Tampa Prep’s boys soccer team is starting to earn the recognition befitting an undefeated state championship squad ranked No. 1 nationally.
Santiago Casteneda, the Terrapins’ most versatile playmaker, was named the Class 3A state player of year by the Florida Dairy Farmers.
The junior midfielder finished the season with 19 assists and 16 goals. In the 3A state title match, Casteneda scored a goal in the first half that turned out to be the winning goal in a 2-0 victory over Miami Ransom Everglades in a matchup between two of the top three teams in the nation according to MaxPreps.
Tampa Prep ended up unbeaten and untied, a perfect 21-0.
Doug Smith, who guided the Terrapins to one of the greatest soccer seasons in state high school history, was named the 3A state coach of the year. In 14 seasons, Smith has compiled an overall record of 165-68-36. This was his fourth state title with the program. The others were in 2010 and 2012-13.
The winners in each classification were selected through voting from a statewide panel of boys soccer coaches and media representatives. They are now eligible to be named the overall winner in the state, which will go through another round of voting and likely be announced next week.