Sullivan South Soccer's Best Run Ever?: Former Coach Tom LaGuardia Thinks So

Dee WilcoxAnalyst IMay 15, 2008

KINGSPORT -- Tom LaGuardia is in Simpsonville, S.C., but keeps up with what Sullivan South is doing in soccer on and writes: "If they need the endorsement (and they really don't) you can put me on record as saying that is is now the best playoff run of any South team...ever.''

LaGuardia coached South when it won the Region I-AAA title in 2005, but then lost in the sectional.

"The biggest thing that stands out to me is that when we made our run in 2005, we only had to beat TN High to get to the region,'' writes LaGuardia. "For years it was the big three...D-B, Science Hill, and Tennessee High. South just took down all three in one week. I would venture to say that no one has ever beaten all three in one week.''

South will try to beat Science Hill, which is blanked last Friday, 2-0, to win the District I-AAA title for the first time ever, again Thursday night when the teams meet in the Region I-AAA finals at 5:30 p.m., at South. The winner will host a sectional game on Saturday, while the loser will have to play on the road. Knox West, which upset Farragut in overtime on Tuesday, 3-2, will play Oak Ridge in the Region 2 title game Thursday night.

LaGuardia, who hopes to make it up to the game Saturday that will make or break the Rebels going to state, says the door is open for the Rebels with both Knox Farragut and Knox Bearden losing. Knox West and Oak Ridge are playing for the Region 2 title on Thursday.

LaGuardia has also filled in some information on South records.

He says Richard Frazier (1994 through 1997) held the season record of 23 goals and the career record of 57 goals. Josh Wood made 24 goals last season to set the single-season record -- and has 22 so far this season -- and also has set the career record with 61, getting two more on Tuesday.

"Sergey Prokhnevskiy had 22 in 2005,'' writes LaGuardia. "Vladimir Prokhnevskiy had the most career assists with 39. I would venture to say Adam (Griffith) is on his heels.''

Added LaGuardia: "I had the good fortune to work with Josh and Adam as rising ninth graders at my summer camp before I left. Both had brothers that were Juniors on the 2005 team.''

LaGuardia lives near Greenville, S.C.

"We are blessed to be in a great soccer community here with Clemson down the road and the Carolina Elite program 2 miles up the road. Good enough that the U-18's from Carolina Elite had the Liverpool Junior side in last week! I have continued doing the Clemson Men's Academy and have done some private HS sessions in the area, but I'm most focussed on individual training with my 7-year-old daughter and that's about all I can handle! If the boys get to host the sectional, I'm going to try to get up there.''