FieldTurf Announces Its 2009 FieldTurf High School Soccer Awards

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FieldTurf announced the winners of its 4th annual FieldTurf High School Soccer Awards for the 2009 season today at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention in Philadelphia. Winners were announced in 9 different regions of the U.S. for girls and boys soccer teams. These awards are based on tabulated votes from FieldTurf executives and a panel consisting of Al Albert, Tonya Antonucci, Durward Williams, Tanya Vogel, Cam Rast, Larry Sunderland, Mike Anhaeuser, and Matt Reis.

FieldTurf announced the winners of its 4th annual FieldTurf High School Soccer Awards for the 2009 season today at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention in Philadelphia. Winners were announced in 9 different regions of the U.S. for girls and boys soccer teams. These awards are based on tabulated votes from FieldTurf executives and a panel consisting of Al Albert, Tonya Antonucci, Durward Williams, Tanya Vogel, Cam Rast, Larry Sunderland, Mike Anhaeuser, and Matt Reis.

This year’s winners are:

  •     Southwest High School Team of the Year (Boys): La Cueva HS (NM)
  •     Southwest High School Team of the Year (Girls): Wheat Ridge HS (Wheat Ridge, CO)
  •     Northwest High School Team of the Year (Boys): Sacramento Jesuit HS (Carmichael, CA)
  •     Northwest High School Team of the Year (Girls): Jesuit HS (Portland, OR)
  •     Midwest High School Team of the Year (Boys): St. Thomas Aquinas HS (Overland Park, KS)
  •     Midwest High School Team of the Year (Girls): Cathedral HS (Indianapolis, IN)
  •     Metro High School Team of the Year (Boys): Newburgh Free Academy (Newburgh, NY)
  •     Metro High School Team of the Year (Girls): South Side HS (Rockville Centre, NY)
  •     Northeast High School Team of the Year (Boys): Champlain Valley Union (Hindesburg, VT)
  •     Northeast High School Team of the Year (Girls): LaSalle Academy (Providence, RI)
  •     Southeast High School Team of the Year (Boys): Jesuit HS (New Orleans, LA)
  •     Southeast High School Team of the Year (Girls): St. Pius X HS (Atlanta, GA)
  •     Great Lakes Region High School Team of the Year (Boys): Muskego HS (Muskego, WI)
  •     Great Lakes Region High School Team of the Year (Girls): Wayzata HS (Wayzata, MN)
  •     Midwest Metro High School Team of the Year (Boys): Lincoln HS (Gahanna, OH)
  •     Midwest Metro High School Team of the Year (Girls): Medina HS (Medina, OH)
  •     Mid-Atlantic High School Team of the Year (Boys): Greensboro Day School (Greensboro, NC)
  •     Mid-Atlantic High School Team of the Year (Girls): Downington West HS (Downington, PA)

Southwest High School Team of the Year (Boys) - La Cueva HS (Albuquerque, NM)
Led by forward Carson Baldinger, La Cueva won its second consecutive state title. Baldinger led the state in scoring two years in a row. La Cueva went 20-2-1 in 2009 and 42-4-1 over the past two seasons.

Southwest High School Team of the Year (Girls) - Wheat Ridge HS (Wheat Ridge, CO)
Wheat Ridge downed Valor Christian 2-1 in the final to close out a perfect 18-0 season. Elle Ossello’s goal in the 78th minute was the deciding goal. The Farmers outscored their opponents 16-2 in the playoffs.

Northwest High School Team of the Year (Boys) - Sacramento Jesuit HS (Carmichael, CA)
Jesuit's bid for a national No. 1 ranking ended with a shootout loss to rival Davis. During its 27-0-2 season, Jesuit pinned losses on Davis, New Mexico champion La Cueva and Oregon No. 2 team Jesuit.

Northwest High School Team of the Year (Girls) – Jesuit HS (Portland, OR)
In November 2009, EPSN ranked Jesuit's Women's Soccer Team number one among all women's programs nationwide after their 17-1-0 season, winning their 9th state title. The Crusaders coach Ken Skipper retired after the season with a 178-17-18 record.

Midwest High School Team of the Year (Boys) - St. Thomas Aquinas HS (Overland Park, KS) - Aquinas posted their seventh consecutive boys soccer state title and 13th overall. Most remarkably, though, this Saints team became the second in the storied history of the program to finish undefeated — a perfect 21-0 for the first time since 1994.

Midwest High School Team of the Year (Girls) – Cathedral HS (Indianapolis, IN)
The Fighting Irish won their second girls soccer state championship in three years as they defeated the Fort Wayne Snider Panthers, 2-0, on Halloween night at Kuntz Stadium. Cathedral finished the season 19-4-2.

Metro High School Team of the Year (Boys) - Newburgh Free Academy (Newburgh, NY) - The Goldbacks (19-1-2) rallied for two goals in the final 16 minutes to beat defending state champion Brentwood, 2-1, in the Class AA boys' soccer title match. NFA became the first Section 9 team from Orange County to win a state boys' soccer title.

Metro High School Team of the Year (Girls) - South Side HS (Rockville Centre, NY)
The Cyclones defeated Hauppauge 3-0 to win the Class A Long Island Championship – its 13th title in row. Jackie Nicholas scored two goals for South Side (15-0-2) and Mersina Onesto made two saves for her eighth shutout of the season.

Northeast High School Team of the Year (Boys) - Champlain Valley Union HS (Hindesburg, VT) - After a 2008 season in which it was eliminated in the quarterfinals, the Champlain Valley Union High boys soccer team reclaimed the Division 1 championship for the seventh time in eight years. The Redhawks surrendered just six goals all year.

Northeast High School Team of the Year (Girls) - LaSalle Academy (Providence, RI) - For the second consecutive year, and the seventh time in the past nine years, the La Salle Academy Girls Soccer team won the state championship. The Lady Rams produced 100 goals and surrendered only seven for the season.

Southeast High School Team of the Year (Boys) – Jesuit HS (New Orleans, LA) - The Blue Jays capped an undefeated season with a 3-1 state final victory over Captain Shreve. In doing so, Jesuit was twice honored as the number one team in the nation by ESPNrise.com as well as by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/ Adidas.

Southeast High School Team of the Year (Girls) - St. Pius X HS (Atlanta, GA) - The Golden Lions posted a 22-0 record en route to its fourth Georgia girls soccer state championship. St. Pius X tallied 147 goals for and surrendered just six. They were also honored as the NSCAA National Champions.

Great Lakes Region High School Team of the Year (Boys) – Muskego HS (Muskego, WI) - Senior forward Tyler Metcalf scored in the second overtime as Muskego beat Madison Memorial, 1-0, to win the school's first Division 1 state soccer championship. The Warriors (27-1-1) became the fourth team in state history to post three straight shutouts en route to a state title.

Great Lakes Region High School Team of the Year (Girls) – Wayzata HS (Wayzata, MN) - Wayzata (18-0-5) won the class AA state championship, its fifth title in 21 tournament appearances, against number-one nationally ranked Woodbury High School. The Trojans 2-1 victory in the final broke Woodbury’s 45-game winning streak dating back to 2007.

Midwest Metro High School Team of the Year (Boys) - Lincoln (Gahanna, OH) - Lincoln junior William Trapp connected on the 10th and final penalty kick to give the Lions a 4-3 shootout advantage, and with it a 1-0 victory, over Cleveland St. Ignatius in Ohio boys soccer state championship game. Lincoln (22-0-1) broke St. Ignatius’ 43-game unbeaten streak, which was just four shy of the all-time Ohio record.

Midwest Metro High School Team of the Year (Girls) - Medina (Medina, OH) - Fourth-ranked Medina erupted for four goals in a 29-minute span and held unranked Dublin Coffman to only two total shots to cruise to a 4-0 win in the Ohio girls soccer state championship. The Bees end their season having allowed only six goals in 24 games, including none in their final 12 outings en route to the state title, which is their second overall and first since 1997.

Mid-Atlantic High School Team of the Year (Boys) - Greensboro Day School (Greensboro, NC) - Greensboro Day School won its third boys NCISAA 3-A state soccer championship with a 3-1 win over #1 ranked Charlotte Latin. GDS finished the year with a 17-0-3 record, marking the first undefeated season for the Bengals, and their first state title since 2000.

Mid-Atlantic High School Team of the Year (Girls) - Downington West (Downington, PA) - Downingtown West (23-1-1) finished sixth in the ESPN Rise Fab 50 national rankings. In the state playoffs, West outscored their opponents 18-5. The Whippets did not allow a goal in the 5-0 lashing of State College in the semifinals and the 4-0 rout of Erie McDowell in the championship game.

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