Riverdale won its first state tournament game in program history in late May, reaching the Class AAA state semifinals.
Four senior members of that team are named to The Daily News Journal’s 2012 All-Area Boys Soccer First Team and headline the squad.
Union signee Seth Guiler leads the Riverdale quartet. Guiler, a forward, led the area with 21 goals and record seven assists. His game-winning goal against Ooltewah helped the Warriors advance to their third straight TSSAA Class AAA state tournament. Guiler was also named the District 7-AAA Offensive MVP.
Defenders Josh Arman and John David Anthony along with midfielder Alex Pope join Guiler as Riverdale representatives. Arman, a Cumberland signee, was named the District 7-AAA Defensive MVP. Pope scored four goals, while recording a team-high 11 assists.
District 7-AAA runner-up Oakland placed two players on the first team in junior forward Patrick Wright and senior defender Eric Brewton. Wright scored eight goals with 11 assists for the Patriots.
Junior midfielders Cameron Kerper and Derek Knotts represent Smyrna on the first team. Kerper scored eight goals and had five assists for the Bulldogs. Knotts had four goals with an assist as a defensive midfielder.
Blackman junior goalkeeper Paxton Mitchell, who was named The Daily News Journal’s Player of the Year, is on the team after allowing one goal or less in 10 of the 16 Blaze games.
Siegel’s Ryan Stroh and Central Magnet’s Ben Meyer round out the team. Meyer, a sophomore midfielder, had 11 goals and 19 assists. Stroh, a senior defender, had 12 goals with eight assists.