Boys’ soccer All-State: Belmont’s Michael Foley, CCA’s Craig Anthony win Coach of the Year

  • Concord Christian players Wilson Rose (left), Aidan Duffy (second from left), Levi Campbell (center), and Ethan Young (right) celebrate with head coach Craig Anthony after winning the D-IV soccer championship on Nov. 6. Anthony was named the Division IV Coach of the Year and the head coach for New Hampshire’s Twin State All-Star team. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Belmont’s Jacobb Bivens gets a hand on the ball to try to keep it out of the net off of a Gilford corner on Nov. 2 during the Division III boys’ soccer semifinals. ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL / Monitor staff

  • Belmont goalie Jacobb Bivens secures the ball during the Division III boys’ soccer semifinals on Nov. 2. ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 11/18/2022 11:47:50 PM

The New Hampshire Soccer Coaches Association released its annual awards on Friday, with special recognition given to two area coaches.

Belmont’s Michael Foley was named the Division III Coach of the Year, while Concord Christian Academy’s Craig Anthony earned the same award in D-IV.

Foley – who has been the head coach at Belmont for 23 years – helped the Raiders bounce back from a 3-11-1 campaign in 2021 by reaching the D-III semifinals with a 14-3-2 record.

Anthony – a sixth-year man at CCA – led the Kingsmen to its first championship in 29 years. Known for an aggressive offense and stout defense, Concord Christian was D-IV’s top seed with an 18-0-1 record, outscoring opponents 112-3 over 19 matches.

Anthony was also named the head coach for New Hampshire’s Twin State team, a squad made up of the best seniors across all four NHIAA divisions, to take on Vermont’s all-star seniors in the Twin State Lions Cup next summer.

Foley was named an assistant coach, while Coe-Brown defender Ben Robinson, Merrimack Valley midfielders Gavin Wheeler and Lucas Godoi, and Concord Christian midfielder Austin Spurr were the area players selected to the roster.

Concord Christian led area boys’ soccer teams with five All-State and Honorable Mention selections, while Belmont collected four.

All area All-State and Honorable Mention selections are below.

Division I

Honorable Mention: Concord’s Nicholas DiBuono (defense).

Division II

First Team: Coe-Brown’s Ben Robinson (defense) and Merrimack Valley’s Gavin Wheeler (midfield).

Second Team: Coe-Brown’s Brady Kouchoukous (forward), John Stark’s Miles Lanier (goalie), and Merrimack Valley’s Andrew Baldwin (defense) and Lucas Godoi (midfield).

Honorable Mention: Bow’s Luke Hartshorn (midfield) and Pembroke’s Colby Pepka (midfield).

Division III

First Team: Belmont’s Jacobb Bivens (goalie), Kearsarge’s Davis West (defense) and Dylan Selby (forward), and Winnisquam’s Ayden Cushing (midfield).

Second Team: Belmont’s Owen Waldron (defense) and Liam Waldron (midfield), Bishop Brady’s Michael Thresher (defense), and Hillsboro-Deering’s Logan Miller (defense) and Griffin Cassidy (forward).

Honorable Mention: Belmont’s William Riley (midfield), Hopkinton’s Colby Boissy (goalie) and Winnisquam’s Zach St. Onge (forward).

Division IV

First Team: Concord Christian’s Levi Campbell (defense) and Ethan Young (midfield).

Second Team: Concord Christian’s Jaden Young (goalie), Aidan Duffy (defense) and Austin Spurr (midfield).

Honorable Mention: Pittsfield’s Parker Clark (forward).

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