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October 27, 2011

Carlisle's boy's soccer team has a No. 1 state ranking, and it is being rewarded.

The Chiefs raked in all-Virginia Independent Conference awards, including coach of the year for Enda Crehan, player of the year for Preston Key and 10 first- and second-team honors - all but one player in the starting lineup.

Key, Corey Gaylor, Reuben George, Jihun "Duke" Lee and Marvin Soyka took first-team honors, while Nick Clark, Michael Decker, Dong Lee, Miles Rachner and Bennett White were second-team nominees.

Crehan, who has had stints at both prep and college positions around the country and in other countries, earned his first coach of the year award.

"As I said to the players (Wednesday), I'm coach of the year, but really I couldn't have done it all without (assistant coaches) Richard Hall and David Key, and the players doing everything that they needed to do," Crehan said.

"It's very nice to get the award, it's very nice to get honored by your fellow coaches as coach of the year, but to me that award is a team award."

Preston Key, who primarily plays central midfield for the Chiefs, is second on the team in points (37) and assists (13) and third in goals (12).

"He deserves it," Crehan said of Key. "He's been very good. But there are other players who could have gotten it as well, and I'd be saying the same thing about them."

Crehan said he was pleasantly surprised by the number of players who were honored.

"You can never tell how every other coach sees what you've got," Crehan said. "I thought we'd get a good few, but I never thought we'd get 10. But obviously everyone else feels like we've done a good job at Carlisle."

The Chiefs will host Eastern Mennonite at 5 p.m. tonight in the VIC semifinals at the Smith River Sports Complex.