Christina Brady and Terry McCormick each received the Jose Alvarez Award on Thursday as recognition by the Hillsborough County high school coaches as top female and male soccer players of the year.
McCormick, a three-time FACA first-team all-state selection, has played his last game of organized soccer. He signed an athletic scholarship to play baseball at Georgia Tech and will not play soccer. He is the second Jesuit player to receive the award.
Brady, also a two-sport athlete, has signed an athletic scholarship with the University of Florida to play soccer and run track. She won the Ben Walker Award last fall as the most outstanding female cross-country athlete. She is the first Plant City player to win the award.
She played part of the season at sweeper and part at forward midfield. She preferred the midfield position where she had more opportunities to score.
"It is a real honor to be selected by the coaches of the county for this award," Brady said. "I was aware of the the Jose Alvarez Award, because last year's winner Emily Janns was on my club team (Town 'N Country Heather). But I never thought I would be selected. I will miss my teammates and coach at Plant City, but I look forward to playing at Florida."
"I feel fortunate to have coached her in this my first year at Plant City," Raiders coach Marissa Cervi said. "She has incredible speed, is very versatile and is always a threat to other teams. She was our field general in games. She preferred the midfield where she scored about 29 goals and had 18 assists."
McCormick scored 20 goals and had 14 assists last season and has 65 career goals with the Tigers. He scored a hat trick in the title match while guiding Jesuit to the state championship last month.
"It is a very special honor to be selected as the player of the year in Hillsborough County by the coaches," McCormick said. "I will miss the feeling of the rush of adrenalin before a big soccer match. I don't get that with baseball. But my soccer career is over. I came out to play in high school because I thought it would be a fun game. It always was and I will miss that. But now it is baseball and working for a chemical engineering degree."
"Terry will be impossible to replace, because he is a natural scorer," Jesuit coach Bob Bauman said. "Even with two and three defenders all around him he created ways to score. I don't know if anyone else has scored a hat trick in a state championship match."