Area girls talent pool has strong Dublin representation
The way Dublin Coffman High School girls soccer coach Marc D'Auteuil sees it, Dublin Jerome senior forward Lindsay Agnew might be the best player in the state once she returns to the field sometime in September.
He also expects one of Agnew's teammates, senior midfielder Kaitlin Miller, to be one of the area's top talents after the two led the Celtics to a Division I state runner-up finish last season.
And considering the abilities of some of D'Auteuil's players, there's no questioning that central Ohio's talent pool begins in Dublin.
Senior midfielder Bailey Wilson and junior forward Sammy Edwards of Coffman also are among the area's best.
"It seems like (Wilson) has been playing for us forever," D'Auteuil said. "Her freshman year was actually my first year, and we're not (state runners-up in 2009) without her. Outside of Lindsay Agnew, who I'd say is the best attacking player in the state, we've got Sam Edwards who already has offers from all over the place."
Agnew, who will play at Ohio State, had 22 goals and 18 assists last season while being named the district's Player of the Year. She also was captain of the ThisWeek Super 12 team.
Agnew isn't expected to be on the field for the Celtics until she returns from training with Canada's U17 national team.
Miller, who has verbally committed to Kentucky, had 16 goals and 10 assists last fall while making the Super 12.
Edwards had 19 goals and eight assists and Wilson had 16 goals and 17 assists. Both made the Super 12, and Wilson has verbally committed to Cincinnati.
In addition, the Shamrocks have a newcomer who should make an immediate impact in senior Kelly Phipps, a move-in from Florida who has verbally committed to Western Kentucky.
Another player from Dublin who should stand out is Scioto senior Anna Buhigas, a Super 12 honorable mention choice last season at goalkeeper. The Irish were district runners-up a year ago.
Central Ohio's other Division I district champions last season, Gahanna and Watterson, have Division I college recruits on their respective rosters.
Watterson features a veteran lineup that includes senior Brittany Maisano, a defender who has committed to Kent State.
Senior forward Kari Weinland had 19 goals and 32 assists a year ago while helping Gahanna win its first district title. She has committed to Louisville.
Also returning for the Lions are seniors Megan Barrick (defender) and Maggie Mayo (forward), who will play for Cleveland State and Duquesne, respectively.
DeSales senior defender Courtney Klosterman, who has committed to Dayton, is back after earning Division II district Player of the Year honors. The Stallions are defending state champions.
Among the others who made last year's Super 12, Gahanna's Ashley Gogolin (Wright State), Westerville North's Allie Sieradzki (Cleveland State) and Columbus Academy's Erin Simmons (Marshall) from the first team and Jerome's Courtney Kobashigawa (Kentucky) and Coffman's Ashley Stratton (Duquesne) from honorable mention are playing collegiately.
"Gahanna has Kari Weinland who's a good player, but they had a bunch of seniors last year," D'Auteuil said. "The Scioto goalkeeper is very good. She's probably the best goalkeeper in the area. And I know DeSales has a girl who is a very strong player in the back in Klosterman."