Westfield/Brocton’s GK Busch named CCAA Central Defensive Player of the Year

OBSERVER File Photo Pictured above, Westfield/Brocton goalkeeper Angel Busch gets down to make a save in a game earlier this season. Busch was named the CCAA Central Division Defensive Player of the Year earlier this week.

There were a lot of highs and lows to the high school girls soccer season and to go with it, a lot of student athletes played well and were noticed by their peers.

The 2018 CCAA Central Division All-Stars were released this week for girls soccer, and they were headlined by Westfield/Brocton goalkeeper Angel Busch, as she was named Defensive Player of the Year.

“A lot of it was her confidence,” said Westfield/Brocton head coach Neil Huber. “It’s something every goalie deals with. Early in the season she had some trouble shaking off some goals, but once we picked up some wins and got some shutouts it helped build her confidence.”

Busch had a stellar sophomore season, making 243 saves and allowing only 31 goals to opponents during the campaign all while leading the Wolverines to their first playoff win in eight years. Westfield/Brocton, who finished fourth in the division with a 6-5-1 record, also added another first team all-star in forward/defenseman junior Laura Johnston. Laura Johnston anchored the Wolverine defense, and at times was able to play forward and ended up finishing the season with eight goals and three assists.

“We’re trending up,” said Huber. “There are some times where we run into some confidence issues — but overall we’re trending up. I’m looking forward to us being a tough challenge for opponents in the near future.”

The Wolverines added two more members to the second team in forward Juli Smith and defenseman Susie Wolfe. Smith was the lead goal scorer for the Wolverines with 10, including a hat trick in their round one victory over Salamanca.

“We have a lot of depth,” said Huber. “We had a team of 23 girls this season which is a good number. Replacing seniors is always going to be difficult. These girls have all grown immensely over the past few seasons.”

In addition to several Wolverines being on the ballot, the Silver Creek girls team also received plenty of recognition, getting named two first team all-stars of thier own in Jaylah Cossin and Emma Rice. Cossin and Rice were both dominant forwards for the Black Knights, racking up 12 and nine goals respectively while leading Silver Creek to a 9-3 record in the Central Division.

Silver Creek also added three more players of their squad to the second team, with Chloe Barrett, Carly Barrett and Jade Bouvier all receiving the honor. All three of those girls are underclassmen, proving that the Black Knights have the potential to be a problem for the forseeable future.

North Collins finished their season 4-7-1 in the Central standings, and had midfielder Emily Winter named to the first team as well as having Myah Gabel and Maddy Turnbull named to the second team.

Cassadaga Valley’s Tara Cratsley and Pine Valley’s Delanie Tunstall were also named to the first unit, rounding out the division’s first team all-stars.

The division was won by Maple Grove with an 11-1 record. The Red Dragons also had Clare Crossley named the Offensive Player of the Year while also receiving the Sportsmanship award for the season.