Saints soccer takes home top billing in state awards

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Saint Paul Saints are still basking in the glow of their boys' soccer state championship, and after claiming the first state title of any kind in school history, players and coaches are receiving postseason recognition.

Head coach Luther Schmidt was named private school Coach of the Year by the Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association. Schmidt has won over 230 matches, 10 district titles and made nine quarterfinal appearances in his career.

Defensive center back Clay Lampen shared co-Defensive Player of the Year honors with LaVion Wilson of Canton and was a first-team all-state selection. Eugene Kinyanjui and Tanner Lark also earned first-team nods.

Leading goal scorer Frode Hitland was a second-team choice along with goalkeeper Harrison Boynton and midfielder Simon Hoeyland.

Haavard Stranden joined all six Saints on the all-region team. Kinyanjui was the co-Offensive Player of the Year in the region with Elijah Tombs of KC Lutheran.

Schmidt earned region Coach of the Year, while Lampen was defensive MVP and Boynton was dubbed top keeper.

The Saints matched a school record with 23 wins en route to the title, knocking off Greenwood 5-1 in the Class 1 semifinals before edging Maplewood 1-0 in the championship match.

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