Five Columbia high school soccer players named to All-Region team

Monday, December 5, 2011 | 8:03 p.m. CST; updated 12:06 a.m. CST, Tuesday, December 6, 2011

COLUMBIA — Four Rock Bridge senior boys soccer players were named to the 2011 Boys Class 3 Central Region team after finishing their high school careers with the best finish in program history. 

Forward Matt Kelly, defender Sam Stoeckl, and midfielders Kory McDonald and Tyler Griggs made the team that was voted on and announced by the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association.

Stoeckl was named defensive player of the year for the region, while Kelly, who also made the all-region team as a junior, was named player of the year for the region. 

Kelly, who scored 30 goals - 12 game winners - and had 12 assists on the season, earned a spot on two teams announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

He made it on the 2011 NSCAA High School Boys All-Region V team, the team consists of players from Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Kelly was also named to the 2011 Boys NSCAA All-American team.

The NSCAA also named Rock Bridge head coach Kyle Austin the 2011 Missouri NSCAA Coach of the Year for the Large School Public category, and for the second consecutive year, the MSHSSCA named Austin coach of the year for the central region.

Hickman senior goalkeeper Spencer Mills was the lone Kewpie to be named to the all-region team. Mills was also the only goalkeeper to make the team. He was also named goalkeeper of the year for the region.

The Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association said on it's website that it will announce the all-state teams later this week.

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