Glenwood Springs grad Lilly McSwain tabbed for all-state soccer honors
Post Independent Sports Editor
One of the Class 4A Western Slope League’s best girls soccer players over the past year got the most recognition among soccer players in the league this past weekend.
Glenwood Springs High School graduate Lilly McSwain was a first-team selection on the Class 4A all-state girls soccer team. She was the only Western Slope player to receive first-team honors at the 4A or 3A levels when the teams were selected by the Colorado High School Coaches Association this past weekend at Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch.
McSwain, who will play Division I women’s soccer at the University of Denver in the fall, was one of 14 players from either the 3A or 4A Western Slope Leagues mentioned at the meeting, Glenwood Springs girls soccer coach Steve White said. Each one was recognized, but McSwain was the only player who received first-team recognition.
A three-time all-Western Slope League selection at Glenwood, McSwain earned first-team recognition this season after earning honorable-mention honors in 2012. This past season, she helped the Demons finish 10-5-0 overall — the best regular-season record among teams in the 4A WSL — with 25 goals and five assists. She was also named the Demons’ Most Valuable Player.
McSwain will be invited to play in an all-state game, which will be played June 26 at a site to be determined.
Also earning recognition was McSwain’s teammate, Jackie Knott, who earned an all-state honorable mention for the 4A team.
Coal Ridge and Grand Valley also earned honorable-mention recognition on the 3A all-state team.
The Titans, who won the 3A WSL regular-season title, were represented by Kelsey Fauser, Paige Ryan and Amanda Wenzel, each of whom earned honorable mentions.
Ashlynn Speakman, who helped Grand Valley reach the second round of the 3A state playoffs in the school’s first postseason appearance in girls soccer, was given an honorable mention in the 3A team.
Other 4A honorable mentions included Emily Cope, Jenai Denardo and Melisa Lopez of Battle Mountain; Cruz Maestas and Katie Dunn of Palisade; Meagan Stabile and Ali Pougales of Steamboat Springs; and Mariel Gutierrez of Eagle Valley.
Other selections from the 4A and 3A all-state teams were not available as of press time.
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