Some players are pure goal scorers, some set the table for teammates and others are good athletes. Jenna Raepple is all three.
Few players possess the entire package as the Grand Island senior who was recently named to the All-Western New York girls soccer team for the third time in her three-year varsity career.
She scored 24 goals this season but none bigger than the one with 16 seconds left to beat Starpoint in the Section VI Class A title game. That was one of many contributions she made to a Vikings team that went 19-1-1, not losing until the Far West Regional against Pittsford-Mendon.
Raepple has played her way through double teams to total 62 points this past season, 69 as a junior and 66 as a sophomore.
"It was always about driving to be the best," said GI coach Dave Bowman. "She was a special athlete. To her is wasn't always scoring the goal -- she liked to spread it out, and she loved to see her teammates succeed."
In February she will sign a national letter of intent with Colgate University (Hamilton), members of the Patriot League in women's soccer.
The 13-player All-WNY team, chosen by area coaches, has three players from Nichols and two each from Williamsville South, Williamsville North and Grand Island.
While Raepple is a three-timer, Courtney Mann (Frontier), Jenna Panepinto (Kenmore West) and Meghan Lipinoga (North Tonawanda) are repeat picks. A freshman, Carissima Cutrona of Williamsville South, also earned a berth. The only sophomore is Lauren Randaccio of Nichols.
Nichols NYSAIS champs
Lauren Randaccio, senior Maya Jackson-Gibson Nichols and junior Catherine Williams were the core of a Nichols team that finished 20-1-1. The Vikings won the Catholic state championship beating favorite St. Anthony's (LI), 2-1, which helped them earn the No. 24 ranking in the country by ESPNRise.
"Not only do they make each other better, but all the kids around them," said coach Larry Desautels. "We've been lucky to have really fine, fine skilled athletes who get the concept of team play."
Also winning postseason titles were: Williamsville North (Section VI Class AA co-champs), Kenmore West (Class AA co-champs), Grand Island (Class A), Newfane (Class B), Holland (Class C), Ellicottville (Class D) and Nichols (Monsignor Martin).
City Honors won its sixth straight Radcliffe Cup beating daVinci in double overtime. Seventh-grader Molly Petrucci scored 20 goals for the Centaurs, which finished 11-0 in the league.
Three players were named first team All-New York State: Raepple (Grand Island), Williams (Nichols) and Samantha Woodin (Ellicottville).
Section VI lost four out of five to Section V in the Far West Regionals. The lone survivor, Ellicottville, lost to VII-Chazy, 2-0, in the Class D state semifinals. Woodin had a goal and assist in the Eagles', 2-0 win over North Collins in the Sectional final. The Eagles ended 13-6-1 after an 0-3 start.
Cutrona and Lisanne Sprague represent Williamsville South on All-WNY. Among the Billies' season highlights was ending Williamsville East's 57-game winning streak in ECIC II.
North Tonawanda's pick, senior Meghan Lipinoga, gave Grand Island its only blemish in Niagara Frontier League play. NT tied Grand Island, 1-1, as the Vikings finished 13-0-1.
"She commanded the defense," Bowman said of Lipinoga. "Anytime it looked like something was going to develop for us offensively, she was just nonstop out there."
Frontier won the state title in the classroom. The Falcons had a cumulative 97.9 average to garner the Scholar/Athlete Team Award State Championship in girls soccer.
All-WNY pick Courtney Mann of Frontier had a 97 academic average to go with an impressive 46 points. She had 19 goals this season to end her six-year career as the program's all-time goal scorer with 88.
Molly Curry of Wilson led Section VI in scoring with 90 points.
The final New York State polls: Class AA, Williamsville North (6th), Kenmore West (13th). Class A: Grand Island (tie, 6th). Class B: Newfane (12th). Class C: Holland (9th); Frewsburg (16th). Class D: Ellicottville (4th).