Gladstones Jensen is 4A soccer Player of the Year
- John Denny
- Clackamas Review - Sports
Jones, Chase make first-team all-state
Gladstone has landed two players on the 2011 Class 4A Girls Soccer All-State Team.
Gladstone senior Rylee Jones, the Tri-Valley Conference 'defensive player of the year,' and Gladstone junior Amber Jensen, the 'TVC offensive player of the year,' were both named to the elite first unit.
Jensen, the top scorer on Gladstone's 2011 state championship team, was singled out as the 4A girls soccer 'Player of the Year.' Jensen scored the game's only goal in an 1-0 overtime win over Sisters in the Class 4A state final.
Jensen, who was also a first-team all-state selection as a sophomore, scored 37 goals, made 14 assists and had six hat tricks on the 2011 season, as the Gladiators went 17-2-0, out-scoring their 19 opponents 84-6.
'Amber was our striker, but she wasn't your ordinary striker,' said Gladstone coach Steve Thomas. 'She was a unique striker, in that she was very unselfish. Fourteen assists to go with 37 goals. That says it all.
'Amber was not a ball hog or one of those players that was all about self. Her purpose was to score goals, but she was a team player.'
Thomas said of Jones, 'She owned the middle of the field. Without Riley, we wouldn't have won the [state playoff] games with Philomath or Sisters. She didn't have a bad game all year….'
Gladstone freshman goalkeeper Molly Webster gained honorable mention in the all-state balloting.
Clackamas senior defender Maddie Chase made first-team all-state in Class 6A, as she helped lead the Cavaliers to an 8-1-1 league record and the Three Rivers League title.
Sherwood juniors Meghan Schoen (midfield) and Jessica Imbrie (forward) were named 'Co-Players of the Year' in Class 5A girls soccer, and Sherwood coach Bill Brown was named 'Coach of the Year.' The Bowmen were dominant in Oregon Class 5A girls soccer in 2011, going 19-0-0 and out-scoring opponents 80-7.
The all-state teams were selected through balloting by coaches in their respective divisions.