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Friday, December 4, 2009
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All-Decade Girls' Soccer Team

By Sheldon Shealer

Editor's Note: These selections were based on high school accomplishments, All-American honors and college/professional success. Players are listed at the positions they played in high school, which may not be the same positions they are playing today.

With soccer, it is important to note that only players with significant high school experience were considered. Many of the nation's top high school-aged girls' players often skip high school soccer to train with elite clubs or participate in U.S. Soccer international events, thus rendering them ineligible for high school all-decade consideration.

Players are listed by position with their school, location, and high school graduation year.

Lindsay Tarpley is decade's top athlete


Lindsay Tarpley
As a freshman, Lindsay Tarpley led Portage Central (Portage, Mich.) to a state championship.

Ashlyn Harris, Class of 2004
Satellite (Satellite Beach, Fla.)

Standing as the only goalkeeper of the decade to be named to the NSCAA All-America team three straight years, Harris also was a four-time Parade All-America selection. She guided Satellite to state titles in her junior and senior seasons. At UNC, she has a career record of 41-3-3 with a 0.60 goals against average. She projects as a high draft pick in the WPS Draft next month.


Becky Sauerbrunn, Class of 2003
Ladue Horton Watkins (St. Louis, Mo.)

Sauerbrunn's athletic achievement went far beyond soccer. She was an all-conference volleyball and basketball player as well. But soccer was her sport. She was the state's player of the year and an All-American selection in 2003 when, as a defender, she had 21 goals and 19 assists. She was a two-time collegiate All-American at Virginia, currently plays for the Washington Freedom in the WPS and is a member of the U.S. Women's national team.


Lauren Cheney, Class of 2006
Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.)

During a stellar four-year career at Ben Davis, Cheney scored 112 goals with 67 assists and was a three-time high school All-American. In 2005, she also became the first player to win the NSCAA high school and youth soccer national player of the year honors. Now a senior at UCLA, Cheney is a finalist for the Hermann Trophy for women's soccer, given to the nation's top college player.

Elizabeth Burchenal
St. Ursula (Cincinnati, Ohio) senior Elizabeth Burchenal is one of two Class of 2010 graduates on the All-Decade team.

Christina DiMartino, Class of 2005
Massapequa (Massapequa, N.Y.)

The first in a long line of soccer-playing DiMartino sisters, Christina has made the greatest impact to date. She was a high school All-American and NSCAA Player of the Year in 2004. DiMartino was a two-time All-Nassua first-team pick and one of the nation's top prospects in the 2005 season. She was selected as the No. 3 pick in the 2009 WPS Draft and also is a member of the U.S. women's national team.

Christine Nairn, Class of 2008
Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.)

A two-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year, Nairn helped Archbishop Spalding supplant perennial powers McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) and St. Mary's (Annapolis, Md.) as the dominant girls' soccer program in Maryland. Nairn scored 27 goals her senior season, led her team to a top five finish in the FAB 50 Top 5 and ended her career as the school's all-time leader in goals (70), assists (37) and points (177).

Teresa Noyola, Class of 2008
Palo Alto, (Palo Alto, Calif.)

An under-20 national team member while in high school, Noyola made time for the high school team where she scored 18 goals with seven assists in 15 matches her senior year. She was the San Jose Mercury News Player of the Year and a high school All-American. She also remains the only female to with the Gatorade Player of the Year honors two years in a row.

Jill Oakes, Class of 2002
Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.)

After almost deciding to skip her senior season, Oakes returned to lead her squad to a second straight Southern Section championship. She scored 21 goals and had 13 assists. Since ending her college career at UCLA, Oakes has been a U.S. women's national team member and currently plays for the Chicago Red Stars in WPS.

Kelly Quinn, Class of 2005
Dublin Coffman (Dublin, Ohio)

One of only two field players named an NSCAA All-American three times during the 2000s, Quinn was a three-time Ohio state player of the year and guided Coffman to state titles her freshman and junior seasons. In 2003, as a junior, Quinn also helped Coffman to a FAB 50 national title. She played collegiately at Virginia where she was a freshman starter.


Heather O'Reilly
Heather O'Reilly made her debut with the U.S. women's national team at age 17.

Elizabeth Burchenal, Class of 2010
St. Ursula (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Burchenal's high school career just wrapped up before the change of the decade, and what a career it was. The North Carolina-bound senior scored more than 100 career goals as St. Ursula compiled a 58-3-5 record over her final three seasons, which included a pair of state titles and a FAB 50 No. 2 finish in 2008.

Rachel Givan, Class of 2007
Ridgeland (Ridgeland, Miss.)

Despite hailing from Mississippi, a state not usually talked about in soccer circles, Givan was one of the nation's most sought after recruits of the decade. Givan, who currently plays for the University of North Carolina, was a two-time high school All-American and capped her career with 165 career goals. She led the Ridgeland program to four straight state titles.

Tiffany McCarty, Class of 2008
St. John's (Washington, D.C.)

The current under-20 women's national team player is the most prolific high school scorer to ever come out of the Mid-Atlantic region. She scored 191 career goals and led St. John's to two Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles between her sophomore and senior seasons. She also is currently starring at Florida State.

Kia McNeil, Class of 2004
Avon (Avon, Conn.)

Currently a defender for both St. Louis Athletica in the WPS and the U.S. under-23 national team, McNeil was a standout scorer in high school. She netted 93 career goals at Avon, leading the program to three straight state titles and a 60-match undefeated streak. She also was the NSCAA Player of the Year in 2003.

Kealia Ohai, Class of 2010
Alta (Sandy, Utah)

Like Burchenal, Ohai's graduation year is in the next decade, but she finished her high school soccer career in 2009 with a fourth straight state title at Alta in a state in which girls soccer is a fall sport. The North Carolina-bound star had 126 career goals, which ranks second all-time in Utah, and she led all Class 5A players in scoring every year. During Alta's four-year title run with Ohai, the team compiled a 74-5-1 record. Ohai also is a member of the under-18 national team.

Heather O'Reilly, Class of 2003
East Brunswick (East Brunswick, N.J.)

The only thing slowing O'Reilly's high school career was national team commitments. The East Brunswick star scored 40 goals as a freshman, 43 as a sophomore and 38 as a junior, but only played eight matches her senior year (scoring 15 goals). She made her first U.S. women's national team appearance at the age of 17, second-youngest only to Mia Hamm. O'Reilly was the MVP of the first-ever WPS championship match, leading Sky Blue FC to the title.

Lindsay Tarpley, Class of 2002
Portage Central (Portage, Mich.)

In addition to her career goals and assists, Tarpley helped her high school team to a state title in 1999 as a freshman. She also was named to the Michigan Dream Team three times.