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November 27, 2013

Jose Delgado named Player of the Year


Somerset — The 2013 boy’s soccer season locally was another banner year for all teams involved.

2013 saw Somerset Christian Academy claim a state championship in the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association, while having a member from that squad being honored by being named Mr. Soccer for the state of Kentucky.

Meanwhile, the Somerset Briar Jumpers posted one of the top records in the 12th Region this past season, while Southwestern one yet another district title, and the Pulaski County Maroons once again gained a berth in the 12th Regional Tournament.

The Cougars rolled to a 20-1-3 mark for the season on their way to a state championship, scoring 117 goals for the year while allowing just 19.

The Somerset Briar Jumpers meanwhile finished the year as champions of the 47th District, posting a 15-5-2 mark for the year.

Southwestern won the 48th District and finished with an 8-10-1 record for the season, while PC posted a 9-11-1 mark.

Thanks to another outstanding season of soccer, all four programs are well represented on The Commonwealth Journal’s 2013 Boy’s All County Soccer Team.

This season our Player of the Year Award goes to Pulaski County’s Jose Delgado.

The PC senior was hands down the Maroons best scoring threat all season long, which meant he was marked as well as double teamed in almost every game.

Still, that defensive strategy by Pulaski County’s opponents didn’t slow Delgado down one bit, and he enjoyed a huge senior year, leading the Maroons with 28 goals scored on the year and 4 assists.

“Jose was one of the top scorers in the state and scored some big goals in big games for us this year,” stated PC head coach Casey Inabnitt.

Joining Delgado on our squad is his teammate Lane Wilson, who Inabnitt described as a kid that sacrificed his scoring in 2013 to help the Maroons on the defensive side of the ball.

Wilson finished the year with 2 goals scored and 2 assists, but he was the heart and soul of a PC defense that more than held its own for much of the year regardless of the opponent.

Three Briar Jumpers make our team this season. They are Austin Hill, Carlos Canella, and Brandon Patterson.

Hill tallied 18 goals on the year for the Jumpers, but maybe more impressive was the fact that he notched 24 assists for the season, which ranked fourth in the state of Kentucky in that category. Hill was named to the All-District Team this season.

“Austin was the most dominate scorer in this area,” pointed out Somerset head coach Steve Wallace. “His speed gave teams trouble all year.”

Canella meanwhile — a sophomore — enjoyed a splendid season, scoring 17 goals on the year to go along with 8 assists.

And, Canella had the knack of coming up big at crunch time, as several of his goals scored this season came in tight games, in big moments, when his club needed someone to step up.

On almost every occasion, it was Canella that came up huge for the Jumpers at crunch time. His play helped him earn a spot on the 12th Region’s All Tournament Team as voted on by the coaches.

Patterson meanwhile has been a mainstay as the Jumpers keeper for the past couple of seasons.

He only allowed an average of 1.7 goals scored per contest, and was voted to the All-District Team as well as being named to the All A State Tournament squad.

A pair of Southwestern players make our team in 2013. They are last year’s Player of the Year Pedro Herrera and Annand Prabhu.

Herrera scored 18 goals and dished out 12 assists in 2013, helping lead his club to another district crown.

“Pedro had another great year for us,” noted SWHS coach Sean McBride. “He is the type of player that can be dangerous anywhere on the field when he wants to be.”

Herrera’s teammate Prabhu had a solid 2013 campaign, scoring 12 goals and dishing out 5 assists for the season.

Rounding out our team this season is a pair of Somerset Christian Academy players.

They are Jon Pope and Caleb Adams.

Pope certainly finished off his career as a Cougar with a bang, as he enjoyed a banner senior year in helping lead coach Ben Stein’s club to a state championship in the KCAA.

Pope tallied 45 goals on the season, giving him a total of 96 goals scored for his high school career.

Pope was named as Kentucky’s Mr. Soccer in the KCAA, and also was an All-State selection, as well as garnering MVP and All-Tournament.

Adams meanwhile tallied 19 goals and dished out 15 assists this season, and he joined Pope as an All-State selection, in helping the Cougars roll to that impressive 20-1-3 record.

Thanks to some outstanding individual performances by the members on this team, the 2013 soccer season was a huge success for all four local programs.CJ Staff Report


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