Pinellas: All-county boys soccer

Boys soccer

Ben Sweat, PHU

Year/position: Jr., midfielder

Why we picked him: Sweat (13 goals, nine assists) did it all for the state champs: creating, scoring, defending, controlling play. Said coach Alex Delgado: "If you took Ben out of our lineup, we wouldn't have won a state title."

Most impressive accomplishment: Sweat saved his best for the postseason, scoring in three of the five playoff games, including a brilliant winner in the region final against Seminole.

Did you know? Ben's older brother Jamison played soccer at PHU as a sophomore and junior before transferring to Dunedin his senior year and winning a state championship on the Falcons baseball team.

First team

F Stephen Spanos, Sr., Shorecrest: Scored 49 goals this season

F Matthew Tobin, Sr., PHU: Leading scorer (15 goals) for state champion Hurricanes

M Greg Crowell, Sr., Countryside: Division I prospect led Cougars in scoring and was a key defender

M Hamza Elotmani, Jr., Lakewood: Moroccan-born attacking midfielder helped Spartans make PCAC championship for the first time

M Josh Gonzalez, Sr., East Lake: Engineered an Eagles attack that averaged slightly fewer than three goals a game

M Korey Veeder, So., Dixie Hollins: Voted Rebels MVP after scoring 17 goals and assisting on five others

M Shane Wixted, Jr., Seminole: Warhawks' leading scorer lived up to his unlimited potential during playoff run to region final

D Gary Bajkowski, Sr., Dunedin: Four-year starter cleaned up the middle for the defense

D Matthew Kimball, Jr., East Lake: Anchored an Eagles defense that gave up only nine goals in 25 games

D Sam Venker, Sr., PHU: Hurricanes surrendered only one goal in playoffs, and Venker was a big reason.

GK David Kirkbride, Sr., East Lake: 0.44 goals-against average means opponents scored once every two games. Maybe. Had 14 shutouts.

Coach of the year:

Alex Delgado, Palm Harbor U. As a player, it took Delgado three years to win a state title. As a coach, it took only two.

Second team

F Nicholas Patterson, Jr., East Lake

F Adam Skonicki, Sr., St. Petersburg Catholic

M Troy Cobb, Jr., Seminole

M Joe Gratt, Sr., Countryside

M Sean Rafferty, Jr., Seminole

M Ryan Rivera, Sr., St. Petersburg

M Andrew Smith, Sr., PHU

D Casey Crawford, Sr., Seminole

D Carrington Hogan, Jr., Dunedin

D Sam Stein, Sr., PHU

GK Max Gallin, Sr., PHU

Honorable mention

Clearwater: Nikolai Hammer, Zack Shriver, Jacob Wiley; Clearwater Central Catholic: Chris Dris, Brian McArdle; Countryside: Grant Edick, Hunter Maricle; Dixie Hollins: Robert Deins, Joshua Stoll; Dunedin: T.J. Day, Andrew Hindman; East Lake: Juan Alcala, Brett Hummel, Brent Merrick; Indian Rocks Chr.: Brice Nardozzi, Jonny Sitton; Lakewood: Troy Matthews, Tarik Salkicic, Max Thuriere; Largo: Jordan Berglund; Northeast: Lukasz Chrzastek, Imad Hadabah; Northside Chr.: Seth Rogers; Osceola: Billy Locy, Mohrey Ware; PHU: P.J. McDonald, Jeremy Paul, Robert Sennabaum; Seminole: Maurice Lelii, James Marshall, Christian McHale, Bruno Sinibaldi; Shorecrest: Toms Bernhards-Callahan, Alistair Flynn, Chris Partenheimer, Rheese Wiltshire; St. Petersburg: Matt Kepto, Ryan Poole; St. Petersburg Catholic: Nick Jones; Tarpon Springs: Drew Kier, Wesley Charpie

Pinellas: All-county boys soccer 03/21/09 [Last modified: Monday, March 23, 2009 10:31am]

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