SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD-- Senior Corinne Lyght, has been named an All-American for the Fall 2020 girl’s soccer season, one filled with its fair share of twists and turns. Set to attend Lehigh University next year on an athletic scholarship, Lyght is no stranger to the All-American list as this is her second time earning a spot, having previously been named to the squad during her sophomore year. The designation also makes her this week's Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week.
“It is such an honor to have my hard work recognized. With the goals I set for myself and the team, it makes all the sacrifices I’ve made this season worth it,” Lyght told TAPinto SPF. “I have to give a lot of credit to my coaches and teammates for all of their hard work, I could not have done this without them and their support.”
In her four years, Lyght established herself as one of the best players in the entire state. Being named an All-American as a sophomore, she says she had no idea that these honors existed, “I was shocked when Coach Ewing told me about it for the first time.”
Corinne said that while she knew about the possibility of being an All-American this year, she didn’t let it drive her play. Instead, she focused on her individual performance and contribution to the team as a whole.
“Having the support of my teammates and keeping our team’s goals in mind allowed me to play with a lot of confidence and freedom,” she said.
“It is a huge honor to be named an All-American,” said Head Coach Kevin Ewing, who has coached two other All-Americans in Jackie Law and Sarah Van Buskirk. "It is a nice honor specifically because it means you were recognized by a lot of people outside your playing area for being exceptional.”
Lyght had a hot start out of the gate this year by scoring a hat trick in the second game on her way 12 goals as a starter for the varsity team during this abbreviated season. Additionally, she dished out six assists and notched her second hat trick of the year in a huge game as the leader of the Lady Raiders in their NJSIAA Central East F Championship game.
Despite having a drastically reduced fan section at the games all season, Lyght said that she and her teammates embraced the situation.
“We realized without fans that we couldn’t be playing for them each game, we knew we had to work hard regardless and play for each other. We made lots of sacrifices the last three weeks of the season -- including not seeing our friends -- in order to stay healthy and not jeopardize the rest of our season.”
Lyght's recognition as a premier player not just in the state, but the country, was solidified. The prolific forward was also named to the United Soccer Coaches Fall High School Girls All-American Team. She is one of only 10 players in the nation this year to receive this honor more than once, and one of just four from the Garden State.
Entering the 2020 season, Scotch Plains-Fanwood was coming out of a transition as a program. The Raiders had graduated large groups of seniors the past few years and were gearing up for a big rebound season. It called for Lyght to step up and take more of a lead on the Raiders’ offense, and she more than answered the call.
“This was a crazy year with lots of unknowns,” said Lyght. “It was challenging mentally to be at home on weekends and not being able to socialize. After finishing the season, I can look back and say that all of our hard work and sacrifice was worth it. This year taught me and my teammates to control what we can, take things day by day, and to treat every game and practice like it was our last, as each one could’ve been, regardless of the result.”
Looking forward to her college career at Lehigh University, Lyght says this latest accomplishment has given her lots of confidence as she approaches her college soccer debut.
“This shows me that I have what it takes to compete at the next level. I want to use this as a stepping stone and build on this success moving forward. I don’t want two All-American honors in high school to be my biggest accomplishments as an athlete,” she said. “I will always remember the winning culture at Scotch Plains-Fanwood, it taught me that you can’t expect success and that you must work hard for everything. I will certainly miss all the great people within this program. I met some of my best friends here, and they are people I will be close with for the rest of my life.”
As a second time All-American, Lyght is part of elite company. In terms of All-Americans who have made returns to the list, Lyght is joined by Myah Giordullo (Cincinatti, OH), Emily Mason (Flemington, NJ), Jenna Chatterton (Noblesville, IN), Kenna Souder (Pemberville,OH), Hannah Curtin (Winchester, MA), Kailyn Dudukovich (West Chester, OH), Maddie Fried (Trumbull, CT), Shelby Sallee (Strongsville, OH) and Taylor Huff (Mansfield, OH), who was named to her third All-American team and earned recognition as the National Player of the Year.
“Coming into the season Corinne was our best returning scorer,” Ewing said. “Other teams knew this and tried to man mark her quite often in games. We used her in a few positions to help her use her natural technical skills and her speed. She adjusted to these new positions flawlessly.”
Despite all this success at such a fast pace and young age, Lyght’s poised mindset has not changed one bit. The fleet-footed, three-sport athlete remains humble, no matter the circumstances.
In addition to her All-American status, Lyght was also named Player of the Year by the NJ Soccer Coaches Association and Homecoming Queen by her classmates and teachers. “This was a cool thing to experience,” Lyght said. “Being voted to this award by my classmates and teachers is such an honor as it shows that they recognize me not only as an athlete, but also as a leader within the school, and for that I am very grateful.”
The athletic season is far from over for Lyght, though. She is expected to play club soccer this winter, and during the spring, she plans to run for the varsity track team.
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