After leading the Ponies in scoring for the second year in a row, senior Patrick Roth was named the Most Valuable Player for the Stillwater boys’ soccer team during its postseason awards banquet at The Grand in Stillwater on Nov. 18.
Roth, who delivered a team-high 15 goals and 13 assists for 28 points, finished his career No. 3 on Stillwater’s all-time list with 42 goals. Only Marshall Morehead, with 72 goals from 1993-1996, and Bobby de St. Aubin (55 from 1995-97) have scored more goals for the Ponies.
Roth also finished with 63 points from 2009-12 to rank fifth on that career list for the Ponies.
Teammates Kevin Meads, Ben Wilhelm, Roma Devine and Nathan Purdie joined Roth in earning all-conference honors after helping the Ponies finish with a 16-2-4 record, including 7-0-2 to place second Mounds View in the Suburban East Conference standings. Stillwater also won the Section 4AA championship before placing third at state.
Sam Rasmussen, Jared Allen and Charlie Farrington were each honorable mention all-conference picks for the Ponies.
The team’s success all season and the awards banquet provided a nice send off for hall-of-fame Ponies coach Phil Johnson, who was honored this season as the Section 4AA and Class AA Coach of the Year. Matt Carlson garnered the Section 4AA Assistant Coach of the Year Award.
Led by Roth, six Ponies received a Golden Boot Award for collecting 10 or more points this season, a list that also includes Devine (5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points), Purdie (2-8—10), Allen (4-6—10), Alex Jurcoi (5-5—10) and Rasmussen (7-3—10). Meads, a defender, and goalkeeper Ben Wilhelm were each presented an Iron Boot Award.
The Ponies outscored their opponents 52-15 this season, but also excelled in the classroom with Tashi Tsering, Allen, Jeff Canterbury, Purdie, Sam Keran, Matt Lagus, Max Boedigheimer, Brett Balder, Roth, Steig Peterson, Meads and Jurcoi receiving Academic Excellence Award(s).
Tsering received the Most Improved Player Award and Canterbury took home the Tem Spirit Award.
Several Ponies were also honored by a variety of media outlets and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, which named Devine to its All-Midwest Team and made Meads a Senior Award recipient, which honors seniors for their contributions on the field, team leadership and serving as ambassadors for high school soccer. Devine, meanwhile, was one of just seven players from Minnesota named to the honorary All-Midwest Team.
Devine and Roth were All-State selections by the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association while Wilhelm was an honorable mention pick by the coaches association and a member of the All-Pioneer Press Team. Roth was also named to the Star Tribune All-Metro Second Team and joined Devine in receiving honorable mention recognition to the All-Pioneer Press Team.
Allen and Devine were Stillwater’s representatives on the State All-Tournament Team.
Phil Johnson isn’t the only coach who announced his retirement after the season and 23-year assistant coach John Johnson, who is also stepping down, was also honored for his many years of service. In fact, Carlson paid tribute to Phil and John Johnson, Brad Pederson and Ron Stow — four coaches who combined have provided 113 years of service to the program.
The Ponies also presented long-time public address announcer Bob Bielenberg a “Loyal Voice Award”.
It was also announced at the banquet that Allen, Farrington and Purdie will serve as captains for the 2013 team.
All-Conference: Kevin Meads, Ben Wilhelm, Roma Devine, Nathan Purdie and Patrick Roth; All-Conference Honorable Mention: Sam Rasmussen, Jared Allen and Charlie Farrington; Academic Excellence Award: Tashi Tsering, Jared Allen, Jeff Canterbury, Nathan Purdie, Sam Keran, Matt Lagus, Max Bodigheimer, Brett Balder, Patrick Roth, Steig Peterson, Kevin Meads and Alex Jurcoi; Section 4AA Assistant Coach of the Year: Matt Carlson; Section 4AA Coach of the Year: Phil Johnson; Class AA Coach of the Year: Phil Johnson; B-squad awards: Brandon Sanpedro (MIP), Ross Buerkley (MIP) and Alex Carmeli (Coaches Award); JV awards: Paul Brynestad (MIP), Joseph Johnson (MIP) and Jordan Di Lorenzo (Coaches Award); MSHSSCA All-State: Patrick Roth and Roma Devine; MSHSSCA All-State Honorable Mention: Ben Wilhelm; Star Tribune All-Metro Second Team: Patrick Roth; All-Pioneer Press Team: Ben Wilhelm; All-Pioneer Press Honorable Mention: Roma Devine and Patrick Roth; State All-Tournament Team: Jared Allen and Roma Devine; NSCAA All-Midwest: Roma Devine; NSCAA Senior Award: Kevin Meads; Most Improved Player: Tashi Tsering; Team Spirit Award: Jeff Canterbury; Iron Boot Award: Kevin Meads and Ben Wilhelm; Golden Boot: Patrick Roth, Roma Devine, Nathan Purdie, Jared Allen, Alex Jurcoi and Sam Rasmussen; Most Valuable Player: Patrick Roth; Captains elect: Jared Allen, Charlie Farrington and Nathan Purdie.