Senior goalkeeper Mikki Easter has been named the unanimous 2019 Battlefield District player of the year, leading a list of nine Eastern View girls soccer players who received all-district recognition when the honors were announced on Thursday afternoon.
Easter, a first-team Class 4 all-state selection last season, has been the catalyst for a Cyclones team that’s outscored its opponents by a combined 71-5 so far this spring. Easter has only allowed two of those goals—both of which came in Eastern View’s season-opening 3-2 loss at Monticello on March 13.
As a team, the Cyclones hadn’t surrendered a goal in 11 consecutive games entering Thursday night’s district tournament championship game against Spotsylvania, which ended too late to be included in Friday’s print edition of The Culpeper Star-Exponent. They’ve overwhelmed district opponents by a combined score of 57-0 and won 16 straight games overall since the loss to Monticello.
In addition to Easter, seven Eastern View players were named to the all-district first team. Junior forwards Sofia Kimble and Sarah Hatfield and junior defender Brynley Meadows all received honors, as did sophomore midfielders Karisa Kimble and Abby Schadly, sophomore defender Brianna DeAtley and freshman midfielder Dakota Brown.
Another Cyclones sophomore, midfielder Jordan Peterson-Chandler, received second-team all-district recognition.
Eastern View head coach Mike Garrett was selected as Battlefield District coach of the year by his peers, but the veteran skipper was quick to deflect any of the credit for the team’s success to his players.
“Across the board, our team has more depth than we’ve had in a long time,” he said. “We have just a handful of seniors on the team, and only a couple of them see regular playing time, with one of those being Mikki. She’s done a great job communicating with our players and getting them organized and lined up correctly in the back half on defense, which has a lot to do with why we’ve been so good. Aside from that, we just have so many versatile players.”
On the boys’ side, Eastern View had seven players recognized for their efforts this season.
Senior forward Alex Baughman and senior defenders Dylan Healy and Connor Smoot all made the first-team for the Cyclones, who have put together the best record in school history to date at 12-4-1.
Senior midfielders Carl McAninch and Cheickna Toure, and freshman forward Eseophe Pela each received second-team all-district honors.
Senior defender Ben Spencer received honorable mention for Eastern View.
Chancellor senior forward Eli Carr was selected as the district player of the year by a unanimous vote, while Chargers head coach Mike Webb earned coach of the year accolades.