Chapel Hill junior Ben Fisher named All-American

12/10/2013 5:10 PM

12/10/2013 7:14 PM

Chapel Hill High School midfielder Ben Fisher has been named an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Fisher was one of six juniors and one of just two players from North Carolina on the 61-player list.

“Ben makes a difference for whatever team he’s playing with, at whatever level,” Chapel Hill coach Ron Benson said. “He’s extremely unselfish and serves the ball exactly here one needs it.”

Fisher is the first all-American for the Chapel Hill boys’ soccer team since Tommy Drake was named an NSCAA All-American in 2006. Fisher also is the first Chapel Hill junior to make the NSCAA team since Derek Kepner in 1988, said Benson.

He was joined on the 2013 NSCAA team by T.C. Roberson senior Austin Stamey.

Fisher was the Big Eight Conference’s 2013 Player of the Year. Playing at attacking midfielder for Chapel Hill (24-2-1), he scored 16 goals, and his 20 assists this year were tops among Triangle high school players.

Fisher helped Chapel Hill go 14-0-0 in Big-Eight Conference games and to reach the East Region final in the NCHSAA 3A playoffs.

“I would have liked for us to win the state championship,” Fisher said. “Without that, I guess this is the high point of my year in soccer.”

Fisher also plays with CHHS teammates Luke Ciocca and Justus Heizer on Triangle United ’95 Gold club, which last summer won the National Youth Soccer Association’s southeastern tournament and qualified for the USYA’s national championship.

Fisher has committed verbally to play for UNC-Wilmington in 2015.

W.E. Warnock, The Chapel Hill News

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