Article Written by Sheldon Shealer
Published: July 21, 2020
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The TopDrawerSoccer Winter All-America teams are selected from the 88 regional honorees and are compiled by TopDrawerSoccer with consultation with coaches and media members from around the country. Players from all seven winter-playing soccer states are eligible for consideration.
TOPDRAWERSOCCER FIRST TEAM WINTER ALL-AMERICA
Zack Batchelder, Montgomery (Santa Rosa, Calif.), Sr.
The UC Davis signee was named the Prep2Prep North Coast Section Player of the Year after guiding Montgomery to a 26-0-1 season and a SIMA FAB 50 No. 4 final ranking. Batchelder scored a staggering 55 goals and had 16 assists. Batchelder scored at least one goal in every postseason match as Montgomery won a third straight North Coast Section title and claimed its first CIF NorCal title.
Gallegos is a two-time TopDrawerSoccer Winter All-America first-team selection. He passed on a commitment to NC State
to sign a professional contract with San Antonio FC in the USL. Gallegos was the San Antonio Express-News Player of the Year to cap a run of three straight first-team appearances. He scored both goals in Central Catholic's 2-1 state final win, which secured a fourth straight state title and a No. 14 SIMA FAB 50 final ranking. Gallegos, the Class of 2020 IMG Academy 150 No. 12 prospect nationally, finished the season with 15 goals and nine assists.
The UC Irvine
signee returned to high school play as a senior and dominated the local scene. Means was named the LA Daily News and VC Star All-Area Player of the Year after scoring 32 goals and serving up 10 assists. He scored 11 game-winning goals. The former Real SoCal Academy player scored at least once in 19 of the team's 22 matches, and he had 10 multi-goal outings. Means helped Simi Valley to a 15-0 start, which had the team ranked among the nation's elite before a late-season letdown and early playoff exit led to an 18-4 finish. Means in the No. 142 prospect in the IMG Academy 150.
signee was the Mission League and Loyola MVP after helping the team to a 24-4-4 season, which included runner-up finishes in both the CIF Southern Section Division 1 and CIF SoCal Region I tournaments. He finished the season with 15 goals and 13 assists.
signee was a defensive midfielder who was named the 2019-2020 Montverde Academy Athlete of the year. Ihara is a four-year player for this national powerhouse program. He had six goals and 10 assists as a senior.
The UC Irvine
signee scored 15 goals and delivered 33 assists to lead Brophy Prep to a second straight state title. He assisted both goals in a 2-1 state final victory. Montanile is a two-time Arizona Republic Player of the Year. This past season, Brophy Prep went 22-2-1 while playing a national schedule. He ended a stellar career, which included four state final appearances, with 42 goals and 69 assists.
The South Florida
signee scored 19 goals and served up 26 assists to lead Fletcher to a 14-4 season. The team's season ended with a playoff shootout loss to eventual state champion Niceville. Schaefer was named the Florida Dairy Farmer's Mr. Soccer after winning the 6A Player of the Year award. Schaefer also was named All-First Coast Player of the Year by the Florida Times-Union.
signee was the Gatorade California state, Daily Breeze and CIF Southern Section Division 3 Player of the Year. He scored 29 goals and finished with 12 assists. Valverde led North Torrance to the Pioneer League and CIF Southern Section Division 3 titles. South Torrance finished the season 23-4 and was ranked among the TopDrawerSoccer California-South Top 30.
Andrew Erickson, San Antonio LEE (Texas), Sr
signee was a San Antonio Express-News first-team selection. Erickson is a defender by trade but played in the midfield while helping LEE to a 17-0-1 season before the campaign was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He helped a LEE squad that boasted a 0.21 GAA for the season. LEE finished the season as the No. 2 team in the SIMA FAB 50.
The Penn State
signee earned All-MAST Best XI honors at the season-ending Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament, where Montverde Academy's high school team took on club opponents. During the team's high school season, Mensah was a standout defender who helped the Eagles to a 10th straight SIMA FAB 50 Top 10 finish.
signee was named the Sun-Sentinel Broward County Class 7A/6A Player of the Year. He defensive played helped Cypress Bay to a 13-2-4 season, which ended with a loss to eventual state champion Boca Raton
. Soriano is ranked by TopDrawerSoccer as Florida's No. 19 prospect in the Class of 2020. Soriano had a goal and four assists from his backline position.
signee was named the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Player of the Year after helping a loaded Servite squad capture the section title. Servite later finished as the CIF SoCal Division I runner-up. Mitzner had a 0.727 GAA as Servite went 13-5-10 against a national schedule, which included 17 matches against teams that appeared in the SIMA FAB 50. Servite finished No. 13 in the final SIMA FAB 50.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Moser is the architect of one of the nation's most dominating high school programs. In 12 years at St. Paul's, his teams have reached the state final 10 times and delivered seven championships. This past season, St. Paul's went 29-0 and finished No. 1 in the SIMA Winter FAB 50 for the first time. Despite dominating Louisiana since Day 1, Moser understood his teams needed better experiences to turn a good run into a true dynasty. He started by taking teams to the Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament in Florida nearly a decade ago, later the Lotto Showcase in California and then the North Texas Elite Showcase. With each outing, St. Paul's delivered better results. This past season, it all came together as St. Paul's won the Tampa Bay Showcase, beating eventual Florida 5A champ Tampa Jesuit
5-1 in the final, a day after Tampa Jesuit upset eventual California SoCal Regional champ Cathedral
. In addition, St. Paul's pinned two losses on Mississippi 6A champ [Ocean Spring ms-m] and the Wolves also defeated Florida 7A state semifinalist Lakewood Ranch
. Moser has a 12-year record of 294-23-17 at St. Paul's, and in 25 years as a high school coach he has compiled 587 wins and 11 state titles in 18 state final appearances.
TOPDRAWERSOCCER SECOND TEAM WINTER ALL-AMERICA