Competing in Sunday’s 30th annual Senior High School All-Star game was the final chapter in many prep soccer players’ careers. For Canyon High standout Shane Anderson, representing the East All-Stars offered a step toward a promising future. Canyon missed out on the Southern Section Div. II playoffs, so Anderson hadn’t played in a competitive atmosphere in three weeks. His appearance Sunday at Monrovia High was the start of preparation to play next fall at Boston College. “I’m as excited as I am nervous,” said Anderson, 17, an All-Foothill League first-team defender. “It’s going to be difficult, but I’m going to work as hard as I can to earn a spot and keep it.” With Hart standout Matt Valaika electing to put away his soccer cleats in favor of baseball spikes when he attends UC Santa Barbara, Anderson has established himself as the top boys’ soccer recruit out of the Santa Clarita Valley this season. “It’s going to be great competition,” said Anderson, who plays for Santa Anita Soccer Club’s Futbol Club Barcelona Stampede in the under-19 Premier Division. “I know I’m going to be expected to take (my game) to another level in order to play. “Last year was the (first) year I played Premier, but it definitely helped me with my speed of play. I think it’s helped with my fitness and my training and getting the experience of playing the game in (college-type) situations.” Boston College struggled last fall – the Eagles were 0-6-2 in the ACC, 5-8-2 overall – but Savage believes being the competitive atmosphere will bring out the best in Anderson. “They play in a great conference where some of the best soccer in the country is being played,” Savage said. “What a great experience to be able to take part in. To have the courage to travel halfway across the world to do something you love is a wonderful thing.” Anderson is planning to study business and finance. “Boston College is really good academically, which was important to me, since soccer might not always be there,” he said. “I wanted to be able to use soccer as a steppingstone.” Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant After watching former teammate Michael Clegg continue his soccer career at St. Mary’s last fall, Anderson wanted a chance to play Division I soccer. “Especially after seeing (Michael) go on to the next level, it made me want to go on even more,” said Anderson, who joined teammates Spencer Tripp and Kevin Vensko on the all-league team. “I didn’t want to be left behind.” Canyon coach Khris Savage, a former UC Santa Barbara standout, said Anderson’s drive set him apart from his peers. “I’m really proud of him, because he’s the kid out of this group of seniors that’s going on to the next level,” said Savage, whose team finished fourth, behind Hart, Valencia and Saugus. “At the beginning of the year, all of the seniors said they wanted to play in college, but then the reality sets in, and you only have one or two guys like Shane who are willing to make the commitment and the sacrifice to see it through.” Anderson, who was recruited by Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State L.A. before Boston College began pursing him, knew he couldn’t pass up an opportunity to compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference, arguably the nation’s finest men’s soccer conference.