2012 All-Metro Boys’ Soccer Team

Cardinal Gibbons’ Ade Taiwo leads all-Metro soccer team

tstevens@newsobserver.comNovember 25, 2012 

Ade Taiwo’s value isn’t measured by the 11 goals and 11 assists he scored for Cardinal Gibbons High.

Those numbers aren’t what earned him the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association player of the year honors.

“His stats are not his full potential and all the coaches knew that,” Gibbons coach Tim Healy said. “He is such a force that he is easily doubled- and tripled-teamed and would distribute the ball to open players.

“He was always the marked man and surrounded all the time by the other team’s best defender. He really shines in the big games. He scored or got an assist in every playoff game this year and last year.”

Taiwo said he was not sure if he was going to play high school soccer this year, but he is glad that he did.

“The atmosphere at high school games is tremendous,” Taiwo said. “You go to school the next day and everyone is talking about the game and congratulating you. It’s always great.”

2012 All-Metro boys’ soccer

Sam Bissett, Green Hope, GK, Jr.: Selected as MVP in NCHSAA 4A championship game

Ben Fisher, Chapel Hill, MF, So.: Set up 21 goals and scored 15

Connor Francis, Sanderson, F, Sr.: Led area 4A scorers with 29 goals, 11 assists

Matthew Gerrish, East Chapel Hill, D, Sr.: Charlotte 49ers recruit sparked defenders on 17-2-2 club

Ben Grossfuss, Lee, F, Sr.: Tri-Nine 4A Conference player of the year with 23 goals, eight assists

Tyler Hawley, Green Hope, D, Sr.: Helped lead Falcons to NCHSAA 4A title

Kye Rhode, Cardinal Gibbons, MF, Sr.: Dished out 18 assists and scored 12 goals

Ryan Turner, Sanderson, MF, Jr.: Led Spartans with 15 assists and 17 goals

Thar Thwai, Carrboro, MF, Sr. Propelled Jaguars to NCHSAA 2A championship game

Ade Taiwo, Cardinal Gibbons, F, Jr.: N.C. Soccer Coaches player of the year, 11 goals, 11 assists

Brock Waynik, Corinth Holders, MF, Sr.: Fired in 29 goals and had five assists for 19-4 club

Freddie Woodward, Sanderson, D, Sr.: Top defender on 23-2-2 club

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