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CRESTWOOD – John Cantrell and Will Vitalis are going worldwide.
The South Oldham High School juniors are going to Argentina to play soccer as part of the Region II Olympic Youth Development team April 3-11. The SOHS pair will be the only players from Kentucky on the team that will play several games against club teams that are sponsored by professional squads in the Buenos Aires region. Most of the players from Argentina atttend soccer academies sponsored by the professional franchises. “The competition is supposed to be really good,” Vitalis said. “It’s going to be pretty exciting to see how we stand up against them.” Both have extensive all-star experience and have been members of the Javanon select program for years. Most recently they played with the ODP team at a tourney in Orlando where they lost to a team from Chelsea, England 5-0. “It’s a lot faster and the players are a lot better than what you see in high school games,” Cantrell said. “We expect whoever we play down there to be really good.” Both players are standouts at SOHS. Cantrell scored two goals to go with eight assists as a midfielder for the Dragons who finished the year 14-5 and were ranked as high as third in the state this year. Vitalis, a forward, missed much of the year with an injury, but not before he scored eight goals in the first four games of the season. “This is going to be a great opportunity for them,” SOHS coach Denis Beall said. “It will allow them to get out there before a lot of college coaches. Most kids don’t get the chance to go somewhere like this and play against this kind of competition. Just the experience itself will make them so much better.” They will miss a week of school, the week right after spring break. “I am probably gonna be home doing homework for the next week over spring break,” Vitalis said. “Hopefully I can find someone else who is home too to hang out with. That’s OK though, this trip is going to make us a lot better players for the future and help us with college.” E-mail us about this story at: firstname.lastname@example.org