Kelly Costopoulos, Boca Raton: Post All-Area large school girls soccer player of the year
Friday, March 26, 2010
by Joseph Kairalla
Kelly Costopoulos. (Photo by Michael C. Weimar / Sun-Sentinel
The greatness of a player can be measured in several ways. For Boca Raton senior Kelly Costopoulos, it was determined by what she did in the final matches of her career — when the Bobcats needed her the most.
While Costopoulos tallied a modest 10 goals and eight assists during the regular season, she became a force in the playoffs. She scored seven goals (including two game-winners) in three post-season matches to lead Boca Raton to a berth in the state final.
"All season long, we talked about how someone was going to have to really step up if we were going to accomplish our goals, which were to make it to state," Costopoulos said. "As the senior captain, I took it upon myself to do so."
In the regional quarterfinals against Coral Glades, Alex Major, Boca's leading scorer, was slowed by an ankle injury and Costopoulos did more than pick up the slack. She scored three goals in the first half and added three assists in an 8-0 rout.
In the regional semifinals, Boca Raton gained revenge against Parkland-Douglas, which had knocked the Bobcats out the previous year. Costopoulos scored two goals, including the game-winner, in Boca's 3-2 victory.
"Something just got into me and I didn't want the season to end," Costopoulos said. "Those goals against Douglas were the biggest of my career."
That was until the regional final against Cypress Creek with a state berth on the line. Costopoulos scored in the second half to tie the match and then won it with an overtime goal.
"It was just an awesome performance by a player who was an absolute joy to coach," coach Rachael Grimes said.
Boca eventually lost to Palm Harbor University in the state final, but Costopoulos' performance won't be forgotten.
"It was one of the best experiences of my life," she said.
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Rachael Grimes, Boca Raton
Led Boca to a 23-5-2 record and runner-up in Class 6A. It was the first state final appearance for Boca since 1991.
Goalkeeper: Caitlin Woody, Boca Raton, Sr.
Was dominant again in net, posting a .60 goals-against average with 19 shutouts.
Defender: Casey Towne, Suncoast, Sr.
One of the area's top defenders, also had five goals and four assists.
Defender: Sara Ballante, West Boca Raton, Jr.
Helped form the top backline in the area with teammate Brianna Walters.
Defender: Jamie Schwarz, Boca Raton, Sr.
Four-year starter was a key component for the Bobcats with six goals and six assists.
Midfielder: Lexi Zaremba, West Boca Raton, Jr.
Had 17 goals and 14 assists for the Bulls, helping them to a 22-1 record.
Midfielder: Linzi Martin, Boca Raton, Sr.
Scored 20 goals and added 13 assists and played her best down the stretch for the Bobcats.
Midfielder: Erin Heidel, West Boca Raton, Sr.
Talented all-around player, scored 22 goals and added four assists for the Bulls.
Forward: Lauren Gorodetsky, Jensen Beach, Sr.
Was dominant for the Falcons, tallying 24 goals and 18 assists on the season.
Forward: Alex Major, Boca Raton, Sr.
The Bobcats' leading scorer with 28 goals, including game-winner in district final.
Forward: Natalie Punal, Wellington, Jr.
Slowed some by injuries, but dominated when she was healthy.
Forward: Tatiana Coleman, West Boca Raton, Jr.
Maybe the most talented area player, she had 27 goals and eight assists.
G: Sam Bandremer, Wellington, Sr.
D: Allison Northcutt, Park Vista, Jr.
D: Brianna Walters, West Boca, Jr.
D: Casey Davis, Boca Raton, Jr.
M: Zoe Steinberg, Spanish River, Sr.
M: Daryl Fuentes, Seminole Ridge, Sr.
M: Jenny Peterson, Park Vista, Sr.
F: Chelsea Leiva, Royal Palm Beach, Sr.
F: Tiffany Pepe, Park Vista, Fr.
F: Haley Klemszak, Santaluces, Jr.
F: Anna Murillo, Suncoast, Jr.
Wellington — Melissa Welch, Kaelin Ferreira, Brittany Walrath; Suncoast — Olivia Schram, Lauren Matias, Emily Brandon, Makeshia Lucien; Spanish River — Michelle Warner, McKenna Moller, Paige Bell; West Boca Raton — Jordyn Richman, Jordyn Richman; Boca Raton — Allison Holly; Park Vista — Stephanie Peck, Roxy Szakacs, Natalie Mederos, Kathy Richarsdon; Palm Beach Central — Megan O'Donnell, Jordane Kessell; Palm Beach Gardens — Kelsey Parry, Haley Fleming, Amanda Angelo, Gabby Rodriguez; Jupiter — Kierra Anderson, Catherine Walter; John I. Leonard — Claire Lawson; Olympic Heights — Brooke Henghold, Callie Kinard; Atlantic — Miranda Freeman; Jensen Beach — Mallory Gillespie, Jaime Morris, Cat Rizzuti, Taylor Townsend; Royal Palm Beach — Raquel Dennis.