Breakers announce Team MVP awards for local high school athletes

(May 2, 2017) – The Boston Breakers will recognize a number of Eastern Massachusetts Girls Soccer Coaches Association (EMGSCA) all-stars at Sunday's (May 7) game against the North Carolina Courage (6 p.m. ET kickoff).

Players, who are local high school all-stars, will be recognized as Team MVPs and honored during halftime of the Breakers/Courage game.

This year's group includes:

Nicole Wiggins – Central Catholic High School

A four-year varsity player, Wiggins led her team to a record 69-7-5 during her time at Central Catholic. A captain and defender, Wiggins also played four years of varsity basketball. She tri-captained a soccer team that won the Division 1 state title with a 23-0 record, earning national rankings of No. 5 by USA Today and No. 7 by the NSCAA. She will be attending the University of Connecticut.

Emily Beatrice – Rockland High School

The outside back helped lead the Bulldogs to an 11-4-3 this past fall. A captain her senior year, Beatrice used her speed to bring the ball up the field and her aggression to hold the opposing attack. She earned All-Scholastic status in 2016 and won the 2016 Coach Joan Pacheco Leadership Award and 2015 Coach Peter Woodward Fitness Award. She plans to attend Merrimack College.

 

Caitlin Ryan – Hull High School

Ryan, a Division 4 all-state selection, scored 40 goals (single-season record), including seven hat tricks and 10 assists her senior season. She captained the Pirates to a Division 4 playoff berth. She scored twice in a 3-1 senior night victory over rivals Cohasset to claim Hull's first-ever South Shore League Tobin Division title. Ryan finished her career with 101 points. Recipient of Gallagher Family Award her sophomore year for player who performed above all expectations. Three time league all-star and league player of the year in 2016. Captain and SSL All Star point guard in basketball. Also, played lacrosse. Ryan will attend Franklin Pierce.

 

Emily Simpson – Stoneham High School

Simpson finished the 2016 season with a record of 9-7-4, coming in second place in the Middlesex League Freedom Division. A starter at right midfield since freshman season, she was selected as a captain for senior year. Simpson played a key role in a come-from-behind victory over Lynnfield in the first round of Division 3 tournament. Stoneham tied the game with under a minute remaining in game and won in overtime 3-2. She will be attending college, planning on majoring in athletic training and hoping to play soccer.

Julianna Iocco - Wilmington High School

A central defender, Iocco helped lead her team to a 16-0-2 record in 2016. The captain for Wilmington also plays club soccer for the New England Rush and earned a scholarship to play at Division II Clarion University.

Suzanne Cotter - Acton Boxborough Regional High School

A forward and captain in 2016, Cotter helped lead A-B to a record of 12-4-2. The hard-working team player led A-B to the 2016 MIAA Girls Soccer North Division 1 Final, earned DCL All Star nods in 2014, 2015, and 2016, earned Eastern Mass All Star honors in 2015 and 2016. She was a four-year starting varsity player for Acton Boxborough Regional High School. She plans to attend St. Anselm College, where she will play soccer in the fall.

The Breakers return to Boston on Sunday, May 7, at 6 p.m. ET to take on the North Carolina Courage. Tickets are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com. 

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