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2011 Boys Soccer Preview

Aberdeen

Head coach: Bill Wardle (eighth year)

2010 record: 10-6

Top returners: Hunter Murray, Sr., (Midfield); Hunter Haag, Sr., (Midfield/Forward); Kevin Shumaker, Sr., (Defense); Milazim Veseli, Sr., (Defense); Andy Montgomery, Jr., (Midfield/Forward)

Key newcomers: Justin Howard, Jr., (Midfield/Forward); Tyler Green, So., (Forward); Solomon Koomson, So., (Midfield/Forward)

Outlook: "The expectation is that individually as players and coaches and collectively as a team we will always exhibit passion for the game and bring honor and glory to our program's name," said Wardle. "Our strengths will lie in our team-first mentality and our willingness to work hard each and every day to better ourselves not only as individual players but most importantly as a team. The Eagles return four starters this year.

Bel Air

Head coach: Dominic Rose (12th year)

2010 record: 14-3-1

Top returners: Carson Kalama, Jr., (Forward); Nat Hand, Jr., (Forward); Dominic Rose, Sr., (Defense); Alex Miller, Sr., (Defense); Ryan Tritsch, Sr., (Midfield); Danny Morgan, Sr., (Forward); Christian Vito, Sr., (Goalie); Brandon Tolson, So., (Midfield)

Key newcomers: Nick Adams, Jr., (Defense); Austin McKinney, Jr., (Midfield)

Outlook: The Bobcats had a solid season in 2010 that ended in the region finals with a shootout loss to Wicomico. This year, coach Rose says, "We look to try and improve on last year's season.

C. Milton Wright

Head coach: Joe Davis (third year)

2010 record: 5-7-3

Top returners: Shane Carroll, Sr., (Midfield); Brandon McFadden, Sr., (Midfield); Matt Madeira, Sr., (Midfield); Grant Caspero, Sr., (Defense); Lee Frailer, Jr., (Defense); Manny Mastromanolis, So., (Forward); Colin Miller, So., (Goalie)

Key newcomers: Austin Carlevaro, Jr., (Defense); Dakota Stern, So., (Defense)

Outlook: The Mustangs return eight starters and 15 returnees from last year's young squad that finished 5-7-3. Three freshmen and three sophomores were in last year's starting 11 and a year of seasoning should have the Mustangs poised for a successful 2011 campaign. CMW might have arguably the toughest public school schedule in the state. Matches against McDonough, Gilman, Mount St. Joe, Salesianum (Del.), River Hill, and Hereford should have them battle tested early. Davis says the goals are to use the tough schedule to identify team weaknesses and prepare for UCBAC and regional competitions. Former CMW player and grad Brian Tully serves as assistant coach.

Edgewood

Head coach: Ho Chang (fourth year)

2010 record: NA (not available)

Top returners: Eric Glover, Sr., (Goalie); Avni Veseli, Sr., (Defense); Xavier Dado, Jr., (Midfield)

Key newcomers: Tyler Rizzola, Jr., (Midfield); Brandon Chase, Sr., (Forward); Nick LaMartina, Sr., (Defense); Robert Heinlin, Jr., (Midfield); Nate Duncan, Sr., (Midfield); Mike Ryan, Jr., (Defense); Steven Swinnerton, Jr., (Defense); James McCormick, Jr., (Forward)

Outlook: "We have a new team mostly comprised of former junior varsity players," said Chang. "Team has great chemistry and I expect the team to get better as the season progresses." Chang expects to see great goalkeeping by Glover, a team captain and fourth-year varsity player. Chang also expects to see Rizzola and Dado run the offense.

Fallston

Head coach: Christopher Hoover (11th year)

2010 record: 6-8-2

Top returners: Christopher Lievendag, Sr., (Midfield); Zach Martin, Sr., (Striker); Zack Esser, Sr., (Defense)

Key newcomers: Tyler Andrus, Jr., (Midfield); Chris Dunnigan, Jr., (Midfield)

Outlook: "We are looking to return back to past form. We have had a great pre-season, despite Irene," said Hoover. "We had a good scrimmage against South River and we are looking forward to the season. We are looking for our captains to provide critical leadership and perform in those critical points in our matches."

Harford Christian

Head coach: Bryan M. Wilson (seventh year)

2010 record: 14-1-3

Top returners: Vincent Wilson, Sr., (Midfield); John Wilson, Jr., (Striker); Seth McCarty, So., (Right wing); Luke Steelman, Sr., (Left wing)

Key newcomers: Paul Franco, Fr., (Stopper); Tim Guertler, Fr., (Sweeper)

Outlook: After graduating nine seniors from the 2010 roster, this year's team is very young. Pre-season indicators, however, produce optimism that this young roster brings proficient skills and high soccer IQ into the program. "An aggressive mixed schedule of public school and MACSAC conference opponents will soon reveal how good we really are," said Wilson.

Harford Tech

Head coach: Andy Bleichfeld (20th year)

2010 record: 9-4-2

Top returners: Dan Ashburn, Sr., (Goalie); Josh North, Sr., (Defense); Garrett Selander, Sr., (Forward); Russell Fiol, Jr., (Defense); Tyler Smith, Sr., (Midfield); Ryan Beatty, Sr., (Defense)

Key newcomers: Jeremy Brown, So., (Midfield); Will Tripp, Jr., (Midfield); Greg Ransone, Jr., (Midfield)

Outlook: The Cobras have a core of returning seniors, but a young team as well. Bleichfeld says Tech is working hard to win the Cobra Tournament as well as the Susquehanna Division of the UCBAC.

Havre de Grace

Head coach: Sean Smith (fifth year)

2010 record: NA

Top returners: NA

Key newcomers: NA

Outlook: The Warriors bring back a "junior heavy" nucleus this season fielding just two senior defensemen, no sophomores and a lone freshman newcomer. The Warriors look to be very competitive and move forward on the strength and experience of their core group of returning players, according to assistant coach J.W. Walker.

John Carroll

Head coach: Jim Fendryk (second year)

2010 record: 2-12

Top returners: Vince Perry, Sr., (Midfield); Paul Hammons, Sr., (Midfield); Kevin Gambrell, Sr., (Goalie); Caleb Anderson, Jr., (Defense); Zach Hammons, So., (Defense); Colby Fell, So., (Forward)

Key newcomers: Nektario Athanasiou, Fr., (Midfield)

Outlook: The Patriots are looking to rebound after a rebuilding year in 2010. The 2011 season offers hope and promise with a nice blend of senior experience and leadership with a talented group of underclassmen. This year, John Carroll has scheduled five of the 10 county public high school teams in addition to a very tough MIAA "A" Conference schedule.

Joppatowne

Head coach: David Orth (first year)

2010 record: 0-10

Top returners: Jeremy Clark, Sr., (Defense); Robert Howard, Jr., (Defense)

Key newcomers: Kevin Kinyua, Jr., (Forward); Bailey Sands, Fr., (Midfield)

Outlook: "This year we have a very young team. With only two returning seniors and two returning juniors to the varsity team, we will have many new faces taking the field," said Orth. "Although the team is young, I expect several new incoming freshmen to step up and contribute in a big way."

North Harford

Head coach: Matt Johnstone (sixth year)

2010 record: 8-7-2

Top returners: Patrick Benway, Sr., (Defense); Daniel Ebsworth, Sr., (Defense); Brooks Billings, Jr., (Defense); Randy Foster, Jr., (Midfield); Robbie Marconi, Sr., (Midfield); Kyle Six, Jr., (Forward)

Key newcomers: Kevin Thompson, Jr., (Midfield); Josh Scholz, Jr., (Forward); Noah Krach, Jr., (Midfield)

Outlook: "With six starters returning and key new additions we are looking to build off a successful 2010 campaign," said Johnstone. "This team is showing great chemistry during the pre-season and working extremely hard."

Patterson Mill

Head coach: Wes Rich (fourth year)

2010 record: 12-5

Top returners: Tony Roney, Sr., (Midfield); Kyle Walzcak, Sr., (Forward); Tyler Moen, Sr., (Forward); Aaron Childs, Sr., (Midfield); Nick Roney, Sr., (Defense); Ian Bollinger, Sr., (Midfield); Brady Morton, Sr., (Goalie); Brandon Ortiz, Jr., (Defense)

Top newcomers: Tom Treziak, Jr., (Defense); Connor Neuman, Jr., (Forward); Phil McDonald, Jr., (Midfield); Colin Carroll, Jr., (Midfield)

Outlook: "We have had a great start to the season and have high expectations for the team," said Rich. "With 12 seniors on the roster, we have experience and strong leadership all over the field. The team communicates and moves the ball well, and have really been playing 'as a team.' We have the toughest schedule in our 4 years of a varsity program, but I know the boys are up to the challenge."

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