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W. Soccer - JCCC lands nine on the all-conference team


W. Soccer - JCCC lands nine on the all-conference team

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference recently released its all-conference teams, and nine members from Johnson County Community College were recognized on the Jayhawk East Division team. Eight of those nine landed on the first-team. In addition, freshman defender Georgia Vernardakis was named the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year, and head coach Jim Schwab was selected the Coach of the Year. The Lady Cavaliers finished 15-4-0 and tied for the East Jayhawk Conference title.

The eight first-team selections were Vernardakis, freshman forward Manuela Gonzalez, sophomore forward Paige Downey, sophomore midfielders Chloe Harrington and Ryann Noyce, freshman defender Jesse Cummings and sophomore defender Bree Ullom, and freshman goalkeeper Vanessa Silva.Freshman forward Millie Hopkisson was a second-team selection. In addition, Vernardakis and Gonzalez were named first-team All-Region VI, and Cummings and freshman goaltender Silva were named to the Region VI second-team.

Vernardakis led a Johnson County defense that posted a 0.94 goals against average with seven shutouts. She also helped on offensive side, scoring a goal and assisting on five scores. Two of her assists led to game winning goals.

Gonzalez was the team’s leading scorer with 29 points and 11 goals. She was second with seven assists. She also tied for the team lead with three game winning assists, and tie dfor second with three game winning goals.  Her 29 points tied for 10th in the conference, and she tied for 8th in goal scored. Late in the season, Gonzalez became the sixth player in team history to back-to-back hat tricks when she scored three goal in a 7-0 win over Neosho County followed by a second three-goal match in an 8-2 win over Kansas City Kansas. She had three multiple-goal games overall on the season.

Downey finished third overall in scoring with 22 points from six goals and a team-best 10 assists. She also tied for second netting three game winners. In Johnson County’s 7-0 win over Barton in the first round of the Region VI playoffs, Downey tied the second best single game mark in postseason history by dishing out four assists. She also scored the first goal which proved to be the game winner. Downey closed out her career with 12 goals, 11 assists for 35 points.

Harrington proved to be one of the best defensive midfielders this season after establishing herself as a one of the top defenders a year ago. Harrington helped the defense posted a goals against average of 0.94 with seven shutouts. She has been a part of 14 shutouts in her career. Harrington also helped up front, scoring seven points with a goal and five assists. Three of her assists led to game winning scores, which tied for the team lead.

This season, Noyce developed from a key reserve last season to a permanent fixture in the starting lineup this year. She too was a key defensive cog for the Lady Cavaliers, and she helped on the offensive end with a goal and two assists, of which one led to a game winning score.

Cummings and Ullom were proved to be key members of the Lady Cavaliers’ defensive pool, contributing to a unit that posted a 0.94 goals against average and seven shutouts. Both players also helped out offensively. Cummings had a goal and assist, and Ullom tallied three goals on the season.

Hopkisson finished second overall in both points and goals with 23 and nine. She led the team with four game winning goals, and tied for the team lead with three multiple-goal games. Hopkisson also had five assists, including two game winners.

Silva started all 20 matches in the nets for Johnson County. She finished with a 15-4-0 record with a seven shutouts, a 0.82 goals against average and an .818 save percentage. She led the East Jayhawk in wins and tied for first in shutouts. She also ranked second in goals against average, third in save percentage and fifth in goals allowed with 14. Nationally, her 15 wins were fourth and her GAA was 20th.  In JCCC history, Silva’s 15 victories eighth most recorded in a season. She also is tied for ninth in shutouts.


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