MTA Girls Receive High School Accolades

MTA Players captured 10 of the 11 spots for the StarTribune All Metro First Team and 3 were named All Metro Second Team:



Sophie Babo, Orono, So.: A prolific scorer, Babo’s production even increased after a stellar freshman season. A year after becoming a 30-goal scorer, Babo became a 40-goal scorer. She also had 12 assists. The Division I recruit is the school’s all-time leading scorer.

Dana Buckhorn, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Sr.: The leading scorer on the No. 2-ranked team in the state in Class 1A. A very skilled player, Buckhorn has 21 goals and 19 assists entering the state tournament.

Simone Kolander, Lakeville North, Sr.: The best player on the state’s No. 1-ranked Class 2A team. Kolander’s scoring dropped off slightly from her junior year, but she still registered 20 goals and 16 assists through section play. The Metro Player of the Year in 2011 will play for the Gophers in the future.

Jenna Roering, Centennial, Sr.: The Cougars were heavily counting on the speedy Roering this season, and she didn’t let them down. She has 34 goals and 16 assists entering the state tournament. Roering, who has 104 goals in her prep career, is headed to Santa Clara.



Ellie Crowell, Minnetonka, Sr.: The four-year starter as well as all-conference member was instrumental in the Skippers compiling an overall record of 11-2-5. She had 10 goals and seven assists in her final season. Crowell is bound for Cornell.

Maddie Gaffney, Woodbury, Jr.: Gaffney had 14 goals, six of which were game-winners, and five assists this season. The very creative one-on-one player scored two of the Royals’ three goals in section play.

Lauren Miller, St. Louis Park, Sr.: The Orioles’ all-time leading goal producer led the team in scoring every year the past six seasons. She finished her career with 74 goals. Miller is headed to North Dakota State.

Kylie Schwarz, Wayzata, Sr.: Schwarz is an exceptional team player with great ball control. The most influential player in the Lake Conference scored at least two goals in seven games, five of which came either against ranked opponents or in section play.


Ashley Pafko, Blaine, Sr.: Pafko, a starter since eighth grade, is one of the most versatile players in the state. She was previously an attacker and midfielder but moved back to defense this year. The future Gopher attacks from her defensive position, as her nine goals indicate.



 Tarah Hobbs, White Bear Lake, Sr.: A tough competitor who is very athletic. In 19 games, Hobbs allowed only nine goals while recording 12 shutouts. She has committed to the Gophers.




• Molly Fiedler, St. Paul Academy, So.


• Bailey Lervick, Woodbury, Sr.


• Lizzy Crist, Minnetonka, Sr.


25 MTA Players were named to the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association All State Teams


Minnesota Girls 2A All-State Team 


Name   Grade Position School
Lauren Brownrigg 11 Defender Lakeville North High School
Lizzy Crist 12 Keeper Minnetonka
Ellie Crowell 12 Midfielder Minnetonka
Maddie Gaffney 11 Midfielder Woodbury H.S.
Tarah Hobbs 12 Keeper White Bear Lake
Simone Kolander 12 Attacker Lakeville North High School
Bailey Lervick 12 Defender Woodbury H.S.
Lauren Miller 12 Midfielder St Louis Park
Kristy O’Brien 12 Defender Eden Prairie
Ashley Pafko 12 Defender Blaine High School
Jenna Roering 12 Attacker Centennial High School
Kylie Schwarz 12 Defender Wayzata


Minnesota Girls 2A Honorable Mention

Name   Grade Position School
Emily Jacobson 12 Midfielder Armstrong High School
Lauren Lawler 12 Defender Cretin Derham Hall
Britney Monteon 10 Attacker Blaine


Minnesota Girls A All-State Team 

Name   Grade Position School
Sophie Babo 10 Midfielder Orono
Macie Babo 12 Defender Orono
Dana Buckhorn 12 Attacker Benilde-St. Margaret’s
Maddy Crawford 12 Keeper Blake
Molly Fiedler 10 Attacker SPA
Kelly Pannek 11 Midfielder Benilde-St. Margaret’s
Bridget Schoffman 10 Midfielder Academy of Holy Angels


Minnesota Girls A Honorable Mention

Name   Grade Position School
Lauren Kelly 11 Defender Blake
Tori Poole 11 Attacker South St. Paul
Nikki Smith 12 Attacker Orono
Amy Yang 12 Midfielder Saint Paul Harding HS