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.
• Luke Snider, South Pointe, another cog in South Pointe’s success, senior midfielder Snider will play in the North-South All-Star game. He scored 18 goals this spring and assisted four more, and will join Reid on the soccer team at Queens this fall.
• Austin Cassidy, Fort Mill, All-State senior striker blasted in 34 goals for the Yellow Jackets and was named the region’s Player of the Year. Cassidy is also a North-South All-Star and plans to walk on to the Clemson soccer team.
• Jonathan Cutrone, Fort Mill, senior midfielder signed with Winthrop scored 13 goals and assisted 12 more as the Yellow Jackets’ primary play-maker. Cutrone will play in the Clash of the Carolinas All-Star game and was an All-Region selection.
• Garrett Gerdes, Indian Land, tall sophomore midfielder made All-State and was Region 4-2A Player of the Year. Gerdes scored 15 goals and assisted on 14 to help the Warriors to the 2A state championship game.
• Jake Barton, Indian Land, senior keeper made All-Region and All-State, while keeping 12 shutouts. One of the Warriors’ team captains, Barton even scored a goal this spring.
• Julian Welborn, Northwestern, rugged All-State senior forward threw himself about en route to 20 goals, six assists and an All-Region selection. Welborn was also picked for the Clash of the Carolinas All-Star contest.
• Manny Lozano, Northwestern, senior defender scored once and added four assists during All-Region campaign. Lozano’s long throw-ins were also an offensive weapon for the Trojans. He will play soccer at Queens University starting this fall.
• Bailey Woolley, Northwestern, All-State junior midfielder scored 13 goals for the Trojans this spring, including five game-winners. Woolley, an All-Region pick, added three assists.
Second team• Pierce Sutton, Clover, senior defensive midfielder and captain helped the Blue Eagles to six shutouts in region play and 10 for the season.
• Fernando Alpizar-Ramos, Clover, All-Region junior midfielder scored six goals and assisted five for Graham Stafford’s team.
• Kyle Dix, South Pointe, utility All-Region midfielder scored 11 goals and assisted nine. Dix is signed with Spartanburg Methodist College to play this fall and was also named to the Clash of the Carolinas All-Star game.
• Mason Strohl, Fort Mill, another one of the area’s Queens University commitments, Strohl was an All-Region performer on the wing for Fort Mill, either in defense or midfield. Strohl scored seven goals and assisted nine.
• Calvin Blaschke, Fort Mill, All-Region senior defender will play at Coker this fall. Blaschke was a key cog in the Yellow Jackets’ back line.
• Randall Phillips, Fort Mill, an equally important part of the Fort Mill defense, Phillips allowed 0.79 goals per game as a junior.
• Jordan Szustwal, Indian Land, junior All-Region forward led the Warriors with 25 goals and added 13 assists.
• Matthew Medlock, Indian Land, All-State sophomore defender contributed to 12 Warrior shutouts and also scored two goals and assisted four.
• Erwin Salazar, Northwestern, tricky left-sided midfielder scored 11 goals and added nine assists as an All-Region junior for the Trojans.
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.