Cartersville went 14-5 overall and 12-2 in Region 5-AAA. The Canes also made the state playoffs and defeated East Jackson Comprehensive High School by a score of 7-0 before Losing to St. Pius X in the second round. The team finished the season ranked ninth in the final coaches poll in AAA.
Woodland improved drastically from previous seasons, going 10-7 and 6-4 against strong competition in 5-AAAAA.
In the head-to-head matchups, Woodland defeated Cartersville 1-0 to take bragging rights in Bartow County.
Cass showed it could compete as well as the Colonels played Woodland to a draw in the two teams’ lone meeting of the season. Cass also beat Cartersville 2-0, proving they belonged in the discussion of the best teams in Bartow.
Player of the Year
Ross Pasley earns the distinction as the 2013 Daily Tribune News All-County Boys Soccer Player of the Year thanks to strong statistics in helping lead Cartersville to a first-round playoff victory. The forward paced the Canes’ attack with 14 goals and a county-leading 15 assists.
“[Pasley] was a threat anywhere on the field and made possible many of the goals that Cartersville tallied,” head coach D.J. Paradis said. “He scored a fourth of the goals for the team.”
Matthew Bryson — Cartersville
For the second year in a row Bryson was Cartersville’s leading goal scorer, earning him a spot on the all-county team. Bryson scored 17 goals to go along with his six assists.
“[Bryson] scored major goals in games when we needed them the most,” Paradis said. “He was dominant in the air and provided speed up front to an explosive attack.”
Alec D’Urbano — Cartersville
The senior defender was an important contributer to the Canes’ nine shutouts in 2013.
“He was the leader in the back and team,” Paradis said of D’Urbano. “He was a captain and will be missed dearly.”
Zach Edwards — Cartersville
The defender also contributed to Cartersville’s nine shutouts, as well as providing some offense with his two goals on the season.
“[Edwards] saved several important goals with his speed in the back and knowledge,” Paradis said. “He will be the heart of the defense next year.”
Cody West — Cass
The senior was awarded Cass’ most valuable offensive player award this season and is one of the elite players in Bartow. He will be taking his talents to Duquesne University on a soccer scholarship next season.
West was a perfect 4 for 4 on penalty kicks and totaled 16 goals and 14 assists on the year.
“He was our offensive point man who started most of our attacks,” Cass head coach Frank Kunf said of West. “He was the overall team leader who controlled what was going on on the pitch.”
Christian Dolores — Cass
This is the fourth year for Dolores on the all-county team. The senior forward tallied 15 goals to go along with 10 assists as a team captain.
“[Dolores] was our emotional leader,” Kunf said. “He played every position on the pitch for Cass over his four years.”
Jovanny Fernandez — Cass
Kunf believes Fernandez was his most consistent player in 2013.
“He was a very positive influence on the team, always encouraging others, helping teammates and being positive,” Kunf said of the senior forward. Fernandez scored eight goals while recording five assists on the season.
Kurt Moore — Woodland
Moore is just a freshman and makes the first of what will likely be many all-county teams.
“He is a young player, but very experienced in his position,” Woodland head coach Ed Guse said of Moore. “He has excellent skills and has a great future as a soccer player.”
Erik Paniagua — Woodland
The center back for the Wildcats was instrumental to his team’s defense.
“[Paniagua] is physically small but plays like a giant on the field,” Guse said. “He is very versatile and can attack, defend and make good plays as a midfielder.”
Francisco Coronado — Woodland
Coronado was the center midfielder for Woodland and Guse praised his work ethic on the field.
“[Coronado] has good skills and always plays 110 percent,” Guse said. “He gives everything that he has on the field.”
Ivan Pineta — Woodland
Pineta was the top offensive force for the Wildcats this season thanks to his ability to put the ball in the back of the net.
“He has great skills and is great in front of the goal,” Guse said of his striker.
Joe Varner — Adairsville
The Tigers did not have their best season in 2013, but they had some strong individual performances. Specifically, Varner scored nine goals as a senior midfielder to win Adairsville’s most valuable player award.
Honorable Mention: Wil Jackson, Cartersville; Javier Alonso, Cartersville; Harlan Ritcher, Cartersville; Axel Ritcher, Cartersville; Uriel Ramirez, Woodland; Jose Paniagua, Woodland; Will Broome, Woodland; Nick Lawhorn, Adairsville; Josh Lehto, Adairsville; Jacob Young, Adairsville.