DeMatha forward Arion Sobers-Assue and River Hill’s Jake Turney have been selected to play in next month’s Choice American Hotel’s All-American Game on Dec. 14 in Philadelphia, joining a roster of 42 of the country’s best players in fall high school soccer.
The two standouts will join McDonogh senior George Campbell as the only players from the Washington-Baltimore area in the game. Campbell is committed to Maryland. They will compete for the East All-American team, and Sobers-Assue will have to compete against DeMatha Coach Dafydd Evans, who will coach the West team.
The selection of Sobers-Assue came just days after he helped lead the Stags to a 1-0 victory over rival Gonzaga in the WCAC championship match on Saturday, in which the senior scored the game-winning goal. It capped a remarkable tournament for Sober-Assue; he scored six goals in three games, including a hat-trick in a first round win over McNamara. He finished the season with 20 goals, overcoming a right ankle injury that kept him out of action for five games early in the season.
DeMatha finished the season on a 13-game winning streak, recording clean sheets in 11 of those contests. Sobers-Assue is still undecided on the recruiting front, but has received interest Villanova, West Virginia, Xavier and Lafayette.
“My goal this year was to just help my team win a championship,” Sobers-Assue said. “I’ve actually never played in an all-star game like this. It’s going to be a good experience for me. Hopefully it goes well.”
Turney, who committed to UNC-Wilmington earlier this fall, has been a centerpiece to River Hill’s 16-1 run this season. He scored six goals and six assists before injuring his hamstring in the regular season finale against Wilde Lake. That has kept him on the sideline during the Hawks’ wild run through the Maryland 3A playoffs.
River Hill was crowned 3A East region champs after Tuesday’s penalty shootout win Mount Hebron — which came just days after they knocked off defending state champion Reservoir in penalty kicks. Turney, a four-year varsity player, is hoping to be back in time for Saturday’s state semifinal against Urbana.
“It took four years, but we’re finally winning things. I just can’t wait to keep going forward, and hoping we can get a result Saturday,” Turney said Wednesday, also reflecting on his selection to the all-star game. “Every day I worked hard, in the back of my mind I was thinking, ‘You know, you can be an all-American. You can go and win a state championship with this team. You can be one of the best players in this country.’ It’s such an honor.”