All-Region Girls Soccer Player of the Year

Sheaffer Skadsen Junior, Skyview High School

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Season highlights

• Led team to fourth-place trophy at Class 4A state tournament

• Helped team to 15-3-3 record, including league title and the first state playoff win for Skyview girls soccer.

• Scored 15 goals, including in each postseason match.

• Voted offensive player of the year in the 4A Greater St. Helens League.

More about Sheaffer

• Favorite music: “I’m into country music right now. I listen to a lot of rap or pop, but right now I’m really more into country music. Anything by Keith Urban. I’m not into twangy country music”

• Favorite high school soccer memory: “The bus ride on the way to a Kelso game one year. It was shortly after Michael Jackson had died, and the whole ride to Kelso we screamed different Michael Jackson songs. ... The poor bus driver.”

Next year and beyond

Sheaffer will continue to play club soccer for F.C. Portland, Olympic Development Program soccer for Oregon, and for Skyview next fall. She has verbally committed to play college soccer for Arizona starting in the fall of 2012.

“Sheaffer was the one player in the league who we had to account for all the time. Even with that, she could find a way to make a difference for her team.”

Kelcey Burris

Union soccer coach, about Skadsen’s influence on a match from an opponent’s perspective

All-Region team

• Sheaffer Skadsen, Jr., Skyview: All-Region player of the year scored 15 goals.

• Kavita Battan, So., Hockinson: Forward had 21 goals and six assists for the Hawks.

• Cassie Black, Sr., Battle Ground: Forward was voted 4A GSHL’s co-player of the year.

• Ellie Boon, Soph., Washougal: Forward was 2A GSHL’s offensive player of the year.

• Amanda Coulimore, Sr., Ridgefield: Trico League defensive player of the year.

• Kailee Esser, Sr., Camas: Two-time 3A GSHL defensive player of the year.

• Hannah Johnson, Jr., Skyview: Goalkeeper had 12 shutouts.

• Raya Klein, Sr., Camas: Midfielder named to a coaches’ all-America team.

• Kynnedy Mosley, Sr., Union: Defender has started every game in Union history.

• Chantal Paradis, Sr., Prairie: 3A GSHL first-team pick at defender.

• Kindra Scobba, Sr., Prairie: 3A GSHL offensive player of the year.

• Allie Townsend, Sr., Skyview: Two-time 4A GSHL all-league defender.

Skyview's Skadsen is just a prep soccer scorer

By Paul Danzer

Columbian staff writer

Ask Sheaffer Skadsen to describe how she scored her most memorable goals, and you’ve stumped her.

“There were a lot of ‘How did that happen?’ goals — goals that I don’t even remember how I scored, where I don’t know if I could do that again,” Skadsen said. “Your body does it by itself, almost.”

During a special season for Skyview girls soccer, Skadsen scored 15 times.

Among those were two that aren’t likely to be forgotten by those who saw them.

In the Class 4A state quarterfinals, Skadsen’s goal near the end of the second overtime period off a corner kick from Brittany Wilson propelled the Storm to the final four for the first time. Skadsen also scored from a Wilson assist to give Skyview its first-ever state playoff win, a 1-0 victory over Eastlake of Sammamish.

In the semifinals, her unlikely 30-yard shot late in the second half forced overtime.

Those heroics were one example of how the junior’s creative play, particularly in the second half of the season, helped lift Skyview to unprecedented soccer success. For her leading role on Skyview’s first final-four team, Skadsen is the Columbian’s All-Region player of the year for girls soccer.

For her club and for Oregon’s Olympic Development Team, the 5-foot-6 Skadsen is a central defender. For the Storm she played mostly as an attacker from the wing.

“She’s a center back 10 months a year. At the high school level she can score goals,” Skyview coach Darin DeGrande said.

That is only part of why Skadsen plays high school soccer.

“Club is so serious and focused, she said. “It’s cool coming out to high school practice with a great coach like Darin (DeGrande) and still be able to be with some of your best friends. It’s a competitive setting, but at the same time, we have a lot of fun.”

Skadsen has verbally committed to the University of Arizona, though she can’t sign a letter of intent until February of 2012.