Among the 11 local players chosen to play for South Carolina in Saturday’s ninth annual Clash of the Carolinas high school soccer classic are two athletes who will continue their soccer careers at the College of Charleston this fall.
James Island Charter’s Roman Brockman will be a member of the College of Charleston men’s program while Wando star Raymara Barreto will join the women’s team. Both of them will be representing their state as top high school senior players from South Carolina take on their counterparts from North Carolina.
Joining Barreto on the girls roster are Wando teammate Katie Leen, Becca Bosch and Jesse Dooley of Academic Magnet, Erin Moriarty of Bishop England and Amelia Clower of Ashley Ridge. The girls game starts at noon, followed immediately by the boys game at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island.
The boys roster includes Colton Frankel and Reece Moore of Academic Magnet, and Josh Masten and Tucker Heffron from Wando.
Brockman is pulling off a rare feat this summer, playing in both of the state’s all-star soccer showcases. Two weeks ago, he played in the North-South Soccer Classic at Patriots Point as a member of the South all-stars — earning Most Valuable Player honors for the team. The North-South game featured seniors from South Carolina playing against each other.
When a few of the original selections for this weekend’s event were unavailable to participate, Brockman was selected as a replacement player.
“It’s pretty cool that I get to play in both games,” said Brockman, who transferred to James Island from Glynn Academy in Brunswick, Ga., last summer. “My high school coach called me and said they needed a few players and I was ready. Any opportunity to play soccer and to improve as a player, I take it. I have stayed in good shape with training so I am ready to play. I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”
Barreto sees the all-star opportunity as a chance to end her prep career with a victory. As a member of the powerhouse program at Wando, Barreto experienced the thrill of winning state titles, However, Barreto’s last game with Wando ended with a loss in the Class AAAA state final.
“I’m a very competitive person and I always want to win so this is one last chance to win,” said Barreto, whose family hails from the soccer-rich country of Brazil. “I know a lot of the players on the team and have played with a lot of them in club soccer. It’s going to be fun out there but we want to win.”
Admission to the games is $10 and the ticket can be used for Saturday’s night’s Charleston Battery game against the Harrisburg City Islanders at Blackbaud Stadium.