Myrtle Beach’s Zeltner nets Region Player of the Year

mbgsoc-zeltnernmbThere’s no questioning Tori Zeltner’s talent. And after the dramatic conclusion of Myrtle Beach’s season, there’s no questioning her toughness either.

Zeltner suffered a broken nose against North Myrtle Beach, and the next night, in the season finale against St. James and with the region title on the line, Zeltner donned a facemask and played a key role in clinching the Lady Seahawks first region championship since 2011.

Still making painful headers but having a tough time with her peripheral vision, Zeltner eventually tossed the mask to the sideline and played hard-nosed soccer all the way to the Lower State semifinals. After putting together a stellar high school career for the Lady Seahawks and leading them to a 17-2 season, Myrtle Beach soccer standout was named the Region 7-3A Player of the Year.

Zeltner and five fellow Lady Seahawks were named to the all-region first team, along with Region Coach of the Year Mary Jo Hajek, after running the table in the region. Myrtle Beach seniors Mackenzie Jones, Temperance Russell and Angela Hervig, and sophomores Gabby Moore and Cassidy Posma joined Zeltner on the first team.

St. James, which finished runner-up in the region but advanced to the Lower State Final, placed seniors Nicole Meyers and Jenny Breeden on the first team. Goalkeeper Shannon Johnson, sophomore Bethany Goodrich and freshmen Haley Brandon and Mary Ropp made second team, and junior Julia Carricker earned honorable mention.

North Myrtle Beach senior Emily MacNear and junior Hannah Rowles made the first team, and sophomore Ingryd Garcia and freshman Brooke Kennedy claimed second-team honors.

Socastee sophomore Amber Rutledge rounded out the first squad, seniors Megan Hurn and juniors Margaret Scalise, Julie Nierstedt and Carly Runyon made the second team and junior Katie Couture was named honorable mention.

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