York Places Three Girls Soccer Players on All-State Roster; Lafayette Adds One

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Madison Van Dyke was a first-team all-state selection. (file photo)
Madison Van Dyke was a first-team all-state selection. (file photo)

Four Historic Triangle girls soccer players – three from York and one from Lafayette – earned Group 3A all-state honors for their play this season.

The three York players were forward Madison Van Dyke, midfielder Michelle Shin and defender Madison Dillard, while Lafayette defender Peyton Kilgore was also added as an all-state selection.

Van Dyke was the only player from the Historic Triangle to earn first-team honors. The York sophomore contributed to 40 of York’s 60 goals this season, scoring a team-high 25 goals and logging 15 assists.

“She was really the heart of the attacking program,” York coach Tom Finley said of Van Dyke. “I wish I had more players like her, putting it all out there every second on the field.”

Shin, a captain for the Falcons, proved to be the star midfielder for York, starting 18 games and scoring 10 goals while adding eight assists.

“She was just a great team captain and would always do anything I asked enthusiastically,” Finley said. “She’s also doing very well in school. She does a great job of time management and off-field activities as well. She’s a really solid performer. She was able to create a lot of scoring opportunities.”

While Dillard did not put up spectacular numbers as a defender, she was recognized by opposing coaches as a standout performer and leader for the Falcons. When York suffered injuries along the back line, Dillard stepped up and provided leadership to the younger defenders that suddenly saw playing time.

“She would always do what I asked of her as well and when a couple of our starting backs got injured, she took a couple freshmen under her wing and made the back line cohesive,” Finley said. “She brought a leadership quality and was a great example for the other kids.”

Lafayette coach Kevin Nealer praised his all-state selection, saying Kilgore, who scored four goals and had five assists, was instrumental to Lafayette’s success on the defensive end and six recorded shutouts as a team.

“She was one of our captains and she was instrumental in organizing our back four,” Nealer said. “Her aggressiveness and commitment to the team and all of that was just really important for us. She was definitely a leader for us on and off the field. Her set pieces and corner kicks – she contributed all over the field.”


Below are the All-State Selections:

Player of the Year: Blair Thompson, sophomore, John Champe
Coach of the Year: Travis Eschenmann, Blacksburg

First Team
Forward: Madison Van Dyke, sophomore, York
Forward: Makayla Lewis, senior, Loudoun Valley
Forward: Julie Cumins, junior, John Champe
Forward: Jane Everett, senior, Blacksburg
Forward: Jessi Wollmann, senior, Blacksburg
Midfield: Lizzie Boone, junior, Liberty
Midfield: Maddie Graham, senior, John Champe
Midfield: Blair Thompson, sophomore, John Champe
Midfield: Mackenzie Williams, senior, Blacksburg
Midfield: Jane Romness, freshman, Western Albemarle
Defender: Hannah Keith, junior, Monticello
Defender: Sophia Thompson, junior, Blacksburg
Defender: Jenny Lidwin, junior, John Champe
Defender: Lillian Meggs, senior, Western Albemarle
Defender: Faith Kurek, senior, Blacksburg
Defender: Chris Martin, senior, Blacksburg

Second Team
Forward: Elizabeth Fabiano, freshman, Western Albemarle
Forward: Sara Bane, sophomore, Lord Botetourt
Forward: Rachel DeMasters, junior, William Monroe
Forward: Dornesha Cottoms, senior, Culpeper
Midfield: Kellen Spradlin, senior, Lord Botetourt
Midfield: Michelle Shin, junior, York
Midfield: Morgan Todd, junior, Cave Spring
Midfield: Rachel Bullard, sophomore, Culpeper
Midfield: Olivia Decatur, senior, John Champe
Defender: Rachel Clark, senior, John Champe
Defender: Peyton Kilgore, senior, Lafayette
Defender: Jess Kamienski, senior, Loudoun Valley
Defender: Kaitlyn Huff, senior, Cave Spring
Defender: Madison Dillard, senior, York
Goalkeeper: Noelle St. Laurent, senior, John Champe