Hermon, Scarborough players earn soccer All-America status

Posted Dec. 02, 2013, at 12:35 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 02, 2013, at 6:04 p.m.
Senior forward Kaitlin Saulter of Hermon High School (left), pictured in a 2012 game against Ellsworth, has been named Maine’s All-America girls soccer player for 2013.
Senior forward Kaitlin Saulter of Hermon High School (left), pictured in a 2012 game against Ellsworth, has been named Maine’s All-America girls soccer player for 2013.

Kaitlin Saulter of Hermon and Wyatt Omsberg of Scarborough were recognized as the state’s All-America high school soccer players during the Maine Soccer Coaches Association’s annual postseason banquet held Sunday in Bangor.

Saulter, a senior forward, led the Hawks to a 53-13-2 record over her four seasons — more wins than the 50 victories the program had attained in its previous 15 years combined.

She set a school record for scoring with 75 career goals and 32 assists.

A two-time first-team Penobscot Valley Conference all-star and a PVC player of the year, Saulter is a two-time MSCA All-New England choice as well as a three-time member of both the MSCA Class B and Eastern Maine all-star teams.

Omsberg helped lead Scarborough to back-to-back Class A state championships in 2012 and 2013 after also appearing in the 2011 state final while attending Messalonskee of Oakland.

The senior midfielder was a two-time All-Western Maine and All-Class A team honoree, this year’s Class A player of the year, and he concluded his high school career as a most valuable player of the 19th annual MSCA Senior Bowl.

Saulter and Omsberg were selected for All-America status from among the state’s six All-New England honorees.

Other boys earning All-New England acclaim were Ian Lee of Madawaska and Tristan Gardner of Hampden Academy.

Lee, a senior forward, was a four-year starter for the Owls who scored a state-record 127 goals, including 38 this fall in leading Madawaska to the Eastern Maine Class C championship. The two-year team captain is an All-Aroostook selection, and Eastern C regional all-star and an Eastern Maine state team representative for the last three years, as well as the state’s Class C player of the year in both 2012 and 2013.

Gardner, a junior forward, helped Hampden Academy earn its first Eastern Maine Class A championship since 2004, capping off a three-goal performance in the regional final by heading in the game-winning score in overtime. Gardner also has been selected a KVAC Class A all-star as well as being honored by the MSCA as an Eastern A regional all-star and an Eastern Maine state team member for the last two years.

Other girls to be named All-New England were Jenna Soucy of Windham and Alexis Elowitch of Deering of Portland.

Soucy helped Windham win this year’s Class A state title, leading the division in scoring with 23 goals and nine assists. The junior forward was named to the Western A and Western Maine state teams, and was honored as the MSCA Class A player of the year.

Elowitch, a senior forward, is a three-time MSCA Western A all-star and has been named to the Western Maine state team each of the last two years.

Others earning player of the year awards in their respective classes were senior midfielder Matt Crowley of Greely of Cumberland Center, Class B boys; senior back Ben Miller of Bangor Christian, Class D boys; junior forward Pilar Elias of Waterville, Class B girls; junior midfielder Dianna Tyutyunnyk of Orono, Class C girls; and junior forward Mackenzie Worcester of Washburn, Class D girls.

Coach of the year honors went to Ryan Hurley of Camden Hills of Rockport, Eastern Maine boys; Mark Diaz of Scarborough, Western Maine boys; Cid Dyjak of Orono, EM girls; and Deb Lebel of Windham, WM girls.

Nominated for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Region 1 coach of the year award were Diaz, boys large school division; Don Beckwith of Maranacook of Readfield, boys small school division; Aaron Wilcox of Bangor Christian, boys private school division; Lebel, girls large school division; Dyjak, girls small school division; and Todd Dominski of Waynflete of Portland, girls private school division.

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