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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Martinez named team MVP at the Clash of the Carolinas

Alex Martinez
Incoming freshman Alex Martinez (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern) of the High Point University men’s soccer team scored a goal for South Carolina and was named team MVP in the Clash of the Carolina’s game on Friday in Charleston, S.C.

The two teams went into the half tied at 1-1, but in the 49th minute Martinez snuck the ball past the keeper at the near post to give South Carolina a lead it would not relinquish as the team went on to win 3-2. It was South Carolina’s first win in four tries at the Clash.

Martinez comes to HPU after a distinguished prep career at Northwestern High school where he won three consecutive state championships. In his senior season, Martinez had 81 points on 31 goals and 18 assists and was named Region Player of the year. In 2009, Martinez was named a second team All-American by Parade after helping Northwestern to an undefeated record and a No. 1 national ranking by both ESPN Rise and the NSCAA.

The Panthers achieved their best season in Division I with a 9-7-2 overall record and 5-1-2 record in the Big South. HPU returns 10 starters in 2010 including first team All-Big South member and Freshman of the Year Shawn Sloan and junior Karo Okiomah, who tied for the team lead in points with 14 each.

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