Commentary

Defenders earn top honors

Updated: October 26, 2009, 5:35 PM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

Minnesota is getting defensive about soccer.

[+] EnlargePaul Yonga
Sheldon ShealerPaul Yonga scored 22 goals with 23 assists as a junior and now he has been named Class A Mr. Soccer for his senior season.
In fact, three of its four coaches-selected players of the year, dubbed Mr. and Miss Soccer in each classification, play defending roles.

Florida State commit Kassey Kallman who has helped Woodbury (Minn.) to a 19-0-1 season and a FAB 50 No. 1 ranking was named Class AA Miss Soccer. Goalkeeper Maddie Jobe of Benilde-St. Margaret's (St. Louis Park, Minn.) earned the honors for Class A.

In boys' soccer, Bijan Jibari, a defender for undefeated and FAB 50-ranked Apple Valley (Minn.), was named Class AA Mr. Soccer. Paul Yonga of Totino-Grace (Fridley, Minn.) won the Class A Mr. Soccer honor.

END OF THE ROAD: It was not the first goal that upset the Hurricane (W.Va.) boys' soccer team, it was the second  and with went the dreams of a state title.

Hurricane's 20-match shutout streak ended when it allowed a goal by Huntington (W.Va.) late in the first half, but Huntington's overtime score ended the perfect season in a 2-1 playoff decision.

Hurricane ends the year at 20-1-0. The team's official shutout run stood at 20 full matches and 1,637 minutes. Both are good enough for fifth all time. Earlier this season, Rockhurst Jesuit (Kansas City, Mo.) had a 21-match shutout steak ended.

MORE CHAMPS: A pair of Boise schools swept the large-school state titles as Idaho wrapped up fall soccer play this past week.

Murphy Olmstead scored in the final minute to carry Centennial (Boise, Idaho) to a 1-0 victory over Borah (Boise, Idaho) in the boys' 5A final for the program's third title in six seasons. Jessica Oakes and Sam Cordum each had a goal and one assist as Boise (Idaho) ralled for a 4-2 win over Rocky Mountain Academy (Bonners Ferry, Idaho) in the girls 5A final.

Sandpoint (Idaho) swept the 4A titles, winning the boys' crown 2-1 over Bonneville (Idaho Falls, Idaho) while the girls posted a 7-2 victory over Kuna (Idaho). In the 3A finals, Gooding (Idaho) edged Teton (Driggs, Idaho) for the boys' crown and Payette (Idaho) used the shootout to edge Fruitland (Idaho) following a 2-2 draw in the girls' final.