Hunt’s Anguiano gets the call for the Clash

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Jose Anguiano was planning on attending Saturday’s Clash of the Carolinas boys soccer match in Cary to watch his former Hunt High teammate Cooper Dean play for the North Carolina side against South Carolina.

However, last week, Anguiano, who was already selected with Dean to play for the East side in the upcoming North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game in Greensboro, learned he would be able to trade his Clash of the Carolinas ticket for an N.C. jersey.

Anguiano said that one of the N.C. coaches, T.J. Renne of New Hanover High, called him last week to ask if he was planning to attend the match at WakeMed Soccer Park.

“I said, ‘I may go out there,’” Anguiano said. “And then he said, “Do you want to play?’”

Anguiano was chosen as a replacement for one of the North Carolina players.

“(The coach) said so many people were talking about me that he just wanted me on the team,” Anguiano said.

In addition to Dean, with whom Anguiano has played since they started out on the same Wilson Recreation Department team, three N.C. players — Gene Garrett-Peters of Durham Jordan High and Sam Linker and Brendan Holly of Chapel Hill — were teammates of Anguiano and Dean on the Triangle United Soccer Association Gold team that recently won the N.C. Youth Soccer U19 Boys state championship.

Additionally, North Johnston’s Ian Walston, who is also on the N.C. Clash and East All-Star rosters, played with Anguiano and Dean back in their recreation and Wilson Youth Soccer Association days.

“I’m kind of excited to get back at it with not only them but the team that recently won the state cup,” Anguiano said. “I’m excited to play with Cooper, one of my teammates since day 1.”

Anguiano and Dean are the first Hunt boys players to be selected for Clash of the Carolinas duty and the seventh and eighth Warriors to play in the East-West game. The Lady Warriors’ Eynde Frazier played for the N.C. girls team in the 2015 Clash of the Carolinas.

“Initially we were disappointed that Jose didn’t get in because we thought he deserved it,” said Hunt head coach Eric Nguyen. “Then we were excited because not only one Hunt player is in but two players are in.”

Anguiano was the offensive force for the Hunt team that won its fourth straight 3-A Big East Conference title last fall. He scored 31 goals and doled out 14 assists in repeating not only as an North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association 3-A All-State selection but also as the Big East Offensive Player of the Year. Anguiano scored 66 goals and made 38 assists over his last two seasons at Hunt when the Warriors posted a 44-4-2 mark.

He will report to Cary for a pre-match practice Friday for the 11th annual Clash of the Carolinas, set for noon Saturday at WakeMed. The East-West match is set for Tuesday, July 18, at Macpherson Stadium in Bryan Park near Greensboro. Joe McCarthy of Hunt’s Big East rival Northern Nash will serve as the East head coach, having had plenty of opportunities to see both Anguiano and Dean in action.

Nguyen said that Anguiano and Dean certainly leave behind a legacy in a program that counts many great players such as William Hesmer, Eric O’Brien and Phillip Long among its alumni.

“I think they just set the standards, like the guys before them, to do what it takes and put in the hard work,” he said of the all-star duo.

Anguiano said he plans to attend Appalachian State University and play soccer for the NCAA Division I Mountaineers; however, he is unsure if he will receive athletic scholarship monies in his first season.

For now, he’s just enjoying life as a recent high school graduate before taking the field for his final two matches. While winning is a priority, having fun with his teammates is another goal.

“To me it’s like another game and I’m going to just do what I do,” he said.

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