Ten area standouts on rosters for soccer

The Prattville boys and the Montgomery Academy girls were among the area's most successful soccer teams this past season.

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By Adam Bagni

The Prattville boys and the Montgomery Academy girls were among the area's most successful soccer teams this past season.

Both teams will be represented at today's All-Star Sports Week soccer games in Huntsville. The two schools account for seven of the 10 tri-county soccer players in today's game.

The girls game will be at 5 p.m. and the boys game is scheduled to follow at 7. Both games will be played at John Hunt Park.

Class 6A state runner-up Prattville placed three players on the South boys squad. Keeper Justin Marshall leads the trio. A Division I prospect, Marshall is drawing a lot of interest, according to Prattville coach Rob Mitchell.

"Justin has been our keeper since his freshman season," Mitchell said. "He's had more than 15 shutouts every year. To do that is a major accomplishment."

Marshall is joined by Prattville defender Kyle Cannon and midfielder Will Warren.

"Justin and Kyle were both captains," Mitchell said. "Kyle is utility player for us, he's solid on defense and he can play in the midfield too.This was Will's second year on varsity and he was a good player for us.

"This is a huge honor for them (and the program). It's a big honor to get one or two players on the team. Three is huge."

Trinity's Alex Adams is the fourth local player on the team. Adams helped the Wildcats post a 14-8-1 record. Trinity fell to Houston Academy in the first round of the 1A-4A playoffs.

The Montgomery Academy girls (21-2) had a dominating season until a slip-up in the 1A-4A quarterfinals. The Eagles have four players in today's game.

"All four of them deserve it," MA coach Wulf Koch said. "It's a reward for all of the sweat they poured into this season. I think it says something that this is open to (just rising seniors) and all four of ours made it.Three of our four defenders made it, and the fourth defender was a freshman."

MA keeper Carrie McCann is joined by MA defenders Malone Walker, Mary Hendon DeBray and Lesley Shinbaum.

Koch said each of the four players made an impact on the Eagles' season and have made strides as soccer players during the past couple of years.

"They've come a long way," Koch said. "When Malone started, she lacked confidence. Now she is one of the team leaders. When you look at Carrie now as compared to when she started three years ago, there is no comparison.

"Mary Hendon has become a vocal leader who takes it personally if someone beats her on defense, and Lesley is a good athlete who has learned a lot and done a very good job for us."

Trinity keeper Mary Grayson Nix and forward Meagan Dunn round out the local players. Nix and Dunn helped guide Trinity to a berth in the 1A-4A quarterfinals.

"It says something about soccer in the Montgomery area when you have this many girls from the area going," Koch said.

Robert E. Lee's Kathy Elff will serve as one of the girls coaches.

Courtesy: http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080715/SPORTS03/807150325/1020

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