Girls Soccer Super 12 Captain

Edwards solid for Coffman

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Coffman junior forward Sam Edwards scored 15 goals and assisted on 12 more through 14 games played this season.

Junior forward Sam Edwards of the Dublin Coffman High School girls soccer team not only has the distinction of being named captain of ThisWeek's Super 12 team, but she also is the only member of the first team who isn't a senior.

Eleven of the 15 players who made honorable mention Super 12 are underclassmen.

Edwards had 19 goals and 18 assists in 20 games to lead Coffman to the OCC-Central Division championship and its fourth consecutive Division I district title. She was named district and OCC-Central Player of the Year.

"Sam's athletic ability is kind of what sets her apart," coach Marc D'Auteuil said. "Also, (so does) her competitiveness, which is not seen too often at this level."

The top seed in the district, Coffman defeated Olentangy Orange 4-1 in a district final Oct. 27 before losing to Pickerington North 1-0 in a regional semifinal Nov. 1 to finish 15-1-4.

Coffman, which was first in ThisWeek's final Super 7 poll and second in the final state poll behind Perrysburg, defeated Watkins Memorial 4-0 in a district semifinal Oct. 23.

Edwards had two goals against Watkins Memorial and one against Orange, but her best performance may have come in a 1-all tie against Medina on Sept. 29.

After Medina scored with 3 minutes, 22 seconds remaining, senior midfielder Bailey Wilson won the ensuing kickoff and passed to Edwards, who dribbled downfield and beat goalkeeper Jordan Reynolds to tie the score. Edwards' goal came just 11 seconds after Medina scored.

"She has an unwillingness to lose," D'Auteuil said of Edwards, who credits her teammates for much of her success.

"You can't really do anything without your team," she said. "Obviously, all these (awards) are awesome, but I wouldn't get them without my team. We're just an amazing group of soccer players and people, and I'm really blessed to have a team like this."

Edwards has received interest from several Division I colleges. She said her top choices include Ohio State, Louisville, Northwestern and Wisconsin.

"When she came in as a freshman, you knew she was special," D'Auteuil said. "By the time she leaves here, she is going to be one of the great ones to go through this school."

Despite being a member of the Coffman girls basketball team, Edwards plays soccer nearly year-round. In addition to playing for the Shamrocks, she is a member of the Ohio Premier Eagles.

"I'm just blessed," Edwards said. "I'm so happy to be in this sport. It's a great thing."