Hoggard soccer sweeps all-conference accolades; McKenna named player of the year

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Coming off a Mideastern Conference championship and back-to-back appearances in the 4A East Regional, the Hoggard girls soccer team swept all-conference accolades following a vote by the league’s seven coaches.

Senior standout Sayres McKenna was crowned Mideastern Conference Player of the Year, while Vikings’ Coach Justin Schatz was named coach of the year.

Sayres McKenna.
Sayres McKenna.

McKenna, a Western Carolina commit, tallied 26 goals in 26 games to go along with 38 assists. Hoggard finished the year 21-3-2 overall and 12-0 in conference.

Three other Vikings made first-team all-conference as Siara Southerland recorded 23 goals and 12 assists. Emma Haywood and Tara Poteat were instrumental on the backline and midfield for Hoggard, who surrendered just four goals in 12 conference games, with an 88-16 goal differential for the season.

Laney fared well among all-conference picks after a 17-2-1 season and second place finish in league play.

Sydney Young, Baley Edwards and Haley Shand were selected to the first-team. Shand was the leading scorer for the Bucs as the freshman tallied 20 goals, followed by Edwards with 14. Young posted 12 shutouts in 20 games played.

L.B. Shapiro, Abbey Campbell and Meredith Criner claimed first-team honors for New Hanover, while Lexi Gilley represented Topsail.

Criner is headed to the Ivy League to compete for Cornell next semester. Shapiro recorded 17 assists for the Wildcats, who finished the year 13-7 overall and 8-4 in conference. Gilley had 13 goals and five assists for the Pirates.

South Brunswick earned the sportsmanship award.



  • Sayres McKenna, Hoggard
  • Sydney Young, Laney
  • Baley Edwards, Laney
  • Haley Shand, Laney
  • L.B. Shapiro, New Hanover
  • Lexi Gilley, Topsail
  • Abbey Campbell, New Hanover
  • Meredith Criner, New Hanover
  • Emma Haywood, Hoggard
  • Tara Poteat, Hoggard
  • Siara Southerland, Hoggard


  • Sally Sloan, New Hanover
  • Hayley Childress, Topsail
  • Amberlee Fogel, West Brunswick
  • Lindsey Williams, Ashley
  • Tess Cairney, Ashley
  • Anna Rae Porcelli, Laney
  • Alex Butorvich, Laney
  • Lela King, New Hanover
  • Jess Bennion, Hoggard
  • Emil Accatattoo, Hoggard