Girls Soccer Super 12 Captain

Evolution of Edwards' game helped 'Rocks roll

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By becoming "a complete player," Sam Edwards left her mark on the Dublin Coffman High School girls soccer program and on the sport in central Ohio.

For the second consecutive season, Edwards was named captain of ThisWeek's Super 12 team and the Division I district and OCC-Central Division Player of the Year.

The senior forward had 17 goals and 14 assists this season as Coffman went 13-2-3 overall and won its third consecutive OCC-Central title at 6-0-1.

According to coach Marc D'Auteuil, Edwards improved her skill set and made her teammates better.

"What I've really liked about Sam is she has evolved her game where the first year or two she was all about her speed and all about getting behind defenders," D'Auteuil said. "The past couple of years she's become even more of a playmaker for other people and become a complete player, and that is what's going to help her at the next level."

Edwards, an Ohio State recruit who finished her prep career with 68 goals and 45 assists, credits D'Auteuil for her development.

"As a freshman, I came in (as) more of an athlete and (was) just ... running around and trying to impress the coach," Edwards said. "I don't know if I was necessarily a complete soccer player. I just played, but (D'Auteuil) really developed me into an actual player, really taught me a lot, and I give him a lot of credit for my progress through the years and I thank him for that very much."

Although the Shamrocks fell short this fall of winning their fifth consecutive district title, losing to Marysville 2-0 in a district final Oct. 26 at Westerville South, Edwards was satisfied with what she and her teammates accomplished.

"I don't want one game reflecting my last four years because these four years have been the best four years of my entire life," she said. "I've gone through every season with such a great team. That one game isn't really going to bring down my entire experience at Coffman."

•OTHER FIRST-TEAM SELECTIONS -- Morgan Bittengle (Pickerington North, Sr., F), Ashley Blake (Hilliard Davidson, Sr., F), Madison Costner (Dublin Jerome, Jr., F), Nikki Cox (Granville, So., F), Natalie Flahive (Olentangy Liberty, Jr., F), Celeste Fushimi-Karns (Worthington Kilbourne, Sr., D), Ellie Ganz (Watterson, Sr., MF), Kaela Kovanda (Marysville, Sr., F), Amanda Stratton (Dublin Coffman, Sr., D), Katerina Weikert (Columbus Academy, Sr., MF), McKenna Welsh (Hartley, Jr., F).

•HONORABLE MENTION -- Ashley Artrip (Grove City, Sr., F), Emily Burton (Olentangy Orange, Sr., F), Mikaela Couch (Westerville South, Sr., F), Sarah Dawley (Bexley, Sr., MF), Skylar Fleak (Big Walnut, Sr., F), Devon Jones (Worthington Christian, Jr., F), Chloe Kent (Granville, Sr., F), Alexandra MacLeod (Westerville Central, Sr., F/MF), Madi Moore (Watkins Memorial, Sr., G), Caroline Riewe (Ready, Sr., F), Maria Riley (DeSales, Sr., F), Brynn Schlemitz (Dublin Coffman, Sr., MF), Jenna Szabo (Thomas Worthington, Jr., F), Hannah Wilson (Pickerington North, Sr., G), Emily Wright (Hilliard Bradley, Sr., D).

•PAST CAPTAINS -- Dublin Coffman's Sam Edwards (2012) and Kelly Quinn (2003, 2004); Dublin Jerome's Lindsay Agnew (2011); Upper Arlington's Michela Paradiso (2008, 2009 and 2010); Pickerington North's Tahnai Annis (2006, 2007) and Molly Cornwell (2005); Bexley's Megan Brake (2002); DeSales' Ashley Schillig (2001), Tesia Kozlowski (1999, 2000) and Mindy Hammond (1997) and Thomas Worthington's Ashley Swinehart (1998).

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