MILLINGTON – In celebration of the first twenty seasons of Millington girls varsity soccer, the current and previous coaches worked together to select the ‘Top 20 in 20’, or the top twenty players from the program’s first twenty seasons. Today, six members of the team are being announced, the top six Forwards from the first twenty seasons: Danyel Fisher, Danielle Skank, Alissa Kroll, Alisha Piper, Alex Sergent, and Kayla Petzold.
Danyel Fisher (2003-05) was a three-time First Team All-Conference selection at forward and was one of the program’s first prolific scorers. She led the team in goals scored her junior and senior seasons. Her 14 goals and five assists led the team in total points in 2004, and because of that ability to score, Fisher was named All-District twice and was a three-time selection to the All-Area Dream Team as well. Danyel (Fisher) Dormire now serves as the assistant coach for the Millington girls varsity soccer team.
“Fisher was the ultimate competitor,” former coach Bryan Bassett said. “She hated to lose so badly and she worked equally hard to prevent that from happening. She had breakaway speed, great ballhandling ability, and she could finish with either foot, which made her a very difficult player to defend. Danyel loves soccer, and her knowledge of the game was the reason I asked her into the fold as an assistant coach after her playing days were finished. Her overall contributions to this program have been huge.”
Danielle Skank (2005-08) was selected to the All-Conference team twice, was named All-District twice while being selected to the All-Area Dream Team two times as a forward. A speedy scorer, Skank used her quickness at her position to become one of the Cardinals most prolific scorers in her four years in the program.
“Skank was, hands down, the fastest girls player I coached,” Bassett said. “She could backfill and help on defense and you wouldn’t think she was in a position to attack, but then she would get a burst of speed and she was putting the ball in the back of the net. Danielle worked really hard, and that translated into 20+ goals her senior season.”
Alissa Kroll (2005-08) was a First Team All-Conference selection and an All-District pick her senior year at the forward position. Kroll played a variety of positions up front, moving between positions to best take advantage of her fitness. Her ability to come up big in the biggest games defined her career as a Millington Cardinal.
“Alissa was a fitness fanatic and a team leader in the offseason,” former coach Bryan Bassett said. “She had great drive that just didn’t quit. Her best game was District semi-final against Birch Run that went into Golden Goal Overtime (first goal wins). With 18 seconds left, Alissa lofted in a shot from 40 yards out, made it, and we won 3-2. Alissa was a hard worker that would dig deep to help her team. Her speed made her a nightmare for defenders and her fitness helped her wear them down.”
Alisha Piper (2006-09) was a four-year starter at forward, earned All-Conference honors three times while also being named All-District twice. Described as a tough forward, Piper made a living in front of the net, scoring the majority of her goals off what her coach described as other players “garbage”.
“Alisha worked very hard,” Bassett said. “Her job was to fight in front of the goal, to clean up the mess and score goals from inside the box. Find the ball, wherever it was, and put it in the net. She was tough, tenacious, knew how to score, and made it happen a lot in her four years.”
Alex Sergent (2012-15) ended her four-year stint with the Cardinals with 41 career goals, 23 of those coming in her senior season in 2015. Sergent had the ballhandling skills of a midfielder and the attacking mindset of a forward, combining those talents to record a school record five Hat Tricks (three goals in a game) in her senior season. Sergent was named First Team All-Conference in 2015, was selected to the All-District team while also being named First Team All-Area in The Saginaw News.
“Alex got off to a slow start her senior year,” Coach Andrew Selich said. “She only had four goals in the first month of the season. Then, she turned it around, and knocked in 19 goals in the month of May, including the five Hat Trick games. And our record that month was 7-3, so as Alex went, so went our team. She was a great player, a hard worker, and an even better leader.”
Kayla Petzold (2014-17) missed her entire sophomore season before emerging her junior season as a reliable goal scorer. Fully recovered by her senior season, Petzold set a school record by scoring 25 goals while adding 12 assists. The 37 total points for the season is also a school record, and Kayla set other records as well such as most goals scored in a single game (5) and most points in a game (9). She ended her career with 37 goals and 22 assists in 64 games played. For her efforts, Petzold was named First Team All-Conference, was selected as The Tuscola County Advertiser’s Girls Soccer Player of the Year, was selected to the Saginaw News/Mlive All-Area Dream Team and was an Honorable Mention All-State pick in Division 3, one of only five Millington girls soccer players to earn that distinction.
“Kayla had a fantastic senior season,” Coach Andrew Selich. “She was an amazing goal scorer. She had the ability to move with and without the ball, could finish as well as any player I’ve ever seen, and had a motor that just didn’t quit. It’s such a great story too, how she came back from the injury, worked hard to get back to full strength, then finished it her senior season with the most prolific season for a forward in the program’s history. Kayla was just simply a great player and one of the hardest workers I have ever coached.”
Tomorrow, Saturday, June 6, a special All-State feature will be released, focusing on the five All-State players from the program’s first twenty seasons.