All-County Girls Soccer Profiles

ANDREA GOMEZ

The Crescent City High senior had a huge year in playing defense. Her leadership as the team’s crafty and speedy sweeper was depended on as the Raiders gave up just 35 goals in 21 games, recording seven shutouts along the way. 

“There’s not one bad thing you can say about her,” Crescent City coach  Ashley Swales-Frombes said of her University of North Florida-bound standout, on the All-County team for the fourth time. “She was our last obstacle in front of our goalie and nine times out of 10, we never needed our goalie because I had Andrea. She out-hustled everybody to the ball.”

SARA STORY

Though she would leave Palatka High early to attend college at Georgia Southern University, where she will play goalkeeper starting next season, she had a positive impact for the Panthers this season before leaving. Story played 17 games for the Panthers, allowing 65 goals for a 3.82 goals per game average, while stopping 228 shots in front of a very young defensive unit. When she wasn’t in goal, Story would be put on the field at center-midfield and would finish the year with six goals, the most of any Panther this season.

“If we were in a situation in which we were losing by one goal or losing by five, I’d put Sara on the field and take her out of goal,” said first-year Panthers coach Chad Shryock, also Story’s stepfather. “When we put her on the field, she’d score. The thing that impresses me about her is her physical shape. She is one of the most physical goalkeepers I’ve ever seen at her age. Also her leadership stood out. We wouldn’t have played such a high line (defensively) without her, telling the defenders where to be. We needed a director on the field and she understood the game well to be that director.”

DEBORAH CONSUELOS

Only a sophomore, Consuelos helped funnel the ball a lot to Jenny Galvan in Galvan’s record-breaking season of 65 goals. Consuelos was the second-leading scorer in the county with seven goals and 13 assists for 27 points, a lot of those assists going to Galvan while playing one of the two center-midfield positions for Swales-Frombes.

“I think her drive to be successful in and out of the classroom are what stand out about Deborah,” Swales-Frombes said. “She wants to be the best. She kids around and said, ‘I want to grow up to be just like Jenny’ and they’re only a year apart in age. I think playing in adult leagues in (Crescent City) in the offseason helped Deborah out so much.”

ESMERALDA SANTIAGO

In what was a frustrating and winless season for Interlachen, Santiago, a senior forward, gave the Rams some sunshine as she put home 11 goals and assisted on one other goal for 23 points. Santiago was involved in 12 of the 14 goals the Rams scored all year. Head coach Jacqueline Larsen said it was Santiago’s love of the game that stood out.

“She really opened her eyes and found how much more she loved the game this year,” Larsen said. “She’s probably the one kid who truly loves the game most on the team and I hope that she can continue playing the game behind (Interlachen).”

YESSENIA PEREZ

The Crescent City senior defender was another one of the leaders in the backfield that Swales-Frombes could count on to help navigate the action in the back. When she wasn’t helping nail things down in the back, she would help out on the offensive end as well by handing out six assists.

“She played in all of our games except the first Palatka game,” Swales-Frombes said. “And you can see her presence was missed not being there. She’s a huge part of our team, especially when it comes to being vocal. She came up with big plays for us throughout the year.”

ERIN SULLIVAN

Back for her second time on the All-County team, Sullivan provided relief as both a hammer on the defensive end and as a contributor to the offensive side of the ledger. The diminutive Sullivan delivered five goals and handed out 10 assists as the other center-midfielder on the Raiders’ most successful team in the sport since the 2003-04 season.

“Erin stepped up more, being able to support Jenny up front and then dropping back to make huge defensive plays,” Swales-Frombes said. “She helped in getting Jenny goals and then setting herself up to score goals where she could. For her height (5-foot-0), she knows how to use her body and be able to work around bigger players to be aggressive to get to the ball.”

MARIA SOTO

On the All-County team for her fourth time, the Interlachen High senior had to be the leader of a defensive team that was young and inexperienced in front of a young and inexperienced freshman goalie (Lillian Covell). The producer of one assist this season, Larsen said she is appreciative of the work her defenders during the good and bad times with the program.

“Maria is the athlete any coach would love to have,” Larsen said. “Whether she was hurt or not, she excelled, especially in her knowledge of the game. She reallly took our backfield and made it her own, especially with a freshman goalie she was in front of. She did everything for Lillian and I really believe that helped her a lot. She saved us on numerous, numerous other goal possibilities. She’s going to be missed a lot.”

PAYTON PELLICIER

Story needed a safety valve to talk to on defense. That was defender Pellicier, a senior who provided that on numerous occasions as one of the last lines of defense with the young Panthers’ program. Offensively, she had an assist on the season, but it was her leadership that the new Panthers coach raved about in his one season of having her on the club.

“We played defensively different than we had before,” Shryock said. “Playing up further on the high line, you have to maintain your defensive spot. If one player is out of position, that allows attackers to make runs. The main thing she did was provide shade for defensively for our goalies. Payton will be going up to join Sara at Georgia Southern and join the nursing program.”

YULISA MALDONADO

A junior stopper, Maldonado was one of the Crescent City players who can turn defense into instant offense. She and Consuelos shared the team (and county) lead in assists with 13, while also providing two goals. What impressed her coach was how Maldonado, s two-time All-County player, kept going even after she got hurt during the season.

“Her injury never stopped her from doing what she does back there in coming up with big plays,” Swales-Frombes said. “She still helped our defense and she still helped our offense. One of the two goals she scored came from 30 yards out. It was pretty nice.”

JOANNA ARAGON

Once a full-time goalie for former head coach and the late Drew Richardson, Aragon was switched full-time to a left-midfielder position this winter by Swales-Frombes. It worked in a big way as Aragon scored six goals and added five assists for 17 points. Before this season, Aragon had never scored a varsity goal. In her part-time work in goal early in the year, she stopped 12 shots in two games, never allowing a goal and getting two shutouts.

“She just gave us some really good moments for us this year,” Swales-Frombes said of her military-bound graduate. “Jenny was able to send shots into the box (on corner kicks) and Joanna was able to head them in. She came up huge for us in some of our wins.”

LIZ CONSUELOS

When Aragon was moved to the field, it was this senior who took over as the team’s everyday goalie. Recording five shutouts on her own, Consuelos finished with 35 goals allowed in 19 games for a goals per game average of 1.84. She stopped 172 shots in those 19 games.

“She worked pretty hard over the summer in getting the job,” Swales-Frombes said. “By midseason, she made it pretty clear that she was keeping the position for herself. She showed she was a very good goalie by showing very good determination.”

KAALIYAH ROBERTS

Shryock had experience in working with Roberts from middle school ball at Jenkins. Now as head coach, he simply inserted the senior into the midfield position and became another of the defensive stalwarts on a team that needed direction for being so young. 

“She showed some leadership in that position,” Shryock. “She played in the attacking third and did a very good job of shutting down movement in the middle. She played in the middle well for us.”

 – Mark Blumenthal

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