The top three teams in The News & Observer boys’ soccer ranking – 4A runner-up and No.1 Sanderson, 4A East runner-up No.2 Green Hope and 3A quarterfinalist Chapel Hill – accounted for eight players on the All-Metro team.
Twelve of the 13 players selected were seniors.
Jordan, which had 13 shutouts, is fourth in the area rankings. Apex, which lost twice on the field (three games were forfeited), follows in fifth place.
N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A champ North Raleigh Christian is sixth while 1A champ Sanford Grace Christian is ninth – behind No. 7 Fuquay-Varina and No.8 Garner.
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No.10 N.C. Science and Math is the highest-ranked 2A squad, while No.11 Carrboro is only other 2A team on the list.
Cardinal Gibbbons, Heritage, Millbrook and Smithfield-Selma, which was won 13 of its last 14 games, round out the rankings.
Apex’s Sean Bowman, Green Hope’s Sam Rauf, Chapel Hill’s Chandler Weedon and Jordan’s David Yeyeodu were the only defenders named to the squad. Leesville Road’s Chris Zappia was the All-Metro goalkeeper.
Midfielders are Robert Smith of Apex, Marco Perez of Garner and Ben Fisher of Chapel Hill.
Forwards Zack Compton (Green Hope), Michael Clemmons (Sanderson), Nate Hebert (Chapel Hill), Dean Rutherford (Fuquay-Varina) and Ryan Turner (Sanderson) totaled 106 goals.
|Sean Bowman, Apex||Sr.||Apex’s top center back was also a weapon on free kicks.|
|Zack Compton, Green Hope||Sr.||Falcons forward had 25 goals for Green Hope, helping his team to the 4A East final.|
|Michael Clemmons, Sanderson||Sr.||Spartans forward had 17 goals and nine assists for the state runners-up and was an all-state pick.|
|Ben Fisher, Chapel Hill||Jr.||Big Eight Conference player of the year had 16 goals and led Triangle public-school players with 20 assists.|
|Nate Hebert, Chapel Hill||Sr.||Tigers forward posted 25 goals to lead his team. Also added eight assists|
|Marco Perez, Garner||Sr.||Midfielder had 13 goals and 14 assists to lead the Trojans to their best season in school history.|
|Sam Rauf, Green Hope||Sr.||All-state defender and team captain helped the Falcons post 12 shutouts.|
|Dean Rutherford, Fuquay-Varina||Sr.||With 22 goals and 11 assists, the Charlotte recruit and all-state pick led his conference in points.|
|Robert Smith, Apex||Sr.||The Cougars’ catalyst in the midfield was named Southwest Wake Conference player of the year; all-state pick.|
|Ryan Turner, Sanderson||Sr.||Like Clemmons, had 17 goals and 11 assists for the 4A runners-up and was also named all-state.|
|Chandler Weedon, Chapel Hill||Sr.||Physical centerback excelled at winning headers at either end of the field.|
|David Yeyeodu, Jordan||Sr.||Defender helped the Falcons post 13 shutouts and only once did Jordan give up more than one goal.|
|Chris Zappia, Leesville Road||Sr.||All-state goalkeeper made sparkling saves and sparked the Pride’s run to the conference tournament title game.|