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Boca Christian’s Stefan Kneffel is Post’s All-Area soccer player of year


Stefan Kneffel is only a sophomore and has already scored more than 100 goals in his high school career, but one from last season stands out.

Boca Raton Christian was playing Somerset Canyons in the regional quarterfinal on coach David Weil’s birthday, and Kneffel made sure his coach would not be upset that night.

“I told him, ‘I’m going to score for your birthday,’ ” said Kneffel, who has played for the Blazers since he was in seventh grade. “Then I scored the second goal of the game, and I went up to him and gave him a hug.”

Kneffel’s goal in that playoff opener was one of 41 he racked up in his dazzling sophomore season. He added 11 assists during the season, making him one of Palm Beach County’s top offensive threats and The Post’s Small Schools Soccer Player of the Year.

“When I get to like 20, 25 (goals), I start losing count,” Kneffel said. “I go back to see the stats to see how many I have, but I really don’t care anymore and keep scoring.”

Kneffel was a key contributor to the Blazers’ unprecedented season in which they earned their first district title. 

“It was like the best feeling so far, since I’ve played soccer for Boca Christian,” Kneffel said. “We tried so hard last year. We came short in the district semifinals against Donna Klein. We’ve never had such a good season before.”

However, the Blazers’ storybook run through the playoffs had to come to an end before they reached the state playoffs.

Hosting Lakeland Christian, Boca Raton Christian played the Vikings closely through the game’s first 77 minutes before giving up the game’s only goal. The Blazers could not equalize and fell to the eventual state runner-up 1-0.

“After that goal, I saw one or two players laying down,” Kneffel said. “I was like, ‘Get up. Let’s try to get one. Three minutes left.’ Our whole team was (playing up), trying to score. It was frustrating.”

Kneffel still has two more years left at Boca Christian to try to take the Blazers further, and he has goals — literal and figurative — ahead of him.

“I want to win states and just score more goals every year,” he said. “Every year I try to score more goals and more assists, and that’s how I set my goals.”



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