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Allegany's Jace Patton named Defensive Player of the Year

Feb. 10—CUMBERLAND — Allegany senior Jace Patton was named the Joe Rowan Defensive Player of the Year.

The award was chosen by the area coaches.

Patton started three years on varsity, mostly at outside back. He also spent time in the defensive midfield.

He scored six goals with 12 assists for the Campers.

"They're numbers that most wingers and forwards don't put up, a testament to his ability," Allegany head coach Blake Geatz said.

Patton was one of four Campers to start every game in the 2023 season.

Patton was a key part of Alco's defense that recorded 10 clean sheets and conceded only 10 goals the entire season.

"What Jace lacks in height, he makes up for in grit," Geatz said. "Patton's ball-winning ability is unparalleled. Backing down from a challenge is something that you never see coming from Jace, no matter the size of the opposition."

Patton's efforts were recognized throughout his high school career. In his junior and senior seasons, he was named to the All-Area, All-Conference and All-City teams.

Patton's teammates also named him the defensive player of the year.

"He is very capable of taking defenders on one-on-one or serving a dangerous ball into the box," Geatz said. "When our midfielders needed a rest, often Jace stepped up to the defensive mid position, where his vision, first touch, passing, and decision making never let up. He has an uncanny ability to both start and stop counter-attacks as well."

His teammates also voted him as the winner of the Camper Award, given to the player who best represents Allegany soccer, on and off the field.

Patton holds a 4.06 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. He takes multiple AP and college level courses.

"Jace is the spitting image of a coachable player," Geatz said. "He's always ready to ask questions if needed and listens, executes instructions with the best of them. Each of his teammates hold Jace in high regard."

Patton has also played four seasons on Allegany's golf team. He was the low medalist in three matches and competed in the regional match at Blackrock in Hagerstown.

Patton plans to continue his soccer and golf careers at a two-year community college before transferring to a four-year university.

"Jace is going to be missed tremendously," Geatz said. "His work ethic will no doubt carry him far into whatever path he chooses."

Jordan Kendall is a Sports Writer for the Cumberland Times-News. Email him with scores and story suggestions at jkendall@times-news.com.