2014 Salem News Girls Soccer Player of the Year
It's not easy to control and impact every aspect of a soccer game from the defensive mid position, but Pingree's junior dynamo Kerri Zerfoss certainly makes it look that way.
Playing with a poised and confident style while pushing the ball upfield and distributing, Zerfoss helped the Highlanders win their second straight NEPSAC Class C regional championship.
The Eastern Independent League Player of the Year, Zerfoss led both the league and the area in scoring with 24 goals, 16 assists and 40 total points.
"I've seldom seen a player as skilled and as developed as Kerri at her age," said Pingree coach Doc Simpson. "Her all-around game is off the charts."
A Peabody native, Zerfoss is committed to play Division 1 soccer at Northeastern University and has been a USA Soccer Olympic Development Program attendee as well.
Zerfoss has an uncanny ability to know when to sit back and when to press the attack; She scored a big goal in doing so in the NEPSAC championship win over Brewster, and helped lead Pingree to the EIL title as well. The Highlanders went 16-1-1 this season and are 32-2-2 the last two years.
"We saw all of our hard work on the field pay off," Zerfoss said. "Our best game was our last game, and to see us work so well together as a team was the best part."
Junior captain was the Generals’ leading goal scorer with seven tallies ... Added five assists for a team best 12 points, which ranked eighth in the Cape Ann League ... Three-year starter has innate ability to possess the ball in the attacking position ... Converted a penalty kick in crucial win over Pentucket ... Cape Ann League first-team all-star was also named an Eastern Mass. all-star.
One of the top goal scorers in the area was a first-team All-Northeastern Conference honoree for the second straight year ... Scored the winning goal against Swampscott that clinched the Magicians’ first NEC South title in ten years ... Captain was a four-year varsity contributor for Marblehead ... Led the Magicians with 10 goals ... Added 7 assists for 17 total points.
The Northeastern Conference’s leading scorer had 15 goals and 13 assists for 28 total points ... NEC MVP was named to the Division 1 All-State team by the state coaches association ... Excellent in both transition and in front of the goal ... Two-year captain was a four-year starter for the Tanners ... Had a goal in a win over Beverly that helped clinch NEC title ... Ranks No. 12 in Peabody’s Class of 2015 ... Older sister Katie was a PHS soccer captain and a big influence ... Committed to play in college at Stonehill.
BISHOP FENWICK SENIOR
Excellent two-way mid was named to the Division 2 state coaches EMass all-star squad ... Catholic Central League all-star was also a captain for the Crusaders ... Scored five goals on the season ... Strong on set pieces ... Helped Fenwick record 11 clean sheets with stout help defense and strong transition ... Lynn native is also hoping to continue soccer career in college.
Dangerous finisher had five hat tricks over the course of the season, including one in the NEPSAC Class C semifinals ... Totaled 24 goals and 11 assists for 35 points, second only to teammate Kerri Zerfoss on the North Shore ... Passed 100 points for her Pingree career as a four-year starter ... Newbury native was All-Eastern Independent League and thanks her coaches and family ... Committed to play at Dartmouth College.
Captain anchored the stingiest back line in the Northeastern Conference ... Excellent at both blocking scoring changes and de-possessing the opposition ... Eastern Mass and NEC all-star helped Peabody tie a school record for goals allowed (just 11) and ten shutouts ... Excellent student ranks No. 2 in Peabody High’s Class of 2015 and hopes to study engineering in college.
BISHOP FENWICK JUNIOR
Two-time Salem News all-star emerged as one of the best goalkeepers in Eastern Mass ... Division 3 All-State honoree from the state coaches association was a Catholic Central League all-star ... Recorded a stout 11 shutouts in goal with a goals against average of just 0.58 ... Earned 14 wins in the cage ... Also a standout high jumper and lacrosse player for the Crusaders.
Speedy striker with strong finishing touch was Salem’s leading goal scorer for the second straight year ... Finished with 13 goals and two assists for her senior campaign ... Notched three game-winners ... Northeastern Conference All-Conference pick was her team’s offensive MVP ...Captain helped Witches reach state tourney ... Ranks No. 15 in SHS’ senior class and hopes to become a pediatrician.
Versatile Falcons captain scored a pair of goals and distributed to the tune of a team-best 12 assists ... Captain-elect for senior season and chosen as a D2 All-State second teamer by state coaches association ... Northeastern Conference all-star had a pair of assists against D1 power Andover ... Strong range and athleticism helped with both defending and in transition ... Thanks parents for motivation and support and hopes to play college soccer.
Two-year starter took over as the leader of Beverly’s defense and made sure the Panthers didn’t miss a beat with several new starters ... Northeastern Conference all-star helped anchor a backline that allowed only 15 goals all season ... Played extremely well in a 1-1 draw against Peabody ... Helped Panthers reach the state tourney ... Started all 19 games and seldom came off the field ... Hopes to play college soccer after high school.
Creative player with strong shot emerged as the catalyst of the Chieftains’ offense ... Scored six goals, including once in a 2-0 win over then-unbeaten Lynnfield ... Notched Masco’s only goal in victory over Rockport ... Cape Ann League first-team all-star ... Dished out nine assists (fifth among all CAL players) for 15 points ... Earned berth on the state coaches Division 1 All-State second team for Eastern Mass.
Sweeper was the lynch pin of the one of the North Shore’s stingiest defenses ... Marblehead didn’t allow more than two goals in a game to any opponent ... Two-time NEC All-Conference pick was MHS defensive MVP as a junior and senior ... Captain helped Marblehead stymie Danvers (5-2) and win the NEC South crown ... Chipped in two goals as well ... Thankful to high school and club coaches (Stefano Franciosa) for building confidence.
Two-time Eastern Mass. all-star was picked for the Division 2 All-State first team by the Mass. Coaches Association ... One of the top on-ball defenders on the North Shore was picked as an NEC all-star for the third time ... Captain can also jump in and create attack, as she showed in a win over Salem ... Four-year varsity contributor ... Ranks in the top-20 percent of Danvers’ senior class ... Committed to play soccer at Marist College.
ESSEX TECH JUNIOR
Leading goal scorer helped the Hawks to the Division 4 North semifinals, which was the best playoff run in program history ... Two-time Commonwealth Athletic Conference all-star had 11 goals ... Added four assists for 15 total points ... Haverhill native had the tying goal against Mystic Valley which helped Essex Tech secure a tourney berth ... Agricultural student carries a 4.6 academic GPA and hopes to play collegiate soccer.
Rebounded from a pair of injuries in previous seasons to become a go-to contributor for the Big Blue ... Northeastern Conference all-star took on an unselfish defensive role after scoring four goals with four assists as a forward for part of the season ... Helped the Big Blue reach the D3 North semifinals ... Top-five in NEC Player of the Year race ... Swampscott didn’t allow more than two goals in a game against non-D1 foes with her steady work in the back.
Outstanding fullback was adept at defending both set pieces and in the open field ... Northeastern Conference and Eastern Mass all-star helped Peabody tie a school record for fewest goals allowed (11) while winning yet another league title ... Junior captain also had a hand in recording 11 shutouts ... Ranks in the top-20 percent of Peabody’s Class of 2016 ... Hoping to play soccer in college.
Two-year captain helped usher in Salem’s resurgence as the Witches made the state tournament in back-to-back years ... Northeastern Conference all-star as both a senior and a sophomore ... Had a key assist in a home win over Haverhill ... Scored three goals with an additional eight assists ... Strong leader both on and off the field thanks high school and club coaches for help and support ... Salem’s ‘13 Defensive Player of the Year ranks 28th in SHS Class of 2015.
Two-year started and All-Northeastern Conference keeper posted an area best 14 shutouts ... Allowed only 10 goals the entire season ... Came up with 126 saves ... Blanked rival Swamspcott twice to ensure the Magicians of the NEC South title ... Earned four straight clean sheets to end the regular season ... Athletic and vocal keeper was strong both in the box and coming off her line ... Backstopped Marblehead to two straight state tournament appearances.
Outstanding keeper uses both her own athleticism and a strong ability to lead and command the defense to control games ... Posted 10 shutouts, including a run of three straight in the middle of the season, to earn All-Northeastern Conference honors ... Two-year Beverly starter amassed 27 wins over her junior and senior campaigns .. Blanked D1 power Newton North and pushed Concord-Carlisle in the playoffs ... Goalie for both BHS hockey and lacrosse hopes to play soccer in college.
Beverly: Meghan Berking, Sr., Mid; Rose Terner, Sr., D; Meg Vien, Fr., F; Sarah Visnick, Jr., D.
Bishop Fenwick: Ellen Fantozzi, Jr., D; Emma Harrington, Sr., Mid; Jenny Nasser, Sr., D.
Danvers: Becca Horn, Sr., D; Meaghan McCarriston, Sr., MId; Morgan Mscisz, So., D; Lydia Runnals, Fr., Mid.
Essex Tech: Sarah Cantwell, Jr., GK; Keely Gallagher, Sr., Mid; Makayla Norden, Sr., D; Christine Russo, Fr., Mid; Ella Spiess, So. Mid.
Hamilton-Wenham: Maddi Berthoud, Jr., MId; Jill Kefalas, Sr., F.
Ipswich: Sydney Law, Jr., D; Jocelyn Long, So., Mid; Carolina Ivanov, So., F; Ellie Swenson, Sr., D; JoAnna Perry, Sr., Mid.
Marblehead: Carolyn McGrath, Sr. Mid; Meghan McCarthy, So., Mid; Olivia Eddy, So., Mid; Faith Ferrucci, Sr., Mid.
Masconomet: Izzy Scarpone, Jr., D; Lucie Farnham, So., D; Natalie Brown, Sr., D; Kate Kitsakos, Sr. Mid.
Peabody: Macayla Lachance, Sr., D; Katherine Scacchi, So., D; Emily Nelson, Fr., F.
Pingree: Meg Foye, So., F; Hannah Lejeune, Fr., F; June Kiely, Jr., D; Lexie McNinch, So., Mid; Nicole Scarfo, So., Mid.
Salem: Sydney Hanford, Sr., Mid; Hayley Jellison, Sr., D; Nicole Sadoway, Jr., F.
Swampscott: Jaymie Caponigro, So., F; Bridget Cullinane, So., Mid; Maggie DiGrande, So., D; Sam Rizzo, Sr., GK; Mackenzie Robertson, Sr., Mid; Emma Wright, Jr. D.