STONINGTON — Three Stonington High sophomores and a senior earned ECC postseason honors for the girls soccer team this season.
Vanessa Benjamin (midfielder), Megan Detwiler (forward), Amelia Caron (defender) were the three sophomores named first-team All-ECC Division III. Senior captain Jessica Detwiler also earned the honor.
Benjamin led the Bears in goals (19) and assists (8) during her first year with the program. Benjamin had been a member of the Oakwood Academy team, but gave up that year-round commitment to play on her high school team.
"Her soccer IQ is very high, and she has the ability to get herself in a scoring position," first-year coach Jennifer Solomon said. "She also has the ability to hold the ball, which allows others to get in a position to score."
Benjamin scored four goals in one game twice during the season, just one off the school record of five established by Lindsey Trubia in 2003.
Megan Detwiler was second on the team in goals with 15 and tied for second in assists with seven.
"Her touch improved tremendously from her freshman year to her sophomore year," Solomon said. "She can strike the ball very well and is very good at making those through runs off the ball."
Detwiler had three goals in a game twice during the season.
Caron stepped into one of the most challenging positions on the field, center back, and excelled. Solomon said it was apparent from "day one" that Caron had the ability to play there.
"She reads the game very well, and she is very organized back there. I knew her pedigree and her personality made her the right person to play there. She has the ability to read the ball and see the field, and she makes the game very simple."
Jessica Detwiler, Megan's older sister, played center back with Caron. She finished with five goals and two assists, despite playing in the back.
"Jessica and Amelia were a great pair that worked very well together," Solomon said. "She also has the ability to distribute the ball, which was big for us in the later stages of the season and particularly the ECC tournament.
"I could play her in multiple positions, and she scored some big goals for us."
Senior midfielder Kate Johnson received ECC honorable-mention recognition. Johnson scored a pair of goals with five assists. Johnson's ability to defend in the midfield allowed Benjamin and Rachel Sabbadini to move forward, Solomon said.
Senior Holly Foster was the team's sportsmanship award winner, and senior Emma Sabbadini was the scholar-athlete recipient.
Stonington finished 15-5-1 overall and 7-1 in ECC Division III, sharing the regular-season title with Montville. Stonington won the ECC Division II tournament, beating Montville in the title game. The Bears also won a Class M tournament game.