Fort Mill Times

Martinez named to prep All-American team

Eric Martinez
Eric Martinez

Eric Martinez, a Fort Mill native and senior at Providence Day School, has been named to the 2008 National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American Team.

The team is comprised of the top soccer players from across the county and is one of the highest honors a high school soccer player can receive.

The team consists of 77 players, and Martinez, who has signed to play with the University of South Carolina next season, is one of only four players from the Carolinas and the only player selected from his region.

Joining Martinez on the elite team is Scott Goodwin from Broughton High School in Raleigh, N.C., and Enzo Martinez from Northwestern High School in Rock Hill.

Ben Newman from East Forsyth High in Kernersville, N.C., is one of only six players in the country to be named to the team for a second consecutive season.

"It would be pretty easy to be happy where I am right now, but my dream is to play professional soccer," Martinez said. "I know just being happy won't get me where I want to be."

The players named to the team will meet for a Jan. 17 luncheon in St. Louis and will be recognized for their outstanding achievements.

Martinez, a defenseman, is the second Charger to be named to the prestigious team joining Grant Porter, who starred at North Carolina. Porter was awarded All-American status following the 1999 season.

The next accomplishment that Martinez is a front runner for is the N.C. Player of the Year Award, which will be announced in January. Martinez should be high on the list, but could receive a challenge from Newman, the two-time All-American.