Oxbridge Academy forward Allison Breed is at her best with the game on the line and the ball on her foot.
The junior scored a team-best 27 goals this season — including two in the Class 2A state championship game against Montverde Academy last month — to lead the ThunderWolves to their first state title.
Breed was a force in the playoffs for Oxbridge, which won one postseason game on penalty kicks — with Breed netting the game-winner — and another in overtime.
The ThunderWolves finished 15-1-2.
“Allison is a speedy and skillful attacker who takes particular pride in her 1-v-1 take-on ability,” Oxbridge coach Staci Wilson said. “Opposing defenses often marked her the entire game or tried to throw her off of her game with physical play.
“But Allison showed a lot of determination and grit by continuing to play her hardest for the team, and often scored clutch goals.”
Since arriving at Oxbridge from American Heritage two years ago, Breed has excelled in — and relished — her role as the team’s main goal-scorer.
She thrives under pressure, and wants the ball in close games.
“I enjoy being the one that everybody puts their hopes into, and being the winning goal-scorer,” she said. “I don’t think the pressure really gets to me as much as it should. I enjoy it so much.”
Breed has been playing soccer since age 4, and has drawn plenty of attention from scouts and coaches on the college and national levels.
She is in the U.S. Under-16 Girls’ National Team pool, and she will travel to Europe next month for a competition.
She also has heard from many college coaches and hopes to play at that level after she graduates next year.
“I definitely want to play in college,” said Breed, who is looking at Ivy League schools.
In the meantime, there is more to accomplish at Oxbridge.
Breed, who plays travel soccer with the Sunrise Sting, will reconvene with her ThunderWolves’ teammates this summer to begin preparations for next season.
Defending their state title will be the main priority.
“We’re training over the summer,” she said. “We’ll definitely be preparing for it.”
Hannah Adams, Berean Christian, Jr., Midfielder: Led the Bulldogs in scoring with 19 goals and five assists.
Sarah Borer, American Heritage, Jr., Forward: The Stallions’ top goal-scorer, she finished the season with 18 goals and four assists.
Merissa Chu, Oxbridge Academy, So., Goalkeeper: Recorded 118 saves in 11.5 games for the ThunderWolves and allowed just 12 goals.
Kayla Edmunds, American Heritage, Sr., Defender: Anchored the Stallions defense from her center-back position. Signed with Alabama State.
Mackenzie Fazio, Oxbridge Academy, Fr., Midfielder: Played a key role in leading the ThunderWolves to a state title, finishing with four goals and three assists.
Sarah Franklin, Lake Worth Christian, Fr., Goalkeeper: Recorded 14 shutouts in 18 games and finished with a 0.69 goals against average.
Tara Pak, American Heritage, Sr., Midfielder: Veteran leader was a force in the middle for the Stallions, finishing with 10 goals and 10 assists. Signed with UNC-Wilmington.
Paige Miller, Berean Christian, Sr., Midfielder: Played wherever needed for the Bulldogs, finishing with 10 goals and eight assists. Will play at Asbury (Ky.) University.
Brooke Santiago, Lake Worth Christian, Fr., Forward: Capped off a standout freshman season with 17 goals and 17 assists.
Jordan Schaefer, Oxbridge Academy, Sr., Midfielder: The Maryland-bound playmaker scored 12 goals and added 10 assists for the state-champion ThunderWolves.
Nicole Vernis, Benjamin, So., Midfielder/Defender: Alternated between sweeper and midfielder, finishing with 11 goals and three assists.
Alexis Alarcon, American Heritage, Fr., Midfielder
Bre Alarcon, American Heritage, Jr., Defender
Jonelle Baron, American Heritage, So., Goalkeeper
Tatyana Canon, Jupiter Christian, Jr., Midfielder
Erika Daghar, Saint John Paul II Academy, Jr., Forward
Tatum Ireland, St. Andrew’s, So., Forward
Olivia Milian, Lake Worth Christian, 7th, Defender
Harper Murphy, Oxbridge Academy, So., Defender
Sarah Narbone, Jupiter Christian, Sr., Midfielder
Isabella Petrizzi, Oxbridge Academy, So., Defender
Emma Shirzad, Benjamin, 8th, Forward
American Heritage: Dakota Bagen, Emily Schleifer, Jackie DiGiorgio; Cardinal Newman: Morgan Sousa, Jennifer Jacobs, Aranza Caceres; Donna Klein Jewish Academy: Alana Rose Meyer, Lauryn Faber; Jupiter Christian: Amanda Hood, Sabrina Wright, Gia Vastola; Lake Worth Christian: Angelina Adolphy, Emma Dipauli, Grace Montero; Oxbridge Academy: Kaitlyn Campbell, Arianna Hilliard, Hannah Kanjian; St. Andrew’s: Alexa Molica, Lizzie Schwartz, Catie Feder; Saint John Paul II Academy: Grace Rayner, Olivia Polimeni, Danielle Farinas.
Coach of the Year
Staci Wilson, Oxbridge Academy: In her second season, she led the ThunderWolves to the Class 2A state championship. Oxbridge finished 15-1-2.