Northeastern Clinton was able to run through Northern Soccer League opponents this fall, finishing the regular season 14-0 before claiming the Section VII Class B championship with a 4-0 win over Peru.
The Cougars were recognized for their effort, landing one player on the NLS Division I All-Stars First Team, while also nabbing the MVP and Coach of the Year awards.
Peru’s runner-up finish allowed the Indians to garner four First-Team selections.
Beekmantown earned three spots, while AuSable Valley received two.
Saranac had one representative.
The All-Stars were selected by the Northern Soccer League coaches.
Most Valuable Player
Kyle McCarthy (Northeastern Clinton) — McCarthy, a senior, recorded 29 goals and five assists to lead his team and claim MVP honors. “Kyle is a very competitive and unselfish player who will be hard to replace,” Northeaster coach Dale Hawksby said.
Coach of the Year
Dale Hawksby (Northeastern Clinton) — Hawksby posted a 16-1 season, only losing to Ichabod Crane in the state quarterfinals. His team was the Section VII Class B champion. Hawksby has posted a career record of 295-89-30 over 22 years as coach.
Nate Casey (AuSable Valley) — Casey’s work ethic, tenacity and intellect helped him lead his team this year. “He is a great leader on and off the field,” AuSable Valley coach Bob Hamilton said.
Austin Facteau (AuSable Valley) – Facteau had a substantial presence both in the backfield and in the front, creating opportunities for the forwards. “He is a fierce defender and never gives up,” Hamilton said.
Zach Brockway (Beekmantown) – Brockway’s midfield awareness, speed and skill allowed him to push the ball forward to create opportunities of his team. He also scored six goals this season and is a two time All-Star.
Adam Goldfarb (Beekmantown) – Goldfarb led his team in scoring with 20 goals and eight assists. He also had stints at defense, where he excelled as well. “Adam’s ability to score and lovable personality will be missed next year,” Beekmantown coach Ryan Loucy said.
Josh Rabideau (Northeastern) – The goalkeeper tallied 10 shutouts this season. His quick hands and athletic skill helped him dominate the net. He had two sectional wins and also a final-four appearance in his career.
Thomas Bedard (Beekmantown) – Bedard was captain of his team. “Tom is one of the best,” Hawksby said. “His solid play at defense for the past three years gave the Cougars the opportunity to win every game.”
Jacob Dick (Peru) – Dick was a consistent offensive threat for Peru. His speed and foot skills helped him compile 11 goals and 11 assists. He has played both midfield and striker, where he made a substantial contribution.
Colin Lamica (Peru) – Lamica was Peru’s captain and helped anchor the defense this year. His ability to control aerial balls and fend off opposing teams’ inside attacks played a substantial role in Peru’s success.
Ian Spear (Peru) – This is Spear’s second First-Team nod. His ability to control the ball in tight spaces, fighting off multiple defenders, led to his 18 goals and four assists. Spear also showed great playmaking ability during the season.
William Thew (Peru) – Thew was a captain for the Indians, and the team’s defensive prowess stemmed from his ability to shut down opposing team’s offences. His speed and Tenacity had him marking opponents’ top players.
Connor Christopherson (Saranac) – Christopherson had experience playing all over the field for Saranac. His presence was really felt when he was moved to forward halfway through the season, and he finished with nine goals and eight assists.
2012 Northern Soccer League
Division I All-Stars
Jacob Dick (Peru), Adam Goldfarb (Beekmantown), Connor Christopherson (Saranac), Ian Spear (Peru), Zach Brockway (Beekmantown), Nate Casey (AuSable Valley), Thomas Bedard (Northeastern), Colin Lamica (Peru), Austin Facteau (AuSable Valley), William Thew (Peru), Josh Rabideau (Northeastern).
Mike Danis (Peru), Rodney Grimshaw (Northeastern), John Fine-Lease (Plattsburgh), Dustin Plumadore (Beekmantown), Jonathon Plessis-Belair (Peru), Avery Trombley (Northeastern), David Cluckey (Saranac Lake), McKenna Hunter (Northeastern), Austin Burl (Beekmantown), Austin Tetrault (Northeastern), Devin Cowan (Saranac Lake).
Most Valuable Player: Kyle McCarthy (Northeastern Clinton).
Coach of the Year: Dale Hawksby (Northeastern Clinton).
Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award: Beekmantown.