Every year the Deseret News picks one player from every classification as an MVP. As is often, if not always the case, these athletes possess those traits necessary for success, a list of which could go on forever.
The 2017 batch of MVP’s were and are truly gifted soccer players, blessed with both talent and an indomitable will for greatness. It is their individual journeys to the top, however, that truly sets them apart.
Caroline Stringfellow, Syracuse
Syracuse High School’s Caroline Stringfellow heads the ball against American Fork High School at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. | Adam Fondren, Deseret News
It is easy to see why Caroline Stringfellow was chosen as 6A MVP. The freshman dynamo was incredible this season, netting a team-high, not to mention classification-best (tied with Copper Hills forward Nikki Oliver) 29 goals. The midfielder didn’t stop there, however, assisting on 32 additional Titan scores.
“She’s a game-changer,” said Syracuse head coach Taylor Allen. “Her technical skills are incredible, as is her vision.”
For Allen, Stringfellow’s impact was much more than goals and assists. It was program-altering.
“Syracuse was notoriously one of the worst programs in the state, said Allen. “We slowly began to build things up, but when Caroline came in, she took it to an elite level. She has changed the level here.”
With Stringfellow in the middle, Syracuse went from a seven-win team that was knocked out in the opening round of the playoffs, to a 17-win team that advanced as far as the state championship game.
In her very first game sporting the navy blue and forest green, Stringfellow set a school-record with five assists, which just happened to be tied for the sixth-most in a game in state history.
And that was only the beginning.