DUNN – Five Bladen County soccer players – 3 from East Bladen and 2 from West Bladen – have been named to the All-Southeastern Conference Boys Soccer team.
Senior Malcolm Bolden, who was named SAC-7 Co-Player of the Year, leads the East Bladen contingent. Other Eagles receiving All-SAC-7 honors were senior Omarion Atkinson and junior Lee Barnes. West Bladen’s two All-SAC-7 players are seniors Charlie Cruz-Rodriguez and Gabriel Inestroza-Lara.
Bolden led the Eagle scoring with 31 goals and 10 assists. Atkinson anchored the Eagle backline and piled up 371 steals. He totaled 29 steals in a key late season win over St. Pauls and was credited with 28 steals in a big win over Midway.
Barnes manned the goal in all of East Bladen’s victories, posted 2 shutouts and was credited with 114 saves in 17 games.
Cruz-Rodriguez sparked the Knight defense with a team-high 133 steals in 16 games. He recorded 28 steals against Red Springs and 24 steals against Midway.
Inestroza-Lara racked up 112 steals in his 15 games for the Knights. He totaled 24 steals against Midway, and racked up 18 steals against East Bladen.