Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007

2007 All-County Boys’ Soccer Team

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Christopher Anderson⁄The Gazette
Player of the Year

Darnell Edwards

DeMatha fielded one of its youngest teams in years, but co-captain Edwards was key in leading Stags to another strong season. Coach Dafydd Evans called him the most valuable player in nearly every game as the defender⁄midfielder rallied a particularly inexperienced defense. Edwards also contributed offensively, chipping in three goals and five assists. In four years on the varsity team, he helped DeMatha to four trips to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title game, including two championships, and an 86-match winning streak. He is likely to sign with Florida International University.

Coach of the Year

Newton Lennon

After coaching a co-ed squad to six wins last season in his first year at Crossland, Lennon took over a boys-only team this fall and led it to a 9-1 regular-season mark, a County 3A⁄2A⁄1A League title, and the top seed in the 3A South Region tournament. Lennon said the key to getting his kids to perform to their maximum potential began at practices, where he made sure the drills were fun and productive. He was also constantly shifting players from various positions, so each game lineup was different. ‘‘I wanted them to see soccer not just as another sport, but as something that was viable,” said Lennon.

First Team

Chris Hengni, DeMatha: The junior is a member of the under-18 U.S. National Team and led the Stags with 17 goals this fall. After one of the forward’s best outings, a hat trick in a 3-0 win against St. Mary’s Ryken in September, the Stags reached the No. 1 spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings for the third time in as many seasons.

Ian Wilson, DeMatha: The senior striker organized the offense for DeMatha, which scored 64 goals in a 14-4-3 season. His 11 assists were a team high as the captain helped Hengni and the rest of the squad flourish.

Isiaka Kamara, Bladensburg: The senior defender played a big role as the Mustangs allowed only seven goals all season and shut out two opponents in the Class 4A South Region tournament. Considered the best all-around player on the team by coach Sean Flynn, Kamara spent most of his time at sweeper, but the captain could play anywhere on the field and tallied seven goals and eight assists.

Foday Kamara, Bladensburg: The senior midfielder was the top goal scorer for the Mustangs, notching 18 as Bladensburg reached the Class 4A South Region championship game. Kamara, in his third season on the Gazette-Star first team, notched multiple goals in five games. He also was second on the team with 10 assists.

Moussa Sy, Bladensburg: Sy ran the well-balanced Bladensburg offense that featured 14 different players scoring 77 goals this season by leading the team with 13 assists. It’s the senior’s second time on the Gazette-Star first team.

Amir Shahraki, DuVal: The senior was one of the county’s most explosive players this season as the Tigers moved up for their first season in the tough County 4A League. Shahraki scored 22 goals and set himself apart with his ability to dribble and shoot with both feet.

David Walker, Bowie: In four years as a starter for the Bulldogs, the senior lands for the third consecutive year on the Gazette-Star first team after netting second-team honors as a freshman. He played on defense for much of this year, but spent time as a forward in his first three seasons, tallying 32 goals and 14 assists for his career, which includes three Class 4A South Region titles.

Joshua Patterson, Bowie: In his second year on Gazette-Star first team, the junior led the Bulldogs with 13 goals and five assists and earned team honors as most valuable offensive player. Bowie, which fell to Magruder in the Class 4A semifinals, will be glad to have one more season from Patterson: In three years, he’s amassed 28 goals and 15 assists.

Matt Gannon, Pallotti: In a strange year at Pallotti, the senior co-captain helped keep the Panthers together. Coach Steve Shurman left in the middle of the season, and assistant Pat Watkins took over, but Gannon finished strong and was the only Panther senior to make the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Asociation B Conference all-league team.

Jomn Medrano, Crossland: While the junior’s scoring numbers were down from last season, he remained the leader of a team that improved its win total from 2006 and earned a top seed in the 3A South Region. He shifted from midfield to defense, but was used wherever needed on a team that was loaded with underclassmen.

Kabba Drammeh, High Point: When the Eagles needed scoring, they could most likely it from Drammeh. The senior led the team with 17 goals from his forward position. Drammeh’s play was one of the reasons High Point defeated non-county opponent Wilde Lake, a game in which he scored two goals and swung the momentum of the contest into the Eagles’ favor.

Joel Pratt, High Point: The senior goalkeeper was perhaps the Eagles’ most valuable player this season. Pratt was among the county leaders in goals against average and had nine shutouts during the regular season. He helped keep the Eagles in the game during a contest this season against county power Bladensburg as he stopped two penalty shots.

Moyin Erinle, Laurel: Erinle followed a strong 2006 with the best season of his high school career. The senior forward was the Spartans’ top goal scorer as he had 13 goals and two assists. Erinle served as a good offensive complement to a team filled with good defensemen.

Miguel Calderon, Eleanor Roosevelt: The senior was arguably the best goalkeeper in the county as he led the county during the regular season with 10 shutouts. Calderon was good in defeat as well, as each of the Raiders’ losses came by one-goal margins.

Second Team

Geraldo Cruz and German Rios, Bladensburg; Ramsey Williams and Ayodeji Odusami, Friendly; Curtis Fisher, Brian Graham, Kenny Halleran and Protus Nkwan, Bowie; Valentine Monrose, Douglass; Eke Chidiebere, DuVal; Alex Sieberath, Flowers; Josh Bugtai and Jake Davis, Grace Brethren; Andrew Felter and Eveson Fevry, Roosevelt; Sean Moore, Wise; Jam Nagya, Laurel; Michael Florenzo, Pallotti.