ST. GEORGE — A banner year for Region 9 girls soccer concluded with the announcement of the all region team, and the roster is filled with future college players.

Desert Hills’ Ellie Hendrix, here controlling the ball in a file photo against Crimson Cliffs, was named All Region 9 co-MVP, St. George, Utah, Dec. 4, 2023 | Photo by E. George Goold, St. George News

The all-region team had co-MVPs this year as Desert Hills senior Ellie Hendrix, bound for Utah State, earned the recognition.

After Desert Hills fell in the 4A quarterfinals to Snow Canyon, Thunder coach Benji Nelson called Hendrix “probably the best soccer player ever at Desert Hills, boys and girls.”

Meanwhile, Crimson Cliffs senior center back Sam Park collected all region MVP honors as well.

“She led our team both on and off the field,” Crimson Cliffs coach Kat Esplin told St. George News about Park. “She can defend anyone and showed that all four of her years at Crimson.

“She is one of the hardest working student-athletes I’ve ever coached and she is an even better teammate.”

Many of the players on the all region list will be playing at the next level and have already committed to play for colleges.

Here is a breakdown of the All Region 9 girls soccer team, as voted on by coaches provided to St. George Nees by Dixon.

Crimson Cliffs Mustangs

Crimson Cliffs senior soccer players Ella Cotter (left, Utah Tech) and Avery Cardenas (right, Northwestern Colorado) in this file photo, both made the All Region 9 team, St. George, Utah, Dec. 4, 2023 | Photo by E. George Goold, St. George News

MVP: Sam Park

1st Team: Paisley Hinton, Kenadee Richey, Kate Garrett, Avery Cardenas

2nd Team: Quinci Smith, Ella Cotter, Izzy West

Desert Hills Thunder

MVP: Ellie Hendrix

1st Team: Taygen Overall, Hannah Heaton, Kamri Yorgenson, Tess Peterson

2nd Team: Karli Knudsen, Maya Dalley, Lilly Evans

Snow Canyon Warriors

1st Team: Ashlee Harris, Lilly Wittwer, Sydnee Crowton, Macie Hoskins

2nd Team: Lottie Smith, Andelyn Jensen, Jolee Irvin

Cedar Reds

1st Team: Jaden Hlebasko, Tylee Nielsen, Cambria Simper

2nd Team: Kyla Johnson, Lauren Yardley, Tai Palmer, Kenzie Bird 

Dixie Flyers

1st Team: Hali’a Pelton, Sadie Sparks, Brinlee Bennett

2nd Team: Taryn Hafen, Izzy Bundy, Jaycee Bundy, Allee Williams

Pine View Panthers

1st Team: Alicia Garcia, Kylie Carpenter

2nd Team: Ava Schall, Claire Lefevre, Tori Conrad

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