Greeneville trio leads five on TSWA girls soccer All-State squad

Greeneville's Jessica Sallah carries teammate Kenzie Ellenburg onto the field following a 5-1 Sectional win over Grace Christian, Saturday, October 24, 2015

Like they did all season, Greeneville’s girls soccer team led the way Sunday, placing three players on the Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State team. The trio is part of a group of five locals on the squad.

It starts with state tournament MVP and Greene Devils junior, Jessica Sallah. The prolific scorer found the back of the net 32 times in 2015, four of those making up all four tallies in Greeneville’s 4-1 state championship win over Chattanooga Christian. Sallah added 17 assists to her goal total, and she was chosen to the All-District, All-Region and Coaches All-State teams already.

Her partner in the front is fellow junior Makenzie Ellenburg, and she earned her spot on the TSWA team as well. Ellenburg scored an incredible 41 times with 12 assists, and she finished with a hat trick in the Devils’ 4-0 state semifinal win over Page. She was also named to the All-District, All-Region and Coaches All-State teams.

Rounding out the trio was senior Katelynn Hadjopoulos. The Swiss Army knife of the Greeneville attack, she did a little bit of everything from the midfield, playing shutdown defense when needed and finding Sallah’s head for state final goals on a pair of perfect corner kicks. She was also on the All-District, All-Region and Coaches All-State squads. She’s set to continue her career on the pitch at Carson-Newman.

Also being named to the A/AA team is Chuckey-Doak’s Kira Winter. She had a shining moment on top of many in the team’s final win of the season, scoring on a free kick to beat University High in Overtime in a Region Semifinal. Winter was the catalyst of a strong Black Knights’ squad, finishing 17-4 in 2015.

There was one girl named to the AAA All-State squad, and it was Dobyns-Bennett goalkeeper Maggie Elpers. The senior adds this distinction onto a spot on the Coaches AAA All-State team. She led the Indians to a tie for the Big 7 regular season title in 2015, and she was named Goalkeeper of the Year in the Big 7.

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