2018-19 The Berkshire Eagle All Stars: Girls soccer
Player of the Year
Nicole Gamberoni, Lenox, Senior
A repeat The Berkshire Eagle All-Star selection, Nicole Gamberoni ruled over the soccer pitch in Berkshire County as a Lenox senior. Last year's most valuable player doubled down on her performance this fall, racking up 21 goals and a league-high 16 assists. She led the Millionaires to a 13-4-1 record and into deep penalty kicks — making her try — in the Western Massachusetts Division IV final. Gamberoni registered five points in the postseason, giving her 103 for her career. Her balanced combination speed, power and superior footwork made her a dangerous offensive player anywhere on the field. The AIC-bound midfielder pitched in defensively for coach Kyle Zunchuk's squad when needed, and added a level of professionalism and leadership the Berkshire South champions needed for a deep tournament run. Gamberoni was voted South Division MVP by the league coaches.
Offensive Player of the Year
Aubrey Blanchard, Monument Mountain, Senior
A relentless motor and nose for the net made Aubrey Blanchard the most potent weapon in Berkshire County this fall. She was a 20-goal scorer for coach Jess Platt's Monument Mountain Spartans, and added four assists for the third-most points in the Berkshires. Blanchard registered a hat trick in a 3-0 win over Granby early in the season, and scored multiple goals four other times. Struggling to find offense on a drenched homefield in the opening round of Western Mass., the Spartans looked to their senior star, and she delivered. Blanchard book-ended the season with two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win over Athol. Monument made another appearance in the Division III semifinals a week later. Blanchard's speed was a problem all season for opposing defenses of all levels, and she was crafty enough to slip behind them or pass out of the right situations as well. She'll take her talents to Emory University in the fall.
Defensive Player of the Year
Abby Wells, Wahconah, Junior
Berkshire North champion Wahconah was senior-heavy in the midfield and up front on the attack. The unknown quantity was going to be coach Meg Smith's back line in front of a pair of veteran goalies. Whatever doubt there was, was alleviated very quickly by junior defender Abby Wells. Wells provided the necessary edge to the Warriors' defense to match the grit coming up top from Allison Washburn and Victoria Gamberoni. Solidly-built and sure-footed, Wells led a defense that surrendered just 12 goals through 19 games, and pitched three shut-outs in the postseason. Wahconah was only able to be beaten in penalty kicks by Monson in the Western Mass. semifinals. In 12 of those 19 games, Wells' defense didn't allow a goal
Coach of the Year
Meg Smith, Wahconah
In her third season with the Warriors, coach Meg Smith helped turn an eight-win, one-and-done team into a squad that finished 11-3-2, was unbeaten in the Berkshire County and earned the No. 2 seed in the Western Mass. Division III tournament. Her Wahconah team went 7-0-1 in the brutal Berkshire North and pitched 12 shutouts. The only time an opposing team found the back of the net in the playoffs was in penalty kicks in the sectional semifinals. Smith's full vision for her program came to fruition in 2018, with tough, physical players across the field, all of whom devote themselves to the culture of accountability within Wahconah soccer, for their coach. Smith's Warriors play a brand of soccer that can match up with any opponent from any division, and they're not going anywhere.
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