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Girls Preseason Player of the Year Watchlist

Hannah Hyatt (Park City)
Hannah Hyatt (Park City)
Editor’s Note: As the season progresses, we will continue to update this list. Think we left someone out? Sound off in the comments below.
Hannah Hyatt (Senior – DM – Park City)
2014: 35 Goals, 16 Assists, 23 GB’s, 16 CT’s
Coming in at No. 1 is the 2014 All-American, Hannah Hyatt, who has been a force in the state since her sophomore year at Park City. Returning for her senior season, Hyatt looks to be primed to have one of her best seasons yet.
Tiffiny Wallace (Junior – A – Brighton)
2014: 49 Goals, 11 Assists, 32 GB’s, 8 CT’s
No. 2 was relatively unknown last year, Wallace exploded on to the scene with a tremendous sophomore season. Scoring the most goals in that state last year, Wallace looks to contribute to another successful season for the Bengals.
Marina Mayo (Junior – Mid – Park City)
2014: 26 Goals, 5 Assists, 25 GB’s, 12 CT’s
No. 3 should come as no surprise, Marina Mayo. Don’t let the goal total fool you. Mayo is a prolific player. She can shoot from anywhere, catch just about anything and is a monster on the draw circle. Mayo was a key component to a prolific Park City attack last year so you can expect her to be even better this year.
Mara Gronseth (Senior – Mid – Juan Diego)
2014: 46 Goals, 9 Assists, 26 GB’s, 12 CT’s
No. 4 is the 2014 Midfield MVP, Mara Gronseth. She led the surprise team of the south, Juan Diego, all the way to the semifinals before falling to eventual champions, Park City. I expect to see Gronseth come out playing harder and better than ever for her senior season.
Bergan McArdle (Junior – DM – Brighton)
2014: 30 Goals, 13 Assists, 32 GB’s, 9 CT’s
Being in the shadow of 2014 Co-All-American, Amy Johnston, and the states leading scorer, Tiffiny Wallace, McArdle flew under the radar for most of the season. With the departure of Johnston, expect to see this stand out take more of a roll offensively. Her numbers should increase and I expect she won’t fly under the radar very long. She will be in strong contention for player of the year come May.
Mo Osterloh (Senior – Mid – Brighton)
2014: 39 Goals, 10 Assists, 29 GB’s, 19 CT’s
Coming in at No. 6 on our countdown is Mo Osterloh. Osterloh transferred from Skyline where she was the main source of offense. Coming to an already loaded Brighton team, I expect Osterloh’s numbers to decrease slightly as she won’t have to score five goals a game to win. Although her goals will probably go down, I expect her assists to soar and for her to a mighty contributor to the Bengals offense.
Ashley Tack (Senior – Mid – Juan Diego)
2014: 33 Goals, 4 Assists, 30 GB’s, 6 CT’s
The second half of the Gronseth-Tack duo at Juan Diego, Ashley Tack comes in at No. 7. Tack will need to play even better this year in order for Juan Diego to repeat their success from 2014. I believe Tack will rise to the occasion and will put up big time numbers this season.
Ellie Meyer (Senior – Mid – Park City)
2014: Transfer from Boulder, Colorado.
Here is a player that is going to be mostly unknown to a vast majority of the state. Meyer played two years ago at Park City but transferred to Colorado. She has transferred back to Park City for her senior season. Meyer was a great player then and will continue to shine for the Miners.
Paige Rutledge (Senior – Mid – Riverton)
2014: 21 Goals, 10 Assists, 43 GB’s, 17 CT’s
Riverton is known for their defense, not so much their attack. Although Riverton didn’t score many goals last year, No. 10 Paige Rutledge was a big contributor to the points they did score. Coming in for her senior season, expect Rutledge to take charge of the Riverton offense, she will look to become the prolific scorer they are going to need this season.
Katie Oka (Senior – D – Riverton)
2014: 13 Goals, 6 Assists, 21 GB’s, 9 CT’s
Speaking of defense, No. 11, Katie Oka was the anchor for the stout Riverton defense in 2014. I expect to see her play very well defensively this season, I also expect to see her utilized in the midfield more. This move may just give Riverton the spark they need offensively.
Leah VandeMerwe (Senior – Mid – Olympus)
2014: 25 Goals, 1 Assist, 20 GB’s, 1 CT
VandeMerwe is another player that not many people may have heard of. She maybe the Titan’s most versatile player for 2015. They will be relying on her to fill the shoes left by Olympus all star Katie Adams. VandeMerwe’s numbers should skyrocket this year. If she can lead the young Titan team into the playoffs, and has a good a chance as any to be in the player of the year conversation.
Olivia Heiner (Sophomore – Mid – Skyline)
2014: 22 Goals, 7 Assists, 24 GB’s, 7 CT’s
With the graduation of Annie Stevens and the transfer of Mo Osterloh, the burden will placed squarely on the shoulders of sophomore Olivia Heiner. Heiner had a good season last year but will be the main source of points for the Eagles. Heiner’s numbers should spike as well and I expect her to be a household name before the season is up.
Catie Sandlin (Senior  – Mid – Corner Canyon)
2014: 29 Goals, 1 Assist, 33 GB’s, 14 CT’s
Sandlin had a good season last year but will need be even more effective in 2015 in order to give Corner Canyon a shot at the post season. I expect her to be the Chargers “go to girl” this year and we should see her numbers spike.
Audree Erekson (Junior – Mid – Herriman)
2014: 24 Goals, 2 Assists, 22 GB’s, 14 CT’s
After a successful season Erikson will be returning for her senior season with the Mustangs. The Mustangs will look to her to lead their attack this season. She has a nose for the ball and I expect her to get a lot more touches this year. Erikson’s numbers should increase and she could have a viable argument for player of the year, should she lead her team out of the regular season and into the postseason in only their second year on the D-I level, no easy task.
Freshman to Watch
As a bonus, we put together a small freshman to watch list. These freshman made an immediate impact on their teams and on the U-15 National team.
Skye Rust (Mid – Lone Peak)
Savannah Ernst (Mid – American Fork)
Gabi Nixon (Mid – Park City)
Morgan Lukrich (D – Park City)
London Mohowski (Mid – Lone Peak)

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4 comments
  1. Tim, I am not sure if you are going to do the same thing for the D2 teams but I thought I would throw in my 2 cents. Although I have not seen all the D2 teams play two girls, who I have seen play in winter league and tournaments, deserve mentioning.
    Dasie Mele – Woods Cross – Midfield 2 time first team all-state Midfield 2014 Midfield MVP
    16 goals 10 assists 71 GB and 23 CT
    Madison Geilmann – Roy – Midfield 2013 second team all state 2014 first team all-state
    2014 42 goals 6 assists 44 GB 14 CT

  2. Don’t forget about some of the goalies. Taylor Hekking @ Brighton and Jessica Christensen @ Alta are two of the toughest goalies to get a shot through. Both tending goal for their teams in their senior year. And Dakota Halford at Corner Canyon is an up and coming sophomore who will be fun to watch over the next few years.

  3. No questioning the standout girls John and Stacy mentioned, but a relative unknown to keep your eye on is DII Sky View goalie Kierstin Elder. She is a small girl with a huge talent that I predict will turn some heads this season.

    1. Kevin, I agree. Watched her play in winter league and everyone I talked with was really impressed with Kierstin.

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