On the pitch this fall, the Warren boys and girls were a combined 29-5-3, with the boys’ season still going, and both squads finished atop the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League. So when the All-SEOAL soccer teams were announced, Warriors popped up everywhere, and deservedly so.
The all-league teams were headlined by Alex Miller, who was the Player of the Year on the boys side, and Raeli Barnes, the girls Player of the Year.
Miller has been the star of a loaded Warren boys team all season long. His most recent feat came Saturday in Lucasville, as the Warrior senior recorded the game-winning goal in overtime over Marietta to give Warren a Division II Southeast District title, its third in as many years. The goal was Miller’s team-leading 39th of the season. Miller also had big games against Alexander, Parkersburg South and Northwest, scoring four goals in each contest.
“(Miller) has just really taken to the senior leadership role and he’s just putting the team on his back and doing really well,” Warren boys coach Andrew Johnson said earlier this season after a 7-0 win over Alexander.
For the Lady Warriors, Barnes was also the team-leader with 29 goals this fall. Barnes had the final two goals of the season for Warren in a 4-2 loss to Chillicothe in a sectional championship game. Just a sophomore, Barnes is now a two-time all-league honoree.
“She is a very skillful player,” Warren girls coach Ekrem Eksi said earlier this season following a 5-0 victory over Alexander.
Barnes teamed with senior Raelyn Gardner to form one of the top scoring duos in the league. Gardner and seniors Marissa O’Callaghan and Natalie O’Dell were also first team All-SEOAL.
It was Gardner’s second time on the list and the first time for O’Callaghan. O’Dell was an honorable mention pick a year ago.
Sophomores Laura Eksi and Hayley McPherson were honorable mention this season.
For the Warren boys, Miller was joined by senior Wyatt Lynch and juniors Aaron Mazurkiewicz and Nathan Robinson on the first team list. Mazurkiewicz is a second-time honoree, while Lynch and Robinson are first-timers. Junior Ben Koch and sophomore Seth Hall were honorable mention
Coach of the Year honors went to Johnson for the boys and Eksi for the girls. Both were co-coaches of the year a season ago.
In the East Central Ohio League, the Marietta Tigers were well-represented, especially on the boys side.
Jacob Holdren, Brennan Uhrig and Max Suckel were each first team All-ECOL selections. Suckel (23) and Holdren (12) were first and second, respectively, on the team in goals scored this season. Holdren, a senior, also led the squad with 16 assists.
Suckel, a foreign exchange student from Chile, helped lead the Tigers past Jackson in the sectional championship game, scoring four goals in the first half. Overall, Suckel’s 23 goals accounted for over one-third of the team’s scoring in 2013.
Uhrig scored just one goal on five shot attempts this season, but displayed elite versatility and leadership as one of the team’s co-captains.
Senior Brent Huck, a second team All-Ohio honoree a year ago, was a second team All-ECOL pick this year.
Huck played just 14 games this year due to an illness but was still fifth on the team with four goals. Huck played mostly as a defender this season, helping the Tigers hold their final four opponents to just three goals.
Senior Skylar Miracle was an honorable mention pick.
For the Lady Tigers, senior Katie Miller was a first team All-ECOL pick. Miller was Marietta’s top offensive player this fall. She helped the Tigers get off to a 1-0 start this season by recording a hat trick in a 5-3 over Maysville in the team’s season-opener.
Junior Rebekah Haught was a second team selection, while freshman Embry Roberts was honorable mention.