By Mike DeFabo
Times West Virginian
East Fairmont enjoyed its best soccer season in program history, finishing just one win away from the state title.
Coaches around the area have taken notice.
The West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association honored East Fairmont’s Brett Metheny as the 2013 goalkeeper of the year after he recorded 12 shutouts this season. He’s joined on the first-team by fellow Bees Levi Perkins (24 goals, 4 assists), Colin Harvath (24 goals, 30 assists) and Ian Hayhurst (8 goals, 3 assists). East Fairmont’s Connor Fitz also got the honorable mention nod.
The team was lead by Fred Roman, who was also recognized with coach of the year honors.
“They recognized a good team this year. You can't be coach of the year without a great team around you,” Roman said. “I've preached all season that it’s not about the accolades that I get; it’s about what the team did. That continues to be my focus.”
While Roman deflected the praise to his team, Fairmont Senior coach Jim DeNardi said the coach deserves the honor.
“That’s the first time that they got a team to states, and you’ve got to give credit to a coach for that,” DeNardi
said. “They had a goal, and he got them there. The kids work hard, but you’ve got to give credit to the coach. They worked hard this year, and he deserved that.”
The first-teamers are joined by North Marion’s Dylan Leary, who scored more than a third of his team’s goals this season.
“He was vital,” North Marion coach Matt Gilpin said of his senior midfielder. “He controlled the center of the field and was a leader on and off the field.
“He was very mature and helped me in my transition as a coach. He was all-around our best player and our leader.”
Fairmont Senior’s Ryan Rosier and Jared Bartrug were also named to the all-state team, Rosier as second-team and Bartrug as honorable mention.
Though he was plagued by injuries, Rosier finished the season with three goals. Bartrug, meanwhile, led the Polar Bears with nine goals.
“(Jared) and Ryan put the team on their shoulders since they were the only two seniors,” DeNardi said. “Those guys had to lead by example and they did.”
Also earning All-State honors:
First Team: Daniel Troung (Linsly Academy), Austin Cordell (PikeView), Joey Trupo (Charleston Catholic), Phil Chafin (Notre Dame), Peter Keiser (Parkersburg Catholic), Chaz Rodeheaver (Robert C. Byrd), Josh Rawson (Sissonville), Dylan Romine (Tyler Consolidated), Joey Reese (Bridgeport), Anthony Cipollone (Charleston Catholic), Chris Petrucci (Notre Dame), Alex Hannah (Weir), Lucas Gocke (Charleston Catholic), Robert Felton (Linsly Academy), Alex Testerman (PikeView), Zack Smith (Sissonville).
Second Team: Chad Morrison (Notre Dame), Alex Kennison (Pocahontas County), JR Strickland (Sissonville), Matt Tenaglio (Weir), Fernando Porras (Bridgeport), Mason George (Linsly Academy), Seth Wood (PikeView), Dalton Gandee (Ravenswood), Garrett Wilkins (South Harrison), Griffen Moon (Bridgeport), Ian Duckworth (Grafton), Colin Riley (Linsly Academy), Garrett McCurty (Pocahontas County), Nate Schiefer (Ravenswood), Brandon Lafuci (Scott), Hunter White, (Sissonville), Philip Mallory (Charleston Catholic), Matthew Marrero (Grafton), Brian Shin (Parkersburg Catholic), Kevin Steele (Robert C. Byrd), Torin Walters (St. Joseph), Matt Zlatkind (Williamstown).
Honorable Mention: Trace Schooley (Grafton), Brett Strickland (Herbert Hoover), Nathan Heintzman (Tyler Consolidated), Devin Polen (Oak Glen), Cary Robertson (Pocahontas County), Nick Raby (Scott), Andy Minsker (Sissonville), Brian Conaty (St. Joseph), Thad Jamison (Charleston Catholic), Thomas Canterbury (Herbert Hoover), Joel Thaxton (Herbert Hoover), Jared Freshour (Liberty), Cullen Bennett (Oak Glen), Andrew Early (Parkersburg Catholic), Hunter Klein (PikeView), Michael Miller (Scott), Dillon Asbury (Sissonville), Vincent Mays (St. Joseph), Dylan Reynolds (Tyler Consolidated), Gearick Watt (Williamstown), Luke Cox (Bridgeport), Chris Bailey (Oak Glen), Tully Lynch-Pastoor (Parkersburg Catholic), Ben Bell (Philip Barbour), Stephen Simmons (Pocahontas Co), Pat Berry (Ravenswood), Nick Paitsel (Scott), Sam Gary (Sissonville), Matthew Karnes (St. Joseph), Matthew Goudy (Tyler Consolidated), Kristian Fuchs (Weir).
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