|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' LANE NAMED BOYS SOCCER "PLAYER OF YEAR" — ATHENS' SCHEFTIC, LEZAK, AND SAYRE'S VANBENTHUYSEN ALSO EARN TOP HONORS (2017-11-20)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Athens senior Ethan Lane led the Valley in goals, and led the Wildcats back to the District 4, Class AAA championship game to earn the moniker of 2017 Valley Sports Report boys soccer “Player of the Year.”
Athens sophomore David Scheftic is “Defensive Player of the Year,” Sayre freshman Cody Vanbenthuysen is the “Newcomer of the Year,” and Athens’ Jake Lezak repeats as “Coach of the Year.”
Possessing great foot skills, tremendous quickness, and a head for the game, Lane pumped in 36 goals, and doled out 10 assists in 2017. He had nine hat tricks on the season, including four three-goal games.
He finished his career as the Wildcats’ all-time leading goal-scorer with 88.
A dynamic performer, Scheftic is quick, physical and strong. While defense is his forte, he had eight goals, and seven assists this season. Two of his goals came in a 3-2 overtime win over Jersey Shore in the District 4, Class AAA semifinals, including the game-winner.
In the District 4, Class AAA title game, Scheftic showed off his defensive acumen when he dropped back toward an empty net, and headed a kick from outside the 18, over the crossbar, while still 10 yards away from the goal mouth.
A year removed from the program’s first-ever District 4 title, Lezak directed the Wildcats to another NTL title, and back into the District 4, Class AAA championship game.
Athens finished the season at 16-2-2, with its only regular-season loss coming against Section IV power Elmira Notre Dame.
Quick, with a strong leg and high soccer IQ, Vanbenthuysen led a talented group of young players at Sayre. He had three goals, and seven assists on the season.
With just three teams on the field this fall (Neither Tioga, nor Waverly fielded a varsity team in 2017), the All-Valley team is dominated by Athens. SVEC and Sayre each had two players, while Athens had nine.
The 2017 All-Valley Boys Soccer team is as follows:
Ethan Lane, senior, Athens: See above.
Willey Tilley, junior, Athens: A smart and athletic player, Tilley always seemed to be in the middle of the Wildcats’ scoring sequences. He was second on the team with 17 goals, and had a team-high 14 assists.
Jordan Rockwell, senior, Sayre: Fast, with great foot skills and a sky-high soccer IQ, Rockwell led Sayre with 25 goals and was second on the team with 12 assists. He finished his career second all-time at Sayre with 78 goals and 181 points (25 assists).
Luke Arnold, sophomore, Athens: Athletic with soccer savvy, and a very strong leg, Arnold was a threat to score from anywhere across midfield. He came on strong at the end of the season, finishing with 11 goals and seven assists.
Brad Cardona, senior, Athens: A strong player with good foot skills and soccer smarts, Cardona had 11 goals and nine assists in 2017.
Gavin Stein, senior, Athens: Athletic, with soccer savvy, and a good leg, Stein often got scoring runs started in the midfield. He had six goals and five assists this season.
Zach Sherwood, senior, SVEC: A versatile all-around player, Sherwood led the Eagles with 10 goals and shared the team-high honors with five assists.
Sam Wheeler, senior, Sayre: Fast and athletic, Wheeler played with a fierce determination. He was second on the Redskins with 10 goals, and had a Valley-high 17 assists.
David Scheftic, sophomore, Athens: See above.
Brandon Hunsinger, senior, Athens: Fast and not afraid of contact, Hunsinger was one of the more consistent performers for the Wildcats. He had one assist on the season.
Bryant Sexton, senior, SVEC: Fast, physical and aggressive, Sexton plays the game with a fire matched by very few. He had two goals, and two assists on the season.
Doug Vosburg, sophomore, Athens: Fast and physical, Vosburg was a key player on an Athens defense that allowed just 12 goals this season. He had one goal.
Braden Priester, senior, Athens: Although he benefitted from having a very good defense in front of him, Priester came up big in big games for the Wildcats. He allowed eight goals, and recorded 51 saves, while being part of 12 shutouts this season.
Honorable mention: Camden Wheeler, sophomore, Sayre.
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