DHS pulls quite the All-SWL haul

Milliet is player of year; Eldridge named top coach

Brooke Milliet’s nine goals and four assists earned her Southwestern League Player of the Year honors for the first time. Enlarge photo

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Brooke Milliet’s nine goals and four assists earned her Southwestern League Player of the Year honors for the first time.

Southwestern League Player of the Year.

SWL Coach of the Year.

Five all-league members, including three on the first team.

Postseason awards time was kind to the Durango High School girls soccer team.

Senior Brooke Milliet broke through for her first nod as the SWL’s top player, while Aaron Eldridge won his fourth top coaching accolade and first since 2009 when postseason honors recently were announced after balloting by the coaches was completed.

Milliet, a Fort Lewis College-signee, scored nine goals and added four assists as Durango’s primary offensive weapon. She becomes the second Demon in three years to earn the honor, with Neely Surmeier taking home the top player selection in 2010.

“Brooke really deserves it,” Eldridge said. “She’s been the leading scorer on the team for three years. ... I think she’s being rewarded for four years as an outstanding performer.”

Eldridge earned the nod for leading DHS to an SWL title, a 10-4-1 overall record and a sixth consecutive postseason appearance. He was, however, quick to deflect credit for the success to assistant coach Kate Stahlin and the players.

“And really, the coach of the year award is a reflection of all the girls’ effort and their success,” he said.

Joining Milliet on the first team were sister Lauren Milliet, one of four freshmen on the first team, and defender Meghan O’Brien. The younger Milliet scored six times and had four assists in a strong debut season and captured the attention of coaches leaguewide.

“After every game, I think every coach commented on Lauren and her play this year,” Eldridge said.

O’Brien teamed with second-team selection Amanda Urban, Amanda Jones, Erin Maxwell and goalkeeper Karlee Mulkey to allow just 11 goals against all season. While Eldridge was hoping more of his defenders would earn league honors, he was glad his central duo wasn’t overlooked.

“Both Meghan and Amanda were our first choice in central defendership, and they both balanced each other out really well,” he said.

Urban had company on the second team in the form of Raquel Delgado. The senior had a strong final campaign, scoring six times and adding a team-leading seven assists.

“She had an amazing year, so consistent. ... And you know what, I think she was just happy to be playing,” Eldridge said.

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