After completing an undefeated, championship run through the Piedmont District, Franklin County’s girls soccer team has captured the league’s top two individual prizes for the 2019 season.
Senior Ashlee Jordan, who has given a non-binding verbal commitment to continue her soccer career at NCAA Division III Emory & Henry College, has been selected the league’s Player of the Year.
Moe Potter, who has guided FCHS to 174 wins and multiple league championships in the Western Valley and Piedmont districts during a head coaching career that began in 2006, is this year’s Coach of the Year.
Both played instrumental roles is a 15-4-1 campaign, one that was highlighted by a 15-match winning streak.
The Eagles started the season 0-3-1 before winning 15 matches in a row. That streak ended with a 5-1 loss to Cosby in the quarterfinals of the Class 6 Region B tournament.
FCHS has ended its tenure in the Piedmont District, a term that began in the spring of 2014.
The Eagles never lost to a Piedmont District opponent; they boasted a 65-0-3 record.
This season, FCHS won 12 district matches by shutout.
Joing Jordan on the first team are teammates Amber Altice (senior), Courtney Johnson (junior), Madeline Sellars (sophomore), Ciara Hampton (senior), Olivia Blankenship (senior), Robi Young (senior) and Erica Blake Sellars (freshman).
Altice and Young also have made non-binding verbal commitments to continue their careers at Emory & Henry, which competes in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).
Named to the second team from FCHS are senior Samantha Chaudet and junior Sarah Crawford.
Five players from district runner-up Bassett made the first team and Magna Vista had the other three first-team selections.
League schools represented on the second team are Halifax County (two players), Tunstall (two players), Bassett (three players), George Washington-Danville (one player), Martinsville (two players) and Magna Vista (four players).
Franklin County’s Dudley
is voted Piedmont District
Player of the Year
Franklin County senior Jacob Dudley has been selected Piedmont District Player of the Year in boys soccer by a vote of the league’s head coaches.
Dudley has given a non-binding verbal commitment to continue his soccer career this fall at NCAA Division III Christopher Newport University, which competes in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).
“This honor is well-deserved,’’ Eagles head coach Bradley Lang said.
Dudley converted five penalty kicks in five chances this season for the Eagles.
Martinsville head coach Pete Scouras, who guided the Bulldogs to the Piedmont District championship and a berth in today’s Class 2 state semifinals, is the Coach of the Year. Scouras and his family live in Snow Creek.
Joining Dudley on the first team is sophomore teammate Oscar Garcia.
Named to the second team from FCHS are senior Graham Law, senior Woodrow Turbyfill, sophomore Gavin Beckner, senior, Frederick Wilson and senior Blake Jones.
Martinsville had three first-team players, Magna Vista had four, Bassett and Patrick County each had two and Tunstall, Halifax County and GW Danville each had one.
Magna Vista was the district runner-up.
Martinsville had four second-team players, while Patrick County and Bassett each had three and Tunstall had one.
FCHS finished its final season in the Piedmont District with a 7-10-2 overall record.
The Eagles lost to Magna Vista, 2-1, in the semifinals of the Piedmont District tournament and 5-1 to Thomas Dale in the quarterfinals of the Class 6 Region B tournament.