For senior Jamie Kutey to leave St. Thomas Aquinas with her fourth Kansas Class 5A girls soccer state championship, it was going to be a formidable challenge.
After all, Kutey faced a new role as Aquinas’ lone forward in the Saints’ new formation during the spring season.
When the season ended, Aquinas defeated Blue Valley Southwest in the Class 5A state title match and Kutey finished with 27 goals and 17 assists for the Saints. Her efforts earned her a third consecutive National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American first-team nod. She also is The Star’s All-Metro girls soccer player of the year.
“(Coach Craig) Ewing told me I would be up top by myself and told me to get as much done as I could. I think it worked out really well,” Kutey said. “In years past, we had two (forwards) up top and that worked. But the formation we were in this year helped me find a new role and I knew that I had to score as much as I could.”
Kutey, who will play collegiately at Marquette, finished her time at Aquinas with 88 career goals — a program record by nine. She also set a career assists record and shattered the previous career points mark by 25.
Kutey was perhaps most consistent in the postseason, where she played the maximum 20 matches across four championship seasons. She scored in 19 of those matches and had 13 game-winners, including the past two state championship matches.
“It’s an honor,” Kutey said. “Since my freshman year, I wanted to be the girl up top, the girl with all the records. It’s good to say that I achieved those goals.”
Aquinas finished the spring seasons with a 18-3-0 record. The Saints won the Tournament of Champions and were undefeated in Eastern Kansas League competition.
The Star’s All-Metro girls soccer team
Dorian Bailey, St. Teresa’s Academy, senior. The two-time Missouri Gatorade player of the year played nearly every position on the field for the Missouri Class 4 state champions. She scored 12 goals and recorded four assists in 17 matches and will continue her career at North Carolina. She’s been a member of the United States Under-19 and Under-20 national teams.
Cece Kizer, Blue Valley Northwest, senior. The Kansas Class 6A co-offensive player of the year scored 29 goals and tallied 11 assists for the Huskies, who won the state championshipo. Kizer is a NSCAA All-American and will play at the University of Mississippi.
Jamie Kutey, St. Thomas Aquinas, senior. The Kansas Class 5A co-offensive player of the year recorded 27 goals and 17 assists for the state champion Saints. Kutey, who is headed to Marquette, scored the winning goal in the state championship match in each of the last two seasons.
Anna Romano, Notre Dame de Sion, senior. She led the Missouri Class 3 state champions in goals (16) and assists (18), and they came at key times. Romano scored game-winning goals in the Missouri state quarterfinals and semifinals.
Reighan Childers, Grain Valley, senior. A central midfielder, Childers scored 42 goals and added 15 assists to set a school scoring record. She finished with 92 career goals and will play at UMKC.
Parker Roberts, Blue Valley North, senior. Roberts, a consistent U-20 National Team call-up, finished the season with 12 goals and two assists. The Kansas-bound midfielder is a two-time Gatorade Kansas player of the year and an NSCAA All-American.
Taylor Wagner, Blue Valley Southwest, senior. The Kansas Class 5A co-offensive player of the year led the Timberwolves to a runner-up finish in Kansas Class 5A. She scored six goals and had five assists as a defensive midfielder. She will play at Iowa State.
Linda Fiorito, Blue Valley Northwest, senior. The Kansas Class 6A defender of the year helped the Huskies capture a state title on a team that allowed just 0.85 goals per game. Fiorito, who will play at Drake, contributed two goals and one assist on offense.
Addie Merrick, Lee’s Summit North, junior. A center back, Merrick was selected the Missouri Class 4 defensive player of the year. She is a Kansas commit and contributed to the offensive attack with three goals and five assists.
Jenna Winebrenner, Park Hill, sophomore. A Division I recruit, Winebrenner was a key element in the Trojans’ 16 shutouts this spring. She also scored seven goals and added nine assists.
Anna Lillig, St. Pius X, senior. The four-time all-state selection was selected the Missouri Class 2 goalkeeper of the year after she broke her own school record with 17 shutouts. A UMKC signee, Lillig made 126 saves and allowed 18 goals.