Player of the Year — Melvin Leon, High Point., junior, striker — Brash but humble, Leon was the heart and soul of the Eagles this season. Leon scored 24 goals and had 18 assists this season to lead High Point to its first-ever state berth in a state title game. Leon took off his shirt after scoring two goals in High Point’s Class 4A South Regional final victory against Eleanor Roosevelt. He was often the first option in scoring for the Eagles and hardly ever seemed to tire. The Eagles have a good chance of repeating as regional champions and returning to the state title game with Leon and their second- and third-leading scorers all set to return for the 2003 season.
Coach of the Year — Ken Griffith, High Point — In his 21st season as the boys’ soccer coach at High Point, Griffith molded the Eagles into a state title contender for the second straight season. High Point had earned a berth in the state playoffs in 2001 with a senior-laden group, but this year the Eagles captured their second straight Class 4A South Region title with a number of new starters and a bevy of underclassmen. Griffith, who is beginning his second stint as the girls’ head basketball coach at the school this winter, should have High Point poised for another region title next fall.
2002 All-County first team
Chris White, Riverdale Baptist, senior, midfielder — Earning his second consecutive spot on the Star/Gazette first team, White was the shining star on a young Riverdale Baptist team that finished 5-5. White led the Crusaders with 14 goals and added five assists and was easily the most active player on the field. White was also the place-kicker for the Riverdale football team, occasionally seeing action for both teams on the same day. He has visited Guilford, Wingate and St. Mary’s Colleges.
Aaron Rice, Grace Brethren, senior, sweeper — A principal reason the Eagles went 15-1, captured a Potomac Valley Athletic Conference championship and finished second in the Association of Christian Schools International tournament. Rice played superb defense at sweeper, leading a group that yielded only nine goals in 16 games. Eagles goalkeepers were forced to make a mere 69 saves. Rice was also selected to the all-PVAC first team this fall.
Bryan Clagett, Gwynn Park, senior, midfield — The playmaker and leader of the Yellow Jackets, Clagett had a role in 77 percent of the team’s 35 scores this season (15 goals, 12 assists).
Clagett participated in the All-County Senior game Nov. 23 at Prince George’s Community College, and also was a member of the All-State South squad which beat the North team Nov. 18 at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. That game featured 50 of the best players in the state, and Clagett was one of five representatives from the county.
With a 3.4 grade-point average and 1,120 SAT, Clagett has recently drawn strong interest from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va. The three-year starter at the Brandywine school was team captain and named most valuable player by his teammates this season.
Gustavo Godoy, Bladensburg, senior, striker — Godoy was the catalyst to all of Bladensburg’s success this season. The senior from Guatemala scored 21 goals, but scoring was not Godoy’s only strength. He also added 16 assists for Bladensburg, which won nine games this season after not even fielding a team two years ago. Godoy was most known for scoring goals on incredible shots. He netted the Mustangs’ only two goals in their loss to Rockville in the regional playoffs.
Elmer Romero, High Point, midfield, junior — Romero was the quiet assassin for the Eagles’ high-powered offense this season. Romero found a way to slip through opposing defenses to score 17 goals and hand out 19 assists, almost without saying a word. He led High Point in assists this season and should help the Eagles toward a state title run in 2003.
Kendell Quashie, High Point, junior, midfielder/defenseman — Perhaps the fastest individual on the team, Quashie split time between playing midfield and defense. But his productivity made it obvious he was more than a typical defensive midfielder. Quashie scored 11 goals and added three assists this season. He also runs track for High Point and is one of the team’s best athletes.
Matt Davis, Grace Brethren, junior, midfielder — A defensive midfielder who was the top player on the Eagles’ 15-1 team this fall, Davis had eight goals and 16 assists in 16 games. He scored the one goal and had one assist in Grace Brethren’s 2-1 victory against Washington International in the PVAC championship game. Selected as the team’s most valuable player, Davis was a PVAC first-team selection, the MVP of the Shenandoah Tournament and a member of the ACSI all-tournament team. Davis plays for the Baltimore Bays elite soccer team and has been selected to an Olympic development team.
Ever Carcamo, Northwestern, sophomore, forward — Carcamo led the Wildcats (6-7) with seven goals and 10 assists and was virtually involved with every goal Northwestern scored, said head coach Tom Stickles. Carcamo possessed a disciplined work ethic and was one of the hardest-working offensive players in the county. He constantly drew the attention of opposing defenders and unselfishly passed to open teammates.
Matt Chartos, Bowie, senior, goalkeeper — A three-year starter in the net for the Bulldogs, Chartos displayed superb hands. Chartos limited foes to 19 goals while making 119 saves. During his three years with Bowie, Chartos recorded nearly 300 saves and posted a 32-13-3 record, which included a 4A South Region title and a berth in the state finals in 2000.
John Riley, Roosevelt, senior, midfielder — A four-year starter, Riley tallied five goals and five assists for the Raiders, who lost to High Point in the 4A South Region title game. He was voted the team’s most valuable player and was a second-team all-state selection.
Sam Hale, DeMatha, senior, forward — Hale was the captain of arguably the county’s top team this season. He had five goals and five assists for the Hyattsville school that was ranked among the nation’s best teams for most of the season. A four-year starter, Hale was a part of a class that played in three WCAC championship games.
Larry Mark, DeMatha, senior, defender — Mark was a tough assignment for many WCAC defenses. He tallied a team-best 14 goals and five assists for the Stags, who lost to Paul VI (Va.) in the postseason semifinals. Selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American team, Mark is eligible to play in the Powerade McDonald’s All-American game in June.
Keith Vereb, DeMatha, junior, defender — A second-team Star/Gazette All-County selection a year ago, Vereb’s play this fall advanced him to the top squad. He was the backbone of a Stags’ defense that posted 11 shutouts in 17 contests. Along with Hale, Mike Kolosvary and Matt Shiomichi, DeMatha allowed seven goals on the season.
Second team selections
Dustin Beall, Grace Brethren; Mike Bertram, DeMatha; Kevin Elder, Bowie; Chris Flynn, Bowie; Travis Gifford, Roosevelt; Robert Holmes, Bowie; David Hornickel, Grace Brethren; Matt Klopfer, Pallotti; Mike Kolosvary, DeMatha; Brian Lee, Pallotti; Luke Mihalovic, Roosevelt; Ray Savoy, Gwynn Park; John Williams, Roosevelt; Robbie Winterbottom, Laurel; Felix Blanco, Northwestern; Edwin David, Bladensburg.