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All-state SoccerDawgs stick together, choose ETSU
Gatorade Player of Year Webster, Schoenfeld make it official Feb. 14

They’re All-state high school soccer forwards, they’re best friends and their bound for Buccaneer Country.

A close friendship was critical in the join decision of Bearden soccer standouts Tom Webster and Aaron Schoenfeld to sign National Letter of Intent papers with East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, during a dual ceremony in the BHS “Pit” Thursday, Feb. 14.

“We’ve been, pretty much, best friends for several years,” said Webster, an NSCAA All-American honoree who also was named 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year in Tennessee. “We’ve played club together.”

Webster, 18, also is a three-time All-Region 2-AAA and All-District 4-AAA honoree. As leading scorer in 2006, Webster helped Bearden win a Class AAA state crown. Again leading the team in goals in 2007, he helped the SoccerDawgs earn state runner-up.

Schoenfeld, BHS’s second leading scorer in ’07, also is two-time All-Region and All-District.

“We both wanted to play soccer together, we’re best friends,” Schoenfeld said. “All four years [at BHS] we’ve hung out together. It was quite a big factor.”

Eric Turner, BHS head coach, had high praise for both.

“Tom’s got a great work ethic,” Turner said. “His speed and his skill on the ball is what’s going to set him aside.

“Aaron has been a great player, full of energy, high intensity guy on the field ball movement-wise,” Turner added. “His size and his speed really make him a creative type forward.”

Other reasons to choose ETSU, which will begin a new varsity program with the 2008-09 season?

Webster also cited “location, a new [Division]-1 program, great facilities, it just seemed like the right fit. Also another factor is a great coach. Scott Calabrese is just coming in from being the assistant coach at Clemson.”

The 2007 state Player of the Year said automatic playing time “is not guaranteed. Got to go in there and work hard.” Webster said he also considered South Carolina and Bowling Green.

Schoenfeld said, “It felt comfortable. It came down to Memphis and E-T-S-U. The closer one felt right. A new program. I want to play all four years. ... Definitely a big factor. I really like the coach there. Scott Calabrese is really a good man.”

Schoenfeld, 17, also pointed to a non-conference scheduled he said included perennial national powers Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.


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