By Brad Fauber
Warren County High School girls soccer standout Kelsea Potts has added another achievement to her stellar list of accomplishments.
Potts, who graduated from Warren County last month and left as the school's all-time leading goal scorer, was recently named to the Virginia High School League Group 3A all-state girls soccer team.
The VHSL released its 3A girls soccer all-state team on Tuesday, but Potts said on Wednesday that she has known for several weeks that she was chosen for the team. She is the first girls soccer player in Warren County High School history to earn all-state honors, according to Wildcats head coach Mike Carpenter.
"Carpenter had told me that I had a chance to make second team all-region and I didn't think that states was anywhere in my future," Potts recalled of a past conversation with her head coach earlier this year. "It was pretty shocking and exciting when I found out.
"It makes me speechless. It's hard to explain that I'm the only one [in program history] that's ever gotten all-state. It kind of puts Warren County on the map."
The honor serves as a fitting capstone to a brilliant career for Potts, who notched 74 goals for the Wildcats over her four-year varsity career. As a senior this past spring, Potts scored 39 goals, shattering the previous single-season record of 18 goals that Potts set as a sophomore in 2012. She is also tied for the lead in career assists with 19.
Potts, also a first team Bull Run District, Conference 28 and Region 3A East pick this past spring, led the Wildcats to a 10-6-1 record in 2014. Warren County's season ended with a 6-2 loss to Loudoun Valley in the Conference 28 tournament semifinals.
Carpenter credited Potts with helping rejuvenate a program that had won just six combined matches in 2012 and 2013.
"To be honored at the state level is an individual honor, and it's the first for our girls soccer program," Carpenter said on Wednesday. "We won two games last season and Kelsea really helped turn the program around not just with goal scoring, but her leadership.
"Everyone looks at the stats, but it was a lot more than that. She was leading the team."
The VHSL's selection of its own all-state teams -- not to be confused with the all-state teams released at the end of each season by the Virginia High School Coaches Association -- began in the fall of 2013. The VHSCA had yet to release its 2014 Group 3A all-state girls soccer selections on Wednesday.
The VHSL's 3A all-state girls soccer team is comprised of 16 individuals -- five forwards, five midfielders, five defenders and a goalkeeper -- and only first-team all-region selections were eligible.
Each classification group, 1A through 6A, has its own selection committee composed of eight girls soccer coaches -- four from each region -- and two high school athletic directors.
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