Choctawhatchee HS Boys’ Soccer Finishes Ranked 5th in Country by MaxPreps

Choctawhatchee High School was presented with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy during a school assembly on Tuesday afternoon.  The honor is part of the fourth annual MaxPreps Soccer Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard and Choctawhatchee is one of just 10 boys’ soccer programs being honored.

The Indians finished ranked No. 5 in the country by MaxPreps, the online high school sports leader and a site. MaxPreps ranks more than 15,000 high school boys’ soccer teams.

“For the past decade, MaxPreps, in partnership with the Army National Guard, has honored the top high school sports teams in the nation.  Choctawhatchee High School is one of a very select and elite group of soccer teams to be honored this season,” said Andy Beal, President and Founder of MaxPreps. “We congratulate the coach, players and the Choctawhatchee High School community for earning the Army National Guard national ranking trophy.”

Choctawhatchee High School beat Merritt Island 1-0 in overtime for the Class 3A state title. This is the team’s first state. They finished the 2014-15 season with a record of 30-0-1.

“This is great for the kids to get this recognition from MaxPreps and the National Guard,” said Choctawhatchee head coach Chris McDaniel. “The honor is very exciting for the team and means a whole lot to them.”  Coach McDaniel was named the Class 3A Coach of the Year.

After losing to Merritt Island 5-0 in the last year’s finals, the Choctawhatchee Indians immediately started preparing for this season and discussing what they wanted to improve upon. The Indians’ goal was to make it back to the finals and take the program’s first state championship. With a strong group of veterans returning, Choctawhatchee possessed the leadership, experience, and work ethic to achieve just that. The Indians boasted 19 shutouts on the season as well as outscoring their opponents 151-17.

According to Coach McDaniel, Choctawhatchee’s undefeated season was the result of a complete team effort. Forward Shane Nicholson, who scored the game winning goal in overtime of the finals, tallied 50 goals and 36 assists this season. Nicholson, who was named the Class 3A Player of the Year, will attend the University of North Florida. Forward Sean Hoffstatter, who contributed 41 goals and 30 assists, will play for Darton State College (Georgia) along with defender Peyton Johnson. Center midfielder Cory Burke will play for Coker College next year. In addition to the tremendous effort by the offense, Coach McDaniel commended the team’s unbelievable backline, who were led by Johnson, Brandon Castelin, Luke Hambleton, and Isaiah Hawkins. 

Master Sergeant Trevor Milam of the Florida Army National Guard presented Coach McDaniel and the Indians with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy during a school assembly on Tuesday.

"Much like the hard work, determination and teamwork of an elite athlete, so are the men and women of the Army National Guard,” said Major Mark Burns of the Army National Guard. “On behalf of the National Guard, I am honored to recognize this nationally ranked team for the commitment to something bigger than oneself – the commitment to a team.”


MaxPreps uses an intricate computer program to determine team rank. Prior season history, school size, and comments on message boards are not considered in the MaxPreps rankings. The computer-based system utilizes the huge number of game results stored in the MaxPreps database. Generally, the more a team wins the higher the ranking, but the system also takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents) and strength of schedule. For example, a team's ranking is hurt more by losing to a team that is ranked below them than to a team ranked ahead. Boys’ soccer rankings are updated once a week. 

To see a complete photo gallery of this event, please visit the OCSD Facebook page.

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