Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007

All-Gazette boys’ soccer

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Chris Rossi⁄The Gazette
(Front row, from left) Rodrigo Zuleta, Paul Torres, Player of the Year Garvey Young, Ian Hendrie, Ryan Gracia, Ben Hanson. (Back row, from left) Alex Lee, Michael Lansing, Justin Lee, Coach of the Year Steve Pfeil, Lucas Szabo, Neil Vranis, Colin Haggerty, Bryan Heffner.
Player of the Year
Gavin Young, Georgetown Prep, Senior, Forward
Division-I basketball commit (Vermont), Young hadn’t played soccer in two years prior to fall of 2007. But blessed with lightning speed, 6-foot-4 frame and ball skills belying time away from game, mercurial striker scored 21 goals to lead Little Hoyas to second-consecutive Interstate Athletic Conference title, this one outright.

Coach of the Year
Steve Pfeil Magruder, First year
Kept image of late former head coach Scott Alexander in minds of team all year. That may have been his best coaching all year, as Colonels completed one of best seasons in recent state memory, going 19-0-0, scoring school-record 85 goals and allowing county-low of eight, beating Perry Hall for school’s second 4A state championship.

First team

Mark Fales, Poolesville, Sr. D
Best of stingy Falcon defenders that helped team rattle off five straight playoff wins to reach state title game.

Ryan Gracia, Wootton, Sr. M
National-level talent, committed to George Mason, played all over field for Pats, scoring team-high 11 goals.

Colin Haggerty Churchill, Sr., D
Long, rangy back threw blanket over top offensive players in county when Bulldogs needed it.

Ben Hanson, Watkins Mill, Sr. F
Skilled passer with improved ability to score. Led Wolverines with 11 goals.

Bryan Heffner, Gaithersburg, Sr. G
Among most highly regarded goalkeepers in county for three years. His shutouts helped Trojans to nine wins.

Ian Hendrie, St. Andrew’s, Sr. F
Unstoppable weapon in Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference, scoring 34 goals in 19 games for Lions.

Mike Lansing, Magruder, Sr. M
Engine that made Colonels’ incomparable offense go. Led team in scoring with 16 goals and 19 assists.

Alex Lee, Magruder, Sr. F
County’s ultimate finisher. Maryland commit scored 21 goals in 16 games, tying school’s single-season record while breaking career mark with 52 goals.

Justin Lee , Magruder, Sr. M
Not as offensively minded as twin brother, Penn State commit was just as important to Colonels.

Lucas Szabo, Walter Johnson, Sr. F
After carrying team to share of 2006 state title, was again at top of his game, tallying 14 goals.

Paul Torres, Whitman, Jr. M
Came out of nowhere to become one of top players in county. Possesses pace and goal-making ability.

Neil Vranis, Churchill, Sr. M
Repeat first-teamer, thanks to superb strength on ball and top-level finishing ability. Scored 14 goals.

Ethan White, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Jr. M

Dominating presence in midfield was main reason behind Barons’ 3A state championship.

Rodrigo Zuleta, Whitman, Sr. D

Penetrating left back became great two-way threat.

Second team
Julio Arjona (Clarksburg, Soph., M)
Tallied six goals, 12 assists.

Michael Brown (Paint Branch, Sr., G)
Multi-year standout in net.

Matt Castillo (Kennedy, Sr., F)
Marksman had 7 goals, 5 assists.

Kevin Dansky (Churchill, Jr., F)
Designated finisher for explosive team scored 15 goals.

Peabo Doue (Clarksburg, Jr., F)
Go-to guy had team-high 15 goals.

Michael Hocker (Georgetown Prep, Jr., M)
Pace and offensively versatile.

Mark Jaskolski (Northwest, Sr., M/D)
Did whatever Jaguars needed.

Zach Kabelac (Churchill, Sr., M)
Big presence exceptionally dangerous with ball at his feet.

Aaron Lewis (Sandy Spring Friends, Sr., M)
USVI U-23 national team player.

Roger Sampah (Sherwood, Sr., M)
Lightning-fast finisher .

Idrissa Seisay (Springbrook, Sr., F)
Gifted player had 4 goals, 10 assists.

Andy Streilein (Wootton, Sr., D)
Solid sweeper also had eight goals.

John Tiernan (Landon, Sr., M)
Scored 11 goals, had 10 assists.

Draymond Washington (Magruder, Sr., F)
Tied Alex Lee with school-record 21 goals.

Kam Zeguiba (Watkins Mill, Sr., M)
Speedster had 5 goals, 5 assists.

Honorable mention
Ifiok Akpandak, Magruder, Jr., D
Alex Allen, Covenant Life, Sr., F
Gabby DčElia, Walter Johnson, Sr., M
Edwin Granados, Paint Branch, Jr., F
Adam Hernandez, Damascus, Sr., F
Guy Logan, Georgetown Prep, Sr., G
Jeff McDonald, Blake, Jr., M
John Snyder, Whitman, Sr., M
Juan Valesquez, Northwood, Jr., F
David Williams, B-CC Chase, Jr., F