PikeView defender captain of AA boys soccer first team
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - For PikeView coach Bill Hopkins, one play by senior defender Alex Testerman sticks out above the rest this season.
It came in an early October win against Sissonville, and began with Testerman positioned where he normally is - on the back line.
"They had a corner kick and our goalie got it and played the ball to our striker, who won the ball and touched it in front of him," Hopkins recalled. "Alex ran up on it in a mad dash and put it in the back of the net. He did a 100-yard dash and got the goal. He completely changed that game from heart, desire and effort. It was one of the best plays I saw all year. Just crazy."
That was one of Testerman's seven goals this season, but his presence defensively was far more important.
Testerman was the key cog of a defensive unit that recorded 14 shutouts, including 11 over its final 15 games en route to winning a state championship.
His efforts led to him being captain of the Class AA-A boys all-state first team, as announced today by the West Virginia Sportswriters Association.
"He's a hard-nosed kid, but his work ethic in practice set a standard for our kids on what level you're supposed to work at in practice," Hopkins said. "He played 80 minutes every game and gave great heart and effort every game he was out there. He was just relentless and worked hard."
Testerman is joined on the 13-man team by fellow defenders Kevin Steele of Robert C. Byrd, Zach Smith of Sissonville and Ian Hayhurst of East Fairmont. Steele scored six goals and was the leader of a defense that allowed just 11 goals in 16 wins, and Hayhurst had eight goals and three assists for the runner-up Bees.
The four first-team midfielders are Charleston Catholic's Anthony Cipollone (11 goals), Bridgeport's Joey Reese (15 goals, 10 assists), PikeView's Seth Wood (24 goals, 15 assists) and East Fairmont's Colin Harvath (24 goals, 30 assists).
Headlining the group of forwards are Charleston Catholic's Joey Trupo and Notre Dame's Phil Chafin. Trupo and Chafin totaled 33 goals apiece.
The explosive duo is joined up front by Robert C. Byrd's Chaz Rodeheaver, who had 23 goals and six assists.
A pair of goalkeepers, PikeView's Austin Cordell and East Fairmont's Brett Metheny, round out the first team.
The duo was matched up against one another in the state title game. For the season, Cordell posted 17 clean sheets and came up with 88 saves, while Metheny recorded 12 shutouts along with a .51 goals against average.
Second-team goalkeepers are Notre Dame's Chad Morrison and Sissonville's J.R. Stricklen. The trio of second-team forwards includes East Fairmont's Levi Perkins, South Harrison's Garrett Wilkins, who serves as the captain, and Bridgeport's Fernando Porras.
Manning the midfield are ND's Chris Petrucci, North Marion's Dylan Leary, Weir's Alex Hannah and Fairmont Senior's Derek Bartrug.
The quartet of defenders includes Charleston Catholic's Phillip Mallory, Parkersburg Catholic's Brian Shin, RCB's Matt Kersting and St. Joseph's Torin Walters.