MYSA Inferno keeper set to join Montreat men’s soccer for 2014ahuffman | May 15, 2014
MONTREAT, N.C. — Montreat College head men’s soccer coach David Knapp announced on Wednesday the signing of Walter M. Williams High School senior Chance Kerns (Burlington, N.C.) for the 2014 season.
“We followed Chance after we saw him this spring at the Southeast College Showcase in Knoxville,” said Knapp. “He then attended our Spring Exposure Weekend in March where it was obvious he was the type of athlete and young man we wanted on our team. We are looking forward preseason and seeing his development during his career at Montreat.”
Knapp and his staff have worked hard to fill the void that will be left by the early graduation of the two-time First Team All-Appalachian Athletic Conference honoree, Lucas Carvalho. The 6-foot-0 keeper was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 13-20 as he recorded a career-best six shutouts in his final season. Under the tutelage of Goalkeeper Coach Michael Bruce, Carvalho finished the season ranked No. 32 in Goals Against per Game (1.02) and No. 50 in Saves per Game (4.94) in the NAIA as the Cavaliers finished second in the AAC for the first time since 2006 … when goalkeeper Howard Fisher earned Freshman of the Year honors and Sherman Gardner won the conference Golden Boot award.
Kerns noted he chose the Cavaliers over other programs because of the campus beauty, how right the school fit his needs and how welcoming everyone made him feel on his visits.
“The campus is amazing,” said Kerns. “The faculty, coaches and team were all very welcoming.”
Kerns went on to speak about the team’s chemistry and the atmosphere of togetherness as other important reasons for choosing Montreat.
Kerns, a three sport athlete at Walter M. Williams High School earned six varsity letters while playing soccer, football and wrestling for the Bulldogs.
A 5-foot-11 keeper, Kerns led Williams to a second place finish in the Mid-State 3A standings as a sophomore in 2011 as the Bulldogs kept 10 shutouts and went 15-5-1 overall including 10-3-1 in conference play.
After the impressive sophomore season Kerns turned his attention to playing club soccer under head coach Chauncey Brummell at MYSA Inferno while also training under goalkeeper coach Vasilios Dimopoulos. Since joining the team Kerns has led Inferno to a 30-8-12 record allowing 1.04 goals against average and racked up 16 shutouts while winning the 2012 Collegiate Championships Soccer Showcase, 2013 Julian Brown Memorial Cup, 2013 and 2014 ACC Hall of Champions Showcase and runners up at the 2013 Disney Presidents Day Soccer Festival.
In 2014 the Inferno ran through their league play allowing just .500 goals against with five shutouts and an unblemished 10-0-0 record and have qualified for the North Carolina Kepner President’s State Cup semifinals after shutting out all three opponents in group play that included a 1-0 blanking of the 2013 US Club Soccer National Cup national runners-up, TESC Elite Red. Inferno who became the first NC Second Division Classic team to qualify for the semifinal will take on FSC Force Premier this Saturday, May 17 at 9 a.m. for the chance to advance to the state championship on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Knapp who took over the Cavaliers following one of the worst seasons in modern history and led MC to a runners-up finish in the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season for the first time since 2006 in his first season as head coach of the Cavaliers. Of the 10 schools in the Appalachian Athletic Conference that sponsor NAIA men’s soccer, the 2013 Cavaliers were the second most improved win/loss team according to the final NAIA statistics. Montreat posted a 8-6-2 record after going 4-10-2 the year before Knapp arrived, good for a win-loss improvement of +4.
Montreat finished the 2013 season ranked No. 22 in Shutouts per Game (0.38) and No. 33 in Total Shutouts (6) in the NAIA while allowing just 1.02 goals against per game.
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Burlington, N.C. | Walter M. Williams HS
High School: A 2014 graduate of Walter M. Williams High School … three sport athlete at Walter M. Williams High School … earned six varsity letters, soccer (2), football (3) and wrestling (1) … led Bulldogs to runners-up in Mid-State 3A with a 15-5-1 mark including 10-3-1 record in conference play with 10 shutouts as a sophomore … earned Academic All-Conference and qualified for the state tournament at 171 in wrestling in 2010-11.
Club Team/Academy: Played two seasons under head coach Chauncey Brummell at MYSA Inferno … led Inferno to an overall 30-8-12 record with 16 shutouts and a 1.04 goals against average … won four tournament titles; Collegiate Championships Soccer Showcase (2102), Julian Brown Memorial Cup (2013), ACC Hall of Champions Showcase (2013 & 2014) … runners-up at Disney Presidents Day Soccer Festival (2013) … recorded three shutouts including the 2013 US Club Soccer National Cup national runners-up, TESC Elite Red, in group play to advance to the semifinals of the 2014 North Carolina Kepner President’s State Cup where they will play FSC Force Premier … recorded five shutouts and allowed just five goals as Inferno went 10-0-0 in league play in 2014.
Personal: Born Christopher Kerns … son of Kim Kerns.