(Steven Bibas/Michael Paradoski photo)
St. John Vianney High School senior Steven Bibas has been selected to the 2017 United Soccer Coaches High School All-America team, the organization announced on Monday.
"This is not possible without my teammates and coaches who push me to be the best possible player I can be," Bibas said, "and that every time I step out onto the field it is for them, God, and my family."
Bibas, who helped lead the Golden Griffins to a second-place finish in the Missouri Class 4 tournament, was one of three players from Missouri to make the team.
"Steven made an impact on every game he played and his value to our team goes way beyond his stats," Vianney coach Brian Haddock said. "If he wasn't scoring or setting up goals, he consistently drew the attention of the opposing teams, while sometimes facing their best defenders in double-team situations. Steven was a true captain both on and off the field and what sets him apart from others is his drive to improve his game while always keeping his focus on making the team better.
"Steven is a humble young man and will deflect this award on to the quality and help of his teammates. As his coach, I see his award as a true testament of how a leader can be influential to his peers around him and consistently made every one around him better because he demanded that in himself. Steven made our program better."
Bibas, a forward, recorded 12 goals and nine assists for a team-high 33 points during his senior season. He also had a team-high five game-winning goals. During the Griffins' playoff run, Bibas scored the lone goal in a 1-0 overtime win against Parkway South in the district semifinals and scored the go-ahead goal against Francis Howell in the state quarterfinals.
Bibas has committed to continue his soccer career at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.