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All-Midstate boys soccer team


1:00 AM, Jun. 13, 2013 EDT

Franklin's Brad Ross, top, is The Tennessean 2013 boys soccer player of the year. / Jae S. Lee / The Tennessean

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

BRAD ROSS

Defender

Franklin, Jr.

Why chosen: The District 11-AAA player of the year led Franklin to 12 shutouts as the Rebels allowed only nine goals in 20 games. The center back scored four goals and had one assist for the Class AAA champion.

College: Charlotte, East Tennessee State and Brown have shown interest.

Quote: "Parker (Lamb) was just solid in goal, and Alec Oldham played great when he stepped in. We just had that connection and chemistry that the back four needed. It took us about five minutes sometimes to get going, but once that five minutes came in we were definitely hard to beat "

Family: Father, Scott and mother, Heather. Brother, Andrew, 19. Pet Basset Hounds, Oscar and Caesar.

What's on your iPod? "Upbeat music, I guess. Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Imagine Dragons."

Best high school sports moment: "Oh, for sure winning the state championship with those teammates. That was awesome. It was a great group of guys, and we had that goal at the beginning of the year to go as far as possible and win that state championship."

Favorite athlete: Leo Messi, an attacker for Barcelona.

Favorite food: Italian pasta.

Least favorite part of soccer practice: "Small-sided games that are really boring for a really long time. I also don't like playing possession that much."

On Twitter: @Brad5Ross.

Athletic background: "When I was younger I kind of dabbled in a few sports like tennis, baseball, basketball. But I've been playing soccer since I was 3, and that's always been the main focus of my time."

Summer plans: "I have a job at the Hillwood Country Club golf course right now, and that kind of takes up a lot of time. I'm on the grounds crew. But hanging out with friends definitely at night. I'm going to Brown's ... camp for soccer."

FIRST TEAM

MATT CHURITCH

GK, Brentwood, Sr.

Why chosen: The Clemson signee posted eight shutouts and allowed 13 goals for a 0.7 average.

ALLISTER BERGER

F, Franklin, Jr.

Why chosen: The District 11-AAA co-offensive MVP had 14 goals and had six assists for the state champions.

TREY GILL

F, MBA, Sr.

Why chosen: The Gatorade Tennessee player of the year and South Carolina signee had 12 goals and six assists.

DEREK KNOTTS

F, Smyrna, Sr.

Why chosen: The District 7-AAA MVP posted 28 goals and 12 assists for the Bulldogs.

JOSH RUSSELL

MF, CPA, Sr.

Why chosen: The Lipscomb signee and District 9-A/AA MVP had 24 goals and five assists.

AUSTIN THOMAS

MF, White House, Sr.

Why chosen: The District 10-A/AA co-MVP posted 22 goals and 18 assists for the Blue Devils.

JOSEPH EARL

MF, Hendersonville, Sr.

Why chosen: The District 9-AAA co-MVP posted eight goals and four assists for the Commandos.

BEN NORRIS

MF, Franklin, Sr.

Why chosen: The Marshall signee helped anchor the state-champion Rebels' defense.

LUKE STREBEL

D, Father Ryan, Jr.

Why chosen: Helped Ryan post eight shutouts and scored the winning goal from 54 yards out in the Division II-AA final.

HENRY LYNCH

D, MBA, Sr.

Why chosen: The Centre College signee anchored an MBA defense that allowed four goals in 16 games.

SECOND TEAM

GK: Paxton Mitchell, Blackman, Sr.

F: Yaseen Dheyauldeen, Overton, Sr.

F: Blake Chidester, Brentwood, Sr.

F: Christian Rivera, La Vergne, Sr.

MF: Josh Edmondson, Father Ryan, Sr.

MF: James Togbah, Beech, Sr.

MF: Evan Beiter, USN, Sr.

MF: Ty Patterson, Ravenwood, Sr.

D: Zach Keller, Centennial, Jr.

D: Nick Durbin, Independence, Sr.

D: Cade Brashear, Station Camp, Sr.

RECENT PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

2012: Matt England, Brentwood

2011: Wil Linder, Ravenwood

2010: Ryan Bristol, Centennial

2009: Alex Tummons, Hendersonville

2008: Danny Rayburn, Brentwood

COACH OF THE YEAR

MIKE BURGOYNE

Why chosen: The first-year coach led Franklin (18-0-2) to its first Class AAA boys title. Division II-AA champion Father Ryan was the only team that scored more than one goal against the Rebels (2-2 on April 9).

Quote: "It truly is amazing that (our guys) only allowed nine goals the whole season, especially in the postseason when they went on a run when they didn't allow many goals. What was more impressive is they just did not allow many chances. There were a lot of times where our goalkeepers weren't tested. "

 

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