Although the season didn’t end in a state tournament run, it was still a solid season for ADM boys soccer in 2019 and as a result, seven different Tigers earned All-Raccoon River Conference honors.
ADM, who earned at least a share of the conference crown for the second straight season, finished the season with a 12-6 overall record with a 6-1 mark inside the Raccoon River Conference.
Of the seven total Tigers who made the All-Conference list, five of them earned first-team honors including Justin Annear, Josh Pike, Sam Bardwell, Brad Freiemuth, and Owen Meier. The five Tigers marked the highest by any one team inside the first team.
Pike was the scoring leader of the bunch and led ADM with a mark of 18 total goals scored this season. Those 18 goals marked the fourth-best scoring total across the entire conference. Pike also finished sixth in the conference in total points earned with 42. Pikes contributions were extremely important to ADM soccer which head coach Bill Shields noted earleir this season.
“For such a young individual, Josh plays like he’s far more experienced and that is something you just don’t see a whole lot at the high school level,” stated Shields. “He has such great field vision that it’s hard for opponents to get ahead of him or to out think him. Far more times than not he puts himself in the right position which either results in a goal or helps aid in a goal for another teammate. He’s an all around solid player that will continue to be a big piece in years to come.”
Junior Justin Annear was ADM’s leader in assists with eight, a mark that ranks fifth best inside the Raccoon River Conference. Annear also totaled eight goals scored on the season. Annear, a multi-year starter, also grabbed the attention of coach Shields with his performance both on and off the field.
“Like a lot of guys on this team, Justin has great footwork and overall technique but what I feel is just as important is how great of a teammate he is,” began Shields. “He’s always looking to make plays happen whether he’s a part of them or not. He does very well at playing un-selfish soccer.”
As for the second team All-Conference team, the Tigers yielded senior Braidon Lee who totaled eleven goals scored, one assist, and 24 total points earned on the season. Meanwhile, Cody Anderson earned honorable mention honors.
All seven Tiger stars contributed in significant fashion and coach Shields had nothing but praise for his All-Conference contributers.
“Every single one of these gentlemen have performed wonderfully for this team this season,” began Shields. “It’s always a pleasure to coach high school students but it was an even bigger pleasure to coach kids with such character and pride for what they do and what school they play for. It’s the character of these boys that has been just as important as their physical skills this season.”
What brings more excitment to the table is the fact that the Tigers lose out on just two of their All-Conference members in Braidon Lee and Sam Bardwell. In all, the Tigers will be losing ten seniors but will be returning nearly 65 percent of their overall scoring offense for the 2020 season.