Charlottesville High School boys soccer player Kyle Lehnert was named the Class 4 state player of the year on Tuesday.

Charlottesville’s Kyle Lehnert was named the VHSL Class 4 state boys soccer player of the year on Tuesday, while Black Knights coach Martin Braun was named coach of the year.

CHS, which won the Class 4 state championship in Salem on June 8, had four players on the all-state team, including three first-team selections.

They were led by Braun, who guided the Black Knights to their first state championship since 2004. Braun was a member on Charlottesville’s 2004 state championship team.

“The guys deserve this more than many people probably know,” Braun said after CHS defeated Chancellor 2-1 in the state championship game. “They kept fighting and working hard, and I’m super proud of them.”

Lehnert, who made the move from defender to midfielder during the season, finished his senior campaign with 21 goals and 13 assists. Two of those goals came in the Region 4D championship game, when Lehnert helped CHS rally from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat Blacksburg 3-1.

The West Virginia signee then helped the Black Knights defeat Loudoun Valley, Jamestown and Chancellor in the state tournament.

Lehnert was joined on the first team by teammates Ayat Mohamad and Oliver Barcia. Mohamed, a senior forward, finished the season with 12 goals and 14 assists, while Barcia, a junior defender, had five goals and two assists this season.

Malcolm Brickhouse was a second team all-state selection for the Black Knights. The sophomore midfielder scored seven goals and dished out a team-high 16 assists for CHS during its state championship season.

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John Shifflett is The Daily Progress sports editor. You can contact him at (434) 978-7250, jshifflett2@dailyprogress.com, or @John_Shifflett.

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