CR’s Prillaman makes girls’ soccer First XI

Jessie Prillaman always has the opposing team’s best defender guarding her.

But that doesn’t prevent her from getting her goals and assists.

The Caesar Rodney High junior had another strong season this year and was awarded with a spot on the All-State girls’ soccer First XI. Prillaman was the only downstate player on the top-11 list.

Prillaman led a Caesar Rodney team to an overall record of 16-2-1 this year. She was a team captain as the Riders won the Henlopen Conference Northern Division title, the conference championship and made an appearance in the Division I championship game.

“Jessie was our go-to scorer who was always marked by our competitor’s best back,” said CR coach Darrell Gravatt. “Jessie is fast, smart, very skilled, two-footed, and a joy to coach. She can beat defenders one-vs.-one and also through combination play. Jessie makes intelligent runs off the ball and constantly wreaks havoc on opposing defenses.”

Prillaman recorded 23 goals this year. She also chipped in 13 assists.

“Jessie is a prototype center forward,” Gravatt said. “She can dominate any game and is almost impossible to stop. She was a great player on a very strong team.”

Padua Academy’s Ashlee Brentlinger was named the Player of the Year.

Caesar Rodney also placed two more players on the All-State first team in Macy Ramsey and Kimmy Glasser.

Other downstaters on the first team were Lindsey Swontek (Cape Henlopen) and Nicolette Phillips (Sussex Tech).


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