On Wednesday of this week, 2015 Montverde Academy graduates Zack Waitman, and an incoming freshman defender on the University of Central Florida Men’s Soccer team, Jabari Newton who will be playing for Memphis University, and Matheus Silva, who recently signed with the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer (MLS), were all selected to the TopDrawerSoccer 2014-2015 Winter High School All-America team! Matheus Silva also received TopDrawerSoccer Player of the year. All three recent graduates were also selected to the TDS FLORIDA-NORTH ( the I-4 region and north, and extending east to include the Space Coast region) REGION ALL-STAR Teams. Both Waitman and Newton are from South Lake County, Florida, and studied and developed as student athletes at Montverde Academy. Coach Potempa, as a MVA Middle-school teacher, taught the two Eagle soccer stars in 2010 when they began attending MVA as 7th graders. For additional information on the TDS selections, please visit the following link: Top Drawer Soccer Winter High School All-Americans.
For a full list of all boys and girls soccer players selected to both the first and second team spots of 2014-2015 TDS All-American teams, please view the following article, “HS: TDS releases its All-America teams” written by Sheldon Shealer. In the article, Shealer wrote, “California and Texas tend to dominate the high school team rankings, but when it comes to individuals, Florida trumps them both. Of course, one school — Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) — on the boys side helps tip the scales. On the boys and girls first- and second teams, Florida accounted for 18 of the 48 selections. California was next with 14, followed by Texas with 10.”
Montverde Academy Boys’ Varsity Soccer team defeated Coppell High School, of Coppell, Texas, 1-0 in the Championship game to win the 4th annual Montverde academy Soccer Tournament (MAST). MVA Boys’ Varsity Soccer Eagles (23-0-0 this season) finished their season ranked #1 in the United States by Top Drawer Soccer.com, and continued the nation’s longest-ever high-school winter soccer winning streak (Year 1: 26-0-1, Year 2: 23-0-4, Year 3: 25-0-1, Year 4: 23-0-1) – that includes 117 victories(117-0-7) under fourth-year MVA Head-Coach/SIMA Director Mike Potempa.