McAuley Lions Fall Athlete of the Year

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AYLA TARTRE, Senior-Soccer

  • SMAA all-star, second-team

  • Golden Boot Award winner (team’s leading scorer)

  • Captain

Tartre capped her quietly excellent high school career by scoring some big goals and leading the Lions to the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.

Tartre, a Saco resident, was a soccer lover throughout middle school, then blossomed into a top basketball player at the high school level, playing a key role on McAuley’s fourth straight Class A state hoops title last winter.

On the pitch, Tartre, a striker, was her team’s leading scorer as a sophomore and as a junior, was an SMAA second-teamer as a junior and this fall, tickled the twine a team-high 11 times, giving her 25 goals for her career, a figure that Lions coach Vince Aceto believes might be a program record.

Highlights included a game-winning goal against Biddeford, a game-tying goal versus Bonny Eagle and an overtime game-winner versus Portland.

McAuley’s victory over the Bulldogs and a late-season tie at Deering were enough to get the Lions into the postseason, where they lost in the preliminary round to Kennebunk, 4-1, where Tartre scored her final goal.

“It was a satisfying season to be a part of,” Tartre said. “We worked hard and moved up the ladder. We knew we had good players.”

Tartre, who belongs to McAuley’s Varsity Club and Art Club, credits her inner drive for her success.

“I have a really strong passion for sports,” Tartre said.

Tartre will play an integral role this winter as the Lions go for a record fifth straight girls’ basketball title. She wants to play basketball in college and study nursing and is looking at several schools in New England.

While basketball is what she’ll be best remembered for, Ayla Tartre, McAuley’s Fall Athlete of the Year, made quite an impact on the pitch as well and her flair for the dramatic was something to behold.

Coach Vince Aceto‘s comment: “While Ayla accounted for 11 of our 19 goals this year, she’ll be the first to tell you that it’s all about the team. She’ll talk about how great the pass was that helped her score a goal. She’s a very strong player with a gifted shot and a nose for the goal. She’s represented her family, school and the sport of soccer the past four years to the highest level. I’m quite sure this won’t be the last we hear of Ayla and her accomplishments on and off the soccer field. The sky’s the limit for her.”

Prior winners:

2013: Katherine Lake (Soccer)

2012: Adele Werner (Cross country)

2011: Molly Miller (Soccer)

2010: Maura Esten (Soccer)

2009: Lauren Fecteau (Cross country)

2008: Olivia Mackenzie (Cross country)

2007: Olivia Mackenzie (Cross country)

2006: Mikayla Call (Soccer)

2005: Abby Iselborn (Cross country)

2004: Jill Johnson (Cross country)

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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