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Player of the Year

Kennedy Little

Kennedy Little, Central York, jr.: Little didn't light up the scoreboard this season, but she made sure opposing teams didn't have a chance to, either, while she helped lead the Panthers to their first league title since 2001.

The junior scored five goals, including one on a direct kick from 35 yards out to lift Central over Red Land for the first time in team history, and she was praised by coaches around the league as one of the premier defenders.

"She's a goalkeeper's best friend," Central York head coach Liz Critchfield said. "She always has their back."

Little plays hard for her team, not for herself, Critchfield said, and her leadership is something that doesn't show up in the box score.

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"I have never seen Kennedy give up on her team in a game or practice," Critchfield said. "She plays until the very end for them no matter what the score is or how much time is on the clock."

The league's coaches voted Little the Division I Player of the Year.

"Kennedy is a player who all coaches would want because she makes it easy to coach," Critchfield said. "She is always working to make herself and her teammates better."

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Sierra Austin

Sierra Austin, Dallastown, jr.: Austin anchored one of the best defenses in the league as the Wildcats allowed just 14 goals all season and shut out opponents 12 times. She was a first-team all-star selection by coaches.

Austin scored five goals from the center defender position, including three in a game against Spring Grove, and went 4-for-4 on penalty kicks.

Brooke Firestone

Brooke Firestone, Dover, jr.: Described as a captain, vocal leader and phenomenal student by her head coach, Firestone scored 23 goals and chipped in nine assists this season. She has helped lead Dover to two division titles, two league titles and a state tournament appearance.

She once voluntarily relinquished her starting job to a non-starting senior so that player could have her name announced before Dover's first YAIAA championship in school history in 2013.

"She's the total package on and off the field," Dover head coach Bret Altimore said. "She is an outstanding soccer player and an even better person."

Lauren Gough

Lauren Gough, South Western, jr.: With 46 career goals and 14 assists, Gough became the school's all-time leading scorer this season. Gough has played in 54 consecutive games, which ties her with her sister, Taylor Gough, who broke the school's all-time assist record on the same play as Lauren's record-setting goal. The play landed them in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd."

"Lauren is a natural leader who leads by example," South Western head coach Dwaine Briggs said. "She is consistently one of the hardest-working players on the pitch."

Bri Hackos

Bri Hackos, Central York, jr.: As a midfielder, Hackos scored eight times in 2014 and assisted on six scores. Hackos showed up in the league tournament, recording two assists in Central's 3-0 win against Northeastern in the semifinals and scoring the lone goal in a quarterfinal victory against York Suburban.

Paige Hartman

Paige Hartman, Dallastown, jr.: The junior forward scored eight goals and added an assist while serving as the Wildcats' team captain. But head coach Scott Austin said the impressive part of Hartman's season wasn't the number of goals, but rather when they were scored.

The junior scored four game-winners, including one with less than a minute remaining in a YAIAA tournament semifinal against Susquehannock. She also scored the lone goal of a double-overtime game against Red Lion to clinch a share of the YAIAA Division I title.

Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Johnson, York Catholic, jr.: Johnson was voted the Division III Player of the Year by coaches after scoring 36 goals and adding seven assists in 2014. It's a thrill to watch her from the sideline, York Catholic head coach Ryan Luckman said, because she can beat the defender in a variety of ways.

"I get excited to see what she will do when she receives the ball in space and has a one-on-one opportunity," Luckman said. "She can beat girls with pure speed, strength or skill, so it's fun to see which one she chooses in the moment."

Hannah Logue

Hannah Logue, Fairfield, so.: For the second straight season, Logue led the Green Knights in scoring. With 37 goals in just 20 games, Logue increased her career goals total to 83. The sophomore also added six assists while helping lead Fairfield to a 16-4 record, good enough for second place in Division III.

"Hannah works very hard for us," Fairfield head coach Jackie Suchanek said. "She never misses a practice and she comes to all of the offseason sessions for us."

Brooke McGee

Brooke McGee, Susquehannock, sr.: After missing her junior season because of a torn ACL, McGee came back to score 24 of Susquehannock's 49 goals, including the winners in 11 of its 15 victories. Head coach Patrick Brubaker called her "one of the most prolific strikers in Susquehannock girls' soccer history."

McGee averaged more than a goal per game and added three assists on the season.

"She's one of the toughest players I've known," Brubaker said. "We'll miss her nose for the goal next year and, more importantly, her energy, passion and commitment."

Sheayna Pamplin

Sheayna Pamplin, Central York, sr.: Pamplin recorded 14 goals and five assists while playing at the forward position this season. She anchored a front line that helped lead the Panthers to a 19-3 record and a share of the YAIAA Division I title. Pamplin also scored in Central's YAIAA championship win over Dallastown and in the YAIAA semifinals against Northeastern.

Brenna Schroter

Brenna Schroter, Northeastern, jr.: Schroter gave strikers headaches this season. The junior made 148 saves this season and seven saves per game, shutting out seven opponents while holding them to 1.38 goals against per game.

Her highlight stop of the season, head coach Diana Collier said, was when she blocked a penalty kick in a 1-0 double overtime win against Dover during the league tournament.

Jordan Shoff

Jordan Shoff, York Suburban, sr.: Shoff, a four-year starter, recorded 13 goals and 17 assists this season as a defensive center-midfielder and was named Division II Player of the Year by coaches.

She moved from an attacking center-midfielder to the sweeper position between her freshman and sophomore seasons, then back to midfield for her junior and senior seasons, head coach Tom Shugars said.

Coach of the Year

Pat Brubaker

Pat Brubaker, Susquehannock: The Warriors' record improved from 4-11 in 2013 to 15-5 in Brubaker's first year at the helm. He helped lead Susquehannock to a share of the YAIAA Division II title with two-time league champion Dover. The Warriors won a game in the YAIAA tournament and in the District 3 Class AA playoffs before being knocked out in the quarterfinals of each.

Honorable mention

Bermudian Springs: Abby Hoffman. Biglerville: Michelle Diaz. Central York: C.J. Dickison, Faith Hatchard. Delone Catholic: Katie Roth, Tess Maitland. Dover: Abby Patterson, Payton Miller, Katelyn Wilt. Gettysburg: Emily Bertram. Eastern York: Hailey Heistand, Hailey Spyker. Fairfield: Sarah Heinbaugh, Libby Heinbaugh. Littlestown: Candace Childs. Northeastern: Elizabeth Bentz, Coryn Moyer, Sawyer Patrick. Red Lion: Jordan Gebhart, Heather Jackson. Spring Grove: Leanna Miller. Susquehannock: Emily Landis, Melissa Lynch. York Catholic: Hannah Laslo, Lisa Casagrande. York Suburban: Abby Eisenhart.

-- Brandon Stoneburg

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