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Griffiths, Women's Soccer grab significant hardware

By Evan Moesta, 05/31/16, 9:00PM EDT


After winning their first conference championship since 2013, the Millbrook Women's Soccer team cleaned up shop with individual awards for the 2016 season. Seven players were named all-conference, three of those players also received all-region honors.

Junior Claire Griffiths was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's All-Mid Atlantic, and All-American teams along with taking home the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year, and All-State awards. Griffiths lettered for the second time in her career at Millbrook this season, and she finished tied for second on the team in goals with 9. She also led the team in assists with 9 which was good enough to finish second in the conference in that category. Across the Cap-8 leader boards, the Florida State commit finished second in assists, third in points, and third in goals scored. 

The North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association named Claire Griffiths, her sister Lauren Griffiths, and Brianna Morris to their All-Region team this season. Lauren Griffiths, who is committed to Virginia Commonwealth University finished third in conference in assists with 8, and she scored 1 goal this season. Morris led the Wildcats in goals scored with 11 which was second most in the Cap-8. The UNC Charlotte commit had 6 assists to accompany those 11 goals which totaled 28 points, the second most in the conference.

Forward Alexis Strickland, goalkeeper Hayleigh Pack, and defenders Hayden Trueheart and Haley Flowers were selected alongside Morris and the two Griffiths' as Cap-8 All-Conference selections. As a freshman, Strickland scored 6 of her 9 goals on the season in the span of two weeks in April which was good enough to tie her for third in the conference. Pack finished second in the Cap-8 in goals against average with a 0.70 clip, and she also made 84 saves. Trueheart and Flowers combined for only one goal this season but they teamed up to help anchor a strong defensive core that held teams to zero goals on ten different occasions in 2016.

Last season, the Wildcats only had four players named to the All-Conference team and the seven named to this year's squad is the most in season since 2013. The Cap-8 All-Conference awards are voted on by the Head Coaches of the eight teams in the conference.