Jamestown girls soccer's Page Frantz finishes strong as Daily Press Player of the Year

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Growing up around the Jamestown girls soccer program since age 7, Page Frantz finalized her senior season by winning Conference 18 and 4A East Regional Player of the Year awards, along with leading Jamestown (17-3-2) as far as the state semifinals.

After she was a ball girl for the club at 11, Jamestown has had its eye on Frantz for years and has truly benefited from her addition to the team during her junior year.

Frantz did not play for the Eagles in her first two years of high school. Her freshman year, Frantz opted to play with her club team, Richmond United. Moving into her sophomore year at Jamestown, a separated shoulder that required surgery would sideline Frantz.

But Frantz was able to capitalize on the time she did get to play.

"We didn't see her until her junior year, and believe me, she made up for it in her junior and senior year," Eagles co-coach Michelle Dawson said.

"Page came as a full package. Her experiences playing with Richmond United at an ECNL (Elite Clubs National League) level certainly prepared her well beyond what a high school student usually sees."

"Means a lot to me that people see how much work I'm putting into the sport and to see that I am a player and that I can get the job done," Frantz said. "My hard work comes from the people that are in my corner, because everybody that's in my corner tells me that I need to give 110 percent with everything I do."

"She is a player who gives 150 percent when she plays the game, and she has the stats to prove that she's a very good player," Dawson said.

But, considering Frantz's high soccer IQ, awareness and feel for the game, her success could also be attributed to her coaches Kevin and Michelle Dawson, who were able to reap the benefits of Frantz's abilities by giving her free rein to roam and attack when she saw fit — allowing her to play instinctually.

Consequently, Frantz's game flourished. She had 12 goals and five assists this season.

"Page is a very dynamic player," Michelle Dawson said. "She plays the defensive midfield for us, but because of her ability and skill, we essentially tell her she can go anywhere she sees she needs to be."

"I think that the way my coaches let me play really helped," Frantz said. "They let me go forward and get to attack so I could score goals and get assists, so I think that helped me get a little bit more recognition too. But I think just the fact that we were having clean sheet after clean sheet (shutouts) thanks to Emma (goalkeeper Emma Hudson) and our other defenders — that also helped people realize that our defense really is a brick wall, and I guess I was a big part of that."

Jamestown's defense was stifling, allowing a mere three goals in nine Bay Rivers District games.

Frantz will be suiting up for William and Mary in August.

ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

Gillian Niesel | Menchville | senior. Team captain and center midfielder for the Monarchs, Niesel contributed 15 goals and two assists and served as the central conduit for the offense.

Patricia Ward | Warwick | junior. Ward led the Raiders in goals for the second straight season en route to a PenSouth first-team all-conference selection. She is committed to the University of Minnesota.

Sofie Fox | Jamestown | sophomore. Arguably the most dangerous attacking threat in the Bay Rivers District, Fox helped the Eagles reach the state semifinals for the first time in 18 years.

Kennedy Mills | Jamestown | junior. Her pinpoint passing often fueled the Jamestown attack and landed her a spot on the 4A all-state first team.

Kylie Devine | Jamestown | sophomore. A 4A all-state second-team pick, she was similar to Mills in that she was superb in igniting the attack.

Hannah Potter | Lafayette | junior. The Rams, a mid-pack team in recent years, surged to second place in the Bay Rivers with a 10-3 record, thanks in large part to her 20 goals and 17 assists.

Stori Carpenter | Hampton Christian | senior. What a story she has written. With 44 more goals this spring, the VISAA all-state selection has 144 in three seasons.

Natalie Stratton | Tabb | senior. Tabb did not win the 3A East Region, but Stratton was the regional Player of the Year thanks to her relentless marking and ability to move effortlessly from defense to attack.

Abby Heckler | Tabb | sophomore. A defender for her club team, 3A all-state pick Heckler had 13 goals for the C-27 champs.

Paityn Aunapu | Tabb | freshman. A dynamic presence in the midfield this season, Aunapu began her promising career by making the 3A all-state team.

Taylor Carr | Tabb | junior. Her goalkeeping was one of the big reasons Tabb came within a win of a return to the state semifinals, as she made great save after great save.

Madison Van Dyke | York | senior. To think, Van Dyke will be a goalkeeper for Longwood University. For York, the 3A all-state pick had 15 goals and 20 assists this season to finish with 92 and 65 for her career.

Sydney Lewis | Poquoson | freshman. Lewis scored 18 goals in a five-game stretch upon moving from midfield to attack and eventually landed on the 3A all-state team.

Leigha Arcand | Hampton Roads Academy | senior. The Navigators came within minutes of winning the VISAA Division II state title, and first-team all-state pick Arcand was a big reason.

Lauren Shohan | Hampton Roads Academy | junior. Combining with Arcand and others in the Navigators' high-scoring attack, Shohan was a VISAA Division II all-state first-team pick.

Caroline Schindler | Denbigh Baptist | sophomore. A three-sport standout at Denbigh Baptist, Schindler made the VISAA Division II all-state team in soccer.

— Kate Yanchulis and Marty O'Brien

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