Arlington's Belnap earns All-American honor

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ARLINGTON — After celebrating a second straight state championship for Arlington, junior Tess Belnap earned another accolade this week.

On Monday, the United Soccer Coaches named Belnap as an All-American for the 2018 season.

"At the all-state meeting, you had to nominate players you think are deserving of either all-New England or All-American," said Arlington coach Aaron Wood.

Seven players were nominated for the award and three were chosen. The second and third place finishers were Sydney Jimmo from CVU and Tatum Shappy from Milton, both of whom earned All-New England consideration.

"Vermont only gets one All-American choice and Tess was the top vote-getter," Wood said.

Belnap, who has more than 100 goals to her credit in her illustrious career, scored 37 goals in 2018 and five in just the last two Division IV championships, including a hat-trick this year.

Belnap is the first Arlington girl to receive an All-American honor in soccer, but not the first from the Eagles. Glenn Sherman was honored in 2002 and Jim O'Dea won the award in 1982.

"It's a huge deal to have a player from a school our size to be named as the best player in the state," Wood said. "But she works really hard for it. She's second-to-none to anyone in the state with how hard she works. She does the little things that go so far, no one deserves this more than Tess."

Players on this year's United Soccer Coaches High School All-America Teams will be recognized for their accomplishments at the All-America Ceremony & Reception on Jan. 12, 2019 at McCormick Place West in Chicago in conjunction with the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Convention

The 2018 United Soccer Coaches fall boys and girls High School All-Region Teams have been posted in the "Awards Central" section of UnitedSoccerCoaches.org.




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