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All-Metro girls soccer Player of the Year: Julie Lynch, Sparrows Point

Sparrows Point's Julie Lynch, center, goes in for the slide tackle on Catonsville's Hazel Montgomery-Walsh, right, during the girls soccer game in Catonsville on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.
Sparrows Point's Julie Lynch, center, goes in for the slide tackle on Catonsville's Hazel Montgomery-Walsh, right, during the girls soccer game in Catonsville on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Junior center midfielder Julie Lynch is the total soccer package as she led No. 6 Sparrows Point (16-2) to a state-record fifth straight Class 1A state championship. Her season totals — 21 goals and 19 assists — show only part of what makes her so valuable.

She combines technical skills with an understanding of the game, physical play and an ability to make teammates better with her leadership.

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After leading the No. 3 Bruins to their second Class 4A state title in three years, John Camm has been named The Sun's All-Metro girls soccer Coach of the Year.

No player in the area was able to affect a game in so many ways with her offensive prowess, defensive instincts and ability to hold the ball in the middle.

A first-team All-Metro pick as a sophomore who has committed to West Virginia, Lynch had at least a goal or an assist in 17 of 18 games this past season, and has 51 goals and 39 assists in her first three varsity seasons.

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