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3A girls soccer: Top scorers earn WSL’s top awards

Jon Mitchell
Grand Valley High School's Ashlynn Speakman, front, battles for possession ofthe soccer ball with Coal Ridge's Paige Ryan, right, during the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs on May 10. Speakman and Ryan shared the 3A Western Slope League's Player of the Year award.
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Co-Players of the Year: Paige Ryan, Sr., Coal Ridge, and Ashlynn Speakman, Sr., Grand Valley.

Coach of the Year: Scott Gregory, Grand Valley.


Paige Ryan, Sr., Coal Ridge; Amanda Wenzel, Sr., Coal Ridge; Jenny Call, Soph., Coal Ridge; Mariela Martinez, Jr., Coal Ridge; Nicole Mooney, Fr., Coal Ridge; Ashlynn Speakman, Sr., Grand Valley; Lauren Paskett, Sr., Grand Valley; Kyra Chenoweth, Jr., Grand Valley; Codi Metcalf, Sr., Grand Valley; Toni Gross, Sr., Roaring Fork; Emily Fisher, Jr., Roaring Fork; Natalie Olivas, Sr., Roaring Fork; Kaity Johnson, Soph., Basalt; Haley Samuels, Sr., Vail Mountain; Linzhi Douglass, Soph., Aspen; Delaney Baker, Sr., Moffat County; Simone Heinl, Jr., Rangely.


Aileen Galaviz-Vega, Sr., Coal Ridge; Brooke Esgar, Soph., Coal Ridge; Brittany Young, Sr., Coal Ridge; Hanna Cornelius, Sr., Grand Valley; Erin Schuckers, Sr., Grand Valley; Kayla Derby, Jr., Roaring Fork; Kristin Joiner, Jr., Roaring Fork; Kimberlyn Arroyos, Sr., Basalt; Berta Rivera, Sr., Basalt; Kristen Vossler, Jr., Vail Mountain; Avery Bellis, Sr., Vail Mountain; Gigi Mottier, Sr., Aspen; Logan Mcnamee, Soph., Aspen; Allie Ehlers, Sr., Moffat County; Courtney Bell, Soph., Rangely.

The top two goal scorers in the Class 3A Western Slope League this year wound up earning the league’s top award at the end of the season.

Grand Valley High School senior Ashlynn Speakman and Coal Ridge High senior Paige Ryan — who combined to score 63 goals this season — were each given the honor of the league’s Player of the Year. The award was determined by coaches in the league after the regular season had ended.

Speakman wasn’t the only Grand Valley team member to win a top award. First-year Grand Valley coach Scott Gregory was given the league’s Coach of the Year honor.

Speakman finished the season with 33 goals scored on 94 shots on goal with 12 assists in 16 games. Through Monday, she was tied for the state’s goal-scoring lead with St. Mary’s senior Emily Loof, who needed two more games than Speakman to reach her goal-scoring total.

Grand Valley went to the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs, falling to Coal Ridge 3-0 and ending their season with a 14-3-0 overall record. Speakman will play soccer at Fort Lewis College in Durango in the fall.

Ryan wasn’t far behind Speakman on the state’s goal-scoring leaderboard, finishing in a three-way tie for fifth place in goal scoring in all Colorado classifications with 30. She also had 15 assists in the 16 games she played, helping the Titans win a second-consecutive WSL title and finish the season with a 16-2-0 record. They also reached the 3A quarterfinals for the second consecutive season, falling to St. Mary’s in Colorado Springs.

Ryan will attend Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction this coming fall.

Coal Ridge had five first-team players in Ryan, Amanda Wenzel, Jenny Call, Mariela Martinez and Nicole Mooney. Also earning first-team honors for Grand Valley was Lauren Paskett, Kyra Chenoweth and Codi Metcalf.

Roaring Fork, which finished with a 12-3-1 record, another state-playoff berth and third place in the league, had three first-team award winners. Those included seniors Toni Gross and Natalie Olivas along with junior Emily Fisher.

Earning honorable-mention nods were Ailen Galaviz-Vega, Brooke Esgar and Brittany Young of Coal Ridge, Hanna Cornelius and Erin Schuckers of Grand Valley and Kayla Derby and Kristen Joiner of Roaring Fork.

Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale and Vail Christian School did not receive any first-team or honorable-mention nominations.

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