The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

December 14, 2012

Carthage lands four on all-state soccer team

By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer

— Carthage High School’s top finish in its history of boys soccer this season has resulted in four players on the Class 2 all-state team, according to the Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association.

Coach Jacob Osborne’s Tigers, who finished 22-9 overall, lost 2-1 to Saint Dominic of O’Fallon in the Class 2 final.

Making all-state for Carthage, Osborne said Thursday, were four seniors. Forward Michael Maturino and defender Ismael Serratos made the first team and midfielders Erik Estrada and Victor Lopez are on the second elite.

Plus, Serratos is the offensive player of the year in Class 2.

Osborne, a 2002 graduate of Carthage High School, is the public schools coach of the year for Class 2.

Said Osborne: “We’ll miss those players without a doubt. Those four and our other seniors will be difficult to replace. Definitely, younger players will have to step up. We (the coaching staff) will have to figure out some things.

“Victor (Lopez), Michael (Maturino) and Ismael (Serratos) were getting varsity time by the end of their freshman season,” Osborne said. “Erik (Estrada) came to Carthage for his sophomore year.”

Carthage logged an overall record of 81-27 in the four years, Osborne said. Lopez, Maturino and Serratos helped the Tigers capture four district championships.

Serratos finished his career with 95 goals and 26 assists, Osborne said.

Osborne, 28, a graduate of Missouri Southern State University, is in his fourth season as head coach. He played a year of soccer for the Lions after his soccer career for the Tigers under Matt Huntley.

Osborne assisted Huntley and Chris Rogers — each for two years — before taking the reins. Osborne was assisted this season by Butch Loveall and Caleb Bayless.

Carthage will enter next fall seeking a sixth straight district title.