The Sebring Blue Streaks boys soccer team wasn’t easy to score against this year, pitching seven shutouts and surrendering an average of 1.6 goals per game. One key reason for those numbers was the play of goalkeeper Ethan Smith.
“Ethan did an incredible job in goal this year,” said Sebring coach Keith Bowyer. “He has a lot of athleticism and thought process behind goalkeeping. He really has come a long ways in four years.”
The Blue Streaks were expecting something big from their senior net-minder and he didn’t disappoint, helping the Blue Streaks return to the regional playoffs.
“He made some phenomenal saves and kept us games that we might not have been in otherwise,” Bowyer said. “That played a part in our success this year.”
For his accomplishments, Smith has been selected as the 2013 Highlands Today All-Highlands Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
“Yoyi has a great passion for the game,” said Green Dragons coach James Ashley. “Yoyi plays with great skill and has led the team in goals the past two seasons.
“He can play anywhere in the midfield as well as forward. He is a very dangerous attacker that gives defenses a fit when the ball is at his feet. Yoyi is one of the best players in the county and has ambitions to play at the next level. “
“German always gave a lot of effort and was a great team player,” said Avon Park coach Victor Munoz.
“Riley is a very tough physical player and he reads the field well,” Bowyer said. “He makes smart passes.”
“Osvaldo’s skill allows him to draw defenders to double team him, as he assisted many teammates scoring opportunities this season,” Ashley said. “His shot is one of the most lethal that I have seen. If there is a free kick close to the goal, Osvaldo is most likely to score. In fact, he connected on a free kick at Clewiston, ruining their senior night.”
“Brooks is a great player and has a lot of enthusiasm,” Munoz said.
“He’s an incredibly talented ball-handler,” Bowyer said. “Players automatically know you have to give him a certain amount of respect because if you defend him too hard he’s going to go around you.”
“Wilfreddy brings versatility to the Dragons,” Ashley said. “Wilfreddy is a strong defender and has a balance to his game through his attacking abilities. While playing through injuries as a defensive midfielder, he competed as one of the Dragons’ most dangerous attackers in the final games of the season. “
“He has incredible speed and acceleration up front,” Bowyer said. “He’s the least experienced of our starters, but he was impressive. His flat-out speed is phenomenal.”
“Edgar is a very good player and always gave good effort,” Munoz said.
“He saved our butts a huge number of times,” Bowyer said. “He has a great sense of where to be and really prevent shots from happening.”
“Armando is a speedy and tough defender,” Ashley said. “His efforts do not always reflect on the score sheet, however, very few attackers were able to get behind him. As a sophomore, he became a rock in the back. As he matures, he will bring continued leadership to the Dragon defense. “
“He was a nice surprise this year,” Bowyer said. “He can play end-to-end all day long.”
“He’s a very good player and has a bright future,” Munoz said.
“His biggest strength was he could be an attacking defender,” Bowyer said. “He generated a lot of attacks even as a defender.”
For leading the Blue Streaks into the regional playoffs, Sebring’s Keith Bowyer has been selected as the Highlands Today All-Highlands Boys Soccer Coach of the Year.