
The versatile player scored 14 goals, contributed seven assists and also accumulated 107 takeaways for the Cougars.
Faith Hayes – Northview
One of the most versatile players in the Wiregrass, Hayes scored 14 goals, had 15 assists and 54 takeaways in helping the Cougars to the area title.
Katie Beth Wakefield – Northview
Wakefield scored a team-leading 28 goals and also added five assists with 40 takeaways in helping the Cougars to a 13-4-1 record.
Adriana Wright – Northview
Considered one of the best goalkeepers in the state, Wright had 117 saves and eight shutouts in helping the Cougars to the third round of the state playoffs.
Samantha Adams – Carroll
Adams had an incredible 40 goals and contributed 14 assists for the Eagles. She also had 109 takeaways and was named the team MVP.
Lilly Vasquez – Carroll
Vasquez had 96 takeaways in helping to lead a strong Carroll defense. She also added eight goals and had three assists for the area champions.
Alexus Long – Carroll
The team offensive MVP, Long scored 17 goals and contributed a team-leading 17 assists in helping the Eagles to a school-best 19-3 record and second round state playoff appearance.