Among the area soccer signings Wednesday were special ceremonies at Calvert Hall and Archbishop Spalding, which celebrated talented senior classes that helped bring championships.
Behind All-Metro Player of the Year Ben Alexander, All-Metro first teamer Brady O'Connor and fellow standout Chris Carroll, the Cardinals claimed their first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship since 2003 to stake claim of the area's No. 1 ranking.
On Nov. 6, in a thrilling 3-2 win over Archbishop Curley for the championship, the each member of the trio scored a goal; Alexander found O'Connor for the game-winner in the second half.
On Wednesday afternoon, they were together at the school's George Young Hall making official their college commitments. Alexander is heading to Kentucky, O'Connor, who returned to the team this season after playing Academy ball as a junior, is set to play at George Washington and Carroll is bound for Drexel.
"It's really excited for myself and to be here with all the guys," Carroll said. "We had a really great season this year and I can't wait to get started in college."
The MIAA crown wasn't the first big championship Alexander and Carroll were part of in 2016. During the summer, the pair, along with fellow senior Seth Walker, who is still undecided on a college, led their club team, Pipeline SC, to a US Youth Soccer National Championship.
"It was definitely nice having the summer I had, with Chris and Seth and then linking up with Brady again and playing with some new guys, was a lot of fun," Alexander said. "Seeing how well we all connected once we got in our stride during the season. Being a senior was awesome just our last year going out the way we hoped we could."
The No. 1-ranked Spalding girls soccer team also enjoyed a memorable ride, claiming the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference crown with the senior duo of defender Emily Roberts and midfielder Allie Brimmer leadinig the way.
On Wednesday, Roberts, who was named All-Metro Player of the Year, signed to play at Old Dominon. Brimmer, an All-Metro first-team selection, is set to play at Maryland.
Several other local soccer players signed with Division I programs Wednesday. Archbishop Curley's Alejandro Arbelaez and Dylan Poetzel will play at UMBC while Matthew Brummet will play at Old Dominion.
Harford Tech goalkeeper Hannah Warner signed with Towson.
Patterson Mill's Annie Wysong plans to sign her Letter of Intent on Thursday to play at St. John's.