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Holden named Player of the Year

Marley Holden was a unanimous vote for Player of the Year for the Special District 3 in girls soccer; the first time a Sisters player has received that honor since 2010. The four-year starter for the Lady Outlaws was also a First-Team pick. She led the team in goals for the second consecutive year, this season with 20 goals. She also recorded 10 assists.

Coach Brain Holden said, “Marley is truly the ‘engine’ of our team. She has one of the best first touches I’ve seen coaching high school soccer, and having that talent allows her to distribute the ball quicker than most players could. She has great vision of the field and knows when to switch sides, when to play forward, and when to play back. She’s a very selfless player and over the last two years her growth has been fun to watch. Her love for the game and for this team stands out.”

Seniors Izzy Schiller and Katie Ryan were also First-Team selections.

Schiller has been on the varsity team for four years, and this year scored one goal and had three assists as a defensive player.

“Izzy’s mindset and soccer IQ sets the tone for this team,” said Holden. “She’s always positive, hardworking, and a great role model for upcoming players. I love her tenacity, physical play, and speed. She also leads the team with an example of how communication should be.”

Ryan is a three-year varsity player and according to Holden a prime example of hard work. She played at the forward position and recorded 19 goals and tallied four assists.

“Katie is fast and simplifies things in front of the goal,” said Holden. “As quiet as she can be at practice and games, she has a big personality that the girls embrace. She’s deceptively fast, which increased her goal-scoring opportunities this year.”

Juhree Kizziar (senior) and Ella Davis (junior) were Second-Team All League picks.

Kizziar is a three-year varsity starter, and an extremely athletic player, which allowed her to play multiple positions on the field for the Outlaws. She recorded 15 goals and nine assists over the course of the season.

“She played at outside back when I was worried about the opponents offensive threat,” said Holden. “She played at forward and got the game-winning goal against Pleasant Hill. She played at winger because of her fitness and found herself at center midfield because of her passing and selflessness. The only position she didn’t play was goalie. She has a loud personality, which I love. She’s always joking, and she has a magnetic personality that brings laughter to the team.”

Davis is a three-year varsity player and played as a winger. She led the team with 12 assists and also scored 12 goals.

“Ella embraced her position as a winger to the fullest this year,” said Holden. “This was the first year she became a deceptive attacker, and opponents found themselves uncertain if she was going to shoot, dribble, or pass, which allowed her to get the goals and assists she got this year. I like how coachable and hardworking she is and I’m excited to see what she does next year as a senior.”

Shae Wyland, a junior, rounded out the All-League picks as an honorable mention. She been a three-year starter for the Outlaws and this year scored three goals, and tallied three assists as a defensive player.

“Shae is probably the most understated player in Oregon,”said Holden. “She’s grown a lot this year in her confidence. Hopefully her goal against Valley Catholic, who’s the best team in the state of Oregon, will boost that. She’s always at practice early, she puts in extra time, and is one of the hardest-working players on the team.”

The Lady Outlaws, along with their parents and family, closed out their stellar season with dinner at Brand 33 at Aspen Lakes on Tuesday, November 16. They all dressed up for the occasion to celebrate each other and their accomplishments this year.


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