TopDrawerSoccer.com has selected Montverde Academy’s Boys’ Varsity Soccer team as the #1 SIMA FAB 50 Winter Pre-Season High School Soccer team in the United States: “Montverde Academy starts the 2015-16 high school season with a 117-match undefeated streak, which includes No. 1 SIMA FAB 50 finishes four of the past five seasons (No. 2 the other year). Such dominance makes Montverde an easy choice at No. 1 this season as it aims for a fourth straight national title…Results from the Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament, the Lotto Sport Western Showcase Boys’ Soccer Tournament, the Southern California High School Classic and a couple early season events in Texas will play important roles in shaping the boys soccer rankings.” Read the entire article HERE.
Mr. Brad Long, Montverde Academy Business Manager and 2016 MAST Director, has confirmed the eight-team field for Montverde Academy’s 5th annual high-school soccer tournament (listed below). This year’s MAST Participants combined for a 167-17-16 record last year – that led to a national title and four separate state championships. The 2016 MAST will be held January 14-16, 2016, on Montverde Academy’s athletic fields. MVA Boys’ Varsity Soccer Eagles are currently 8-0-0 this season. Last season, they were 23-0-0 and completed their season ranked #1 in the United States by Top Drawer Soccer.com. According to TopDrawerSoccer.com, “Chandler (Chandler, Ariz.), Gulliver Prep (Miami, Fla.), Cathedral (Los Angeles, Calif.) and St. Paul’s (Covington, Calif.) are coming off state title-winning seasons. Sam Houston (Arlington, Texas) was a Texas 5A state semifinalist. Perennial Florida title contenders Melbourne (Melbourne, Fla.) and Tampa Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) round out what is the strongest field ever for the three-day showcase.” * Seven of the eight teams in this year’s MAST are ranked in the SIMA FAB 50 preseason rankings.
Below are 2016 MAST team participant list/preseason capsules as reported from TopDrawerSoccer.com:
CHANDLER (Chandler, Arizona)
2015-16 SIMA Winter FAB 50 Preseason Rank: NR | 2014-15 SIMA Winter FAB 50 Final Rank: 13
Coach: Sasha Hunter, 5th season (53-17-3)
2014-15 Record: 17-1-3 [Division I state champion]
Returning Starters: 2
Key Players: M Elton Loza. Jr. (3 goals, 6 assists in 2014-15); M Keyvan Cortes (2 assists); GK Cesar Castro, Sr. (.82 GAA); F/M Daniel Corona, So. (9 goals, 4 assists).
GULLIVER PREP (Miami, Florida)
2015-16 SIMA Winter FAB 50 Preseason Rank: 12 | 2014-15 SIMA Winter FAB 50 Final Rank: 8
Coach: Matias Asorey, 7th season (102-8-8)
2014-15 Record: 18-2 [Class 2A state champion]
Returning Starters: 1
Key Players: GK Gabriel Meler, Jr.; D Santigo Burgos, Jr.; M Cesar Roman, Sr.; F Lucas Massolo, So.; Truman Gelnovatch, So.
CATHEDRAL (Los Angeles, California)
2015-16 SIMA Winter FAB 50 Preseason Rank: 7 | 2014-15 SIMA Winter FAB 50 Final Rank: 7
Coach: Art and Sal Lopez
2014-15 Record: 26-2-4 [CIF-SS Division III champion; SCR champion]
Returning Starters: 5
Key Players: M/F Max Valdivia, Sr.; M/D Edwin Vasquez, Sr.; F/M Luis Campos, Sr. (11 goals, 5 assists in 2014-15), F/M Manuel Garcia, Jr. (5 assists in 2015 playoffs), D/M Michael Flota, Jr.; M Irving Arvizu, Jr.; GK Derrick Garcia, Jr.
MELBOURNE (Melbourne, Florida)
2015-16 SIMA Winter FAB 50 Preseason Rank: 35 | 2014-15 SIMA Winter FAB 50 Final Rank: NR
Coach: Jerry McCabe, 28 years (538-119-59)
2014-15 Record: 18-6-2 [Region finalist]
Returning Starters: 6
Key Players: D Owen Tworkowski, Sr. (9 goals, 12 assists in 2014-15); M Duwan Eguez, Sr.; D Zach Harrison, Sr.; D Kevin Corbeel, Jr.; D Kyle Ferguson, So.; F Austyn Brinkley, Sr. (12 goals, 9 assists); D Cole Smith, Jr.; M Giovanni Ottomanelli, Sr. (10 goals, 6 assists).
2015-16 SIMA Winter FAB 50 Preseason Rank: 1 | 2014-15 SIMA Winter FAB 50 Final Rank: 1
Coach: Mike Potempa, 6th season (110-0-7)
2014-15 Record: 21-0 [SIMA FAB 50 national champion]
Returning Starters: 3
Key Players: M Bruno Lapa, Sr.; M Esteban Calvo, Sr.; D Justin Malo, Jr.; F Kizza Edward, Jr.; F Biska Biyombo, Sr.; M Leonardo Novaes, Sr.; M Caua Soares, Jr.; D Max Friederich, Jr.; GK Chase Vosvick, Jr.
ST. PAUL’S (Covington, Louisiana)
2015-16 SIMA Winter FAB 50 Preseason Rank: 24 | 2014-15 SIMA Winter FAB 50 Final Rank: 9
Coach: Sean Moser, 7th season (167-15-7)
2014-15 Record: 30-0-3 [Louisiana Division I state champion]
Returning Starters: 3
Key Players: Colin Ross, Sr.; Michael Boudreaux, Sr.; Austin Wiles, Sr.
SAM HOUSTON (Arlington, Texas)
2015-16 SIMA Winter FAB 50 Preseason Rank: 2 | 2014-15 SIMA Winter FAB 50 Final Rank: 4
Coach: Joey Rodriguez, 8th season (101-29-23)
2014-15 Record: 23-3-2 (Texas 5A state semifinalist]
Returning Starters: 7
TAMPA JESUIT (Tampa, Florida)
2015-16 SIMA Winter FAB 50 Preseason Rank: 33 | 2014-15 SIMA Winter FAB 50 Final Rank: NR
Coach: Eric Sims, 3rd year (37-8-5)
2014-15 Record: 22-3-2
Returning Starters: 7
Key Players: M Connar Lufkin, Sr. (17 goals, 10 assists in 2014-15); M Trevor Brown, Sr.; D Noah Kurtz, Sr. (3 goals).