Friday, Feb. 8, 2008

2004 All-County Boys’ Soccer Team: All-state players lead county team

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Player of the Year: P.J. Lynch

With the burden of national recognition and having to navigate through one of the toughest conferences in the region, DeMatha senior defender P.J. Lynch was simply graceful under pressure this fall. Lynch assumed the captain’s reigns from last year’s Star⁄Gazette Player of the Year, Keith Vereb (now at Maryland), and guided the Hyattsville school to an unbeaten season. DeMatha (14-0-4), which was ranked in the nation’s top five by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, posted eight shutouts and allowed only one goal in eight other contests with Lynch as central defender. Lynch also saw time at midfield, scoring four goals. A first-team Washington Catholic Athletic Conference selection, Lynch helped the Stags to their second straight league championship. The College of Charleston, Delaware, Loyola and William & Mary are interested in Lynch, who was a second-team all-state selection.

Coach of the Year: Lynn Fox

After inheriting a team that recorded its only two wins last season via forfeit, Lynn Fox guided DuVal to a 10-4 mark. Name anadversity and the Tigers faced it this fall. They lost four starters and four reserves as academic casualties when the first marking period grades were released. The team didn’t have all of the uniforms and equipment it needed. In fact, DuVal had three players sharing the same pair of cleats for the first six weeks of the season. The Tigers fell to Howard, 2-1, in overtime, in the 2A South quarterfinals, but that loss did little to detract from the turnaround Fox orchestrated at the Lanham school.

First team

Christopher Flynn, Bowie, Sr., forward: Flynn was clearly the best player in the County 4A league this fall. The four-year letter winner had 10 goals and 11 assists for the Bulldogs, who claimed the county championship in addition to the South Region and County 4A titles. A two-time Star⁄Gazette selection, Flynn had 28 goals and 20 assists in his varsity career. He was also selected to this year’s all-state first team by the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer (MACS).

Jordan Graye, DeMatha, Sr., midfielder: An Olympic Development player who spent last season at the IMG-Bradenton Academy in Florida, Graye was another impact performer for the WCAC champions this fall. He tallied eight goals and seven assists for DeMatha. Graye was named first team all-Washington Catholic Athletic Confernece and was also picked for the MACS all-state first team. He has verbally committed to North Carolina.

Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe, Roosevelt, Sr., midfield: Pamboe became the Raiders’ catalyst this season. He had 14 goals and eight assists for the Greenbelt school (8-5-2), which made a rare early exit from the 4A South Region playoffs with a quarterfinal loss to Flowers. Pamboe was a three-year varsity performer for Roosevelt.

Brian Evans, Pallotti, Sr., sweeper⁄midfielder: The Panthers didn’t make much noise in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference this season, but Evans still made an impression. After playing football in 2003, he returned to the soccer field and had eight goals and five assists for the Laurel private school, earning first-team All-MIAA B honors.

Phillip Grossmiller, Bowie, Jr., midfielder: Along with Christopher Flynn and Mike Chartos, Grossmiller was at the fore of Bowie’s championship run this fall. He tallied four goals and three assists for the Bulldogs, who lost to eventual state 4A champion Sherwood of Montgomery County in the state semifinals. A second-team Star⁄Gazette selection last year, Grossmiller was a MACS second-team all-state selection this fall.

Andrew Quinn, DeMatha, Sr., goalie: No goalie in the county has been as clutch as Quinn has the last two seasons. His stop of a breakaway in the early moments of the WCAC finals against Gonzaga (D.C.) sparked DeMatha, which scored twice in the first half en route to a 2-1 victory. A first-team All-WCAC selection, the 6-foot-3 Quinn posted 26 shutouts in three seasons. He is set to take his talents to Notre Dame, where he has given a verbal commitment.

Jonathan Riley, Riverdale Baptist, Sr.,forward: Riley led the Crusaders to a runner up finish in the Maryland Independing School Athletic League with 24 goals and six assists, including the team’s only goal in a 2-1 loss in the title game against Calverton. He was named the league’s player of the year and is considering playing for Palm Beach-Atlantic or Wheaton (Ill.) next fall.

John Butler, Riverdale Baptist, Sr., midfielder: Selected to the MISAL first team and the runner-up to Riley in that conference’s player of the year voting, Butler had 18 goals and added 14 assists.

Erlin Rodezno, Bladensburg, Soph., forward: Rodezno led the County 3A⁄2A league champs with 33 goals and six assists. He had 11 multiple goal games this fall, including four hat tricks, a four-goal game and a five-goal game.

James Kpainay, Bladensburg, Jr., sweeper: A versatile player who also saw time in the midfield, Kpainay demonstrated the ability to take over games, drawing attention from defenders and sparking the offense by distributing the ball to teammates. Despite not playing a forward position, he scored seven goals and added 12 assists.

Cordell Hodnett, Gwynn Park, Sr., forward: One of the top players in the Brandywine school’s history, Hodnett was the source of most of the Yellow Jackets’ offense this season. He led the team with 20 goals and 10 assists. In three years with the Yellow Jackets’ varsity program, Hodnett scored 38 goals and had 22 assists. He also used his leg for the Gwynn Park football team as one of the most reliable place kickers in the county.

Stephen Jackson, Grace Brethren, Sr., forward: The tall senior was clearly the most prolific source of offense for the 17-3-1 Eagles this fall. Jackson tallied 22 goals and added 12 assists as Grace Brethren went 9-2-0 in conference play and reached the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference tournament semifinals.

David Ramirez, High Point, Jr., forward: Playing in a program accustomed to going deep into the playoffs the past three seasons, Ramirez was one of the primary scoring options this season for High Point. Ramirez scored nine goals and added five assists as the Eagles went 12-6. Ramirez helped the Eagles avoid a playoff upset against Largo when he scored both goals in a 2-1 victory as High Point reached the 4A South Region final.

Alex Sesay, DuVal, Jr., forward: One of the primary reasons the Tigers emerged from cellar dweller to contender in the 2A South Region, Sesay had 18 goals and added five assists for the 10-4 squad. A superb dribbler who often garnered two defenders when he approached the opposing goal, Sesay had the strength and skill to maintain possession and take solid shots on goal from the right side.

Second Team

Matt Adtkins, Mike Chartos, Craig Tupper and David Walker, Bowie

Emmanuel Asangbeng and Cedric Mansaray, Bladensburg

Kyle Allbrecht and Kevin Noble, DeMatha

Jeremiah Wildoner and Randy Bond, Riverdale Baptist

Babatunde Banjo and Ali Mattia, Largo

Josh Crossley, Laurel

Jose Camacho, Oxon Hill

Ange Souagnon, Flowers

John Pagliaro, Pallotti

Cito Hernandez, Suitland

Aaron Streets, DuVal

Justin Garrett and Jeremy Polnac,Grace Brethren

Aaron Velky and Armel Somtia, High Point