Although the season is over in terms of regular competition, a group of the area’s marquee players will still be in action when they take the field on Saturday for the Georgia Soccer Coaches Association (GASCA) All-Star Game.
This event, which is open to senior players only, takes place at Lassiter High School in Marietta. The girls’ game begins at 6 p.m. followed by the boys’ match at 8 p.m.
Four Salem Lady Seminoles, goalkeeper Shallon Hobbs, defender Shelby Hobbs, midfielder Brittany Beaumont and forward Jordan Young, along with Heritage midfielder Constance Bates will represent the neighborhood in the girls’ game. On the boys’ side, midfielder Ross Sellers of Heritage will carry the flag for the county.
The teams are divided into regional affiliation with 1-A through 4-A schools taking on the 5-A clubs. Players were nominated by their individual with the final selections being made by a committee of coaches from across the state.
"We try to put the best 44 girls and boys in the game. Looking at the stats of the 88 players in the game, I’d say at least 60 of them are going to college on scholarships, so we definitely have some quality players in the game," said David Oblas, president of DiVarsity, the organization heading up this weekend’s game.
"It’s a fun game to watch. The cool thing is it takes place a week after the state playoffs culminate. All these players were playing against each other a few weeks ago, now they get to be friends and play with each other."
All six players take the field fresh off competing in the postseason. Salem, which ended the year ranked third in the Class AAAA polls, won the Region 8-AAAA championship and advanced to the Final Four of the state tournament.
The Lady Patriots were also state-ranked, placing seventh in Class AAAA. They finished behind Salem in the region and were elminated in the second round of the playoffs.
Heritage’s boys also placed second in the region; however, it dropped a home match in the first round of the postseason.
Tickets for the game are $7 for adults with $5 admission for high school students and children.