The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced on Monday the 2016 NSCAA High School Boys and Girls All-America Teams. Two are players are part of this select group – Junior Billy Hency of Rockwood Summit and Senior Connor Lonero. In addition, Gianni Catenacci from Rockhurst (and Olathe, KS) was named to the list.
Billy Hency set the standard for large school programs with his offensive prowess, finishing the high school season with 36 goals and 24 assists for a total of 96 points. He was second in assists and fifth in goals, 13 of which were game-winners. He scored in every playoff game, with game-winners in the Sectional, Quarterfinal and Semifinal games. The Semifinal match winner against Ft. Zumwalt South came in the second overtime period. In the Final against Carthage he had a goal and two assists.
The Falcons finished 28-2-1 and Hency scored in 23 of them including the final 14 games enroute to the Class 3 Championship. Hency broke Summit’s single-season scoring record last year, when he poured in 22 goals and had 14 assists, reset yet again this year. He set Summit’s career goals record in September with his eighth goal, the game-winner against Chaminade. With 44 assists (6+14+24) in three years, he’ll be chasing Sr. Colin Hilpert’s career record of 56, initially set with 42 in August this year.
Connor Lonero played one season for the CBC Cadets, joining them for his senior year from the SLSG Academy program, and what a season it turned out to be. Tapped to take the role All-American AJ Palazzolo played for the Cadets in 2015 as the last man on defense, Lonero took the responsibilities and delivered on a team that embraced him from the moment practices began. Playing in the center of a three man defense, Lonero was one of the most vocal players on the team, taking a leadership role that culminated in his two goal match in the Class 4 title game. An indirect kick in the second half to tie the game and the decisive penalty kick that went to sudden death, he delivered on the largest stage at the most critical moments. Lonero was moved into the midfield after the Cadets went down, a position he only played once previously for the Cadets, but like Palazzolo he was a catalyst for the Cadets as they came from behind.
Lonero scored five goals during the course of the season, two game-winners, along with a pair of assists, putting him among a group of eight players who had double-digit points during the season. More importantly, with GK Cameron Meyer and wings Ryan Gerteisen and Nolan DeWeese, the defense delivered 12 shutouts, allowing only 21 goals. Only two during the six game playoff run, shutting out Marquette, DeSmet, Pattonville and Francis Howell North, with lone goals to SLUH (Quarterfinal) and Rockhurst (Final).
These All-Americans, along with the 2016 fall high school award recipients, will be recognized at the NSCAA All-America Luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 in Los Angeles.
Hency scores vs Pattonville
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