Hometown heroes: NCAA women’s soccer

Hometown heroes: NCAA women’s soccer

CorrespondentJanuary 20, 2014 

Ashley Shaffer never got to be on the same soccer field as her sister when the two were in high school at Green Hope. Ashley tore her ACL during her senior season, which was Alexis’ sophomore year.

But the two did play on the same pitch this year – in the NCAA Tournament. Alexis’ Virginia Cavaliers knocked out Ashley’s Georgetown Hoyas.

Ashley (Green Hope 2011 graduate) appeared in 14 games for the Hoyas and started in five of those appearances.

Taylor Travis, Florida: Travis (Green Hope, 2010) played in 20 games for the Gators, as Florida was able to make it to the NCAA tournament. She had one assist.

Anna Witte, Penn State: As a freshman, Witte (Cary, 2013) received action in four different games, recording 93 minutes of playing time early in her career. She played defender for Penn State.

Alexis Degler, Ohio State: Degler (Green Hope, 2013) played in 20 games, starting two for the Buckeyes, who reached the NCAA Tournament. Overall, she had three goals and one assist.

Annie McHenry, Charlotte: McHenry (Cary, 2011) played in six games for the 49ers, starting in four games.

Brianne Boldrin, Stetson: Boldrin (Athens Drive, 2013) started 12 games for Stetson. She played more than 1,100 minutes at midfield and defender.

Callie McClain, UNC-Wilmington: McClain (Green Hope, 2013) played in all 19 games this season for UNC-W, starting in three. She had one goal and one assist.

Morgan Vezina, Old Dominion: Old Dominion finished the year 1-13, but Vezina (Green Hope, 2013) saw action in 14 games for the Monarchs.

D2 or D2 soccer

Brae Buster, Pfeiffer: Buster (Cary Christian, 2013) had a remarkable season for Pfeiffer. She was the leading scorer with 10 goals and three assists, playing and starting in all 21 games.

Ellice Johnson, Meredith: Johnson (Athens Drive, 2013) started four games as a freshman and played in 11 games total. She had two goals and one assist for Meredith, which went 11-5-5. Her teammate Tori Tate (Athens Drive, 2013) played in 15 games for the Avenging Angels, while Samantha Mendez (Middle Creek, 2013) played in seven.

Samantha Bagherpour, Lynchburg (Va.): Lynchburg College went 22-2 on the season, and Bagherpour (Cary, 2013) made big contributions as a defender.

Kasey O’Hara, Mount Olive: O’Hara (Holly Springs, 2013) came right in to Mount Olive and was an instant starter, starting all 18 games this season on the defensive side of the field.

Megan Poth, Flagler (Fla): Poth (Holly Springs, 2013) started 14 games and played in 18 games, getting one goal and two assists on the season.

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