WOOD RIVER JCT. — Two Chariho High boys soccer players were named to the All-Division II first team this season.
Senior goalie Cam Anderson and senior forward Ryan Allen earned the honor.
Anderson has been a starter since his sophomore season.
"He has great instincts. He reads the body from the hip down very well," Chariho coach Les Ahern said. "He made some great, great saves this season. He reacts to the ball very well."
Anderson was a first-team All-Division selection in baseball as a catcher when the Chargers won the Division II title last spring. Ahern said some of those skills may have translated to the soccer field.
The 6-foot-2 Allen led the Chargers in goals with 17 and also finished with six assists. The 17 goals are the most by a Charger since 2009, when Nick Dube had 30 during Chariho's Division I championship season.
"He started to figure it out," Ahern said. "He had a big growth spurt from last season. He was also more mature on the field. He doesn't hang around one side looking for a through ball like a lot of strikers do. He was able to read the play in the midfield, and adjust his run and position.
"He also had such a long stride. His first three explosive steps are equivalent to three and a half for most players."
Allen had two games with four goals.
Seniors Riley Hughes (defender) and Kody Gordon (midfielder) earned second-team Division II honors.
Hughes, who was also All-Academic, was a strong tackler for the Chargers, Ahern said. Ahern said Hughes was rarely fooled by the body language of opponents, focusing on the ball instead.
Gordon finished with six goals and led the team in assists with 11. In addition to his offensive prowess, Gordon could also pressure the ball in the midfield to slow the attack when opponents had possession, Ahern said.
Gordon had a "tremendous work ethic" and was also able to manage his energy level throughout the game, Ahern said.
Junior midfielder Devan Jessop was named to the Division II third team. Jessop was "very consistent" for the Chargers, challenging opponents, Ahern said. Jessop also had four goals and six assists.
Anderson and Hughes were named to the All-Division II tournament team. Chariho finished the season 10-5-5, losing to North Smithfield in the D-II semifinals.