The South Jersey soccer season has come to a close, which means it is time for our annual All-South Jersey girls' soccer team. Here is the team as selected by The Inquirer's Chris Melchiorre.
Paige Bergman, midfield, Triton
In her senior season, this year's Inquirer player of the year in South Jersey girls' soccer again showed why she was one of region's best overall athletes and most highly rated soccer players.
Featuring one of the strongest and most accurate legs in New Jersey, Bergman netted 34 goals this season from the midfield position, giving her 88 for her career - not bad for a player who is a defender by trade. Defense is the position Bergman plays for her club team, and it is where she will play in college at St. Joseph's University.
In high school, Bergman - big, fast, strong, quick, and smart - weaved her way through double and triple teams all season. She proved unstoppable as an offensive weapon, even though it was not her best position.
Jessi Button, defense, Moorestown
The senior was South Jersey's best one-on-one defender. She spent this season marking some of the state's top scorers while leading Moorestown to the South Jersey Group 3 championship.
Chelsea Fadio, forward, Audubon
The junior built off last season's stellar sophomore campaign by pairing 25 goals with 20 assists. Along the way, she set Audubon's career scoring record. Fadio recorded the winner in 12 of the Green Wave's 19 wins. More important, she was the driving force behind the team's run to a South Jersey Group 1 championship.
Sydney Jackson, forward, Eastern
In her senior season, Jackson was a leader on one of the most talented teams in New Jersey. With 23 goals and 4 assists, Jackson was the points leader on a dynamic offense. She played a key role in the team's winning South Jersey's toughest division, the Olympic Conference American Division, and making runs to the Coaches Tournament title game and the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals.
Tziarra King, forward, Winslow Township
The junior broke out and established herself as one of New Jersey's premier offensive weapons. She paired seven assists with 37 goals, setting a Winslow single-season scoring record. She scored all five goals for Winslow in its playoff win over Triton - a major milestone for a team that finished 3-16 a year before.
Lizzie Kinkler, midfield, Lenape
The senior was one of the state's most polished and creative soccer players, and she was again one of New Jersey's best overall defenders and most potent scorers. During Lenape's march to its eighth consecutive Coaches Tournament and South Jersey Group 4 championships, Kinkler recorded 20 goals and 11 assists, giving her 41 career goals and 32 career assists.
Taylor Ryan, midfield, Shawnee
The senior was one of South Jersey's most complete players and strongest leaders. Influencing every aspect of the game, Ryan was the team's top defender while also leading the Renegades in goals with 14. Strong in the air, fast, and smart, Ryan was instrumental in Shawnee's run to the South Jersey Group 4 title game.
Imani Taylor, goalie, Eastern
She allowed just 13 goals on 126 shots while playing one of South Jersey's toughest schedules. The senior recorded 10 shutouts despite regularly facing some of the state's top scorers.
Isabella Therien, back, Cherokee
Tall, strong, and athletic, Therien was a revelation for an up-and-coming Cherokee team. The sophomore was at times a dominant force for Cherokee against one of the state's toughest schedules.
Marissa Topolski, forward, Lenape
For the second consecutive year, Topolski was the leading scorer during another banner year for Lenape. The senior netted 20 goals to go with 13 assists (giving her 47 goals and 31 assists for her career) as Lenape rolled to its eighth straight Coaches Tournament and South Jersey Group 4 championship.
Kenie Wright, midfield, Lenape
She was the tireless engine that helped make Lenape one of the state's top teams. Supremely athletic and dangerous in each third of the field, the senior recorded six goals and 21 assists (21 and 45, career). As she was throughout her career, Wright was instrumental in Lenape's unprecedented run of success in the Coaches and South Jersey Group 4 tournaments.
FORWARDS: Amirah Ali, Eastern, sophomore
Rebbecca Rossett, Woodbury, sophomore
Gab Masciocchi, Williamstown, senior
Morgan Morocco, Holy Cross, junior
MIDFIELDERS: Carolyn Eckerle, Holy Cross, junior
Gianna Pomykacz, Williamstown, senior
DEFENSE: Amanda Hartwell-Miller, Shawnee, junior
Erica Monte Carlo, Washington Township, senior
Jaylyn Thompson, Eastern, junior
Niki Malancone, Williamstown, senior
GOALIE: Alicia Hampton, Lenape, senior