Awards season for soccer is upon us and three area players have been named to All-America teams by the National Soccer Coaches Association.
Downingtown West senior goalie Bobby Rosato was named to the 2009 NSCAA/adidas Boys High School All-America Team. Rosato set the Pennsylvania state record for career shutouts this season en route to leading the Whippets back to the state playoffs.
Classmate Steph Myers, a senior midfielder on the Downingtown West girls' team was named to the 2009 NSCAA/adidas Girls High School All-America Team. Myers was the leader on another state championship team. She will play collegiately at Villanova.
In addition, North Catholic keeper John McCarthy was named to the 2009 Scholar All-American Team. Here is more on McCarthy's award via a press release:
Falcon goalkeeper, John McCarthy, a 2009 All-Catholic and All-State honoree, has added to his hardware being named to the 2009 NATIONAL SOCCER COACHES ASSOCIATION SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICAN TEAM.
McCarthy, a four-year starter, led North to the 2008 Philadelphia Catholic League and City titles and has captained the squad for the past two seasons. He was the leading vote-getter in this year's All-Catholic balloting in the very difficult Red Division of the PCL. In addition to his duties with the soccer team, John also kicked and punted for the football team, and was instrumental in the Falcons win on Thanksgiving Day versus arch-rival Frankford.
John will be honored on Saturday, January 16, at the National Soccer Coaches Association Convention being held in Philadelphia.
Currently, John is a member of the Matchfit Chelsea Academy Team where he is their starting and number one keeper. Please join us in congratulating John and the entire extended McCarthy family on this special occasion.
Look out for The Inquirer's all-area teams, coaches and players of the year in the coming weeks.