Just in case you missed them, here are The Press Democrat’s All-Empire soccer selections for the 2008-09 high school season.
The picks for the MVPs and the 1st and 2nd teams were made by our staff with input from coaches around the Empire.
There were multiple choices in all of the MVP races, but we decided to limit it to one, rather than co-MVPs on any of the four teams.
We also, for the most part, placed what we considered as the top players at their positions, not necessarily the best 11 players regardless of position. We felt that made it a more meaningful team.
Following is our small-school girls team:

MVP: Lexie Nadeau, Sonoma Academy, jr., forward

Nadeau had 29 goals and 17 assists to lead Sonoma Academy to its second straight North Coast Section title. Nadeau had three goals in the NCS playoffs for the 18-2 Coyotes, including one in their 3-2 double-overtime against St. Vincent in the title game.
“She was probably the one player all year that seemingly every team tried to adjust to to shut her down,” Sonoma Academy coach Chris Ziemer said. “For her to be involved in about 50 goals over the course of the season, that’s pretty impressive.”

First team

Goalie: Kelsey Welton, Middletown, sr.
Forward: Kate Bayes, Sonoma Academy, fr.
Forward: Natalia Surnojo, St. Vincent, so.
Forward: Sally Williams, Sonoma Academy, sr.
Midfielder: Katie Bruce, Fort Bragg, sr.
Midfielder: Ashley Cliver, Sonoma Academy, jr.
Midfielder: Danielle Garcia, St. Vincent, sr.
Defender: Bianca Farrow, Sonoma Academy, sr.
Defender: Anisa Green, Clear Lake, sr.
Defender: Sierra Nadeau, Sonoma Academy, jr.
Defender: Danielle Stave, St. Vincent, jr.

Second team

Lina Davis, Fort Bragg, goalie, jr.
Jackie Dixon, Fort Bragg, forward, sr.
Erica Greer, Rincon Valley Christian, defender, sr.
Lucero Guerrero, Roseland Prep, midfielder, sr.
Dawny Lee, Potter Valley, forward, sr.
Mae McAleavy, Sonoma Academy, goalie, jr.
Margie Muto, Mendocino, defender, jr.
Amanda Wisdom, Rincon Valley Christian, midfielder, sr.

Coach of the Year: Chris Ziemer, Sonoma Academy