STONINGTON — Stonington High girls soccer coach Dave Walsh could not say enough good things about senior center back Lainnie Connor.
Connor was a unanimous selection as an ECC Division II first-team All-Star this season for the Bears.
First, her play on the field.
“Most of the time she was basically the sweeper for us. She cleaned up a lot of things,” Walsh said. “She has excellent speed and is very good in the air. She won a lot of 50-50 balls and was a hard, physical player.”
“She saw the game very well and created a lot of comfort for our goalkeepers. She took three balls off the line after it got behind them,” Walsh said. “She took all of our free kicks and scored twice off them.”
But Walsh said Connor also did even more for the Bears.
“She was a captain and a true leader. She was the one that pretty much drove the team. She is a tremendous athlete and an outstanding kid,” Walsh said. “She led by example; she was not a yeller or screamer.”
Fellow senior Emily Novak was the sportsmanship award winner for Stonington. Emma Sabbadini received the scholar-athlete honor.
Stonington finished the season 3-12-1 overall, 3-7 in ECC Division II. The Bears lost seven games by one goal.