MAST: Eagles aim for national record, title

MAST: Eagles aim for national record, title
by Sheldon Shealer
January 13, 2016

MONTVERDE, Fla. -- One for the record, three for the title.

That's the situation facing Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) at this week's Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament.

The Eagles defeated Merritt Island (Merritt Island, Fla.) 2-0 Tuesday night, pushing the program's undefeated run to 133 matches -- tying the national record set by Gilford (Gilford, N.H.) between 1990-1997. Montverde needs a victory Thursday against Chandler (Chandler, Ariz.) in the Fifth Annual MAST quarterfinals to set the national record. If Montverde wins all three matches at the MAST, it would secure a second straight perfect season and fourth straight SIMA FAB 50 Winter No. 1 ranking.

Here's are the longest undefeated streaks in high school boys soccer history, as researched by TopDrawerSoccer.com:

133, Montverde Academy, 2010-present [Through 16-0 start]
133, Gilford (Gilford, N.H.), 1990-1997
131, St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.), 1997-2002
103, Sanderson (Raleigh, N.C.), 1982-1987
94, Thomas Jefferson (Auburn, Wash.), 1983-1987

A season-by-season look at Montverde since Mike Potempa took over as coach in 2010 (126-0-7):

2010-11: 24-0-1, ESPN Powerade FAB 50 No. 1
2011-12: 21-0-4, ESPN Powerade FAB 50 No. 2
2012-13: 23-0-1, StudentSports FAB 50 No. 1
2013-14: 21-0-1, StudentSports FAB 50 No. 1
2014-15: 21-0-0, TopDrawerSoccer SIMA FAB 50 No. 1
2015-16: 16-0-0, entering MAST

TOURNAMENT FIELD

MAST organizer Brad Long seems to make the eight-team field even stronger than the year before. In addition, to current SIMA FAB 50 No. 1 Montverde Academy, the field includes No. 2 Sam Houston (Arlington, Texas), No. 7 Gulliver Prep (Miami, Fla.), No. 9 Cathedral (Los Angeles, Calif.), No. 23 St. Paul's (Covington, La.), No. 49 Melbourne (Melbourne, Fla.), Tampa Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) and Chandler (Chandler, Ariz.). Sam Houston was a Texas 6A state semifinalist last year. Chandler, Gulliver Prep and St. Paul's are defending state champions. Cathedral was a Southern California Region champ and the state's top-ranked team. Tampa Jesuit and Melbourne made deep playoff runs in 2015. All eight teams have been in the SIMA FAB 50 this season, four remain undefeated, and all eight have a combined record of 91-8-7 this season, which includes Montverde pinning the only loss on Melbourne.

SCHEDULE (all times Eastern)

THURSDAY: St. Paul's vs. Gulliver, 3 p.m.; Cathedral vs. Tampa Jesuit, 4 p.m.; Sam Houston vs. Melbourne, 5:15 p.m.; Montverde vs. Chandler, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: Consolation 3 and 4; Semifinals 5:15 and 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Fifth- and seventh-place matches at 3, third-place match at 5:15, championship at 7:30 p.m.

SEE IT LIVE

All Thursday first-round matches can be viewed live at Montverde.tv. Matches start at 3 p.m.

The semifinals on Friday and final on Saturday night will be streamed live on TopDrawerSoccer.com.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

F Biska Biyombo, Montverde, Sr.

M Michael Bourdreaux, St. Paul's ... Has a team-high 13 assists and is tied for the team high with eight goals.

D Santiago Burgos, Gulliver.

M Esteban Calvo, Montverde, Sr.

F Javier Cejudo, Chandler, Sr. ... Has a team-high six goals.

F Kizza Edward, Montverde, Jr.

F Truman Gelnovatch, Gulliver, So. ... Netted a hat trick last week to keep Gulliver Prep perfect through 10 matches.

M Bruno Lapa, Montverde, Sr.

M Connar Lufkin, Tampa Jesuit, Sr. ... Has scored six game-winning goals this season.

D Justin Malo, Montverde, Jr.

F Benji Michel, Montverde, Sr.

M Leonardo Novaes, Montverde, Sr.

M Giovanni Ottomanelli, Melbourne. ... Has 11 goals, six assists.

F Benny Ortiz, Tampa Jesuit, Jr. ... Has a team-high 16 goals.

D Eddy Rodriguez, Sam Houston, Sr. ... A returning all-state performer from last year's team.

M Bryson Smith, Melbourne. ... Has 18 goals, 11 assists.

F Max Valdivia, Cathedral, Sr. ... Has a team-high 11 goals.

Related Topics: SIMA FAB 50 / Event, MAST
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