Riders’ Prillaman honored: Earns Soccer Top XI with Ravens’ Short, IR’s Binko

Caesar Rodney’s Jessie Prillaman battles Padua’s Grace Mercer in the first half at Dover. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Jessie Prillaman started knocking goals in during her freshman year at Caesar Rodney High and never stopped.

Prillaman leaves the Riders having scored 104 career goals.

And she was once again honored statewide.

Prillaman was one of three downstate players to make the state’s Top XI, named by the Delaware High School Girls Soccer Coaches Association.

Sussex Tech freshman Lilly Short and Indian River sophomore Isabella Binko also were named to the Top XI. Sheyenne Allen of Wilmington Charter was awared the state’s Player of the Year.

Prillaman was also named a Regional All-American.

“This season Jessie had another stellar performance,” said Caesar Rodney coach Darrell Gravatt. “Our team would not have enjoyed so much success if Jessie was not leading the team from her forward position.”

Prillaman recorded 30 goals and 12 assists this year in 18 games. She led the Riders to the state semifinals for the fourth season in a row, including scoring the tying goal in Caesar Rodney’s come-from-behind victory over Appoquinimink in the first round of the Division I state tournament.

She was a team captain for the second year in a row. During her tenure at CR, the Riders had a record of 61-12-1 and won four Henlopen Conference titles plus four Henlopen Conference Northern Division championships.

Prillaman finished her career at Caesar Rodney with 104 goals and 57 assists in 74 appearances.

“Jessie was a huge reason for CR’s success during her tenure,” Gravatt said. “Jessie Prillaman is a great soccer player, but she is also an excellent leader, has a tremendous work ethic, is very positive and is an ‘A’ student.”

The Riders also made it to a pair of Division I state championship games during Prillaman’s four years at Caesar Rodney.

Prillaman is headed to play at Richmond University. Her older sister Lexi Prillaman, another Caesar Rodney product, also played soccer at Richmond before graduating in 2018.

Short and Binko were two of seven underclassmen to make up the Top XI.

Short netted 27 goals in her debut season for the Ravens. Binko contributed 22 goals and 11 assists for the Indians as they won the Henlopen South title.

Cape Henlopen assistant coach Gary Montalto was awarded the Division I assistant Coach of the Year.

The head Coaches of the Year were Jon Gillespie (Wilmington Charter) in Division I, Chris Abe (Mount Pleasant) in Division II and Tom Brackin (Caravel) for private schools.

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