LOUISBURG — The Class 4-1A state runner-up Lady Cat soccer team had seven players named to the All-Frontier League Girls Soccer Team.
Junior forward Mackenzie Scholtz and junior midfielder Trinity Moore were first-team selections.
Senior goalie Carson Buffington, senior defender Kaitlyn Lewer, junior defender Madison Quinn and junior forward Erin Lemke were second-team selections.
Senior defender Camdyn Clark was an honorable mention selection.
The Lady Cats won a school record 17 games this season. Louisburg, 17-4, won a regional title, state quarterfinals playoff, state semifinal game and advanced to the state championship game for the second year in a row.
Louisburg has won four regional titles since starting the girls soccer program four years ago. The team has played in back-to-back state championship games.
In addition to winning a program record 17 games, the Lady Cats posted 13 shutouts and allowed less than one goal per game.
Scholtz was named the Class 4-1A co-offensive player of the year. Buffington was selected the Class 4-1A goalie of the year.
Scholtz set Louisburg Lady Cat single-season records for hat tricks (nine), game-winning goals (10), goals (39) and points (84). She also set career marks for goals (98), hat tricks (18) and points (235). Scholtz, a junior, has another season to add to her career record totals.
Buffington set Lady Cat records for wins in a season (17), shutouts (13) and saves (115). She allowed 20 goals in 21 games. She made three huge saves on penalty kicks to help lead Louisburg past Topeka-Hayden in the state semifinals.
Louisburg’s Kyle Conley was named coach of the year.
Conley led Louisburg to four consecutive regional titles and to the state semifinals three years in a row, including two trips to the state championship game.
“Being coach of the year is a tremendous accomplishment for our program and what we accomplished as a team this past season,” Conley said. “I am extremely humbled by receiving this award voted by my peers.
“I view this as a program award,” he said. “If it wasn’t for the players who played in the past in our program who set the standard, players who currently play in our program, parents who allow me to work with their daughters, and assistant coach Michael Pickman, who is by my side every step of the way, and a community who supports our program no matter what or where we play, none of this is possible.”
It was quite a run by a very talented and hard-working team, Conley said.
“This team broke so many team and individual records,” he said. “It will be very, very difficult to duplicate what this team accomplished. This team was very special and our journey this season was historic.”
Lemke, Moore and Lewer were first-team all-state selections.
Lemke was second on the team in goals with 14. She had 17 assists, one shy of a school record.
Moore scored 12 goals with six assists.
Clark’s season was cut short by an injury. She was able to play five minutes on senior night. Clark was also part of five of the team’s record 13 shutouts.
Avery O’Meara, a defender, was a second-team all-state selection.
The Louisburg Lady Cat soccer program is one that started not only with a dream, but a community willing to put in the work and its money to raise the funds to operate the program, Conley said.
“We play for them,” Conley said. “We represent our community.”
The Lady Cats and their extended Louisburg community family have come a long way, Conley said.
The Class 5A regional champion Spring Hill Lady Broncos had seven players named to the all-league team, including three first-team selections.
Sophomore defender Jalyn Anderson, junior forward Kaylen Dawson and senior midfielder Mallory Smith were first-team selections.
Dawson led the Lady Broncos with 23 goals. She added nine assists.
Smith had a Lady Broncos and Frontier League record 26 assists. She added 17 goals.
Senior keeper Emery Mounce, sophomore forward Lexi Dillon, junior midfielder Grayson Murphy and sophomore midfielder Mallory Putnam were honorable mention selections.
Mounce made 77 saves. Dillon scored 17 goals. Murphy had 11 assists.
Spring Hill was runner-up in the league with a record of 6-1.
MIDFIELD — Caitlin Countryman, Baldwin, senior; Trinity Moore, Louisburg, junior; Mallory Smith, Spring Hill, senior
FORWARD — Anna Burnett, Baldwin, junior, Mackenzie Scholtz, Louisburg, junior; Kaylen Dawson, Spring Hill, junior
DEFENSE — Josie Boyle, Baldwin, junior; Bianna Andrade, Piper, senior; Jalyn Stevenson, Spring Hill, sophomore
UTILITY — Kate Erpelding, Eudora, sophomore
GOALKEEPER — Paige Ellis, Baldwin, senior
MIDFIELD — Kassandra Green, Bonner Springs, senior; Ryia Richardson, Piper, sophomore; Anna Stockman, Tonganoxie, sophomore
FORWARD — Erin Lemke, Louisburg, junior; Jessica Thomas, Piper, sophomore; Anna Soetaert, Tonganoxie, senior
DEFENSE — Lauren Russell, Baldwin, sophomore; Kaitlyn Lewer, Louisburg, senior; Madison Quinn, Louisburg, sophomore
UTILITY — Riley Smith, Baldwin, freshman
GOALKEEPER — Carson Buffington, Louisburg, senior
MIDFIELD — Emelynn Cruce, Ottawa; Lexi Miles, Piper, sophomore; Grayson Murphy, Spring Hill, junior; Mallory Putnam, Spring Hill, sophomore
FORWARD — Cambria Crowe, Baldwin, sophomore; Trinity Jones, Bonner Springs, senior; Lexi Dillon, Spring Hill, sophomore
DEFENSE — Mercedes Madlock, Bonner Springs, freshman; Camdyn Clark, Louisburg, senior; Kaylin Wisdom, Ottawa
UTILITY — Emma Tucker, Bonner Springs, senior; Olivia Morton, Ottawa, freshman; Riley Porter, Piper, sophomore
GOALKEEPER — Emery Mounce, Spring Hill, junior