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All-Area Boys Soccer

Wise, Martin rewrote the record books

Wise, Martin rewrote the record books

December 12, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

They're like Abbott and Costello, Siegfried and Roy, Penn and Teller or Siskel and Ebert.

After four years starring on the pitch for Berkeley Springs, it's impossible to mention seniors Josh Wise or Matt Martin without mentioning the other.

They've rewritten the Indians' season and career record books, led them to their first state title and earned West Virginia Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year awards together.

Because of all that, they're also sharing The Herald-Mail's 2008 All-Area Boys Soccer Player of the Year honors.

"We've both worked hard, and it's pretty cool that we both got the same award for the same school," Martin said.

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It's impossible to give the honor to one without the other.

Wise had 40 goals and 25 assists and was named the West Virginia Class AA-A Forward of the Year. Martin had 40 goals and 21 assists and was named Class AA-A Midfielder of the Year.

Wise finished his career with 110 goals and 90 assists; Martin leaves with 104 goals and 47 assists.

"We've played together for a few years now, so we have our minds right together," Martin said. "We know where each other is going to be and how to communicate by just looking at each other, where to make our runs and play the ball. We can always expect each other to be at that spot."

"Me and Matt have been playing ball together for so long," Wise said. "Matt's got a great long shot. He'll play the ball up to me and I'll drop it back to him. We play off each other's strengths and we pass the ball so well."

Together, the dynamic duo helped Berkeley Springs become West Virginia's first Class AA-A state champion. The West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission divided boys soccer into two classes for the first time this season.

"At the beginning of the year, our goal was to be state champions once they split the classes," Wise said. "Once we got to the playoffs, we took it a game at a time. We'd never won a regional title until this year. We competed pretty well with the AAA teams, we only lost to Martinsburg and Musselman. But in AA-A, we knew we were tough and we had a good shot."

"They've been talking about (dividing into two classes) for years, and the last three years, we were hoping they'd do it so we'd have a shot," said Indians coach Jamie Chenoweth, who is The Herald-Mail's 2008 Boys Soccer Coach of the Year. "When the split came, I told the seniors it was all or nothing for us."

Berkeley Springs finished 18-5-1 this season, outscoring opponents 115-48 with Wise and Martin leading the way.

"They've been huge," Chenoweth said. "Obviously there's a hundred goals each over their careers. It's changed everything for us. The program is still relatively young, but ever since they showed up as freshmen, they've been the backbone of our program. We've had progress every year since they showed up. They kind of redefined everything for us and the records they've set will probably never be broken."

Joining Wise and Martin on the All-Area First Team are:

Aaron Anderson
Martinsburg's senior midfielder had 13 goals and four assists and made the West Virginia Sports Writers Association's first team as the Bulldogs reached the Class AAA state semifinals.

Rodger Ausherman
Martinsburg's senior goalkeeper led the area with a 0.57 goals-against average and 14 shutouts. He made the West Virginia coaches' first team and was the writers' second-team captain.

Michael Baer
North Hagerstown's senior forward had 20 goals and five assists and made the MVAL Piedmont first team.

Tyler Butts
Musselman's senior defender earned West Virginia coaches' second-team honors and made the Apple Valley League first team.

Zach Creamer
Jefferson's senior defender also was selected to the Apple Valley league first team and the West Virginia coaches' second team.

Ian Franke
Martinsburg's senior defender was selected to the West Virginia writers' first team, the coaches' second team and the Apple Valley League first team.

Seth Gilbert
James Buchanan's senior defender also provided some offense with a goal and four assists, and was named to the Mid-Penn Capital first team.

Shane Lowery
Boonsboro's senior forward led Washington County with 25 goals, added 15 assists and made the MVAL Antietam first team as the Warriors reached the Maryland Class 1A state final.

Michael Reyes
Williamsport's senior forward had 15 goals and eight assists, earned MVAL Antietam first-team honors and was the only Washington County player to make the Maryland All-State Team, as an honorable mention selection.

Tyler Sterling
St. Maria Goretti's junior midfielder had 12 goals and 11 assists, made the Apple Valley League first team and led the Gaels to the Maryland Private Schools state title.

Michael Trumble
Martinsburg's senior midfielder had five goals and eight assists and earned West Virginia coaches' and Apple Valley League first-team honors.

Keith Welch
Boonsboro's senior midfielder had 15 goals and nine assists and was named to the MVAL Antietam first team.

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