By TERRY JONES
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 18, 2003
BRANDON -- Five years ago, Bloomingdale girls soccer captain Ashley Quaid and Brandon boys captain Jason Poole played against one another as members of the Brandon Area Youth Soccer League.
This season, Poole helped the Eagles win a state championship. Two years ago, Quaid did the same for the Bulls.
Thursday the midfielders received the Jose Alvarez Award as the top male and female senior soccer players in Hillsborough County.
Both started playing soccer in BAYSL at the age of 4. Quaid stopped playing on the boys teams at 14, when she became a freshman for the Bulls.
"I enjoy playing soccer and look forward to playing on the college level," Quaid said. "I selected the University of South Florida because of the engineering school primarily. They also have a good soccer program."
"We will miss the maturity and leadership Ashley has exhibited in all four years she played for us," Bloomingdale coach Sue Peet said. "She always rose to the occasion. She was the only senior on our team this year."
Poole has signed with Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
In his junior and senior seasons Poole had 47 goals and 39 assists, and he was named all-state both times.
"It was great to beat (Lake Gibson) in the region final this year, but my most treasured memory of playing soccer for Brandon will always be the state championship victory," Poole said. "I am honored with the Jose Alvarez Award. I will really miss the friendships from high school soccer, but I do look forward to college."
Brandon coach Allen Ware said he will miss the leadership Poole provided the Eagles.
"Primarily because of all his skill, experience and knowledge of soccer, Jason was an extension of our coaching staff on the field," Ware said. "Although he was marked by as many as three players at times, we still always sent everything through him. He was exceptionally good in guiding all the young players we have on the team."