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HS: Goals in bunches expected at A-A Game

Article Written by Sheldon Shealer
Published: December 6, 2019



ORLANDO, Fla. -- Simply put, Khamari Hadaway and Jamis Fite have their work cut out for them.

The pair of NCAA Division I-bound prep school goalkeepers who were among the stars of a summer underclass all-America game should be under fire again this weekend as the many of nation's top fall-playing high school boys and girls seniors compete in the All-American Hgh School Games in Orlando.

The girls match kicks off at noon, followed by the boys at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Both matches will be streamed live on TopDrawerSoccer.com.

The games are set up as East vs. West showdowns. This is the ninth annual boys match and the seventh for the girls, making this the longest-lasting high school soccer All-America Game effort ever.

Hadaway, committed to Princeton, and Fite, committed to Michigan State, will suit up for the East team in this annual East vs. West contest. They were in opposite goals in early August for the Allstate All-America Cup where both put on stellar performances in a low-scoring contest. But this weekend, these high school rivals-turned-teammates face a daunting task. The seven forwards named to the West team combined for 636 high school goals, led by Noah Madrigal's 116. Madrigal starred for Peoria Notre Dame (Ill.) and has signed with Marquette. Wisconsin commit Jack Finnegan scored 101 career goals, followed by Gabriel Legendre with 89, Michigan State commit Kadin Shaban with 88, UIC commit Alex Canfield with 85, Air Force commit Thaddeus Dewing with 81 and Kristian Krauss with 76.

While the West is loaded with goalscorers, the East has a formidable lineup, as well, led by three North Carolina commits: Yaya Bakayoko, Sammad Bawa and Akeim Clarke

The girls match seems to be a flip on the boys match as the West defense will need to fend of a talented East attack.

The West girls feature Notre Dame commit Mary Votava in goal and Purdue commit and Indiana State Player of the Year Kelsi Carrico leading the defenders. Votava allowed only one goal over the last two years while helped Portland Jesuit (Ore.) to back-to-back state titles and back-to-back SIMA FAB 50 No. 1 fall rankings. Interestingly, it could have been three national titles in a row if not for Carrico's Penn (Ind.) team, which finished No. 1 in 2017 ahead of Portland Jesuit.

The East attack features South Carolina commit Catherine Barry, one of the nation's top 2020 prospects, along with high-scoring Kelli McGroarty, who signed with La Salle and Virginia commit Brianna Jablonowski

The West has had the upperhand in this rivalry as the West boys lead its series 4-3-1, while the West girls lead 3-2-1. 

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