From the season’s first match— when Mount Horeb’s Sydney King headed in a corner kick for the only goal in a victory over the Madison West girls soccer team — until the last minute of the Vikings’ season, the 5-foot-3 senior was the leader of the attack.

King totaled 26 goals and nine assists in 17 games for Badger North Conference champion Mount Horeb, including scoring twice in a 4-1 victory over Waunakee in the showdown for the league crown. 

“Sydney has quickness and strength,” Mount Horeb girls soccer coach Mark Newman said. “She is a skilled player, but also enjoys doing the gritty defensive work. She moved to forward for us at the start of last year and scored at least one goal in 31 of our 38 games over the last two years (13 of 17 games this season), totaling 26 goals and nine assists this season, 57 and 15 over the last two.”

Viterbo commit King was a first-team all-Badger North first-team selection. She was chosen by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association for the Wisconsin Masonic girls all-star game July 21 at UW-Whitewater.

For the 2018 season, King was named the Wisconsin State Journal/WisconsinPrepZone.com All-Area Girls Soccer Athlete of the Year.

“If Syd gets a little pocket of space — she’s not tall or anything like that — but she finds the ball and attacks it,” Newman said. “She’s crafty. Her first step is excellent and she anticipates well. She has a nose for the ball.”

King, who had 12 goals and six assists in conference play, could score in a variety of ways, including using headers and volleys while leaping.

“She is the type of player that you absolutely love to coach,” Newman said. “She is versatile, coachable, hard-working and always looking for ways to improve.

"Above all, she is a competitor. She is a 5-3 player who scored double-digit goals out of the air — (using) a combination of anticipation, craftiness and sheer toughness. She scored in all seven of our Badger North Conference games, including two (a header and a volley off a corner kick) to clinch our win over Waunakee.”

Newman said the coaching staff asked a lot of King.

“She is a three-year captain and was a leader both by example and vocally,” he said. “Tactically, she needed to be our outlet, hold the ball under pressure and both distribute and be a key scorer. She consistently made good decisions and key plays for us throughout her career.”

Others considered for the honor included Waunakee junior midfielder Maddie Farnsworth, Belleville/New Glarus senior midfielder Aimee Sies and Middleton sophomore midfielder Tyler Wilson. 

Coach of the year

Oregon girls soccer coach Julie Grutzner’s team made a run to the WIAA Division 2 state title game at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee, which she said provided a nice ending for her coaching career with the Panthers’ program.

Grutzner, after 13 seasons as coach, announced during the season that she was resigning at season’s end, due to a job change for her husband to New York that required a family move (to Connecticut).

Oregon shared the Badger South Conference title with Madison Edgewood – the seventh consecutive season the Panthers have won or shared the league crown. Oregon defeated Portage/Poynette 9-0, Monona Grove 7-0, Milton 3-0 and Waunakee 1-0 in postseason to reach the state tournament for the fourth consecutive year and fourth time overall for the program.

The third-seeded Panthers, behind goals from Jenna Bennett and Katie Eisele, toppled second-seeded New Berlin Eisenhower 2-0 in the state semifinal. Oregon (12-4-6) lost to top-seeded Brookfield Central 2-0 in the championship.

Oregon recorded five shutouts in its first five postseason games. The Panthers reached the title game three of the four years, winning the gold ball in 2015 and finishing second in 2016 and 2018.

“Thirteen years,” Grutzner said after the final. “It’s been great. I mean, I love these girls like they’re my own. I’m leaving a great place.”

Others considered for the coaching honor included Belleville/New Glarus’ John Ziperski, Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld’s Bartlett Holmes, Waunakee’s Ben Voss, Middleton’s Mary Duffy and Janesville Craig’s Bill McCabe.

All-area soccer

Wisconsin State Journal/WisconsinPrepZone.com All-Area Girls Soccer

FIRST TEAM

Forward — Sydney King, sr., Mount Horeb (Badger North Conference first team, Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association all-state honorable mention).

Forward — Hailey Rothwell, fr., Madison Edgewood (Badger South Conference first team, all-state honorable mention).

Midfielder — Maddie Farnsworth, jr., Waunakee (Badger North first team, all-state honorable mention).

Midfielder — Tyler Wilson, so., Middleton (Big Eight Conference first team, all-state second team).

Midfielder – Kailie Sweeney, sr., Oregon (Badger South first team, helped lead Oregon to WIAA Division 2 runner-up finish, all-state honorable mention).

Midfielder – Kalin O’Rourke, sr., Belleville/New Glarus (Capitol Conference first team, helped lead Sugar River to Division 3 state semifinals, all-state honorable mention).

Defender – Chandler Bainbridge, sr., Verona (Big Eight first team, Big Eight player of the year, all-state honorable mention).

Defender – Aimee Sies, sr., Belleville/New Glarus (Capitol first team, Capitol player of the year, helped lead Sugar River to Division 3 state semifinals, all-state honorable mention).

Defender – Madeline Cruz, jr., Madison Edgewood (Badger South first team, all-state honorable mention).

Defender – Carley Albrecht, sr., Milton (Badger South first team, all-state honorable mention).

Defender – Sydney McKee, jr., Oregon (Badger South second team, helped lead Oregon to Division 2 runner-up finish).

Goalkeeper – Grace Droessler, jr., Mount Horeb (Badger North first team, all-state honorable mention).

SECOND TEAM

Forwards — Savannah Curtis, sr., Lodi; Avary Fanning, so., Oregon; Alexis Baker, jr., Sun Prairie; Sarah McLaughlin, jr., Waunakee.

Midfielders — Megan Glasbrenner, sr., McFarland; Alana Gilles, jr., Lodi; Karlee Adler, sr., Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld; Maggy Henschler, sr., Milton.

Defenders — Grace Mecham, sr., Waunakee; Hannah Dunlavy, so., Janesville Craig.

Goalkeepers — Rachael Heittola, jr., Belleville/New Glarus; Jamila Hamdan, sr., Madison Edgewood.

HONORABLE MENTION

Jordyn Rothwell, jr., Madison Edgewood; Hallie King, so., Janesville Craig; Lexi Schultz, sr., Middleton; Claire Mooney, sr., Madison West; Kaitlyn Shanks, sr., Janesville Craig; Kate Prudent, sr., Madison Memorial; Alexa Hettiger, jr., McFarland; Hayley Elsner, sr., Dodgeville/Mineral Point; Abbie Burke, sr., jr., Watertown Luther Prep.

Brooke Parkhurst, so., Janesville Craig; Maya Nitschke-Alonso, sr., Madison West; Camryn Hart, sr., Sun Prairie; Taylor Moses, sr., Lodi; Ellie Gentilli, so., Belleville/New Glarus; Gabi Tomlin, sr., Watertown Luther Prep; Gabrielle Runde, so., McFarland; Haley Updike, fr., McFarland; Hannah Steiner, so., Verona; Angelina Perez, so., Madison East; Danielle Martin, jr., Middleton; Harper Johnson, so., Madison Memorial; Makayna Lemanski, sr., Dodgeville/Mineral Point; Avery Peterson, jr., Dodgeville/Mineral Point; Maggie Conway, jr., Mount Horeb.

Jensen Ruesch, jr., Monona Grove; Isabelle Jelinek, sr. Sauk Prairie; Hannah Conner, sr., Madison West; Emily Raisleger, jr., Middleton; Lily Zimpelman, fr., Watertown Luther Prep; Kaelyn Kruchten, jr., Lodi; Ashlee Adler, so., Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld; Cassidy Olson, sr., Columbus; Emma Redders, fr., McFarland; Rachel Messer, sr., Jefferson;

Sara Malinowski, jr., Sun Prairie; Ally Bosetti, sr., Beloit Memorial/Turner; Jaden Kraemer, sr., Madison Memorial; Sophia Reddan, sr., Madison West; Megan Berg, jr., Dodgeville/Mineral Point; Kristen Palmer, jr., Dodgeville/Mineral Point.

Hailey Collins, jr., Madison Memorial; Caroline Powers, sr., Middleton; Kate Hildebrandt, fr., McFarland.

Liza Spellman, sr., Mount Horeb; Chloe Buescher, jr., Milton; Anna Schroeder, so., Watertown; Makyla Severson, jr., Mount Horeb; Kelsey Selden, so., Sauk Prairie; Ella Schad, so., Sauk Prairie; Irylen Baumberg, jr., Evansville; Mandy Fitzgerald, so., DeForest.