Player of the Year: Chris Agorsor, McDonogh
Agorsor entered the season viewedby many as the top high school soccerplayer in the nation, and he did notdisappoint.
Despite appearing in only 15 ofMcDonogh's 24 games because of ahip injury,Agorsor still scored 24 goalsand had eight assists. He also scored agoal in McDonogh's 3-0 victory overArchbishop Curley in the MarylandInterscholastic Athletic Association AConference championship game.
Set to graduate a year early, hetotaled 50 goals and 19 assists in acareer that spanned two and a halfseasons. Agorsor,who has a 3.9 gradepoint average, was routinely double-teamedby his opponents' bestdefenders, but he still managed to bethe most potent player on the field. Hewas also a first-team All-Metro pick lastseason.
Agorsor decided to finish highschool in three years because he hasthe opportunity to pursue aprofessional career overseas. He hasreceived professional offers fromNewcastle United, Queens ParkRangers and Tottenham Hotspur fromEngland; Ajax and PSV Eindhovenfrom Holland; Sevilla from Spain;Partizan Belgrade from Serbia; andJuventus from Italy, according toMcDonogh coach Steve Nichols.
Agorsor has earned time with boththe United States Under-18 andUnder-20 National Teams this year. Hehad an assist for the Under-18 men in a3-1 loss to Turkey in October.
Oumar Ballo, Archbishop Curley
Ballo was one of most physicaldefenders in the state and lost fewchallenges in the air.Another one of Ballo'sstrengths is his ability to recover aftermoving forward. The sophomore routinelyshut down the opposing team's mostdangerous strikers.
"Oumar loves playing soccer and givesmaximum effort every day on the practicefield as well,"Curley coach Barry Stitz said."I'm already getting inquiries from somemajor colleges about Oumar."
R.J. Bass, Fallston
Bass was a steadying force in theFallston defense after volunteering to be adefender because the team was short-handed.
The senior routinely shut down theleading scorer for the Cougars'opponents.
"His strength, speed, and athleticismallowed us the opportunity to push forwardand take chances. Through his leadershipon the field, our defense was able to shutdown many very talented opponents,"Fallston coach Chris Hoover said.
Andrew Bulls, McDonogh
Bulls, who was also a National SoccerCoaches Association of America/AdidasAll-American and an All-South selection,had 18 goals and 24 assists this season. Heis also a member of the 2006 clubnational champion Baltimore Casa MiaBays. The senior has committed to UMBCon a full scholarship.
"Andrew carried McDonogh on hisback during the tough stretch when ChrisAgorsor was injured," Eagles coach SteveNichols said. "Without Bulls, I don't know ifwe would have survived that, period,without Chris."
Tommy Caso, McDonogh
Caso broke a school record with20 shutouts in 24 games against what wasconsidered one of the toughest schedulesin the country. The senior was a dominantpresence inside the penalty area and oneof the Eagles' leaders.
"Tommy led the back line with his vocalleadership, always making the big savewhenever tested,"McDonogh coachSteve Nichols said.Caso, who had a 0.21goals-against average, saved two penaltyshots in a 4-2 shootout win over Loyola inthe Maryland Interscholastic AthleticAssociation A Conference semifinals.
Caso, who carries a 4.3 grade pointaverage, has committed to play soccer atBucknell next fall.
Steve Ehatt, Loch Raven
Ehatt is a versatile player who helpedthe Raiders reach the state championshipgame for the second consecutive year.Loch Raven coach Joe Fiedler moved thesenior up to forward in several games tospark the offense. In this year's Class 2Astate final against River Hill, Ehatt moved tostriker from sweeper and scored in the48th minute to cut the Hawks' lead to 2-1.He was later taken down in the penaltyarea to set up the tying goal before theRaiders lost, 3-2, in overtime.
Ehatt is undecided about where he willplay next fall.
Bash Kamara, Archbishop Curley
Kamara had 25 goals and eight assiststhis season. The sophomore recorded agoal or assist in 22 of 26 games for the Friars,who advanced to the MIAAAConference championship game thisseason. Kamara's biggest strength was hisability to beat players one-on-one.
"Bash is the type of player that makesthings happen.He has great speed andquickness but is also very good with theball at his feet,"Curley coach Barry Stitzsaid.
Jake Levin, McDonogh
Levin was considered the "heart andsoul" of the McDonogh defense thisseason. The captain of the MIAAAConference champions was unbeatable inthe air and almost as fine with his tackles,according to Eagles coach Steve Nichols.A four-year starter, his leadership helpedMcDonogh to a record-setting20 shutouts in 24 games, and the Eaglesallowed only five goals the entire season.Levin scored two goals on set pieces andhad two assists.
Levin, who has a 4.0 grade pointaverage, has committed to play soccer atthe University of Pennsylvania next fall.
Steve Levine, Loyola
LeVine was one of the Dons' bestdefenders, but he also helped initiate mostof the offensive attacks. "He has the abilityto play perfectly weighted balls to themidfielders and forwards, as well as beatdefenders on the dribble," Loyola coachLee Tschantret said.
LeVine finished the year with two goalsand 10 assists for the Dons, who lost in theMIAAA Conference semifinals toeventual champion McDonogh.WhileLeVine has not yet committed to a college,the senior has received offers fromnumerous Division I schools.
Jake Pace, River Hill
Pace was the Hawks' top playmakerthis season even after being moved fromstriker to a defensive center midfielder. Hewas the team's leading scorer with ninegoals and nine assists. The junior scoredthe game-winning goal in overtime againstLoch Raven in the Class 2A statechampionship game. Pace, a member ofthe Olympic Development Program'sregional team, also was named first-teamAll-State and All-South.
"He's the one who controlled the fieldthis year. He really flourished," River Hillcoach Matt Shagogue said.
Dylan Reddersen, Broadneck
Reddersen scored 11 goals and had fiveassists this season, leading the team inscoring for the third straight season. Thesenior also was named first-team All-Stateand first team All- Anne Arundel County.Coach Sean Tettemer called Reddersen a"versatile forward and midfielderthroughout his career."
Reddersen helped Broadneck to a14-2-1 record this season and the regular-seasonleague championship.He isBroadneck's all-time leading scorer.
Michael Rose, Severna Park
Rose, one of the most versatileplaymakers in the area, was a four-yearvarsity player and finished his final seasonwith 16 goals and 12 assists. He led theFalcons to their first county championshipsince 1998 and first regional title since2004.He is Severna Park's second all-timeleading scorer.
"He is the most complete player I haveever been associated with," Severna Parkcoach Bob Thomas said. "He knows whenhe needs to place the team on hisshoulders and take over a game.He wasthe true team captain and leader on andoff the field.
He will play soccer at Notre Dame inthe fall.
Name, School, Year, Position
Wils Alpern Towson Sr. Forward
David Borcik Franklin Sr. Forward
Mikias Teketele Curley Soph. Forward
Christian Barreiro Calvert Hall Sr. Midfield
Corey Marcon Oakland Mills Sr. Midfield
Colin Mayo Bel Air Sr. Midfield
Garrett Nickles Mt. Hebron Jr. Midfield
Uche Ukoha Mount St. Joseph Sr. Midfield
Jamie Flewellyn Broadneck Sr. Defense
Eric Keppeler Dulaney Sr. Defense
Josh Spivey Perry Hall Sr. Defense
Pat Hudson River Hill Sr. Goalie
Honorable mention: Sean Bunoski, Severna Park; DavidCutair, Franklin; Jacob Dacey, John Carroll; Tyler Fiorito,McDonogh; Phil Martinelli, Marriotts Ridge; Greg McBride,Gilman; Jason McCarron, Arundel; David Neuberth, Century;Jimmy Nugent, Parkville; Mike Pohler, Atholton; Jeff Powell,C. Milton Wright; Matt Swiderski, Perry Hall.
Note: Teams selected by Todd Karpovich after consultationwith The Sun staff and area coaches.