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BOYS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Logan Racine, Lambert
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Heading into this past season, Logan Racine had his doubts. The recent Lambert grad saw a Longhorns soccer team that was talented, but also relatively inexperienced, with just three seniors, and with a distinct lack of height.

But Racine, one of those three seniors, saw Lambert quickly overcome those deficiencies. The Longhorns made up for their shortness with speed and agility at every position, as well as some of the best possession control in the state. And if Racine ever had to get the team’s younger players in line, it didn’t take much effort.

“I’d say one thing to them and then they’d instantly fix it,” Racine said.

That all added up to a triumphant campaign for the Longhorns, who dominated the Region 5-7A schedule, with a goal differential of 40 for to four against, and blitzed through the postseason, topping South Forsyth 3-2 in the first-ever state title game matchup between two Forsyth County schools. Racine was a key architect of it all, helping to command the Longhorns’ attack and totaling 14 goals and 12 assists to earn All-FCN Player of the Year.

“This year was fun,” Racine said. “…Just our chemistry up top, our passing and possession, no teams could handle it. The plays just came, and I had so much freedom because I trusted my midfield.”

The past season was also a considerably different one for Racine. He was named First Team All-FCN in 2017, but it was as a defender, and he scored just two goals with five assists.

In 2018, however, Racine was a key piece both in the Longhorns’ buildup, helping striker Hayden Fontana total 23 goals, and in finishing moves himself.

“He’s one of the players that you can trust,” Racine said of Fontana. “If you play him the ball, you know he’s at least going to try to get there … Me and him talked a ton in games – we’d get onto each other about runs and everything, but we’d instantly fix it and get it next time.”

And one of Racine’s favorite moments of the season – and of his career – came on a reversal of that connection. The opening goal of the state championship game came early on in the first half, and Fontana served it up for Racine. Racine had seen Fontana look into the box before the ball got to his foot, and when he lofted a pass to the left, Racine got to it, flicking a header into the left side of the goal.

It let Racine, who isn’t planning on playing soccer in college, end his career on the highest note possible.

“It felt so unreal, just to hear the crowd go crazy and see the guys come running at me,” Racine said. “It was crazy. I’ll never forget the feeling.”