Lamoille County is a hotbed for youth soccer and here is the evidence. Since the turn of the century there has only been one year (2001) where there was not at least one Lamoille County high school soccer team in the state finals. And in all those remaining years, only one year when at least one Lamoille team did not win the state championship (in 2005 the P.A. girls lost 2-1 to Northfield).
- This year the Stowe boys and P.A. (People's Academy in Morrisville) girls won the state championships
- In 2011 the P.A. boys and girls won the states
- In 2010 it was the Stowe girls
- In 2009 the Stowe boys and P.A. girls both brought the trophy home
- In 2008 the Stowe boys beat the P.A. boys for the title and the P.A. girls won as well
- In 2007 it was Stowe over the P.A. boys
- In 2006 the P.A. girls won it all
- In 2004 and 2003 the Lamoille girls won the state championships
- In 2002 the P.A. boy beat Stowe as well as winning it all in 2000
That adds up to 15 state championships out of 19 appearances for the three Lamoille County high schools and an "all Lamoille County" championship game in three of the seasons all since 2000.
Why? The answer is simple, Lamoille County's youth soccer programs are fantastic. These programs are well conceived and well run. They were founded by people that not only understand soccer, but also understand the importance of how to properly foster and develop soccer skills, good sportsmanship and a life long love of the game in young people.
Congratulations to this year's high school soccer state champions the Stowe boys and the People's Academy girls.