2013 SALEM NEWS GIRLS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Not many players can match Caitlin Harty’s competitive desire, speed or ability to get a shot off with defenders draped all over her.
Not many players can match the incredible statistics Harty put up the last two seasons, either.
Graduating as Beverly High’s all-time leading scorer with 138 goals, 42 assists and 180 points, Harty turned in an All-New England, All-State and All-Conference season as a senior. She led the North Shore with 48 goals while adding 13 assists to tie the area single-season record with 61 points.
“The thing that sets Caitlin apart is her speed, but she also has a knack for creating space for herself and has a great shot,” said Beverly head coach Kristin Simpson. “She’s not only the best player I’ve coached, but one of the best leaders. Caitlin’s an all-around great kid.”
Ranked No. 2 in Beverly’s senior class, Harty will play in the Division 1 Patriot League at the College of the the Holy Cross. She’s also an all-star in track and helped lead Beverly’s soccer program to new heights.
Harty had the winning goals in Beverly’s first victories over Danvers and Peabody in several years, helping the Orange-and-Black capture a share of their first Northeastern Conference title in 15 years. She was named Northeastern Conference MVP as well as the Division 2 Player of the Year for the state of Massachusetts.
A four-year starter, Harty had at least 15 goals in each of her varsity seasons. She set an area record with 50 goals as a junior and totaled an unfathomable 98 goals in her last 44 high school games. She’s thankful to her father for the technical and tactical advice, and to Simpson believing in her and teaching her to love the game.
Carries a strong, accurate shot and was a threat to score from anywhere on the pitch ... Totaled 22 goals to lead Marblehead to a state tournament berth ... Notched the game-winning goal in an upset win over Beverly ... Magicians Offensive Player of the Year was an All-NEC and Division 2 Eastern Mass. all-star ... Carries 4.0 GPA ... Also plays point guard for MHS basketball team ... Hopes to continue her career in college.
Four-year standout on defense was a three-time Northeastern Conference all-star ... Provided strong leadership to help the Witches return to the state tournament ... Consistently marked opposing team’s top striker ... Excellent at winning loose balls and getting them going the other way ... Second team All-Eastern Mass. selection in Division 2 ... Committed to play at Division 1 Hartford University next year.
Recovered from an offseason knee injury to become one of the most productive middies in the NEC ... Dished out 19 assists, including one on the winning goal to beat Peabody for a share of the conference title ... Added five goals for 24 points ... NEC All-Conference pick played goalie a year ago and made seamless transition to midfield this fall ... Tough competitor with relentless drive was also a BHS captain ... Considering several colleges including UNH, Merrimack and Franklin Pierce.
Three-year starter was the heart and soul of Beverly’s first Northeastern Conference championship team in 15 years, said coach Kristin Simpson ... Conference all-star was relentless defending in the box, helping the Panthers earn 10 shutouts ... Also notched her first varsity goal ... Honors student ranks 6th in Beverly’s senior class ... Earned Beverly’s Coaches Award ... Two-year team captain ... Grateful to dad for support and pushing her to be her best.
Senior captain transitioned to striker and led the Tanners to a share of the NEC title with 19 goals ... Added 11 assists for a career-best 30 points ... Four-year starter had great speed and solid passing skills ... Consistent scorer enjoyed 10 multi-point games ... Three-time All-Northestern Conference pick was a second team Division 1 All-Eastern Mass. honoree ... Carries 3.56 GPA ... Committed to play at Division 1 Providence College.
The leading goal scorer in the Eastern Independent League scored 24 times ... Collected seven assists for 31 total points ... Two-time Salem News all-star was also an All-EIL pick ... Helped the Highlanders win the EIL title ... Had two goals in double OT win that gave Pingree their first New England championship in 25 years ... Also had a hat trick and an assist in the New England semifinal victory ... Newbury native hopes to play in college.
Second Team Northeastern Conference all-star was tied for area lead with 19 assists ... Also added 13 goals for 32 points, her third straight season over 30 ... Surpassed the 100-point milestone with 52 goals, 55 assists and 107 points ... Improved strength helped her fight off multiple defenders to distribute the ball ... Helped Beverly win its first NEC title in 15 years ... Sees the field as well as any player, said coach Kristin Simpson ... Committed to play at Division 1 Syracuse University.
Bishop Fenwick Sophomore
Outstanding season in goal for the Crusaders with a 1.22 goals against average ... Backbone of Fenwick’s state tourney qualifying club, said coach Karen Guillemette ... Catholic Central League all-star also earned a Division 3 All-Eastern Mass. first team nod ... Recorded 11 shutouts, including one in the postseason ... Cites a win over Salem and a 1-0 shutout of Danvers as her top performances ... Peabody native also plays lacrosse and winter track for Crusaders.
Four-year starter graduates as one of the most decorated keepers in North Shore history ... Her 69 career wins are believed to be a Peabody High record ... All-Northeastern Conference and second team Division 1 Eastern Mass. all-star had 12 shutouts ... Boasted 0.50 GAA and a .950 save percentage ... Captain helped transition a young backline ... Ranks in top 10 percent of Peabody’s senior class ... Thanks mom, her loudest and biggest fan ... Committed to play at Division 1 Bryant.
One of the backbones of a Danvers defense that had eight shutouts in 20 games ... Strong at both taking possession away from attackers and denying shots with physical play ... All-Northeastern Conference selection garnered second team All-Eastern Mass. honors from the state’s coaches ... Team captain helped lead Danvers to the NEC South championship ... Strong student (3.5 GPA) thanks parents for pushing her to be her best.
Two-time All-Cape Ann League choice was the catalyst of the Tiger offense ... Captain helped lead Ipswich to a Division 3 North tournament berth ... Scored 12 goals, sliding from center mid up to striker when the team was looking for more offense ... Also had five assists ... Very proud of the Tigers’ tie against Division 1 North semifinalist Masco ... CAL sprint champion is also an all-star in track ... Hopes to play soccer at Union College next year.
All-Northeastern Conference pick was also a first-team Division 2 Eastern Mass. all-star ... Helped captain the Falcons to another NEC South championship ... Excellent distributor was one of the area’s leaders in assists with 14 ... Also scored 13 goals for a total of 27 points ... Repeat Salem News all-star was outstanding with her defensive responsibilities ... Strong foot came in handy on Danvers’ set pieces ... Committed to play at Division 1 Rhode Island next year.
Tremendous physical presence in the defensive box for the Chieftains, who were undefeated for the first 20 games of the season ... Two-time Salem News all-star earned All-Cape Ann League honors ... Named to the Division 1 Eastern Mass. second all-star team ... Helped Masconomet earn two state tournament shutouts, including one against Peabody ... Backbone of a defense that allowed more than three goals just twice ... Inspired by sister who came back from two ACL tears.
Center midfielder was the lynchpin everything ran through for the Generals ... Quad-captain helped Hamilton-Wenham advance to Divison 3 North tournament ... Two-time All-Cape Ann League selection ... Two-time Eastern Mass. all-star earned state Division 3 first team honors as a senior ... Basketball captain ... H-W’s assist leader considers passing to be her favorite part of the game ... Helped H-W win 2012 CAL title ... Hopes to continue playing soccer in college.
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie Junior
The key to the defense for North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie, which made a return to the state tournament in Division 4 North ... Sweeper used both smarts and athleticism to deny opposing scoring chances ... Three-year varsity player was Commonwealth Athletic Conference all-star ... Picked for All-Eastern Mass. Division 4 honors by state coaches ... Methuen native kept team in every game, said coach Kelly Barrio ... Carries 3.72 GPA and hopes to become a veterinarian.
Dynamic combination of speed and foot skills led to a breakout season for the All-Cape Ann League center midfielder ... Led the Chieftains with 29 goals ... Added 15 assists for 44 points, second among all North Shore players ... Division 1 All-Eastern Mass. first team honoree ... Had a hat trick in a win over Division 3 North finalist Lynnfield ... Captained Masco to Division 1 North semis ... Salem News indoor track all-star is committed to play soccer at St. Lawrence University.
KERRI ANN ZERFOSS
Playmaker with strong ball skill jump-started Pingree’s offense and possession even from a defensive midfield spot ... Scored 14 goals along with 15 assists for 29 points ... Peabody native was All-Eastern Independent League selection helped Pingree win the league title and their first New England crown in 25 years ... Olympic Development Program player was also youngest player in the WPSL last season ... Basketball point guard hopes to play soccer at a Division 1 college.
Beverly: Meghan Berking, Jr. Mid; Kristen O’Connor, Sr., D; Sarah Visnick, So., Mid.
Bishop Fenwick: Ellen Fantozzi, So., D: Jenny Nasser, Jr., D.
Danvers: Courtney Arnoldy, Sr. Mid; Becca Horn, Jr., D; Stephanie Kowalski, Sr. Mid; Emily Murphy, Jr. D; Shannon Pohle, Pohle, Jr., F; Cate Raftery, Sr., D; Delaney Zecha, Sr., Mid.
Hamilton-Wenham: Sam Charette, Sr., D; Carolyn Cook, Sr. D; Caroline Gribbell, Sr., Mid.
Ipswich: Emily Brengle, Sr. D; Claire Gardner, Jr., Mid.
Marblehead: Kelly Mealey, Jr., D; Lucie Poulin, Fr., D; Lauren Unterborn, So., GK.
Masconomet: Sarah Katz, Sr., D; Julia O’Reilly, Sr., F; Katy Pelletier, Fr., GK; Isabella Scarpone, So., D.
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie: Keely Gallagher, Jr., F; Lindsay McGovern, Jr., D; Brooke Miles, Jr., Mid; Lindsay McGovern, Jr., D.
Peabody: Caroline Colbert, Jr., Mid; Erika Nelson, Sr., F; Katherine Scacchi, Fr., D; Katrina Silva, So., Mid.
Pingree: Hannah Becker, Sr., Mid; Erin Cunningham, Sr., GK; June Kiely, So., D; Lexie McNinch, Fr., F; Kasey Provost, Sr., Mid.
Salem: Brenna Burke, Sr., F; Deema Hijleh, Jr., F; Hayley Jellison, So., D; Katherine Towey, Jr., Mid;
Swampscott: Leah Dawley, Sr., Mid; Shauna King, Sr., F; Mackenzie Robertson, Jr., Mid.