Ravenscroft varsity soccer standout Emmanuel Petrov '19 is wrapping up his final season of high school soccer in a big way: Just days after playing in the 2018 High School All-American Game in Orlando, Florida, he has been named a United Soccer Coaches Association All-America and All-Mid-Atlantic Player.
Emmanuel had been on the All-American Game watch list, comprising nearly 400 elite competitors from among the nation's 450,000 high school players, since the beginning of the varsity season. Emmanuel was notified last week that he was among the 40 young men selected for participation and traveled to Florida for intensive training with his All-American East teammates before the game on Saturday, Dec. 1. He had an assist in the 4-3 victory for the East team.
"It was an honor to be selected as one of the best high school players in the country," Emmanuel said of his experience in Florida. "It was an exciting and highly competitive experience, and I'm happy that I came away with a good performance, an assist and a win with the East Team. It's not every day that one gets a chance to play in front of over 11,000 people. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I enjoyed every minute of it."
The recognition from USCA — the largest coaching association in the world — will take Emmanuel and his family to the award ceremony and convention in Chicago on Jan. 12, 2019. This prestigious honor is awarded to just a handful of the best amateur soccer players in the country.
Emmanuel was co-captain of Ravenscroft's highly ranked varsity soccer team this year, leading them to the NCISAA state finals. As a Raven, he won two TISAC Conference Championships and two Ravenscroft Annual Soccer Invitational Championships and was honored as 2018 NCISAA All-State, three-time TISAC All-Conference, two-time Ravenscroft Annual Soccer Invitational All-Tournament and two-time All-Region player. He will play for The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Ravenscroft varsity soccer coach Alix Charles noted that these recognitions were well deserved.
"Emmanuel worked really hard all four years to lead the Ravenscroft team," he said. "I am glad that he was recognized for his achievements and that he was able to participate in the game this past weekend. I am especially proud of his outstanding contributions over the last four years."
"I'm pleased that I was able to earn both recognitions," Emmanuel said. "I'd like to thank my parents, coaches, classmates and the Ravenscroft community for their support. I'm proud that I was able to represent Ravenscroft on a national scale."Enjoy a recording of the All-American game here. Below, Emmanuel (back row, third from left) with his East teammates.