Thursday, July 10, 2014
Stockton Blanchard held his own against some of the top soccer players South Carolina has to offer and now he will see how he stacks up against some of North Carolina’s best players.
Blanchard, a four-year starter in goal for the Swamp Foxes, thought he had closed his high school soccer career out June 28 when he helped the South Boys earn a 1-0 victory over the North during the 26th annual North-South Soccer Classic. The recent Ashley Ridge graduate played the entire all-star match in goal to earn the shutout.
However, last week Blanchard was added to the South Carolina roster for the eighth annual Clash of the Carolinas all-star match to be held at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island July 12.
“Unfortunately, another goalkeeper who had been selected to the match originally has not fully recovered from an injury sustained in the season and we needed a GK to fill the spot,” Kevin Heise, State Associate Chairman for the S.C. High School Soccer Coaches Association, said. “Stockton performed very well in the North-South Soccer Classic so he was a no-brainer of a choice.”
The rosters for both all-star games are formed well ahead of time so it’s rare that a player gets added so close to a match. Last year, Noah Gulley from Waccamaw was a late addition for the North-South Classic and ended up being named the MVP for the South All-stars.
Blanchard is now on a short list of players who have been selected for both South Carolina all-star soccer events.
“I’m excited about it but I feel bad for the other keeper because now he won’t get the opportunity to play in the match,” Blanchard said. “I hate to see a guy miss out because of an injury, especially when it is a fellow keeper.”
Blanchard hasn’t been to the Clash of the Carolinas since he watched it from the stands as a middle school student. However, he knows the competition will be stiff.
“I don’t remember much from that match, I was 12 or 13,” he said. “I do remember thinking I would like to play in it one day. We are supposed to be up against North Carolina’s top players so I expect their skill level to be at least equal to what we faced in the North-South match if not better.
“It should be a great match.”
Blanchard, who has signed to play for Radford University, is one of only two healthy goalkeepers on the South Carolina all-star team. He has played club ball with James Island defender Garrett Glaze but will be playing alongside the rest of the all-stars for the first time when they report for practice Friday.
The Clash of the Carolinas girls’ match is scheduled for 2 p.m. July 12 and the boys’ match will follow around 4 p.m.
2014 Clash of the Carolinas South Carolina Boys Roster
Stockton Blanchard (Ashley Ridge, goalkeeper), Brady Allardice (Academic Magnet, goalkeeper), Alex Bourland (Wando, forward), Chandler Corley (Chapin, forward), Johnny Cutrone (Fort Mill, midfielder), Christian Deany (River Bluff, defender), Raffael Dirrigl (Christ Church, midfielder), Kyle Dix (South Pointe, defender), Dillon Garcia (Blythewood, midfielder), Garrett Glaze (James Island, defender), Keaton Hinze (JL Mann, forward), Brennan Koslow (St. Joseph’s, midfielder), Andrew Martens (Wando, defender), Grayson Raynor (Riverside, midfielder), Josh Reid (South Pointe, midfielder), Tyler Rider (JL Mann, midfielder), Adrian Thompson (Spring Valley, defender), Landon Uldrick (Greenwood, goalkeeper) and Julian Welborn (Northwestern, forward).
2014 Clash of the Carolinas South Carolina Girls Roster
Logan Nelson (Wando, goalkeeper), Alex Baker (Blythewood, defender), Angela Downs (Spring Valley, forward), Kathleen Gant (Dreher, midfielder), Amanda Green (Hilton Head Island, midfielder), Ashley Green (Hilton Head Island, midfielder), Kate Harrington (Chapin, forward), Taylor Hurst (North Augusta, forward), Logan Lewis (White Knoll, forward), Courtney McCleod (South Florence, midfielder), Paige Miller (T.L. Hanna, midfielder), Haley Naughton (Lexington, midfielder), Carly Owens (Riverside, defender), Cassidy (Fort Mill, forward), Morgan Powers (West Ashley, midfielder), Thea Tollison (Greenville, defender), Hannah Washko (Spartanburg, midfielder) and Francis Whitesides (Lancaster, midfielder).