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

Brookline goalie Katherine McElroy posted 16 shutouts and a 0.36 goals against average this season.
Brookline goalie Katherine McElroy posted 16 shutouts and a 0.36 goals against average this season. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

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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.

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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