Park’s Moore, Stenseth named All-State

Ryan Peerboom — Enterprise Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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Arden Moore (6) tracks the ball during a game this season.

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Tristian Stenseth (10) moves the ball up the pitch.

Two Park soccer players were named to the MHSA Class A All-State teams this week. Senior defender Arden Moore and junior forward Tristan Stenseth both received the All-State honors, and a handful of other players were named to the Class A-East All-Conference teams. 

Stenseth’s offensive play was a large factor toward his All-State nod. He tallied 18 goals which put him tied for first in the state on the season. Stenseth added eight assists on the season which helped put him third in total points in the state for Class A soccer. In terms of points-per-game, Stenseth was number one in the state with breathing room between him and second. 

Boys’ coach Jeff Dickerson said Stenseth excelled at finding ways to get space on the field.

“(Stenseth) played well across the field to provide opportunities to get him the ball and get behind defenders. I thought he was a very patient ball-handler in the final attacking third that allowed him to beat defenders one-on-one and he had some very good technical finishes in the one vs. one situations. It was fun to watch him. 

For the girls’ team, Moore’s impact goes beyond statistics. Although she scored two goals and added four assists, her impact was felt on the defensive side of the ball. 

Girls coach Matt Pierson said Moore’s consistency and leadership were a big part of their team. 

“Consistent play, that’s one thing that (Moore) has always had,” Pierson said. “Her leadership was a lot better this year than it’s ever been. We had talked a year ago about what she needed to do to improve, especially to that level, and she took it to heart and did a really good job of being a leader and taking on the role.”

Aside from Stenseth, the boys’ team had four players named All-Conference. Junior midfielder Nathan Brown was named to the first team while freshman Lance Mascari, sophomore Colter Edwards and freshman Ryan Brown were named to the second team. 

Dickerson said Nathan Brown’s versatility made him valuable to their team. 

“(Nathan Brown) provided excellent leadership and he also played unselfishly throughout the field when we needed the help in different position based on injuries,” he said. “He was a great, versatile, true soccer player throughout the pitch.”

Edwards held down a key spot on the pitch for the Rangers, Dickerson said.

“Colter was honored because of his ability to hold down the center-back position in front of the goalkeeper and really lead there,” Dickerson said.

Ryan Browns attacking ability was instrumental for the Rangers and his All-Conference nod, Dickerson said.

“(Ryan Brown) got recognized because of his speed and ability to attack with the ball,” he said.

Mascari’s ability to attack as a defender was a big reason he made the All-Conference teams, Dickerson said. 

“(Mascari) had an outstanding year defensively, but he also grew into an attacking defender role that I think really helped him get that recognition,” he said. 

The girls’ team also had four players, outside of Moore, named to the All-Conference teams. Sophomore midfielder Severn Sienkiewicz was named to the first team while junior Kodie Vondra, senior Ciara Madden and senior Raini Ryan were given second honors. 

Pierson said Sienkiewicz’ play this season was competitive with the top players in the conference. 

“We just felt that her play, overall, was right up there with the best of them,” he said.

Vondra is a hard worker that excels in multiple aspects, Pierson added. 

“(Vondra) is just a workhorse and she’s All-State in just about everything she does,” he said. “(She’s) always a physical leader, hands down.”

Madden stepped up to play a bigger role this season for the Rangers, Pierson added. 

“Ciara had a breakout year from start to finish, put in a lot of minutes,” he said. “She was just a solid player on the outside all year. Just a huge number of positive plays all over.”

Ryan, a goalkeeper, played a large role for the Rangers and stood out as one of the most talented players at their position, Pierson said.

“We relied heavily on Rainy, she had a really good year,” Pierson said.