HS: Lotto Showcase Best XI

HS: Lotto Showcase Best XI
by Sheldon Shealer
December 20, 2017

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- As a final salvo to the Lotto Sport Western Showcase, TopDrawerSoccer offers its Best XI from the eight-team event that featured five nationally ranked programs.

Servite (Calif.) entered the tournament as the highest ranked team -- then No. 5 in the FAB 50, and came away as the champion, handling Auburndale (Fla.) 5-0 in the final. Five teams from the event remain in this week's FAB 50, but only Servite in the Top 25 and San Clemente (Calif.) enters the rankings following a third-place finish while Watsonville is out after a seventh-place finish.

BEST XI

F Blake Bowen, San Clemente (Calif.), Jr.: The speedy forward/midfielder scored twice and constantly put defenses under pressure.

F Cade Fuller, Servite (Calif.), Jr.: Big, strong, athletic, Fuller delivered his best outing in the final, where he scored two goals.

F Oliver Meza, Paramount (Calif.), Sr.: Meza scored Paramount's only goal during a fourth-place finish. 

M Uriel Sanchez, Servite (Calif.), So.: A Development Academy player shows signs of being a big-time recruit. 

M Noah Sims, Auburndale (Fla.), Jr.: Sims was the standout performer with a high work rate for second-place Auburndale.

M Marc Trejo, Servite (Calif.), Sr.: Dominated midfield play as Servite went 3-0 and outscored opponents 10-1.

M Tristan WeberSan Clemente (Calif.), Sr., Portland: A recent U17 Residency player, Weber was the most exciting player at the event, and he always commanded attention from defenses. 

D Corbin Mercado, Servite (Calif.), Sr., Loyola Marymount: One of the nation's top offensive-minded defenders. He finished with three goals while anchoring a defense that allwoed one goal in three matches.

D Austin Roberts, Buchanan (Calif.), Sr.: Roberts was among the more versatile players at the event, spending time as defender and forward.

D Mason Robicheaux St. Paul's (La.), Sr., Appalachian State: Robichaeux's play was key to St. Paul's not allowing a goal during the event.

GK Kyle Schmitt, St. Paul's (La.), Sr.: Schmitt posted three shutouts as St. Paul's did not allowed a goal during the Lotto Showcase.

Others Who Impressed

F Erik Herrera, [Watsonville ca-w] (Calif.), Sr.

F Dante Lavgine, Auburndale (Fla.), Jr.

F Zuriel Silva, Servite (Calif.), Jr.

M/F James Bryant, St. Paul's (La.), Sr.

M Preston Grayson, Corona del Sol (Ariz.), Sr.

M Conner WalmsleySt. Paul's (La.), Jr.

Koosha JadbabaeiSan Clemente (Calif.), Jr.

D Alex La Brie, Servite, Sr.

D Vladimir Mendoza, Watsonville (Calif.), Sr.

GK Oscar SierraParamount (Calif.), Sr.

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