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MacDiarmid earns top honor in District 3 boys soccer

St. Mary's boys soccer coach Matt Faurot couldn't say enough about Duncan MacDiarmid after scoring 30 goals for the Crusaders this season.

Neither could opposing coaches.

Not only was MacDiarmid named the District — player of the year, he was a unanimous choice.

It was a well-deserved honor, Faurot said of his star striker. He has just been playing marvelously this season.

The senior led the Crusaders, who had three first-teamers and six honorees overall on the all-star team, to their third straight district title with a 12-1 record.

— MacDiarmid was a first-team all-league defensive stopper on last season's Class 2A/1A state title team, but he made the transition to striker an easy one.

Duncan was still good even after getting the reputation as being a scorer, Faurot said. He could still produce.

St. Mary's also landed senior midfielder Austin Grant and senior defender Matt Bladek on the first team.

Grant led the team with 10 assists to go along with eight goals.

Austin is so skilled because he plays ambidextrously, Faurot said. He can play the center-midfield, which is a very tough position, and he plays it perfectly.

Bladek, a fourth-year starting senior, anchored the league's top defense.

Matt controls defense as well as anybody in the state, Faurot said. We have a pretty good goals-against number and he's responsible for a lot of that.

Senior forward Josh Jones and senior defender Eric Melchiori earned second-team honors, while sophomore midfielder Max Miller was an honorable mention pick.

The Crusaders will try to defend their Class 2A/1A state title starting Monday with a seeding game against either Santiam Christian or East Linn Christian.

District — Boys Soccer All-Stars

FIRST TEAM

PlayerPos.TeamYr.

Duncan MacDiarmidFSt. Mary'sSr.

Josh YimFSantiam Chr.Sr.

Jason SchroederFUVCJr.

Austin GrantMFSt. Mary'sSr.

Evan LattimerMFEast Linn Chr.Sr.

Alex HancockMFSantiam Chr.Sr.

Cody WittrockMFUVCSr.

Matt BladekDSt. Mary'sSr.

John HigginbothamDSantiam Chr.Sr.

Kellan SteedDGlideSr.

Aaron GelvigGKSantiam Chr.Sr.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR ' Duncan MacDiarmid, St. Mary's.

SECOND TEAM

PlayerPos.TeamYr.

Josh JonesFSt. Mary'sSr.

Bryant JangFSantiam Chr.Jr.

Ryan PughMFEast Linn Chr.Sr.

Jay GouldMFGlideSr.

Lionell TrujilloMFSantiam Chr.Sr.

Jake HarringtonMFEast Linn Chr.Sr.

Jeremy GoebelMFUVCJr.

Eric MelchioriDSt. Mary'sSr.

Daniel DayDSantiam Chr.Sr.

Austin ClarkDUVCSr.

Ryan EngelbrechtGKGlideSr.

Reach reporter Rob McCallum at 776-4480