It was a historic season for the Chapel Hill Panthers girls soccer team.
The Panthers finished as Region 5-AAAA runner-up and advanced to the program’s first-ever semifinals appearance.
Although the Panthers met their match in a loss to powerhouse St. Pius, it will go down as a season to remember for the program.
With host of players back next season, the Panthers are likely to make another long playoff run.
Leading the way for Chapel Hill was junior center-midfielder Brandi Peterson. She was the heart-and-soul of a team that nearly breeze through region and finished with an 18-3 overall record.
Peterson has been chosen the Douglas County Sentinel Player of the Year. It is the second straight season that a Chapel Hill player has been named the county’s top player. Last season, Taylor Sorrows was named the paper’s county player of the year.
Here is a look at the all-county team:
Cassie Balzano, Douglas County: A first team all-region selection for the Tigers, who advanced to the playoffs. The Georgia College signee finished the season with 41 goals and four assists. For her career, the former county player of the year had 115 goals.
McKenna Croft, Douglas County: The freshman was named to the all-region team. Spilt time this spring between playing soccer and running track, where she qualified for state in the 1,600 and 3,200-meters event. Scored a goal for the Tigers from her back position.
Madison Demkowski, Alexander: An all-region performer is consider one of the top center-backs in the area.
Tierra Gilchrist, Chapel Hill: The junior was the second-leading scorer for the Panthers with 25 goals. She also had four assists and was a captain. The all-region forward started 19 of 20 games for the region runner-ups.
Keerston Hambrick, Alexander: The sophomore was named to the all-region team after leading the Cougars with 27 goals.
Macey Hodge, Alexander: The sophomore was named the Region 5-AAAAAA Player of the Year by the region coaches. She had 23 goals in leading the Cougars to a runner-up finish in the region. Has developed into a Div. I prospect according to her coach.
Jada Kinchelow, Chapel Hill: The freshman stepped into the goalkeeper position that was vacated by the graduation of one of the state’s best. Played 1,335 minutes and only allowed 26 goals for the state semifinalist. Had 156 saves and had a 1.55 goals against average.
Marianna Neau, Alexander: The freshman was chosen for the all-region team after helping lead the Cougars to a runner-up region standing. Team only allowed 19 goals this season.
Brandi Peterson, Chapel Hill: The junior center-midfielder was one of the most potent scorers in the region and county. She had 41 goals and is created with 25 assists. She was named the Region 5-AAAA Player of the Year by the region coaches. A TCU commitment, Peterson had the talent to play anywhere on the field.
Madison Tritt, Douglas County: An all-region performer finished the season with 17 goals. A four-year varsity letterwinner, played in 57 games and amassed 63 goals and seven assists.
McKenna Warren, Chapel Hill: The sophomore started 18 of 20 games for the Panthers. A speedy player that started the season as center-mid but was moved to center-back. She had seven goals and 12 assist, most coming on free kicks.