The Louisburg girls soccer team just finished a memorable season that led the Wildcats to their fourth straight Class 4-1A final four.
Due to all that success, the Wildcats were recognized by the league coaches and earned seven spots on the All-Frontier League team that was recently released.
Although seven players were honored, it didn’t sit well with the program as the Wildcats were shutout of the first team and five players were named honorable mention.
“Honestly I felt compared to teams we beat we did not receive the representation I felt the girls deserved,” Louisburg coach Kyle Conley said. “Usually, I don’t tell the girls all-league stuff until our banquet and like it being a surprise, but I felt we had some kids who should have been first team players and some second team players. We used that as our motivation for the rest of the year to keep proving those people who don’t believe in us wrong.”
Junior midfielder Reese Johnson was second team selection, along with freshman midfielder Hailey Sword.
Senior midfielder Olivia Barber and senior defender Madi Quinn were named honorable mention, as was sophomore midfielder Adyson Ross. Freshmen forwards Lexi Hampton and Lola Edwards, the team’s leading scorers, were also named to the honorable mention team.
Johnson was one of the team’s main facilitators on offense as she was second on the team with nine assists and also had seven goals.
As for Sword, she was assigned to the opposition’s best player on many occasions from her defensive-mid spot. She also had three goals on the season.
“Hailey and Reese played really well,” Conley said. “They played vital roles for us and our team. They both stepped up and played really well for us and helped us a lot in key moments of the game. I was really proud of them and how hard they played each and every night.”
The team’s top three scorers — Hampton, Edwards and Barber — were named to the honorable mention team despite have double digit goals on the year.
Hampton finished the season with 16 goals to lead the way for Louisburg, while Edwards had 15 goals and six assists. Barber reached double figures in both goals scored and assisted with 11.
Ross was a big factor for the Wildcats from her midfield spot and also finished the year with two goals and two assists.
Quinn was one of the team captains along with Barber and Ruth Minster. Quinn was also one of the team’s leaders on defense from the center back position.
“The honorable mention girls deserved better in my opinion,” Conley said. “Just based on their position and stats alone, but it wasn’t meant to be. These girls came ready to play and made some fantastic plays this year. This group absolutely stepped up as we had to replace 12 seniors and 4 other players for the 2021 season.
“This group never made excuses and just battled. They worked so hard and truly earned this recognition, regardless if I felt they deserved better. These girls had a fantastic season and I am very proud of all of them.”
ALL-FRONTIER LEAGUE GIRLS SOCCER
Ashtin Barnes, Tonganoxie; Lauren Russell, Baldwin; Riley Smith, Baldwin; Sierra Montez, Piper; Ryann Clark, Piper; Lexi Dillon, Spring Hill; Mallory Putnam, Spring Hill; Brooke Powell, Spring Hill; Mackenzie Hood, Spring Hill; Jayla Erpelding, Eudora
GOALIE: Allie Harrington, Spring Hill
Kate Erpelding, Eudora; Alex Pasqua, Eudora; Mallory Vickers, Eudora; Hailey Sword, Louisburg; Reese Johnson, Louisburg; Cambria Crowe, Baldwin; Ryla Richardson, Piper; Reagan Downes, Spring Hill; Payton Vogelbacher, Spring Hill; Emelynn Cruce, Spring Hill
GOALIE: Leah Williams, Eudora
Charity Seaton, Bonner Springs; Jenna Knight, Bonner Springs; Lola Edwards, Louisburg; Adyson Ross, Louisburg; Lexi Hampton, Louisburg; Olivia Barber, Louisburg; Madi Quinn, Louisburg; Katherine Wombwell, Tonganoxie; Heather Wombwell, Tonganoxie; Abby Patterson, Baldwin; Emma Hawley, Piper; Alexis Simpson, Piper; Alexis Miles, Piper; Samantha Trumbo, Piper; Emma Banks, Spring Hill; Veronica Farris, Spring Hill; Taylor Reynolds, Ottawa; Olivia Morton, Ottawa; Paige Hirecheta, Ottawa; Johnannah Jahn, Ottawa
GOALIE: Sara Lake, Piper; Molly Atchley, Ottawa