All-Harford County: Boys soccer

Boys Player of the Year Dominic Welsh, Fallston

Welsh, who finished with 21 goals and four assists, creating match-up problems for opponents as he led Fallston to the state final.

Fallston coach Chris Hoover credits the senior with providing leadership. Welsh came up big all season and scored the tying goal against Tuscarora in the state championship game.

He had a season-high four goals against Patterson Mill on Sept. 5.

"Dominic Welsh continued his outstanding effort up front for us with multiple game-winners, attacking several defenders, providing an attacking threat every time he touched the ball," Hoover said.

Boys Coach of the Year Chris Hoover, Fallston

Hoover guides one of the top programs in the state, as Fallston made its 12th state tournament appearance this season, losing in penalty kicks in the Class 3 final against Tuscarora. Fallston finished 16-3.

The Cougars had one of the most balanced teams in the area and were equally effective scoring goals and defending. Hoover guided an experienced team that started eight seniors.

The Cougars started the season with seven consecutive wins and continued to get better as the season progressed.

"We set our expectations high. I tell my players that too many times in life do people set their goals too low and accomplish them. We will set ours higher and shoot for the stars," Hoover said. "Our system of play has been an advantage for us, and the players have really bought into that system."

Hoover, who has been head coach at Fallston for eight years, notched his 100th career win this season.

Boys Team Eric CroucherFallstonseniorforwardMike KrebsC. Milton Wrightseniorforward Dominic WelshFallstonseniorforwardPat MaherJohn CarrollseniormidfielderBen TritschBel AirseniorforwardJulian CadenasC. Milton Wrightseniormidfielder Derek VogelC. Milton Wrightseniormidfielder Dereck WilliamsAberdeenseniormidfielderGabe KuhnJohn CarrolljuniordefenderSean LanahanBel AirseniordefenderTommy MurphyJohn Carrollsenior defenderKirk FromilleFallstonjuniorgoalieNote: Team selected by Todd Karpovich after consultation with The Baltimore Sun staff and area coaches.

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