Here are the Globe’s Players of the Year for girls’ and boys’ soccer

09/09/2018 CHESTNUT HILL, MA Brookline goalie Katherine McElroy (cq) 1, defended a shot during a soccer game between Brookline and Beverly held at Skyline Park in Chestnut Hill. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe
Brookline goalie Katherine McElroy posted 16 shutouts and a 0.36 goals against average this season.

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The Globe staff had a tough assignment in picking out the eight most impactful Players of the Year from a list of 20 All-Scholastics. Brookline senior keeper Katherine McElroy was a rare repeat as the girls’ Division 1 Player of the Year, while senior defender Abdel Talabi led Nauset boys’ soccer to an undefeated season and D2 state title. Here are all eight honorees:

Girls’ Soccer

Division 1: Katherine McElroy, Brookline: The University of Michigan-bound keeper was an absolute brick wall this year, posting 16 shutouts and a 0.36 goals against average.

Division 2: Hannah Curtin, Winchester: The Sachems took home the D2 EMass state title behind 25 goals and 12 assists from their sophomore sensation.


Division 3: Lexi Rothmann, Norwell: Rothmann’s goal in Norwell’s 2-0 win over South Hadley in the D3 state championship encapsulated a brilliant career for the Providence commit.

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Division 4: Lexi Vaillancourt, Millis: A junior central defender, Vaillancourt scored 12 goals and four assists as the Mohawks repeated as D4 state champs.

BOYS’ Soccer

Division 1: Oskar Haeberlein, Wellesley: In his first year as a starter, the junior midfielder scored 14 goals with 11 assists to earn Bay State Cary MVP honors and lead the Raiders to the D1 state final.

Division 2: Abdel Talabi, Nauset: The four-year starter led his team to a 23-0 record and a second D2 state title over the last three seasons by providing a steady presence at center back and chipping in six goals.

Division 3: Gage Fuller, Wayland: The 6-foot-3-inch midfielder provided a dominant presence for the Warriors, helping them clinch a state title with a 1-0 victory over Nipmuc in penalties.


Division 4: Joseph Thongsythavong, St. Mary’s: The Catholic Central League MVP scored 16 goals with 22 assists out of the midfield while leading the Spartans to a D4 North title.

Related: The Globe’s Football Players of the Year

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