Sydney Polen

Loudonville soccer standout Sydney Polen was among Ohio's top scorers in 2021.

ONTARIO — Kyla Spencer just keeps getting better.

A junior and the newly-crowned Richland Source girls soccer Player of the Year, Spencer saw her offensive output take a quantum leap forward this fall.

She scored 33 goals and added 13 assists as the Warriors (15-3-3) again reached the district championship match. As a result, Spencer was selected the Northwest District Player of the Year in Division II and earned a spot on the All-Ohio first team.

Kyla Spencer

Ontario's Kyla Spencer tracks down a loose ball during a 2-0 win over Lexington in the Division II district semifinals at Lexington High School.

“Kyla continues to improve,” Ontario coach Larry Atkinson said after Spencer scored a see-it-to-believe-it goal in a 2-0 victory over Lexington in the Division II district semifinals. “She does a lot for us.”

For the second straight year, Spencer was selected to the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association first team the fall. She was a second-team pick as a freshman.

Ontario fell to Madison 3-2 in overtime in the district finals, but should again challenge for a district title next fall.

“Winning a district championship would mean a lot,” Spencer said after the win over Lady Lex. “I definitely want to do it for the seniors … I feel like it would be something cool for our school and our community.”

Spencer is joined on the All-Richland Source team by seven other All-Ohioans.

Ella Plank, Ashland: A senior midfielder, Plank scored just four goals this season but was a big reason why the Arrows shared the Ohio Cardinal Conference crown with Madison and Wooster. Plank was selected the OCC Offensive Player of the Year and the Northwest District Player of the Year in Division I. She was an All-Ohio first-team choice.

Trinity Cook, Clear Fork: The senior forward scored 19 goals and added 12 assists as the Colts finished second to Ontario in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference title chase. Cook was an All-Ohio first-team selection in Division II.

Lauren Alexander, Lexington: The senior midfielder led Lady Lex in scoring with 20 goals and added five assists. Alexander was an All-Ohio second-team pick and an Ohio Cardinal Conference first-teamer.

Adi Turnbaugh, Ontario: A junior midfielder, Turnbaugh scored 11 goals to go with 14 assists. She was an All-Ohio second-team selection in Division II as well as an all-Northwest District first-team honoree and a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference first-teamer.

Mary Leeper, Crestview: A senior midfielder, Leeper scored 18 goals and added 10 assists as the Cougars won the Mid-Buckeye Conference tournament title. Leeper shared the MBC Player of the Year award with Loudonville’s Sydney Polen, and was an All-Ohio first-team choice in Division III.

Sydney Polen, Loudonville: One of the state’s most prolific goal scorers, Polen found the back of the net 47 times this season and added 22 assists. Polen shared the Mid-Buckeye Conference Player of the Year award with Crestview’s Mary Leeper and joined Leeper on the All-Ohio first team in Division III.

Abby Little, Mansfield Christian: A junior midfielder, Little led the Flames with 22 goals and added five assists. Little was selected to the All-Ohio second team in Division III.

Nevaeh Lewis, Madison: Just a sophomore, Lewis helped Madison win a share of the Ohio Cardinal Conference crown and its fifth straight district title by scoring a team-best 17 goals. Lewis was selected to the Ohio Cardinal Conference first team.

Shannon Jamieson, Madison: The senior midfielder scored only five goals on the season, but one was the game-winner in overtime against Ontario in the district final. Jamieson was an Ohio Cardinal Conference first-team selection and an all-Northwest District first-teamer in Division II.

Hannah Miller, Ashland: The senior goal keeper was selected the Ohio Cardinal Conference Defensive Player of the Year, helping the Arrows to a share of the OCC crown. Miller made 70 saves for the Arrows (11-6-2), who reached the district final. Miller was an all-Northwest District first-team pick in Division I.

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