In a match loaded with nationally known college recruits, it was a pair of lesser-known players who carried the West to a 3-2 victory over the East in the High School All-America Soccer Game held on the University of Alabama-Birmingham campus Saturday evening in Birmingham, Ala.
Qudus Lawal, who guided Mather (Chicago, Ill.) to a Class 2A state title, scored twice and Indiana University-bound Femi Hollinger-Janzen of Bethany Christian (Goshen, Ind.) added the deciding goal with less than 10 minutes to play.
The West held a 2-0 lead midway through the second half before North Carolina commit Jonathan Campbell from Greensboro Day (Greensboro, N.C.) and Maryland commit Donovan Fraser from Half Hollow Hills West (Dix Hills, N.Y.) scored less than two minutes apart for the East to even the score.
Lawal is undecided on college. Hollinger-Janzen emerged this past summer at the Indiana University summer soccer camp, where he was offered a scholarship and accepted. He remains the only non-Development Academy player in IU’s current recruiting class.
The All-America Game featured 11 players who have committed to ACC and Big East programs, and even had one player each who have committed to North Carolina and UNC Charlotte, which will play Sunday for the NCAA Division I national title.