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Boys soccer preview: Players to watch

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Oumar Ballo Archbishop Curley,

defense, senior

Ballo, a four-year starter, will contain the opposing team's best forward and create chances on offense. He has committed to play soccer at Loyola College next year.

Geaton Caltabiano

Mount St. Joseph, midfield, senior

Caltabiano, widely regarded as one of the best playmakers in the state, will control the midfield for the Gaels. Coach Mike St. Martin considers him one of the state's best passers. He finished last season with eight goals and 10 assists.

Marquez Fernandez

McDonogh, defense, senior

Fernandez, last season's All-Metro Player of the Year, is regarded as one of the top defenders in the nation. He has played with U.S. national youth teams and has committed to Maryland.

Mamadou Kansaye McDonogh, forward, senior

The center midfielder had 10 goals and 18 assists last season, including two goals in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship game. Kansaye has committed to Maryland.

Benja Makinde McDonogh, defense, senior

Makinde will try to help the Eagles improve on their 16 shutouts last season. The four-year starter has narrowed his college choices to Providence, Wake Forest and George Mason.

Diego McQuestion Gilman, midfield, senior

McQuestion, who had 12 goals and 14 assists last season, will control the middle of the field for the Greyhounds. He is considering several top-tier Division I schools.

Joe Meyer McDonogh, defense, senior

Meyer is a lockdown defender who can also push forward and create scoring chances. Meyer is considering Princeton and Brown.

Jalen Robinson Mount St. Joseph, forward, sophomore

Robinson is one of the most gifted forwards in the area and was named captain of the under-15 U.S. national team in the spring. He finished last season with six goals and nine assists. Mount St. Joseph coach Mike St. Martin uses Robinson on offense and defense.

Patrick Sullivan Mar. Ridge, forward-midfield, junior

Sullivan had a breakout season for the Mustangs last year, scoring 13 goals and recording six assists. Sullivan is regarded as a natural finisher who had goals in big games, including five in three games against rival River Hill.

Jon Talbot River Hill, forward, senior

Talbot will play a vital role as the Hawks, the 2007 Class 2A state champions, try to get back to the title game. Last season, Talbot battled through injuries to record 10 goals and four assists. He was named second team All-State.

Other notables:

David Arnold, Mount St. Joseph

Reid Barger, Gilman

Matt Bile', Bel Air

Jared Fenton, Severna Park

Tyler Fernandez, Broadneck

Kyle Forbes, Atholton

Kirk Fromille, Fallston

Zach Goldberg, Severna Park

Kody Herd, Chesapeake-AA

Kolby Herd, Chesapeake-AA

Aidan Hoolachan, Mount Hebron

Ryan Jackson, Reservoir

Omar Kabba, Poly

Bash Kamara, Patterson

Mike Kane Jr., South River

Nick Koutrelakos, Marriotts Ridge

Corey Krewson, River Hill

Gabe Kuhn, Fallston

Seun Lajubutu, C. Milton Wright

Jordan Manly, Mount St. Joseph

Corbin McCarron, Arundel

Joey Milligan Jr., Chesapeake-AA

Ryan Milligan, Old Mill

Cody Niedermeier, Broadneck

Tim Peitsch, Loyola

Jason Plumhoff, River Hill

Damian Ramos Old Mill

Tony Riso, River Hill

Josh Schwartz, Broadneck

Matt Shinsky, McDonogh

Ben Shriver, Gilman

Guy Skord, Broadneck

Gavin Snyder, Severna Park

Josh Stover, Marriotts Ridge

Tyler Szekalski, Bel Air

Mikias Teketele, Archbishop Curley

Jean Toussaint, Meade

Nathan Wallace, Severna Park

Zach Wenger, Calvert Hall

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