~ PVN staff report
LURAY, June 23 — The Virginia High School League announced Thursday morning that Luray High School senior forward Emilee Weakley was among the first team selections on the 2022 Class 2 All-State girls soccer team.
Weakley lead the Bulldogs to a historic 18-4 season that included Luray’s first Region B title and its first appearance in the state tournament. The Bulldogs defeated Bruton, 8-0, at home in the state quarterfinal before falling, 5-1, to eventual state champion Glenvar in a June 10 semifinal in Salem.
Not only did Weakley finish her high school career among the state’s all-time leading scorers in girls basketball (top five), the two-sport athlete finished her soccer career with 65 goals this season (tied for 5th in the VHSL record book…the record is 88) and 138 goals for her career (11th highest all-time…the record is 215).
Bull Run District and Region B rival Clarke County had six Eagles placed on the All-State Squad — three on the first team and three on the second team. Making the the first team were sophomore midfielder Campbell Neiman, sophomore Lily Suling on defense, and senior Rebecca Camacho Bruno as an at-large selection. Second team selection included senior Hannah Wagner on defense, sophomore Kelsey Elrod as an at-large pick, and senior goalie Emma Rogers.
The only other All-State pick from the region was Strasburg senior Morgan Mrizek, who earned second team honors as a midfielder.
Poquoson junior midfielder/goalkeeper Sydney McCarthy was named the Class 2 Player of the Year. A first-team selection as a midfielder, the versatile McCarthy also split time as her team’s goalkeeper during her junior season. The Region A Player of the Year, McCarthy scored nine goals in the regular season, including two game-winners, and three assists. She also started nine games in goal for the Islanders. She continued her dual role in the region tournament posting two shutouts and scoring a goal and an assist. In addition, she started all three games in goal during the state tournament and led her team to the state finals.
Glenvar head coach Kyleigh Drew was selected as the Class 2 Coach of the Year. Drew led the girls soccer team to its first state title in program history with a 2-1 win over Poquoson in the Class 2 championship. The Highlanders finished the season 18-5 overall.
Sixteen players are selected first-team all-state and second-team all-state (four forwards, four midfielders, four defensive players, one goalie, and three at-large from any position). Only those players selected to the first-team all-region teams are eligible for selection to the All-State team.
Each All-State selection committee is comprised of eight soccer coaches (two from each of four regions).