Patel, Mayo shine in All-Star showcase

By PATRICK MacCOON patrick.maccoon@clevelandbanner.com
Posted 6/16/17

CHATTANOOGA — Seven local soccer players strapped on their cleats and battled through rainy conditions at the Tennessee-Georgia All-Star showdown at Finley Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

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Patel, Mayo shine in All-Star showcase

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CHATTANOOGA — Seven local soccer players strapped on their cleats and battled through rainy conditions at the Tennessee-Georgia All-Star showdown at Finley Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

A trio of former Lady Mustangs began the day with dominance as Jade Mayo, Mya Patel and Isabel Swafford helped spark a 6-0 rout on both sides of the ball.

Mayo, a Tennessee Wesleyan signee, scored a goal and assisted one as well. She had 38 goals and 20 assists over her career.

Patel, a Bryan College signee, assisted a pair of goals in the rain-shortened match that was called in the 60th minute. She had 57 goals and 59 assists in her career.

With a combined 95 goals and 79 assists over Mayo and Patel’s prep career, they statistically are the most successful senior duo in Walker Valley girls’ soccer history.

Mayo and Patel also combined for eight hat tricks in a four-year span where they helped make for a 44-25-7 record and the program’s first district and region championship in the fall of 2015.

An offense can only be as good as the defense lets it be, and another former Lady Mustang helped the ferocious attack on that end of the pitch.

Swafford, who has signed with Emory & Henry College, helped deny any goals from Georgia, as she was part of a strong back line of defense.

Swafford’s defense also helped WV post 17 shutouts over her last three seasons.

Aided by a strong effort from past Lady Mustang standouts, Tennessee now leads the all-star series 9-2-1.

Other goals for the Volunteer State came from East Hamilton’s Camryn Harris (2), home-schooler Paige Harris, McMinn County’s Makena Giles and Morgan Hutchinson.

Boys Game

Georgia 2, Tennessee 1

Cleveland and Walker Valley each had two representatives apiece in the second all-star match, which was called with 14 minutes left to play due to lightning.

Former Blue Raiders Tommy Marino and Dillon Alexander took the pitch along with Mustang standouts David Camacho-Ordaz and Sam Gibson.

With five minutes remaining in the match, Gibson had the final shot on goal of the day for Tennessee. His line-drive shot was stopped by a dive to the far right of the goal by North Murray keeper Ish Capistran.

Gibson was named the regular season District 5-AAA Midfield Most Valuable Player with 12 goals and eight assists.

Alexander and Camacho-Ordaz were both first team all-district selections while Marino was the district offensive MVP.

Cleveland made a run to the Class AAA state tournament for the first time since 2009 with a program best 21-win season. It’s only loss came in the state quarterfinals to Science Hill.

“This past year of soccer has been phenomenal,” Marino said. “I had been known as having a bad temper in the past, but I turned that into a desire to win. I tried hard to perfect my play and really have grown in my attitude and respect for players, coaches and officials.”

Marino is considering Tennessee Wesleyan and Bryan College for his future career.

Camacho, who has the single season record for most goals in WV history and 31 for his career, plans to try out for the Chattanooga Football Club, which has as its home field Finley Stadium.

“It was great honor to be out there today,” Camacho said. “All these guys have a lot of talent. It was a dream to play for Tennessee.”

CHS’ Jordan Lopez and WVHS’ Skyler Swafford were both invited, but could not play.

Northwest Whitfield’s Enzo Lavecchia scored the game-winning goal in the 55th minute, while Georgia’s other goal came from Sonoraville’s Kevin Villatoro.

Tennessee’s lone goal came off the foot of Chattanooga Christian’s Drew Bolano off a beautiful corner kick assist by McCallie’s Drew Viscomi, who is the Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year.

Tennessee has lost the last four all-star matches against Georgia, but still leads the all-time series 8-5.

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