GIRLS

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Morgan Bentley

Morgan Bentley

School: Brookwood

Class: Senior

Twitter handle: None

College choice: Louisville

Best Gwinnett soccer player not on my team is: Parkview’s Nieva Gaither

Song that gets me ready for a match: “Can’t Say” by Travis Scott

Favorite soccer player: Crystal Dunn

Favorite athlete: Sydney McLaughlin

Favorite restaurant: Cheesecake Factory

Favorite teacher: Jesse Hancock

Noteworthy:

♦ Excelled as holding midfielder for the Broncos

♦ Also won 2019 state title in the triple jump for the track and field team

Coach Chad Carithers’ take: “Morgan is an excellent soccer player, but an even better athlete. She has been playing varsity soccer and running track since she was a freshman. The way she has been able to handle both at the same time and miss minimal time is such a testament to the kind of person she is. From Day 1, she has communicated to us coaches as to everything she is doing and that has made playing two sports at the same time easy for (track and field) Coach (Eric) Rovie and myself. I look forward to watching the success she will have her senior year and the next four years at Louisville.”

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Maddy Bondon

Maddy Bondon

School: Peachtree Ridge

Class: Senior

Twitter handle: @maddybondon2

College choice: Auburn

Best Gwinnett soccer player not on my team is: Parkview’s Nieva Gaither

Song that gets me ready for a match: “Life Is Good” by Future

Favorite soccer player: Julie Ertz

Favorite athlete: Kobe Bryant

Favorite restaurant: Luciano’s

Favorite teacher: Coach Douglas

Noteworthy:

♦ Anchored a defense that had eight shutouts

♦ Was the Region 6-AAAAAAA midfielder of the year as a sophomore

Coach Ashley Veljovic’s take: “Maddy is the type of player and person that every coach wants on their team. She is a great leader and her work ethic is always top notch. Players constantly turn to her for help and advice. She is a versatile player and adds value wherever she is on the field. She has been a major asset to our program since her freshman year. I am excited to see where she will help lead this team this season.”

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Kendra Davis

Kendra Davis

School: Parkview

Class: Senior

Twitter handle: @kendraalashay

College choice: Presbyterian

Best Gwinnett soccer player not on my team is: Brookwood’s Morgan Bentley

Song that gets me ready for a match: “All I Do Is Win” by D.J. Khaled

Favorite soccer player: Kylian Mbappe

Favorite athlete: Serena Williams

Favorite restaurant: Red Lobster

Favorite teacher: Ms. Campbell

Noteworthy:

♦ Had 18 goals and 13 assists last season

♦ All-county and all-region selection

Coach Judson Hamby’s take: “Kendra had a tremendous Junior year for our program and we are hoping for those consistent standards to be carried out in her final high school season. She continues to improve all areas of her game and before she has a huge impact on Presbyterian next year she and the team are motivated by their unfinished business.”

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Michaela English

Michaela English

School: Dacula

Class: Junior

Twitter handle: @michaelareese_

College choice: Georgia Southern

Best Gwinnett soccer player not on my team is: Parkview’s Nieva Gaither

Song that gets me ready for a match: “Sedona” by Houndmouth

Favorite soccer player: Lydia Williams

Favorite athlete: Manuel Neuer

Favorite restaurant: Yoder’s Restaurant

Favorite teacher: James Williams (chorus) and Allison Zoino (AP chemistry)

Noteworthy:

♦ Posted five shutouts in five playoff games last season

♦ Helped Falcons to the program’s first state title and school’s first team state championship in any sport since 1993

Coach Colleen Foy’s take: “Michaela is an outstanding athlete, student, leader and person. She is a beast in the goal, which was proven last year with her five straight shutouts in the run to the state championship. She has a great knowledge of the game and can use her feet very well, which gives the team numerous opportunities and advantages. She has a no-fear mentality combined with an insane work ethic. She will practice before school when she hasn’t gotten her keeper training in, and always leads the pack in conditioning. The team relies on her for so much more than her position, even though that would be enough. She is smart, talented and a leader in the school. Players, and people, like Michaela do not come around very often, and I am very thankful that I have the opportunity to coach her.”

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Nieva

Gaither

Nieva Gaither

School: Parkview

Class: Senior

Twitter handle: None

College choice: Furman

Best Gwinnett soccer player not on my team is: Brookwood’s Morgan Bentley

Song that gets me ready for a match: “Hall of Fame” by The Script

Favorite soccer player: Mo Salah

Favorite athlete: Serena Williams

Favorite restaurant: Chick-fil-A

Favorite teacher: Laura Oliver

Noteworthy:

♦ Had a school-record 37 goals and 11 assists

♦ Two-time Daily Post player of the year also had 37 goals and 11 assists as a sophomore for a state title team

Coach Judson Hamby’s take: “Nieva has been everything and more for Parkview soccer the past three years in impacting this state. We are excited to be getting her back for one more year with her motivation as high as ever. She is the humble warrior and represents our school on and off the field with her character and leadership.”

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Lucy Michell

Lucy Mitchell

School: Wesleyan

Class: Senior

Twitter handle: @lucymitchell99

College choice: Notre Dame

Best Gwinnett soccer player not on my team is: Parkview’s Nieva Gaither

Song that gets me ready for a match: “Sweet But Psycho”

Favorite soccer player: Harry Kane

Favorite athlete: Dansby Swanson

Favorite restaurant: St. Cecelia

Favorite teacher: Glenn Archer

Noteworthy:

♦ Had 22 goals and 13 assists for the state champions

♦ Had school records for goals and points in 2017 with 36 goals, 28 assists for state title team

Coach Guillermo Vallejo’s take: “Lucy is one of the most dynamic athletes that we have had the privilege to coach. She leads her teammates by her relentless effort and desire to win. Her work ethic in practices and games is unmatched and she raises the level of play of her teammates. She is a constant encouragement and support to her teammates. It has been a joy to have had all three of the Mitchell girls in our Wesleyan soccer program over the years.”

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Kadeem Agard

Kadeem Agard

School: South Gwinnett

Class: Junior

Twitter handle: @AgardKadeem

College choices: Mercer, DePaul, Appalachian State

Best Gwinnett soccer player not on my team is: Grayson’s Satchel Hart

Song that gets me ready for a match: “Bring ‘Em Out”

Favorite soccer player: Moise Kean

Favorite athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo

Favorite restaurant: Chick-fil-A

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Mayfield

Noteworthy:

♦ Scored 19 goals as a sophomore

♦ All-county and 8-AAAAAAA forward of the year

Coach Chad Riley’s take: “Kadeem is a player that every coach would love to have on their team. He always has a smile on his face and loves to have fun. He works hard day in and day out and it has shown in his two years at South Gwinnett. Kadeem is an extremely talented soccer player. He has the speed and the skill to score at any moment of a game. His size, speed and physicality are big assets both in the air and in 1 vs. 1 situations. Kadeem has started and played every game as a forward since his freshman season. He was the leading goal scorer last season with 19 goals, 15 coming in region play. Kadeem was voted unanimously as the Player of the Year for the region as a forward, making the all-region first team. He also received recognition for being our all county player with Gwinnett’s Goal Club. I look forward to seeing what he will do with the help of a stronger attacking front this season.”

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Sekou Agard

Sekou Agard

School: South Gwinnett

Class: Junior

Twitter handle: @sekouagard

College choices: Mercer, DePaul, Appalachian State, Colgate

Best Gwinnett soccer player not on my team is: Discovery’s Gerson Salmeron

Song that gets me ready for a match: “Clicc Clacc” by NLE Choppa

Favorite soccer player: Virgil Van Dijk

Favorite athlete: Lionel Messi

Favorite restaurant: Chick-fil-A

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Mayfield

Noteworthy:

♦ Center back, team MVP anchored Comets’ defense

♦ All-county and 8-AAAAAAA defender of the year

Coach Chad Riley’s take: “Sekou is one of the most versatile players I have seen. He can literally play any position on the field. He played a big role in our region championship last season. When Sekou is called upon, he isn’t afraid to step up and can make things happen. Sekou has started and played every game as a defender since his freshman season. His size and speed help anchor our back line, where his presence is known by opposing teams. Sekou is one of the hardest-working players on the team and will do anything asked of him on or off the field. He was voted player of the year for defenders and made the all-region first team last season. Sekou also earned our Scholar Athlete Award for Gwinnett’s Goal Club. Sekou is a joy to have around both on and off the field. He strives to make everyone around him better. Having a player like him on your team is definitely a gift. I’m excited to see what he will do this season as we hope to get Sekou more involved in our attack teaming up with his twin brother, Kadeem.”

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Alan Cruz

Alan Cruz

School: Collins Hill

Class: Senior

Twitter handle: @Alannncruzz

College choices: Kennesaw State, Georgia State

Best Gwinnett soccer player not on my team is: Dacula’s Dylan Pratt

Song that gets me ready for a match: “Sum 2 Prove” by Lil Baby

Favorite soccer player: Neymar

Favorite athlete: Kobe Bryant

Favorite restaurant: Chili’s

Favorite teacher: Ms. Mac

Noteworthy:

♦ Two-year captain, four-year starter has 14 goals, 20 assists in career

♦ Two-time, first-team all-region

Coach Jamie Gleeson’s take: “Alan is one of those elite guys who can change the flow of a game with a single moment of brilliance and that’s exactly what he has consistently done for the past three years as a varsity starter. The path to maturity for him has been astonishing to watch and I couldn’t be happier or more proud to see him grow into a leader not only on the field, but in the classroom as well. Alan brings intensity and passion into everything he does and is at the center of our aspirations to bring home a region and state championship this season. Overall, Alan is a guy that we love having in our program and is continuously looking to achieve all that he can in order to leave a legacy at The Hill.”

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Claudio Godinez

Claudio Godinez

School: Central Gwinnett

Class: Junior

Twitter handle: @Claudio23G

College choice: Undecided

Best Gwinnett soccer player not on my team is: Lanier’s Jeryn Hodges

Song that gets me ready for a match: “Eternal Way” by Sex Whales

Favorite soccer player: Neymar Jr.

Favorite athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo

Favorite restaurant: Chipotle

Favorite teacher: Mr. Johansen

Noteworthy:

♦ Three-year starter and team captain

Coach Mike McLean’s take: “Claudio is an explosive and very skilled soccer player that loves to run at defenders with pace and take them on. He has the confidence and ability to get out of tight spaces in the midfield and score goals in a variety of ways. Claudio is also a fantastic student at Central Gwinnett and maintains a high GPA. His teachers speak highly of him and enjoy having his charismatic personality in their classroom. Looking forward to watching him lead our team and have a successful year.”

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Satchel Hart

Satchel Hart

School: Grayson

Class: Senior

Twitter handle: None

College choices: Lewis University, Guilford College, Shaw University, Carson-Newman University, Wilmington College, Piedmont College, LaGrange College

Best Gwinnett soccer player not on my team is: Collins Hill’s Alan Cruz

Song that gets me ready for a match: “Sum 2 Prove” by Lil Baby

Favorite soccer player: Casemiro

Favorite athlete: LeBron James

Favorite restaurant: Red Lobster

Favorite teacher: Sonya Scott, Spanish

Noteworthy:

♦ Four-year varsity player and two-year captain

♦ First-team all-county and all-region

Coach Lee Duggan’s take: “Satchel has been a fantastic player for Grayson and has made a major contribution to our program. He is a four-year varsity starter and has played at multiple positions across the back line. He has been a key part of two region championship winning teams and has been selected all-region and all-county during his time at Grayson. Satchel has been a team captain for the last two seasons and is an excellent role model, both on and off the field, to our younger guys. We were thankful to have him here at Grayson and we hope his senior season will be a continuation of his previous success.”

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Harbin Ji

Harbin Ji

School: Brookwood

Class: Senior

Twitter handle: @harbinji21

College choices: Georgia, Georgia Tech

Best Gwinnett soccer player not on my team is: Collins Hill’s Alan Cruz

Song that gets me ready for a match: “Oh My Dis Side” by Travis Scott

Favorite soccer player: Frenkie de Jong

Favorite athlete: Kobe Bryant

Favorite restaurant: WNB Factory

Favorite teacher: John Chvatal

Noteworthy:

♦ First-team all-county and all-region last season

♦ Also all-county and all-region as a sophomore when he had 10 goals, including seven game-winners, and five assists

Coach Adel Mohsen’s take: “Harbin is a supremely talented player as well as a student representing our great school. He strives to work hard in the classroom as well as the soccer field. He has matured into a great leader over the course of the two years I have been his coach. I can see this year he is focused on doing whatever is needed to be done to help our team be successful. I feel confident to say that he is going to have a tremendous senior year and help our younger players with confidence and guidance.”

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