When senior scorer Maile Grout suffered a season-ending injury a few matches into the season, another member of the Seymour High School girls soccer team needed to step up and become an offensive threat.
Junior Clare Lenart took it upon herself to be the leader, and she finished the season with 19 goals and 13 assists.
The coaches recognized her efforts, and so did her teammates, as they selected her as the 2012 most valuable player. First-year coach Greg Musser presented Lenart with the MVP plaque during Thursday night’s awards program in the high school cafeteria.
“We were looking for the player that we essentially couldn’t play without,” Musser said. “As the year went on, it became more clear and more clear (of Lenart’s effect), and she kind of ran away with it.”
The honors didn’t stop there for Lenart. She joined Grout on the all-Hoosier Hills Conference team, and she was selected as one of the district’s top team players. Lenart also was recognized for setting the school record for assists in a game with five, and she tied the school mark for assists in a season.
Musser presented two other plaques.
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