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It's a goal for EBHS Soccer

posted Nov 20, 2017, 2:47 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Nov 20, 2017, 2:47 PM ]
Brooks McGill was selected to the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Associations 2A All-State team. I have been selected as the NCSCA Regional Coach of the Year and I am a finalist for NCSCA 2A Coach Of the Year.

It is a great honor to be selected as the Regional Coach of the Year and to be a finalist for 2A Coach of the Year. It's hard to even begin to describe the feeling. To be select as RCOY was unbelievable. Our region is full of powerhouse programs and amazing coaches who I have looked up to for years.  When you think teams in our region you think of Wallace, Clinton, East Duplin, to name just a few.....  you think of their coaches Dr. Greybar, Brad Spell, Joey Jones....To be able to be mentioned with those extraordinary programs and talented coaches is something that's hard to describe.  I owe those coaches a lot as they all have taken time to share things here and there.  We all are extremely competitive but we talk a lot and want to see each other rise to the top.

These honors are something my guys earned.  They have put in the hard work and have transformed our program.  What they have done on and off the field are the reasons that I was given these awards. It's what they are doing that have put us in conversations and make it hard to look past us.

 Brooks was 1st Team Three Rivers Conference, Three Rivers Conference Player of the Year, North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association 1st Team All-Region, and today was honored as North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association All-State player. Brooks received All-Conference honors for the 4th year in a row, All-Region honors for the 3rd year in a row, but was his first time to be selected to the All-State team.

Brooks is the first player to be selected as Conference Player of the Year and was the second to be selected to the NCSCA All-State team. Izzy Evans was the other player recognized as All-State in 2011.

To have 11 guys honored for their conference play as well as the conference player of the year was something I couldn't have dreamed of. Then to have 8 players mentioned for NCSA All-Region and to have 5 to make the All-Region team is extraordinary.

Brooks McGill, Spencer Scott, Jake Evans, Greyson Heustess, and Pierce Melvin were the All-Region selections. Gabe Barber, Caleb Hatchell, and Ezequiel Arteaga were honorable mentions.

This was Brooks 3rd time being selected to the NCSCA All-Region team. Spencer made his 3 appearance on the All-Region Team, while Jake, Greyson, and Pierce were all first time All-Region award winners.

With the 5 NCSCA All-Region awards they almost double the amount of recipients from EB. Ian Maynard ('07), Corey Rogers ('07), Izzy Evans ('10-'12), Luke Suggs ('11), Matthew Massengill ('13-'14), Spencer Scott ('15-'17).

All are very deserving of those honors and I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to coach them. My guys worked hard and their hard work hasn't gone unnoticed.

This is another testament to the hard work these guys put in. It was one of most unbelievable seasons of soccer that I have ever been a part of.  The dominance and the skill set was something that years ago could only dream of.  Their commitment to getting better on and off the field has surly hasn't gone unnoticed. I am extremely proud of them and look forward to watching them continue to grow on and off the field.

We have had players make the All-Region team before but the most to be selected at a given time was 2.  To have 5 selected as All-Region is an amazing accomplishment. Wallace had 4 selected, Clinton had 5 selected and East Duplin 6 selected.... to be in the conversation with those schools is a great honor. It also is proof that we are doing something right here at East Bladen and our program is growing.

Our program is young (will celebrate 20 years of soccer next Fall) but our players and their efforts have put our name in conversations with some soccer powerhouses across our region and the state.

To compare this season with last season tells the story of just how much work they put in during the offseason. The guys went 21-2 while scoring 144 goals and conceding only 14. 144 goals was 5th best in all classifications in NC and 7th best in the country. 14 conceded was best for all classifications in NC and 27th best in the country. Both set school records for goals scored as well as conceded. Also school record for shutouts in a season with 15. We had 6 players score in double digits, 15 players to score at least 1 goal, 7 players to record double digit assists, and 16 to record at least 1 assist. Those numbers are hard to even believe.

Brooks was deserving of the player of the year honor.  He led the conference in points (103), goals (32), and assists (39).  He was a game changer and commanded the attention of multiple defenders or being man-marked during our games.  Just as his goal scoring was a great attribute so was his ability to read the game.  Brooks was able to find the open guy and was a key part to our attacking generating 144 goals on the season.

I'm very proud of Brooks for his accomplishments this year. He has had one heck of a senior year. From breaking the school career scoring record, earning Wilmington Star News Player of the week, 1st Team all-conference, and now conference player of the year.... he has achieved a lot this year. I recently spoke with him about some other accomplishments and awards he has received and he was excited about them. However, he was most excited about brining a conference championship to EB and being able to share such a special year with his teammates.

Jacob Barber received the United Soccer Coaches (formly named national soccer coaches association) Senior Excellence Award.

The award is awarded to those for exceptional contributions to the team while exemplifying the finest attributes of a high school student-athlete.

Jacob just finished his senior year season at East Bladen. He has been a 4 year member of the varsity soccer team. He was a captain as a junior and as a senior leading his teams to a 36-8-1 record over the last two seasons. He has also been instrumental in fundraising efforts, off-season workouts, and other community projects such as the Optimist Christmas Tree Sales, the Optimist BBQ sale, and also helping coach Recreation and middle school soccer teams.

Jacob is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, as well as Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Jacob is a leader of theses groups as does all this while also being top ranked in his class.

It is an honor and privilege to be able to present this award to Jacob. Jacob is the ideal representative for East Bladen soccer as well as east Bladen High School. This is a young man who always does the right thing and gives it his very best. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to coach Jacob. He has made me a better coach as well as a person. Jacob has given a lot to our soccer program and words will never describe what he has meant to this program. This is the first time a soccer player has been recognized for this award at East Bladen.