When Josh Reid got the ball this past spring about 30 or 40 yards from goal on the left wing, folks in the know perked up and took notice.
The South Pointe boys’ soccer player often finished those runs with a flourish, sliding a pass into the path of an onrushing teammate for an assist, or more often, unleashing a howitzer at goal. Reid, a senior who has signed to play at Queens University this fall, bagged 26 goals and assisted eight more, and is the Herald’s 2014 All-Area Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year.
There may have been a few local players that scored more than Reid this spring, but none that were the all-action player he was, capable of scoring or creating, the complete threat. None were more exciting than Reid when he launched on one of his jinking, juking sprints down the sideline.
“You can coach the technical side of the game and try and enhance their game, but you cannot teach speed,” said South Pointe coach David Parnell. “He has what we call an extra gear. He lulls you to sleep by running beside you and then when he’s beside you and he cuts with the ball or makes a move with the ball, he has another gear to get on past you.”
Well-fed thanks to the excellent midfield trio of Peyton Marion, Kyle Dix and Luke Snider, Reid had plenty of chances to bang in the goals for the Stallions.
“Midfield created and then Josh finished,” said Parnell. “We had other players to score, but the go-to guy was Josh.”
Reid was a crucial part of one of the best boys’ soccer seasons in South Pointe history, and probably the best at the 4A level. The fleet-footed winger scored the winner in a 2-1 comeback victory against Nation Ford, and also scored in the Stallions’ 3-2 win over Northwestern on April 1, their first win over the Trojans in school history. Reid also scored a pair when the Stallions came from behind in dramatic fashion to beat Wade Hampton 4-2 in the first round of the 4A state playoffs, the school’s first postseason win, and last for now, at the 4A level. Parnell also remembered mazy runs by Reid that resulted in goals during losses to Northwestern and Fort Mill.
“He’s level-headed, not just off the field, but on the field he’s calm under fire,” said Parnell.
Indian Land’s Adam Cole is the Herald’s 2014 All-Area Coach of the Year. The fact that the Warriors started seven sophomores in the 2A state championship loss to Academic Magnet speaks to the job Cole did in getting his team back to the final for the third straight season. A state title again eluded the Warriors, but with so many starters returning for the next two years, it’s hard to imagine them not breaking through.
Buddy Anderson, York; Benji Amezcua, York; Peyton Marion, South Pointe; Mikey Shahin, South Pointe; Mason Mullis, Indian Land; Will Hughes, Northwestern; Cody Jones, Northwestern; Nick Tourville, Nation Ford; Alex Clary, Rock Hill; Zach Lundy, Fort Mill; Bailey Bottini, Clover; Billy Angelou, Clover.