Weddington’s Davidson Named To West Soccer All-Star Team

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Former Weddington High School soccer standout Michael Davidson will suit up for at least one more soccer game after the former Warriors’ player was selected to play on the West All-Star Team at the annual East-West Soccer All-Star Game July 18 in Greensboro.

Davidson is one of 17 players on the West roster. Davidson is planning on going to Appalachian State University in the fall but he said he is not sure if he will continue his soccer career at the collegiate level.

“One of the great things about Michael is he can assimilate on to any team,” said Weddington soccer coach Powell Williams. “He can play any position. If a coach wants him to play left back, Michael would do it. He wouldn’t say I’m a forward. As a coach, he is one of those kids you want on your team. It’s big honor to be selected, especially with the great level of talent in North Carolina. When I told him about it he was super excited.”

Davidson scored 35 goals and had eight assists this past season while earning All-State and All-Region honors. Davidson scored 19 goals as a junior to help lead Weddington to the Class 3A State Championship with a record of 20-1-2. Weddington lost in the fourth round of the playoffs this past season.

“I really loved playing with this group of guys the last two years on the varsity team,” Davidson said. “My teammates created a lot of opportunities for me this past season and I was able to finish them. I couldn’t have scored that many goals last season without good players around me. I’m sad that it is over, but it was fun while it lasted.”

The boys’ soccer season ended last fall but Davidson has been working out to prepare for the East-West All-Star Game. Davidson played basketball last winter for the Warriors after not playing as a junior or sophomore.

“I was really excited when I found out that I was going to be able to compete on the same field with all the talented players from around the state,” Davidson said. “I try to run every couple of days and go play soccer out on the fields with a few friends. I’m not completely in game shape.”

Davidson will be joined at All-Star Week by former Weddington basketball teammate Ryan Schwieger. Schwieger is on the West basketball team.

“Michael only played basketball his senior year but I have known him forever,” Schwieger said. “We were on the same rec basketball team when we were kids. I was excited when he told me he was going to play basketball his senior year. He is a good athlete and he did really well.”

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Paul Nielsen
Nielsen was a sports writer for what is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for nearly 32 years before moving to North Carolina in February 2016. At the Democrat-Gazette, Nielsen's primary responsibility was beat coverage for Rogers High School. Rogers is a Class 7A school located in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen, a University of Arkansas graduate, covered the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League Baseball team from 2008-2015. The Naturals are the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Nielsen has experience covering University of Arkansas athletics, including NCAA Tournament basketball games and several football bowl games. He also covered amateur and professional golf tournaments in Northwest Arkansas.
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