Pratt, Ayala, Cornutt highlight All-Greater Gadsden Area boys soccer team


Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy 

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor

Talk about a good problem to have.
It speaks volumes to the high level of local high school soccer talent that a single or co-Most Valuable Player for a postseason team was not an option.
Westbrook Christian’s Ethan Pratt, Southside’s Brandon Ayala and Glencoe’s Aiden Cornutt (pictured at right from top to bottom) all enjoyed standout seasons that merited the top honor, so those three student-athletes are the 2023 All-Greater Gadsden area boys soccer team Players of the Year.
A senior forward, Pratt  (pictured above) scored 22 goals to help the Warriors qualify for the program’s first-ever state championship berth. He signed a soccer scholarship with Millsaps College earlier this year.
A senior midfielder, Ayala was the team MVP on a Panther squad that went 20-5-1, won the area title and a first-round playoff game and was ranked No. 1 in Class 5A for most of the regular season. Ayala finished with 27 goals, 30 assists and 14 steals.
Cornutt finished with 30 goals and nine assists this past season, including his 100th career goal. He scored three goals in one game five times and is currently ranked 17th and 14th, respectively, in AHSAA history for career goals at 109 and career hat tricks with 14.
Coach of the Year honors went to Danny Dunlap, who guided Westbrook to an area championship and a state runner-up finish in Class 4A after the Warriors started out the year at 0-7.
First team
Aiden Cornutt, Glencoe junior forward
Ethan Pratt, Westbrook senior forward
Brandon Ayala, Southside, senior midfielder
Ariq Chandra, Southside, senior centerback
John Gilchrist, Westbrook, senior centerback
Julian Corona, Etowah, senior forward

Hayes Cosby, Southside, sophomore goalkeeper
Camren Thompson, Southside, sophomore forward
Walker Griffith, Ashville, senior goalkeeper:
Bladmir Cervantes, Gadsden City, soph. midfielder
Ian McClantoc, sophomore center back, Glencoe
Greysen Sinpson, Ashville, senior midfielder
Brandon Cervantes, Gadsden City, junior midfielder

Eli Motes, Coosa Christian, sophomore goalkeeper

Second team
Ethan Daffron, Westbrook, junior midfielder
Abdullah Alabassi, Southside, senior forward
Conner Montgomery, Glencoe, sophomore midfielder
Jorge Cantellano, Etowah, eighth grade goalkeeper
Garrett Spears, Ashville, junior centerback
Stinson Cooper, Gadsden City, senior defender
Karmichael Cattling, Westbrook, senior midfielder
Simon Baltensweiler, Southside, senior forward
Robert Edgar, Glencoe, sophomore goalkeeper
Dimitri Guerrero, Etowah, sophomore midfielder
Evan Partridge, Gadsden City, senior defender
Joseph East, Coosa Christian, freshman defender
Third team
J.D. Berndt, Westbrook, sophomore midfielder
Auggie Lemmons, Ashville, junior forward
Joah Christian, Etowah, freshman midfielder
Daniel Rohlfs, Westbrook, junior defender
Parker Cunningham, Southside, senior midfielder
Zakorean Shak, Gadsden City, freshman defender
Daniel Velasquez, Etowah, senior forward
Brady Fouts, Westbrook, junior goalkeeper
Caleb Ogle, Southside, senior defender
Brayden Boulware, Westbrook, junior midfielder
Byron Felix, Gadsden City, freshman striker
Ryan Matthews, Ashville, junior midfielder
Matthew Wright, Coosa Christian, senior midfielder



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