Player of the year finalists

Listed alphabetically, here are the three finalists for the 2019 All-World Girls Soccer Player of the Year. All three are invited to the third All-World Awards banquet June 22, where the winner will be announced. Click here to buy tickets to the All-World Awards banquet.

Ashton Gordon

D, Booker T. Washington, junior

A player of the year finalist last year, Gordon came back with an even better performance in 2019, producing 14 goals and 14 assists as a defender. Helped guide the Hornets to their second straight Class 5A state championship. As the center back, she anchored a defense that allowed just one goal over a nine-game winning streak heading into the state final. Took an accelerated course load and graduated this spring so she could play at the University of Arkansas in the fall.

Aubrey Lechlider

F, Verdigris, senior

Last year’s All-World player of the year, Lechlider had 25 goals and 13 assists to help lead the Cardinals to a 14-6 record, the District 4A-5 title and another trip to the Class 4A state final, where the 2018 champions fell 3-1 to Clinton. Completed her high school career with 107 goals and 40 assists. Will play at the University of Tulsa next year.

Madison Tokarchik

MF/F, Bishop Kelley, junior

With team-topping totals of 14 goals and 18 assists, Tokarchik helped lead Kelley to a 13-5-1 record. Led Comets to another District 5A-3 title and a spot in the Class 5A state final, where she contributed two assists in a 5-3 loss to Booker T. Washington. Committed to the University of Tulsa.

First team

Sara Arundell, MF, Sapulpa, sophomore

Mollie Breiner, D, Broken Arrow, junior

Carrington Bridges, MF, Booker T. Washington, senior

Lauren Bulcroft, F, Verdigris, sophomore

Kate Dreyer, D, Cascia Hall, junior

Megan Haines, F, Jenks, senior

Peyton Pearson, GK, Broken Arrow, junior

Hanna Thompson, F, Skiatook, senior

Coach of the Year

Kassie Embrey, Booker T. Washington

Two years as coach of the Hornets, two Class 5A state championships, the first-ever girls’ soccer titles at the school. Guided her team to a 13-4 record (with all losses coming to 6A squads), including a nine-game winning streak, during which they outscored opponents 53-1 heading into the state final, where Booker T. came from behind to defeat 2017 champion Bishop Kelley, 5-3.

Second team

Madeleine Barone, MF/F, Bishop Kelley, junior

Alanna Bloomingdale, F, NOAH, junior

Kassidy Collins, D, Owasso, junior

Lauren Cousins, F, Booker T. Washington, senior

Harlie Findley, D, Oologah, senior

Wynter Hatcher, GK, Cascia Hall, senior

Bella Lusk, F, Bishop Kelley, senior

Hannah Shaw, MF, Bixby, junior

Megan Turner, D, Verdigris, junior

Addi Wagner, F, Cascia Hall, senior

Reese Whitaker, MF, Jenks, sophomore

Honorable mention

Bishop Kelley: Lottie Arndt, Chloe Tregoning

Bixby: Jaylehn Maples

Booker T. Washington: Grace Pettet

Broken Arrow: Hannah Chance

Claremore: Hailey Garcia

Fort Gibson: Albany Adair, Mallory Baker, Grace Crawley

Hilldale: Savannah Jorgenson, Bella McWilliams, Jordan Webster

Jenks: Hayley Ledford, Bailey Nowlin, Quinn Turner

Mannford: Maddie Higgins

Memorial: Carson Hazel

Mingo Valley Christian: Jordyn Blackburn

NOAH: Katie Culberson

Owasso: Faith Lewis, Gracie Pate

Regent Prep: Kristie Keller, Natalie Randall

Sapulpa: Hannah Berry, Abby Graham

Skiatook: Haylee Fowler

Summit Christian: Kennedy Langebartels

Union: Peyton Bartmess, Mackenzie Malham

Verdigris: Lexy Borgstadt

Victory Christian: Tessa Edwards, Olivia Malhi

How the team was picked

Nomination forms were emailed to athletic directors and coaches in the All-World area. Schools within 60 miles of downtown Tulsa and schools within 75 miles of downtown in a town with a population of 5,000 or more are considered to be in the All-World area. Freshmen through seniors were eligible. World sports correspondent John Tranchina made the final selections after reviewing the forms and consulting with coaches.

Previous winners

Player of the year

2018: Aubrey Lechlider, Verdigris

2017: Taylor Malham, Union

2016: Jenna Brown, Claremore

2015: Brooklynn Barnett, Glenpool

2014: Jordan Langebartels, Summit Christian

2013: Liz Keester, Jenks

2012: Kaela Little, Bishop Kelley

2011: Liz Keester, Jenks

2010: Amy Petrikin, Bishop Kelley

2009: Emily Hahn, Verdigris

2008: Katie Bykowski, Bishop Kelley

2007: Katie Bykowski, Bishop Kelley

2006: Shannon McCabe, Jenks

2005: Rebecca Allen, Jenks

Coach of the Year

2018: Kassie Embrey, Booker T. Washington

2017: Troy Tokarchik, Bishop Kelley

2016: Brian Elliott, Union

2015: Brian Elliott, Union

2014: Stacy Risenhoover, Verdigris

2013: Troy Tokarchik, Bishop Kelley

2012: Troy Tokarchik, Bishop Kelley

2011: Stacy Risenhoover, Verdigris

2010: Troy Tokarchik, Bishop Kelley

2009: Stacy Risenhoover, Verdigris

2008: Richard Verge, Union

2007: Jose Fernandez, Union

2006: Mark Shannon, Cascia Hall

2005: Troy Tokarchik, Bishop Kelley

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