Scott Sclar “never in my wildest dreams” thought he would be named Player of the Year by the Morris County Boys Soccer Coaches Association on Tuesday.
A senior at Roxbury High School, Sclar is a four-year starter and has been recognized as all-division, county and state in each of his four seasons.
Yet Sclar was astonished when he was called to receive the plaque.
Dover coach James Weigand may have been the only more astounded honoree on Tuesday. Weigand had returned to Brooklawn Middle School, where he teaches social studies, before his selection as Coach of the Year was announced.
Senior Justin White accepted the trophy on Weigand’s behalf, and several Tigers players, also present at the annual luncheon, called their coach with the good news.
“I couldn’t have imagined it,” said Sclar, the all-time leading scorer at Roxbury. “I’m honored in such a competitive county. I’m ecstatic. I still haven’t processed it.”
Sclar and Delbarton striker Michael Moshier were named regional All-Americans. That duo, plus Green Wave midfielder Jared Stroud, Mount Olive strikers Anthony Cerda and Ryan Peterson, and Randolph goalkeeper Greg Moserowitz are all expected to play in the statewide senior all-star game.
Delbarton was recognized as the Team of the Year by the county coaches. The Green Wave defended their NJSIAA Non-Public A championship and finished the season 22-1-1, with a school-record 22 shutouts — including 18 in a row to wrap up the season. Sclar was the only in-state opponent to score on Delbarton, which gave up just three goals this fall.
Green Wave defender Kevin Molnar was also officially presented with his plaque as Otto Haas MVP of the Morris County Tournament. Delbarton won the Triple Crown this fall — MCT, NJAC-National and state titles.
“(Morris County) lived up to the hype and fame of being one of the most dominant soccer counties in New Jersey,” said association president Mike Mugavero, the head coach at Morris Knolls. “The MCT has become the most sought crown in the region. Major League Baseball thinks they own the October playoff season. They don’t hold a candle to the passion of high school in Morris County.”