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Compeau named Ilio DiPaolo's Player of the Year at fifth annual Metro Group Inc. soccer banquet

D'Youville soccer coach Lew Potter was the guest speaker at the fifth annual Metro Group Inc. soccer banquet, sponsored by Mt. Mercy Academy.
Melissa Smith of Niagara-Wheatfield and Mahya Krouse of Nardin Academy show off their awards during the fifth annual Metro Group Inc. soccer banquet, sponsored by Mt. Mercy Academy.
BUFFALO - Call it modesty. Call it a drive to be the best she can be.

However you chose to label it Kalyn Compeau probably doesn’t fully realize the impact she made on the soccer field.

That is why Compeau, a Tonawanda High School junior, was selected as the 2012 Metro Group Player of the Year for girls soccer.

Compeau was among the 39 scholastic athletes and coaches from girls varsity soccer and varsity football that were honored at the fifth All-Metro Fall Sports Banquet that was held at Ilo DiPaolo’s on Nov.27.

A former All-Metro Newcomer of the Year in her freshman season, Compeau joins former Nichols standout Catherine Williams (Colgate University) as the only two student-athletes to win Newcomer and Player of the Year honors.

Compeau, who is in her third full-season of varsity, is also the second public school athlete to win this award.

Captain of the Lady Warriors, Compeau led her team to the Section VI Class B2 semifinals where they lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to Eden.

Possessing an incredible natural gift for the game, those in the soccer community who have seen Compeau play state that if she went to a larger school far more people would be talking about what an amazing gift for the game she has.

But what stands out the most about Kalyn Compeau is her drive to help her team win and the accountability she displays if she feels she didn’t play her best.

If her picture appears in the paper the day after a loss Compeau’s reaction isn’t,”oh cool!”

It’s more like,”why am I in the paper?I don’t deserve it. I played awful.”

While Compeau is certainly far too hard on herself, in an era when too many people think they are entitled to attention simply by walking onto the playing field or doing something well one time, Compeau is that breath of fresh air who reminds us nothing in life is just handed to you.

Lauren Lepovich (Kenmore West) was named the 2012 Newcomer of the Year. Initially pegged to be a burner up top, Lepovich came back from an early season injury and solidified her role as the Blue Devils starting sweeper.

High character kid, she is the foundation of the teams future.

[Photo3]Kerry McGough of Mt. Mercy Academy’s name didn’t appear in the press very much this year. But if you were to take a poll among teammates they would tell you how day-in and day-out Kerry did the little things that helped them win. Kerry McGough earned the Unsung Hero Award for her selfless team-first effort.

Sarah Pray of Kenmore West carved her name in the Metro record books by becoming the first non-soccer or football player to capture an award. Pray, a five-year varsity player on the Blue Devils volleyball team,was selected as the winner of the Andrew Maisano Leadership award for excelling in athletics, academics and community service.

Frank Cotroneo of Nardin Academy was named the first-ever Metro Coach of the Year for soccer after leading the Gators to a strong season that included a thrilling shootout playoff win over defending MMAA champs Nichols.

Emily Slominski of North Tonawanda, a Newcomer of the Year runner-up as an eighth grader, and Melissa Smith of Niagara-Wheatfield were Player of the Year finalist-led the first team selections.

Terra Juda (Niagara-Wheatfield), Jenna Tomizi (Sacred Heart), Marissa Stack (Mt.Mercy), Leah McDonell (Cardinal O’Hara), Meghan Thomas (Tonawanda), Sarah Obletz (Buffalo Seminary), Kara Daly (Hamburg), Emma McEvoy (Nardin), Mahya Krouse (Nardin), Sydney Cerza (Clarence), Catherine Mammoser (Eden), and Remmi Zaepfel (Sacred Heart) complete the first team.




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