Oregon’s top high school girls soccer players: Meet the state’s best midfielders

We’ve been taking a position-by-position look at some of the top players in Oregon high school girls soccer. Our fourth list focuses on the midfielders. (Goalkeepers | Defenders | Forwards)

There are hundreds of standout soccer players in Oregon and these lists are not intended to be comprehensive! Let us know about any other midfielders you think should be added.

Taylor Krueger (Jesuit) photo by Taylor Balkom

M Emily Adams, Sr., The Dalles/Dufur

Adams anchors the middle of the field for the Riverhawks. She earned second-team all-Intermountain honors in the spring. “She works tirelessly for the team and does a great job solidifying the midfield,” coach Colby Tonn said.

M Casmira Fox, Sr., Valley Catholic

Fox has been a standout for the Valiants for four seasons, becoming a starter as a freshman and making the Class 4A all-state second team as a sophomore. She owns the state record for career assists. “Caz has been the driving force behind the VC attack for the past four years,” coach Kibwe Cuffie said. “Her skill, vision and technique are second to none.”

M Vivian Harrah, Sr., The Dalles/Dufur

Harrah was a first-team all-Intermountain selection for the Riverhawks in the spring, moving between central midfield and either wing. “She’s great on the ball and does a great job connecting the backline to the forwards,” coach Colby Tonn said.

M Olivia Hoskinson, Sr., North Eugene    

Highlanders coach Brandy Wormdahl called Hoskinson “the magician on our team” for her ability to create and lose defenders while on the ball. She leads the team in assists and serves as a peacemaker in her role as a team captain. “She has the ability to keep everyone calm when things are frantic,” Wormdahl said.

M Alice Davidson, So., Scappoose    

Davidson has challenged herself throughout her career, going up against older siblings who also played soccer and playing ECNL in the offseason. She kicked off the fall season with a hat trick against Roosevelt. Scappoose coach Bruno Zanotta called her “a force to be reckoned with … don’t let her size fool you, because she is powerful and fast and can weave in and out like she’s threading a needle on the field.”

M Chelsea Navarro, Sr., Aloha    

Navarro was a second-team all-Metro selection during the spring while playing a central midfield position with a goal and two assists. She is the school’s ASB treasurer. “Chelsea has shown tremendous character as a captain on the team,” Warriors coach Joel Rojas said. “I am excited to see her grow as a person and achieve her goals.”     

M Clotine Chase, So., Marist Catholic    

Chase made her debut during the spring season, leading the Spartans with 13 goals and four assists in making the all-Sky-Em team and Class 4A all-state second team. Marist Catholic coach Stefan Schroffner calls her “a humble team player … and one of those rare soccer athletes who can take over an entire game. She has incredible, explosive speed with the ball that few players in the state can match, the technical skill and vision to make that final pass, and a predator’s nose to score at any moment from anywhere on the field with either foot or her head.”

M Elle Unflat, Jr., Wells    

Unflat was a second-team all-PIL selection as a freshman. She anchors the middle of the field for the Guardians. She is an established artist whose India ink portraits have been showcased at the Portland Art Museum. “Elle is a creative and technically gifted player,” Wells coach Josh Richards said. “She’s always willing to try to solve problems with the ball at her feet, and she has the ability to escape pressure and change the game in a moment. She’s asked to carry a huge responsibility, both with and without the ball, and always finds a way to make her mark on the game.”

M Emelia Warta, Jr., La Salle Prep    

Warta didn’t turn out for high school soccer until the spring season, when she had 12 goals and 13 assists to help the Falcons to a 7-3-1 record. “Emelia is a very well-rounded and dynamic player who has a drive to succeed on the field,” La Salle Prep coach Andrew Frazier said. “Our offense flows through her. Last year, we were one of the top scoring teams in the state, and we may be better this year.”

M Emma Rogers, Sr., Mountainside    

Rogers played a key role in helping the Mavericks reach the Class 6A state final in just their second varsity season as a sophomore in 2019, although she missed the championship game with a torn ACL. She returned during the spring season and had four goals and six assists in making the all-Metro first team. She has committed to Division II Point Loma Nazarene in San Diego. “She is an extremely hard worker and a great leader,” Mountainside coach Travis Schoonover said.    

M Faith Burton, Sr., Brookings-Harbor    

Burton is a two-time all-league honoree who made the 3A/2A/1A all-state honorable mention list as a sophomore. Bruins coach Brian Carlson called her “the center of our attack, an unselfish player who looks to direct and set up other players. She has become the leader of our team, and that leadership on the field is invaluable to her team.”

M Karina Borgen, Sr., Wilsonville    

Borgen twice has made the all-Northwest Oregon team, earning second-team honors as a sophomore. She scored three goals during the spring season. “Karina is a playmaker and central to our midfield,” Wildcats coach Dallas Malone said. “She has an incredible ability to read the field and switch the point of attack. Her soccer IQ is high, and her leadership qualities allow her to share that knowledge with her teammates, thus bettering those around her.”

M Katie Erno, Sr., Cascade Christian    

Erno is a left-footed midfielder who shifts from the left wing to a central midfield role for the Challengers. She also runs cross country, and first-year coach Jonathan Hillis quipped that “she often finds space to score goals because she’s so fast.” She has received interest from Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton.

M Kennedy Fletcher, So., Lincoln    

Fletcher moved into a starting role as a holding midfielder this fall, and Cardinals coach Lainey Hulsizer called her “an important addition in the midfield (who) will be a key player in the program moving forward. As a holding midfielder, she is disciplined on defense but can add to the attack at any time.”

M Kya Kearns, Jr., Dayton    

Kearns had three goals and four assists during the spring season, when she was a second-team all-district selection. She had already matched those totals through four games this season, when she shifted from outside mid to a center midfield position. “She has great vision of the field,” Pirates coach Pat Myer said. “Her play makes all her teammates around her better.”

M Leeza Burke, Jr., Lincoln    

Burke has been the breakthrough star for the Cardinals this season thanks to her aggressive dribbling and speed bombing down the sideline on the attack, Lincoln coach Lainey Hulsizer said.

M Mairin Kelly, So., Nelson    

Kelly was a defender for coach Michelle McHone at Clackamas as a freshman before the two moved to Nelson over the summer. McHone moved her to midfielder this season, but the coach said, “Mairin is a player who can produce results at any position you play her. Her game knowledge makes her effective in tactical play, and she’s a physically strong player who is technically sound and produces a powerful shot.”     

M McKenna Eggleston, So., Tigard    

Eggleston, daughter of Tigers coach Scott Eggleston, was an honorable mention all-Three Rivers selection as a freshman.

M Nadia Schwartz, Sr., Oregon Episcopal    

Schwartz was a first-team Class 3A/2A/1A all-state honoree two years ago and was named to the High School All-American Watch List this season. “A skilled individual player who’s great on the dribble,” Aardvarks coach Justan Wolvert said.

M Nicole Huang, Jr., Crescent Valley    

Huang started all over the field for the Raiders during her freshman season, which concluded with her converting a fourth-round penalty kick during the Class 5A championship game shootout against Wilsonville — Crescent Valley won 4-3 in PKs to secure its second consecutive title. Just before taking her PK, coach Chris Paradis and his assistants saw something that made them finally conclude, “I guess Nicole is human, because we saw Nicole nervous for the first time. That surprised all the coaches because she is the definition of solid.”

M Nicole Williams, Sr., Sprague    

Williams is one of the best players in program history, twice named the team’s Most Valuable Player, an all-Mountain Valley first-team selection as a sophomore when she made the Statesman Journal’s all-Mid-Valley team, and a first-team Salem-Keizer League selection during the spring season. A High School All-American Watch List selection who has drawn interest from Stanford, California, Yale, Broan and Harvard, she had seven goals and six assists during the nonleague schedule but has battled a chronic injury that led Olympians coach Kevin Plechl to rest her for a week in October. “Over the years, Nicky’s on-field presence and maturity and her leadership skills have developed,” Plechl said. “She is clearly one of Salem’s best, and I would expect her to have a fantastic career beyond high school.”

M Olivia Faucera, Sr., Oregon Episcopal    

Faucera was an honorable mention Class 3A/2A/1A all-state selection as a sophomore, when the Aardvarks made a ninth consecutive trip to the state final, losing to league rival Catlin Gabel. She is one of the senior leaders of a young squad this fall. “A skilled individual player and ball-striker with great vision,” coach Justan Wolvert said.

M Paige Meador, Jr., Marist Catholic    

Meador made the all-Sky-Em team each of her first two seasons, scoring six goals with 10 assists in 19 games as a freshman and starting as a holding midfielder for most of the spring before an injury derailed her season. Spartans coach Stefan Schroffner likened her impact on the pitch to that of Chelsea’s Kante in that, like the Champions League midfielder, “Paige may not have tons of goals and assists, but she is a very fierce and selfless player who is critical to a team’s success. She has incredible stamina as a nonstop sideline-to-sideline holding midfielder. She regularly wins 50/50 balls 90 percent of the time, and she also has the technical skill and vision to distribute and create.”

M Sammy Spring, Sr., Barlow    

Spring, who holds offers from MSU-Denver, Western Colorado and Carroll College, plays with a headiness that makes sense for someone who wants to become a head coach. “Sami makes a positive impact and is a presence in the middle of the field,” Bruins coach Jay Jacobsen said. “She is a consistent player who is vocal and controls the tempo of the game for us and keeps our midfield organized.”

M Sela Freeman, Jr., Churchill    

Freeman made the all-Midwestern second team as a freshman and has a knack for scoring long-range goals — she has hit from 40 yards and 50 yards this season. “Sella probably has one of the strongest legs in the state,” Lancers coach Timothy Meltabarger said.      

M Sydney Spotts, So., La Salle Prep    

Spotts’ first year of high school soccer came during the pandemic-shortened spring season, when she had five goals and five assists. “Sydney is a strong and physical player with a rocket left foot,” Falcons coach Andrew Frazier said.     

M Tegan Running, Sr., Central Linn    

Running made the all-league second team as a sophomore in 2019 and received honorable mention playing on the boys team in the spring, when Central Linn played as a co-ed team because of the pandemic. She is active in FFA, winning numerous contests in soil judging. “Tegan is very feisty and committed to her role in the midfield,” coach Hans Schneiter said. “She has excellent control of the ball, good range of passing with both feet, and can strike a fierce shot from distance. She is also a specialist on corners and free kicks.”

M Tessa Fisher, Jr., McNary    

Fisher, a central midfielder who made the Salem-Keizer all-league team during the spring season, showed her toughness when she scored two goals just two days after having her wisdom teeth removed. “Tessa is a known presence on the field and one of the top players in the league,” said Celtics coach Lauren Brouse. “She can hold the ball in the middle and stay composed in a way that not many her age can.”

M Trista Courson, Jr., Dallas    

When the Dragons canceled their varsity girls season to play a JV-only schedule, Courson turned out for the boys team, and first-year coach Tariq Miller has been impressed with how she hasn’t backed down from facing bigger, stronger competition. “She can hold her ground stronger than most,” Miller said. “She has great character and attitude, and she has shown herself to be a strong midfield presence”    

M Zoe Carlson, Jr., Brookings-Harbor    

Carlson was an all-league selection as a freshman and led the team in scoring during the spring season as a wide attacking midfielder. “Zoe has developed a powerful shot that she doesn’t need a lot of space to get off,” said Bruins coach Brian Carlson. “She uses her speed to get in behind the opposing defense. She has the ability to get the ball from the opposing defenders and turned quite a few steals into scoring opportunities.”

M/D Ariel Tobiasson, Sr., Cascade     

Tobiasson has played just about everything during her four years at Cascade — even football, when she kicked five PATs in a game as a sophomore and made one in Week 2 this season against Elmira. She also plays basketball and tennis for the Cougars, but it’s on the soccer pitch where she shines. She was a first-team all-Oregon West selection as a junior and made the Class 4A all-state honorable mention list.     

M/D Autumn Murray, Jr., Cascade Christian    

Murray embodies the lunch-pail attitude that first-year Challengers coach Jonathan Hillis wants to instill in his team. He recalled a “SportsCenter highlight” play she made when she tackled the ball away from an open goal right on the line as she and the attacker nearly collided with the goalpost. “Autumn is an incredibly aggressive player with the most kind heart and sweet attitude,” Hillis said. “As a coach, I’m always looking for players who have a natural instinct to lead with a ‘water-carrier’ type of attitude, and Autumn is the perfect model of this.”

M/D Delaney McNett, Jr., Gladstone    

McNett has started for the Gladiators since Day 1 as a freshman, making the all-Tri-Valley first team that season and adding second-team Class 4A all-state honors during the spring, when she had a goal and seven assists as a central midfielder. An avid surfer during offseason vacations, McNett had five goals and three assists through five games this season. “Delaney is one of the most well-rounded soccer players in the state,” Gladstone coach Tyler Lewis said. “She is a great distributor and very good defender, all while being one of the best on-ball defenders.”      

M/D Taya Mendoza, Sr., Hidden Valley    

Mendoza plays primarily as a defensive midfielder for the Mustangs, scoring three goals during the spring season, when they reached the Class 4A Showcase semifinals and she made the all-state second team. In Hidden Valley’s 4-0-1 start this season, she again scored three goals. Mustangs coach Dennis Hart called her “a larger-than-life figure with a big heart and the humility to team-build by connecting with players of all skill levels in our program. She does a brilliant job of connecting our team through ball distribution while being a tenacious defender.”     

M/F Abbie Nelson, Sr., Barlow    

Nelson received Class 6A all-state honorable mention as a sophomore and was a first-team all-Mt. Hood pick in the spring. In Barlow’s first four games this season, she had six goals and two assists. She has drawn interest from Texas State, Regis, Western Oregon and Pacific in Forest Grove. “Abbie has been a big part of the program over the last two years and sets the tone with her determination and hard work,” said Bruins coach Jay Jacobsen. “She is an athletic and aggressive player who takes great pride in her teammates and program. She is a special player.”

M/F Elise Fernandes, So., St. Mary’s (Medford)    

Fernandes strikes her signature “sassy” pose regularly for the Crusaders, even after scoring goals — which she does quite a bit. Her coach, Martin Nelson, joked that after she said that she shouldn’t play up front, he asked, “How come? You don’t like getting a hat trick?” to which she responded, “No, I want two hat tricks!”    

M/F Jaiden Riodil, Jr., Tigard    

Riodil made the all-Three Rivers team each of her first two seasons with the Tigers, making the second team as a freshman and receiving honorable mention during the spring.

M/F Leah Beachy, Sr., Hidden Valley    

Beachy contributed to the Mustangs winning the Class 4A state title as a freshman in 2018 and was a first-team all-state selection during the spring season, when she had six goals and five assists in leading them to the Showcase tournament semifinals. In her first five games this season, she had five goals and two assists. “Leah is an amazing player who makes every soccer day fun for the entire group,” Hidden Valley coach Dennis Hart said. “She is just a joy to be around with a glowing personality and is a fierce competitor on the field.”

M/F Myranda Marquez, Sr., Woodburn    

Marquez has led the renaissance of the Bulldogs girls soccer program, helping it to its first winning record in a decade as a freshman and its first Class 4A state title as a sophomore. She is a three-time all-conference first-team selection and was co-player of the year last season playing primarily against 5A teams in a league cobbled together because of COVID restrictions. She had 49 goals and 27 assists in her first three seasons. She also is an accomplished cross country runner who placed seventh at the Oregon West district meet the past two seasons. “Myranda is a tenacious leader on the field with an incredible work rate,” Woodburn coach Andrea Whiteman said. “She is invaluable both defensively and offensively and executes with both feet. She is a model student-athlete who any coach would be honored to have in their program.”

M/F Sophia Broberg, Jr., Forest Grove    

Broberg has made the all-Pacific team twice — second team as a freshman and first team as a sophomore. She had a four-goal game this season against Tigard to set a school record.

M/F Taylor Krueger, Sr., Jesuit    

Krueger has moved back to her more natural midfield position after filling in as a striker during her junior season. The St. Louis commit and All-American Watch List member has flourished with eight goals and four assists in the Crusaders’ first seven games, giving her career totals of 39 goals and 25 assists for the three-time defending Class 6A state champions. “Taylor is scoring and creating chances for others,” Jesuit coach Steve Fennah said. “She is off to a very good start.”  

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