Monday, April 2, 2012
Soccer Rewind: Last week's top stories
By Sheldon Shealer
ESPNHS takes a look back at the top storylines from last week, which included several key spring match-ups and a verbal commitment from a top Class of 2013 prospect.
5. Eye-Popping Results: Christian Academy of Knoxville (Knoxville, Tenn.), a preseason POWERADE FAB 50 spring team, started its season last week and the results were worth a double-take. CAK won its opener 11-0 and followed that up with a 13-0 victory. Fortunately, CAK’s schedule gets ramped up this week as it faces Knoxville Catholic (Knoxville, Tenn.), which enters the Monday meeting at 10-0.
4. Battle of Undefeateds: Cardinal Newman (Columbia, S.C.) and South Aiken (Aiken, S.C.) clashed last week in a battle of undefeated POWERADE FAB 50 top 20 teams. Cardinal Newman emerged with a 3-2 victory, a result that will move Cardinal Newman into the top 10.
3. No. 1 Showdown: Seldom do No. 1 teams from neighboring states meet, but last week the top-ranked, undefeated squads in Tennessee and Arkansas went head-to-head when Catholic (Little Rock, Ark.) traveled to Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.). Chris Gardea, Andrew McKeever and Nicholas Pietrangelo scored goals, leading Christian Brothers to a 3-0 victory.
2. Getting Richer: North Carolina’s men’s soccer team won the NCAA Division I title this past fall. The Tar Heels signed one of the strongest classes in the nation this past spring. Now, it appears North Carolina is loading up again in the Class of 2013. Just this past week, New Jersey standout Ethan Decker verbally committed to the Tar Heels. The Class of 2013 prospect has been called into a training session with the U.S. Under-20 National Team.
1. Repeat Performance: For the second straight meeting, Jefferson Forest (Forest, Va.) upended Blacksburg (Va.) -- this time 1-0 in the final of the High Peak Soccer Classic. Last year, Jefferson Forest completed a perfect season with a win over Blacksburg in the Group AA state final. This time around, Blacksburg outshot Jefferson Forest by a considerable margin but Jefferson Forest keeper Jeremy Lee, who has committed to Liberty University, came up with 16 saves in the victory.