Josh Fuhrman and Ross Garrison will represent Statesville’s program in this week’s N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star men’s soccer game.
The duo helped the Greyhounds capture their fourth straight North Piedmont Conference championship as juniors in 2017. Statesville narrowly missed securing its fifth in a row last fall, finishing a game back of South Iredell in the NPC standings.
Fuhrman and Garrison were named to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 3A All-State team at goalkeeper and defender, respectively. They will be the fourth and fifth Statesville players over the course of the last four years to play in the annual East-West game, which pits the top outgoing seniors from each region against each other.
“That’s a testament to the quality of players we’ve had come through here,” Statesville coach Eric Hanson said.
Jason Rosales appeared for Statesville in 2016. Last year, Antonio Pineda (High Point) and Sam Johnson (UNC Wilmington) represented the Greyhounds. They, too, were All-State. Pineda is Statesville’s all-time leading goal scorer and former R&L county player of the year.
This year’s All-Star game is Tuesday a MacPherson Stadium, which seats 7,000 and is home to the North Carolina Fusion U23 and the Lady Dynamo. Kickoff follows the women’s all-star soccer game featuring a 6:30 p.m. start.
Garrison, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, is listed as one of five defenders on the West roster.
Fuhrman, 6-3, 160 pounds, is the West’s only goalkeeper. “He’ll be getting the start and probably in the entire game, which is awesome,” Hanson said. “I imagine Ross will be starting too. I’m sure once the (West) coach sees Ross and his size and ability he’ll probably be starting.”
Garrison will play college soccer at Mars Hill. Fuhrman had college offers but elected to focus on his education at Davidson, according to Hanson.
Soccer was added in 1992 to All-Star week in Greensboro. On eight occasions, five or more goals have been scored in the men’s match. Fuhrman could have a busy sendoff.
“I believe he’s up for the challenge,” Hanson said. “He plays a lot of club soccer where he sees high-quality players. He’s going to have high-quality players on his team. … He’s a pretty good general back there in the middle controlling the defense. If Ross is starting right in front of him, I think Josh will feel much more comfortable. They play club together and they play high school together. It’s a pretty good little combo back there. Both are All-State at their position.”
The East won last year 2-1 and leads the series 13-10-4.