The Missouri Athletic Club held their 39th annual Soccer All-Star game this past Friday night at the World Wide Technology Soccer Park with the South squads grabbing wins in both the girls’ and boys’ contests. The game featured many of the top prep soccer players in the St. Louis area and the players did not disappoint as they played in their final high school contest.
In the girls’ match, the South team broke open a tight match after the first 40 minutes as they scored five second-half goals to claim a 7-2 victory over the North.
Isabel Montileone of Ft. Zumwalt South opened the scoring for the North as she converted a rebound in the 2nd minute into a goal from 35 yards out to give the North a 1-0 lead. Kylie Anderson of Oakville evened the match in the 7th minute as she found the upper right corner of the goal to make the score 1-1. Lindbergh’s Courtney Conlon gave the South squad the lead in the 29th minute as she ripped a shot from the top of the 18-yard box into the right side of the goal to stake the South to a 2-1 lead. That is how the first half would end.
The South picked up where they left off in the 54th minute as Natalie Druger of Ursuline slotted a shot from nine yards out into the lower right side of the goal to give the South a 3-1 advantage. The North cut the lead to 3-2 in the 61st minute as Megan Molner of Incarnate Word scored off a rebound from two yards out to get the North to within a goal. The final 12 minutes of the match were controlled by the South as Cor Jesu’s Kate Vertal slotted a goal from 15 yards out into the lower left corner of the goal to give the South a 4-2 advantage. Druger extended the lead with her second goal of the night as she found the upper left corner of the goal in the 74th minute to push the score to 5-2. Ana DiMaria of Cor Jesu added to the goal count in the 78th minute with a blast from 15 yards out to make the score 6-2. Maddie Bowman of St. Joseph’s Academy ended the game with a shot from 7 yards out into the upper left corner of the goal as time ran out to give the South the 7-2 victory.
Below is the list of award winners from the MAC:
- Mary McDermott MVP (South) – Druger
- Mary McDermott MVP (North) – Molner
- Sam Copple Goalkeeper of the Year – Katy Fitzler – St. Dominic
- Mungenast Scholarship Award Winner – Allison Schrumpf – Pattonville
In the boys’ contest, the South rallied from a one-goal deficit in the first half to earn a 4-2 victory over the North in the nightcap.
The South broke onto the scoreboard first in the 17th minute as Drew Johnson from Summit ripped a shot from 23 yards out into the upper right corner of the goal to give the South a 1-0 lead. The North answered in the 21st minute as Johnny Schlattman of Chaminade scored off a centering pass from five yards out to even the game at 1-1. The North grabbed the lead a minute later as Akil Dickerson of John Burroughs found the upper right side of the goal from six yards out to put the North ahead 2-1. The South drew even in the 33rd minute as Stephen Pryk from Northwest scored from 10 yards out to put the score at 2-2.
After a defensive battle for the first 20 minutes of the second half, Webster Groves Branyon Heard scored from the middle of the 18-yard box into the upper right side of the goal to push the South ahead 3-2. Pryk scored his second goal in the 79th minute from five yards out into the upper left corner of the goal to propel the South to a 4-2 victory.
Below is the list of award winners for the boys from the MAC:
- Mary McDermott MVP (South) – Heard
- Mary McDermott MVP (North) – Dickerson
- Sam Copple Goalkeeper of the Year Award – Luca Zarkey – Webster Groves
- Mungenast Scholarship Award Winner – Holden Kocher – Ft. Zumwalt East
The final award of the evening is the Steve Krause 12th Man Award. This goes to an individual that is instrumental in the game of soccer in the St. Louis area. This year’s winner is Annie Beekman of St. Joseph’s Academy. Beekman is the assistant Athletic Director for the Angels and is also one of the driving forces for the yearly MAC All-Star game.
Jim Powers has been covering prep sports in the St. Louis area for 15+ years and a part of the Missouri State High School Activities Association Championship Broadcasts for the past 11 years. Powers is also a part of the Fox 2 Verlo Mattress Prep Zone Friday nights at 10:10 during the football and basketball seasons. If you have a prep sports story, please contact Jim at email@example.com. Follow Jim at @hssportscaravan