Mullen district Player of the Year
When Lexie Mullen touches the soccer ball on the pitch, she’s a threat to put it in the back of the net at any time.
This past fall, the Marietta High junior striker scored a school-single season record 29 goals and added three assists to help the Jeff Price-coached Tigers post a 15-3-1 overall record.
In the aftermath, Mullen’s knack for scoring did not go unnoticed as she was recently honored as both a D1 District Player of the Year and district first-teamer. Last year, she scored 22 goals and had four assists. In her freshman season, she notched 18 goals and had four assists.
Mullen currently has a three-year career total of 69 goals and 11 assists, and has helped the MHS girls compile a 35-15-5 mark.
Also receiving district honors for the Tigers were junior midfielder Emily Mendenhall (second team), freshman playmaker Courtney Schuck (honorable mention) and junior keeper Brookelyn Heiss (honorable mention), who finished with 61 saves. Mendenhall was the team’s second-leading scorer with eight goals and seven assists. Schuck was the team leader in assists with 11, and she also had five goals.
Price himself was named a District Coach of the Year. He has been at the MHS girls’ helm for 15 years.
On the Marietta boys’ side, senior striker Austyn Chen and sophomore midfielder/playmaker Jake Craven each was a first-team All-District selection.
Chen finished his senior season with 26 goals and six assists, and was instrumental in helping the Todd Morris-coached Tigers post a 10-7-2 overall record. During Chen’s four-year career on the pitch, he had 62 goals and 20 assists.
Craven also had an eventful fall, scoring 15 goals and recording a school single-season record of 17 assists.
The Tiger second-teamers in district were sophomore defender Sean Fournier and senior mid John Mannix, who was third on the team in scoring with six goals and three assists. Sophomore Cade Gandor and sophomore Ryan Mannix each was an honorable mention.
Gandor finished with four goals and six assists while Mannix tallied six goals with one assist.
This past fall, Ekrem Eksi-led Warren was 16-2-1 with some votes in the final D2 poll.
The Warriors were well-represented in the district with senior mid Matt Dugan and senior defender Jared Hall making the first team. The Warrior second-teamers were sophomore striker Ethan Yost and junior mid Matt Goodman.
Yost finished as the Warriors’ leading scorer with 22 goals.
Warren senior striker Kyler Gardner and senior defender Elliott Ullman each was an honorable mention.
On the girls’ side, Warren junior mid Taylor Vickers (7 goals, 7 assists) was named to the first team, while senior keeper Madison Miller (76 saves) made the second team. Senior defender Emma Rader and freshman mid Taylor Sloan (7 goals, 3 assists) each was an honorable mention.
The Andy Pinkerton-coached Warriors finished with a 7-8-3 mark.
In D3, Belpre senior mid Jacob Davis was a first-team all-district honoree, while freshmen mids’ Tyce Church (team assist leader and third leading scorer) and Jordan Harrington were honorable mention selections.
The Trent Stanley-led Golden Eagles finished the season 9-8.