None of the county's four soccer teams -- Adairsville, Cartersville, Cass, Woodland -- were able to improve upon their win total of a year ago as 25 combined wins morphed into just 18.
Only the Purple Hurricanes (10-6-1, 6-4 Region 7-AAA) managed to at least match their win total of 2010, not to mention that they lost two fewer matches.
The Tigers (5-11, 2-4 Region 7-AA), Colonels (3-13, 1-9 Region 7-AAAA) and Wildcats (0-17, 0-10 Region 7-AAAA) each declined by one, one and five wins, respectively.
With the exception of Woodland, most teams returned plenty of key contributors from 2010, but it did not prove to be enough with neither of the county's teams doing enough to qualify for state. Adairsville and Cartersville drew the nearest, but fell short.
Despite another season without any state-qualifying teams, there were numerous players fighting to put their teams over the edge -- many of which are on the all-county team, including player of the year Fernando Serrano, offensive player of the year Bryson Read and rookie of the year Zachary Edwards, all of Cartersville.
Listed below are the 2011 members of The Daily Tribune News' All-County Boys Soccer Team.
-- Fernando Serrano, Cartersville: Serrano, the Canes' junior goalie, is an outstanding keeper, which he further proved this year. The two-time all-county selection kept many of Cartersville's matches close this year with great leadership as well as tremendous saves. The Canes gave up 26 goals in 2011, or an average of 0.65 per game, and Serrano -- and a stout Cartersville defense -- was a key reason for that.
-- Roger Alvarez, Cartersville: Making his first foray into the starting lineup, Alvarez, a senior, brought plenty of creativity to the back line, pushing the Canes up offensively. In addition to being a part of four shutouts, Alvarez also added one goal during the season.
-- Matthew Best, Cartersville: This Cartersville senior contributed to the team's staunch resistance against opposing offenses as the Canes surrendered more than three goals just once on the season. Best was a physical player with great skill and a head for the ball.
-- Preston Slemp, Cartersville: Slemp, an all-county selection as a freshman, supplied a physical presence as the sophomore was a force that helped protect the keeper from many offensive attacks. Slemp, a kicker for the Canes' football team, scored five goals, tallying many of those scores on sheer will alone.
-- Zachary Edwards, Cartersville: Making his way into the starting 11 as a freshman, Edwards did not take away from the Canes' solid, senior-laden defensive unit. Edwards played like an upper classmen, making several great plays to keep Cartersville in its matches.
-- Jesus Lopez, Adairsville: After leading the Tigers in goals as a junior in 2010, Lopez did not match that double-digit goal tally this season. However, as one of the team's captains, the Reinhardt University-bound Lopez remained one of Adairsville's primary contributors. This is the second all-county selection for Lopez.
-- Zac Cravey, Cartersville: Completely tireless, Cravey was the Canes' workhorse. The junior center midfielder did anything his coach, DJ Paradis, needed him to do and never stopped. Cravey, one of the county's best players, scored two goals.
-- Matthew Bryson, Cartersville: Bryson demonstrated a great ability to push forward, notching nine goals this year -- second on the team behind Bryson Read. The sophomore midfielder played well off the ground, illustrating great ability whenever he went airborne.
-- Zach Klaus, Cass: Klaus, a senior forward and midfielder for the Colonels, lived up to his billing as offensive captain, leading the way with a team-high eight goals and connecting with six assists as he was named Cass' offensive MVP. Klaus, an A-average student, maintained a constant presence around the ball, as his numbers reflect.
-- Bryson Read, Cartersville: When the ball was in his vicinity, Read had no problems figuring out what to do with it. The senior forward had a nose for the goal, scoring 11 of the Canes' 42 goals, or around 26 percent.
-- Christian Dolores, Cass: Splitting time between fullback and forward, Dolores could not quite build upon his goal-scoring prowess of his first season. Last year's all-county rookie of the year was needed on the back line to help an inexperienced defense. Yet, Dolores still managed five goals and two assists, proving that the youngster has not forgotten the path to the goal.
Honorable Mention -- Adairsville: Christian Lowery, Jay Potter, Ryan Sexauer; Cartersville: Mitchell Molina, Roselin Perez; Cass: Morgan Ainsworth, Mike Saunders; Woodland: Javier Gonzalez, Rodolpho Gutierrez, Jake Norris, Cesar Vasquez.