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Lovett’s Rogers heads All-Area girls’ soccer squad
by Greg Oshust
June 26, 2014 07:37 AM | 2897 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special / Perry McIntyre / Lovett defender/forward Kimberlin Rogers (8) is the 2014 Neighbor Newspapers girls' soccer player of the year.
Special / Perry McIntyre / Lovett defender/forward Kimberlin Rogers (8) is the 2014 Neighbor Newspapers girls' soccer player of the year.
Kimberlin Rogers was primarily a defensive player during her four-year high school soccer career at Lovett.

However, the senior defender/forward was just as proficient at putting the ball in the goal as she was keeping it out.

It was her unique blend of offensive and defensive prowess that played such an important role in Lovett’s drive to the Class AA state girls’ soccer finals this season.

For her accomplishments in all areas of the game, Rogers is the 2014 Neighbor Newspapers girls’ soccer player of the year.

As she was throughout her high school career, Rogers was a shutdown defender for the Lions — winning the team’s Best Defensive Player award for her efforts.

She also led the way on the offensive side as well, leading the team in scoring with nine goals.

Rogers proved to be the difference in Lovett’s advancement to the AA title game, scoring the winning goal while suffering from leg cramps in the Lions’ 2-1 semifinal victory over archrival Westminster.

Rogers has certainly left her mark on Lovett girls’ soccer, scoring 24 goals and providing five assists to lead the Lions to a 53-24-1 record as well as three state semifinal appearances and one finals berth during her four-year career.

“Her fearlessness on the pitch is unrivaled in my 15-plus years of coaching at any level — boy or girl,” Lovett coach Will Lozier said. “Her ability to win balls in the air is also second to none, while her understanding of the game – especially defending – is deep. Kimberlin is a very deserving winner of this award and I am honored to have coached her throughout her remarkable high school career.”

Rogers was joined on the All-Area girls’ first team by Lovett teammate Rachael Western, a senior defender.

Three players from Class A private school state champion Pace earned first-team selections —senior defender Kandace Thompson, sophomore forward Cater Carlton and freshman defender Jessica Haidet.

Westminster placed two players from its AA semifinal team — senior forward Caroline Beadles and senior defender Sheridan Nulty.

Holy Innocents’ had two players chosen — senior forward Grant Wilmer and freshman forward Mollie Belisle — along with Riverwood sophomore goalkeeper Alex Plavin and North Atlanta sophomore midfielder Caroline Saltmarsh.

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