Featured Player of the Week

Annaliese Shelley. (Independence HS)
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Annaliese Shelley, Independence Patriots 

The soccer standout is having a fabulous season for the Lady Patriots soccer program.  She leads the team in all major offensive categories.

This season is her last, the senior to date has scored 28 goals, has 6 assists for a total of 62 points.  She has played 575 minutes and has averaged 2.3 goals per game.

In her high school career, in 67 games she currently has 98 goals on 237 shots, has 171 shots on goal with 22 assists.  Shelley has accumulated 218 points, has averaged a consistent 1.5 goals per game, and 3.5 shots per game throughout her career.  She has played on the field for a total of 2860 minutes for the Patriots.  She scored 16 goals in her freshman season, 29 goals as a sophomore, 25 in her junior year, and is on track to have her best campaign during her final season.

Shelley is on pace to break the 100 goal mark in her outstanding career sometime this coming week.  This is an accomplishment never achieved previously by any girl’s soccer player at Independence.

During this past week in two games she scored 2 goals and had 1 assist in leading the Patriots in both the teams 2-1 victories.  The team is currently 8-5 overall, and 5-3 in the Southwestern 4A Conference.

She is certainly getting recognition within the Southwestern 4A Conference, and should receive both regional and potentially all-state honors consideration if she continues at her current pace which has been phenomenal.

Shelley is a solid student-athlete and has been enrolled in the school’s Academy of International Studies, AIS program at Independence all four years.

For her achievement and upcoming milestone accomplishment Shelley has been selected the first female athlete to be named the “Featured Player of the Week” by the Mint Hill Times, and the publications Sports Editor.

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