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Mercy forward Payton Schenning headlines 2022 Baltimore Sun girls soccer All-Metro teams as Player of the Year

Mercy senior forward Payton Schenning is The Baltimore Sun 2022 All-Metro girls soccer Player of the Year.

Here are The Baltimore Sun’s All-Metro girls soccer teams for the 2022 season.

Player of the Year

Payton Schenning, Mercy, senior, forward

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Out last season due to injury, the dynamic forward vowed to make up for lost time, delivering a remarkable senior season in leading the No. 1 Magic (16-1) to their first IAAM A Conference championship. The area’s top league had more parity this season and it was Schenning who separated the Magic from the pack.

A UMBC commit who finished with 25 goals and 12 assists, Schenning was strong on the ball and equally adept at powering home scoring chances and finding open teammates. She had eight game-winning goals and enjoyed six multi-goal games on a team that went from last place last season to first with a 5-0 league mark. In Mercy’s 4-1 semifinal win over Notre Dame Prep, she set the tone with the game’s first two goals in the first half.

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Mercy senior forward Payton Schenning is The Baltimore Sun 2022 All-Metro girls soccer Player of the Year.

Coach of the Year

Doug Pryor, Mercy

After a highly anticipated season fell flat largely due to injuries in 2021, the Magic got healthy, regrouped and impressively stayed on course to capture the program’s first IAAM A Conference championship. In his 13th season, Pryor kept the group’s attention on the immediate task at hand as the Magic (16-1) won 13 straight games after an early loss to Broadneck.

The Magic were fast and skilled, and their success mostly came from a strong determination to be the league’s best. After going 5-0 in league play during the regular season, they scored four first-half goals to quickly handle Notre Dame Prep, 4-1, in the semifinals before ending McDonogh’s four-year reign as champions with a resilient 1-0 win on a late goal by senior Sydney Feiler. Pryor, who led the Magic to the championship game in 2017, has a 127-51 career mark.

Mercy's Doug Pryor is The Baltimore Sun 2022 All-Metro girls soccer Coach of the Year.

First team All-Metro

Shari Atkins, Hereford, senior, forward

Composed is the best word to describe Atkins’ fine play this season, whether she was running onto balls, had it at her feet or was primed to finish with a hard and accurate shot. Despite heavy attention from defenses, she finished with 15 goals — including five in the postseason — and five assists in leading the Bulls (9-7-1) to the Class 2A state semifinals.

Katherine King, Fallston, senior, forward

The repeat first-team All-Metro selection closed out her stellar career in grand fashion, scoring all three goals in leading the No. 12 Cougars (16-3) to a 3-2 comeback win over South Carroll for a successful defense of their Class 1A state crown. Combining tough-to-match speed and anticipation with high-level skills, King finished with 20 goals and 14 assists.

Giavana Liberto, Marriotts Ridge, senior, forward

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In closing out a stellar four-year career, the Vanderbilt commit posted staggering numbers this season — an area-high 32 goals and 13 assists — in leading the No. 10 Mustangs (12-2) to the Class 3A South region title game. Liberto’s incredible game sense was vital in the team’s organized possession style of play and her leadership was key to the team’s success.

John Carroll's Ella Steck, right, is a first-team All-Metro selection.

Ella Steck, John Carroll, senior, midfielder

Combining high-level skills, a pace that was difficult to match and fierce competitiveness, Steck was a vital component in the No. 4 Patriots’ (8-3-2) breakthrough season as they reached the IAAM A Conference semifinals. She finished with nine goals and three assists, including three game-winning goals and three multi-point performances.

Sadie Wilkinson, Broadneck, senior, forward

A dynamic force up front, the repeat first-team All-Metro selection was the catalyst in leading the No. 2 Bruins (14-1-4) to the Anne Arundel County title and a trip to the Class 4A state semifinals. Wilkinson’s high pressure wreaked havoc on defenses and led to her nine-goal, 10-assist season. She finished with seven game-winning goals and was in on all five of the Bruins’ playoff goals.

Stephanie Lathrop, Glenelg, junior, midfielder-forward

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A game-changer on the offensive end, the repeat first-team All-Metro selection enjoyed a 20-goal, eight-assist season in leading the No. 13 Gladiators (13-4) to the Class 2A state title game. While scoring goals was her specialty, Lathrop’s high-level skills, competitiveness and game sense were also used in distributing and providing a steadying influence to help close out wins.

Glenelg's Stephanie Lathrop, right, is a first-team All-Metro selection.

Kate Levy, McDonogh, junior, midfielder

A transfer from North Carolina, Levy (seven goals, four assists) brought high-level skills, grit and fine game sense to the No. 3 Eagles (8-4-1) as an instant game-changer. In an IAAM A Conference semifinal win, she made a clean tackle at midfield, distributed, made a strong run to the penalty area and was fouled to set up the opening goal on a penalty kick.

Natalie O’Brocki, Notre Dame Prep, senior, midfielder

One of the area’s most technical and tactical players, O’Brocki always found the ball and brought dazzling skills and smart decisions in controlling the middle. Despite opposing teams focused on limiting her touches, she finished with five goals and seven assists in leading the No. 11 Blazers (5-5-3) to the IAAM A Conference semifinals.

Meghan Piazza, Crofton, senior, midfielder

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The gifted attacking midfielder was instrumental in making program history as the No. 5 Cardinals (15-3-1) claimed the Class 3A state crown in its third year. Highly skilled with a relentless approach to getting forward, Piazza contributed 20 goals, and her ninth and final assist came in the Cardinals’ 1-0 state title win over defending champion Mt. Hebron.

Archbishop Spalding's Meghan Bernetti, right, is a first-team All-Metro selection.

Meghan Bernetti, Archbishop Spalding, senior, defender

The repeat first-team All-Metro selection at center back, Bernetti, a four-year starter, was a quality one-on-one defender who consistently won balls and got in front of shots. As a two-year captain, Bernetti kept the Cavaliers’ back line organized, and her poise with the ball was instrumental in the Cavaliers’ build-up play from the back. Handling many of the team’s free kicks, she finished with a team-high five assists.

Ellie Fiedler, Mt. Hebron, junior, defender-midfielder

Slotted at defensive center midfield, Fiedler brought impeccable game sense with the work rate to cover vast territory. Always to the ball first, her anticipation skills disrupted opposing attacks and she effectively pushed the ball forward. Led by Fiedler, the No. 7 Vikings (13-3-1) allowed six goals and posted 11 shutouts in their run to their second straight Class 3A title game.

Allie Petryszak, Mercy, senior, defender

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Bringing poised skills and incredible attention to detail at center back, Petryszak anchored a defense that surrendered eight goals in the Magic’s IAAM A Conference championship season, which culminated with a 1-0 win over defending champion McDonogh for their 12th shutout. In addition to her sensational play at the defensive end, Pertryszak also contributed two goals and four assists.

Broadneck's Kyleigh Bland, center, is a first-team All-Metro selection.

Kyleigh Bland, Broadneck, junior, goalkeeper

A dominating presence, Bland brought quality size, quickness and awareness in owning the penalty area as the Bruins (14-1-4) won the Anne Arundel County title and reached the Class 4A state semifinals. She posted 13 shutouts — blanking ranked teams Severna Park, Notre Dame Prep, Spalding and No. 1 Mercy — with 99 saves and seven goals allowed.

Second team All-Metro

Sabba Haghgoo, McDonogh, junior, forward

Emma Koller, Eastern Tech, senior, forward

Megann Kolthof, John Carroll, senior, forward

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Kamryn Williams, Perry Hall, senior, forward

Sydney Feiler, Mercy, senior, midfielder

Sophie Thibeault, Archbishop Spalding, senior, midfielder

Hanna Verreault, Severna Park, senior, midfielder

Ava Wheeler, Patterson Mill, senior, midfielder

Skylar Williams, Southern, senior, midfielder

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Ryn Feemster, Severna Park, junior, defender

Mary Sommer, Notre Dame Prep, senior, defender

Ainsley Wilson, Mt. Hebron, senior, defender

Mia Graff, Century, senior, goalkeeper


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