By Bob Sutton
Special to The Alamance News
Tyler Thompson played with some unfamiliar soccer teammates in Tuesday night’s North Carolina East-West All-Star Game.
That will change to some degree when he enters college.
Thompson will be joined by several former Williams players at William Peace University in Raleigh.
“Some of the former players who were on the state championship team (in 2019),” Thompson said.
Forward Angel Granados will join Thompson from the Class of 2023 on the William Peace team.
Midfielders Ramiro Vera and Esteban Barillas and forward Jorge Lemus are ex-Williams players who’ve been on the William Peace team. Williams coach Jeremy Krist said that former Bulldogs standout Brennan Lagana is transferring from Lynchburg to William Peace. Lagana has 15 goals across three college seasons.
On Tuesday night, Thompson, a defender, was on the West team, which gave up two early goals in a 2-1 loss to the East at MacPherson Stadium in Browns Summit.
Thompson exited the game early in the second half with a groin injury. Still, it was a good time to get back on a game situation.
“Slide tackling and getting dirty,” he said of the best part. “It’s just fun to do that.”
In the girls’ game, the East topped the West 6-2. The East set a record for most goals in a game in North Carolina East-West All-Star Game competition.
Western Alamance was represented in the game by defender Jenna Standafer.
Briahna Scott of Williams pulled in five rebounds in Monday night’s North Carolina East-West All-Star girls’ game at the Greensboro Coliseum. Scott, playing for the West, was scoreless in 18 minutes off the bench. The East won 74-68.