Kanter Named to All-Tidewater team

Junior soccer player Natalie Kanter was named to the second team All-Tidewater squad by The Virginian-Pilot.

Cape Henry’s Alani Johnson was named Player of the Year.




Alani Johnson, Cape Henry, Junior midfielder

  • An elite scoring talent, guided the Dolphins to their best season in program history.
  • Scored 40 goals and had nine assists.
  • First-team All-VISAA Division I and Tidewater Conference player of the year.
  • Committed to Virginia Tech.

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Ella Bonner, Western Branch, Sophomore midfielder

  • Scored 16 goals from the attacking midfield spot, helping the Bruins reach the Eastern Region quarterfinals.
  • Possesses great ball-handling skills along with a powerful and accurate shot, coach Becky Journigan said.
  • First-team All-Eastern Region and All-Southeastern District
  • Committed to N.C. State.


Nikki Bottoms, Princess Anne, Junior goalkeeper

  • Her presence gave the Cavaliers confidence and the reassurance that she would clean up mistakes. Coach Jenn Denkler likes to say Bottoms makes the same athletic, picturesque saves the boys make.
  • First-team All-Beach District and second-team All-Eastern Region.


Dylan Erger, Western Branch, Senior defender

  • Staunch center back who keyed the Bruins’ run to the Southeastern District final and Eastern Region quarterfinals.
  • “Distributes the ball well and has great vision of the field.” Coach Becky Journigan.
  • Scored nine goals.
  • First-team All-Eastern Region and All-Southeastern District
  • Signed with Campbell.


Grace Haverly, Ocean Lakes, Senior midfielder

  • Led one of the toughest teams in South Hampton Roads – the Dolphins were 4-2-2 against ranked teams.
  • Scored a team-high 12 goals.
  • First-team All-Eastern Region and All-Beach District.
  • Signed with Old Dominion.


Jacqueline Kim, Hickory, Senior defender

  • Assigned the opponent’s best player every game, her marks did not score the entire Southeastern District season, coach Shelly Cohn said.
  • First-team All-Eastern Region and All-Southeastern District
  • Signed with Virginia Commonwealth.


Gaela Normile, Kellam, Senior defender

  • From her hybrid defender-midfielder position, Normile served as the team’s first line of defense and first point of attack.
  • Besides delivering pinpoint outlet passes, she scored three goals and provided unrivaled leadership.
  • First-team All-Eastern Region and All-Beach District


Melanie Oakes, Cox, Senior midfielder

  • Crosses from the left flank are her trademark and she put them to good use in the postseason, helping Cox reach the Group AAA state semifinals.
  • Tied for second on the team with eight goals despite missing the season’s first seven games (illness).
  • Second-team All-Beach District.
  • Signed with Old Dominion.


Payton Ormsby, Hickory, Senior midfielder

  • Anchored the Hawks’ midfield, providing offensive punch (eight goals) and aggressive defense.
  • All-around play guided the Hawks to the Southeastern District regular-season and tournament titles.
  • First-team All-Eastern Region and All-Southeastern District.
  • Signed with Campbell.


Helene Schillo, Kellam, Senior forward

  • Showed a penchant for scoring goals in big moments, and her speed up top challenged defenses and gave the Knights much-needed offensive support.
  • Helped Kellam reach the state quarterfinals for the second straight year.
  • Eastern Region and Beach District player of the year.


Dara VanSkyhawk, Wilson, Sophomore forward

  • Her 32 goals led South Hampton Roads Group AAA schools.
  • Had 14 assists as Wilson completed the best season in school history, reaching the Eastern Region semifinals.
  • First-team All-Eastern Region and All-Eastern District.


Ashley Whited, Cox, Senior midfielder

  • A difference maker in the middle, coach Michele Clark said.
  • Scored nine goals and came up big in the postseason, converting several penalty kicks. She played reliable defense and created offense when the Falcons needed it.
  • First-team All-Eastern Region and All-Beach District.
  • Signed with Radford.



Camille Bartley, Landstown, senior midfielder

Alex Connell, Norfolk Academy, sophomore midfielder

Bailie Fout, Kellam, sophomore goalkeeper

Natalie Kanter, Norfolk Collegiate, junior midfielder

Kaitlynn Klamut, Cox, junior midfielder

Michelle Krause, Cox, junior defender

Darby Moore, Maury, sophomore midfielder

Kayla Morrison, Cape Henry, freshman defender

Corinne Perry, Great Bridge, junior forward

Jessi Pinello, Hickory, junior defender

Rita Storey, Oscar Smith, senior midfielder

Gabby Swinson, Landstown, junior forward

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