Cowapa League girls soccer is good, young … and it will be even better next year.
The league that’s had one team in the state championship game in each of the last four years, also sports one of the youngest all-league teams across the state at the 4A level.
Of the 21 players on the first team, only four are seniors.
Ironically, two of the seniors belong to Astoria — midfielders Jenna Rudolph and Rachel Simmons; and the other two seniors are from Seaside — midfielder Elizabeth Barnes and defender Morgan Brown.
Valley Catholic — which lost the 4A state championship game to North Valley — swept the top awards, as the Valiants placed seven players (two juniors, four sophomores, one freshman) on the first team.
Valley Catholic junior Taylor Menkens was named Player of the Year, while junior teammate Noelle Mannen was selected as the Goalkeeper of the Year.
The Valiants’ Kayla Gaspardis was named Coach of the Year.
Player of the Year: Taylor Menkens, Valley Catholic
Goalkeeper of the Year: Noelle Mannen, Valley Catholic
Coach of the Year: Kayla Gaspardis, Valley Catholic
Taylor Menkens, Jr., Valley Catholic
Elizabeth Barnes, Sr., Seaside
Morgan Brown, Sr., Seaside
Marissa Dodsen, So., Banks
Mackenzie Ela, Jr., Scappoose
Emma Jones, Fr., Scappoose
Sarah Jones, So., Valley Catholic
Kim Jordan, Jr., Banks
Callie Kawaguchi, So., Valley Catholic
Kate McNaughton, So., Valley Catholic
Samantha Pester, Jr., Banks
Shayna Redpath, So., Scappoose
Jenna Rudolph, Sr., Astoria
Parisa Sabet, Fr., Valley Catholic
Rachel Simmons, Sr., Astoria
Aspen Slifka, So., Banks
Katelyn Snook, So., Valley Catholic
Celeste Stout, So., Tillamook
Lauren Whisenhunt, So., Scappoose
GK: Noelle Mannen, Jr., Valley Catholic
GK: Alyssa Bakkensen, Jr., Scappoose
Ashley Baughman, So., Scappoose
Chloe Brock, So., Valley Catholic
Jerusha Brown, Fr., Tillamook
Emily Campos, Jr., Scappoose
Sophie Herrera, So., Valley Catholic
Robin Hibdon, Jr., Tillamook