Fox Chapel's Midock named regional all-American
For the second time in four seasons, Fox Chapel's Brian Midock has been recognized as one of the top high school soccer players in the nation.
Midock, a senior sweeper for the Foxes, recently was named a regional all-American. He also got all-American recognition as a sophomore in 2000.
Additionally, Midock made all-state for the third time in his high school career.
"It's a tremendous accomplishment. Very few players at Fox Chapel have done that," Fox Chapel coach Mark Perry said. "Brian can play anywhere on the field, and wherever we put him, he would shine."
Midock had six goals and three assists for the Foxes, who went 21-2, won the Section 3-AAA championship and reached the WPIAL Class AAA finals and the PIAA quarterfinals.
"Brian really solidified our defense," Perry said. "We only gave up six goals in 23 games all season."
Midock's teammate, senior goalkeeper Ted Sheedy, was an all-state selection for the first time after recording 17 shutouts for the Foxes. Sheedy also was named all-WPIAL for the second time and is the Section 3-AAA player of the year.
Six Fox Chapel players were selected all-WPIAL by the Western Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association. Joining Midock and Sheedy on the all-WPIAL team were senior midfielder Drew Majerick (nine goals, five assists), senior forward Steve Warden (11 goals, 15 assists), junior forward E.J. McCormick (21 goals, five assists) and junior defender Ryan McDonald (seven goals, four assists).
"I think it shows that most people thought we were the best team throughout the season," said Perry, whose team was nationally-ranked for much of the season. "Only 40 players were all-WPIAL, and six of them were on our team. That's pretty impressive."
Midock, Sheedy, Majerick and McCormick made the all-Section 4-AAA team. Warden was an honorable mention selection.
Shady Side Academy also had a pair of all-WPIAL players in senior goalkeeper Fritz Woelfel and senior forward John Miller. Both made it for the second year in a row.
Woelfel made 151 saves and had eight shutouts in 18 games. He finished his Shady Side career with a school-record 499 saves and tied Cam Altmar for most career shutouts with 27.
Miller topped the 10-6-2 Indians in goals (18), assists (11) and points (29).
"Fritz kept us in a lot of games and made some spectacular saves, especially late in the season. He's one of the best keepers in western Pennsylvania," Shady Side coach Harry Fleishman said. "Miller has been our leading scorer two years in a row, and it's tough to score 18 goals when everybody knows you're the guy who's going to score the goals."
Eight local boys soccer players have been named all-WPIAL, two were selected all-state and one made regional all-American.
Regional all-American: Brian Midock, Fox Chapel (sr., sweeper).
All-state: Midock; Ted Sheedy, Fox Chapel (sr., goalkeeper).
All-WPIAL: Midock; Sheedy; Drew Majerick, Fox Chapel (sr. midfielder); Steve Warden, Fox Chapel (sr., forward); E.J. McCormick, Fox Chapel (jr., forward); Ryan McDonald, Fox Chapel (jr., defender); Fritz Woelfel, Shady Side Academy (sr., goalkeeper); John Miller, Shady Side Academy (sr., forward).
All-section: Midock, Sheedy, Majerick, McCormick, Woelfel, Miller.
Honorable mention all-section: Warden; Drew Gilbert, Shady Side Academy (sr., midfielder).