KR’s Coleman named top player in 3A boys soccer
File Photo/Greg VanNostrand
Kettle Run Coach Phillip Roper and sophomore midfielder Kevin Coleman named Monday top coach and player for 2015 in 3A boys soccer. Roper has been the only coach in the team's six-year history and the Cougars brought home the school's first state athletic title winning a 2-1 game over Blacksburg Saturday night at Liberty University in Lynchburg.
Kevin Coleman’s play last weekend says a lot why the Kettle Run midfielder received the 3A boys soccer player of the year Monday.
File Photo/Chuck Jackson
Kevin Coleman, named Monday the 3A player of the year, scored 12 goals this season including this one that gave Kettle Run the regional title June 5.
Veteran Coach Philip Roper earned coach of the year honors from his peers after guiding Kettle Run boys soccer team to state championship Saturday night in Lynchburg.
Kevin is extremely humble. For most young kids that experience as much success as him, it's easy to become cocky and arrogant. He is neither of those things. He is a great individual on and off the field. I think that's why he will continue to improve and be a great player.
— Kettle Run boys soccer Coach Philip Roper
Friday the sophomore jumped over a Christiansburg goalie to pass a ball to Jed Dalton who had the better shot for the go-ahead goal.
87 seconds later Coleman took a shot himself to give the Cougars a 3-1 lead in the 3A state semifinal game played in Lynchburg.
Saturday in the state championship the midfielder had a foot in both Cougar goals that gave his team a 2-1 win over Blacksburg.
Coleman finished the season scoring 12 goals and assisting on another 16.
The final statistic sets him apart from his peers.
“Kevin is extremely humble,” Kettle Run head soccer Coach Philip Roper said. “For most young kids that experience as much success as him, it's easy to become cocky and arrogant.
“He is neither of those things. He is a great individual on and off the field. I think that's why he will continue to improve and be a great player."
Three teammates also earned first team all-state honors: forward Reece Cooke, midfielder Garrett Magill and defender Daniel Morgan.
Cooke, a sophomore, got credit for Saturday’s game-winning goal with 52 seconds left in the game.
Cooke finished the season with 21 goals and 12 assists with four of the goals and seven assists coming in post-season play.
Seniors Magill and Morgan played key components for the 19-1-1 team.
Magill scored seven goals and contributed seven assists and Morgan had one goal and two assists.
Two other Cougar players earned second-team honors: junior defender Austin Briles and forward Jed Dalton.
Coach Roper picked up the 3A state coach of the year award from the Virginia High School Coaches Association.
"Well deserved," Kettle Run Activities Director Paul Frye said. "(Phil) works hard and does things the right way."
Coach Roper felt humbled too.
“I have been fortunate to get a chance to coach one of the best group of kids a coach could ask for,” Coach Roper said. “It makes me love my job that much more. I am greatly appreciative of the honor.”
According to Virginia High School League Information and Communications Specialist Mike McCall, the pool of players selected for all-state honors came from first-team all-region teams.
“Each all-state selection committee is composed of eight soccer coaches (four each from 3A East and West regions) and one athletic directors/directors of student activities from each region,” Mr. McCall said.
3A boys all-state soccer teams
Shane Mecham, senior
Reece Cooke, sophomore
Bailey McClure, junior
Christian Resendiz, senior
Jordan Boone, junior
Kevin Coleman. Sophomore
Garrett Magill, senior
Teig Lesko, senior
Reeves Trott, junior
Max Poelker, junior
Daniel Morgan, senior
Austin Prosser, senior
Gavin Homan, junior
Denzel Speed, senior
Christian Atwell, sophomore
Jacob Reimers, sophomore
Player of the year
Coach of the year
Khari Jones, junior
Jed Dalton, junior
Jason Eckenrode, junior
Skyler Mattox, junior
Ely Spencer, junior
Dan Friedberg, senior
Ryan Hepburn, senior
Leo Cruz, junior
Will Donohoe, senior
Ahamed Abdelnabi, senior
Austin Briles, junior
Ross Rudzinsky, senior
Paxton Daniels junior
Aaron VanRavestein, junior
Nikito Vazquez, senior
Alex Sullivan, junior
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