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1997 All-Metro boys soccer teams

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Player of the Year

Reb Beatty, Archbishop Spalding, senior, goalkeeper: It was a special season at Spalding with the Cavaliers (14-5-2) reaching their first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship game. And, despite a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to defending champion Calvert Hall, Beatty was right in the middle of that success. At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Beatty, the Anne Arundel County Player of the Year, was an imposing figure in the Cavaliers' goal. His agility, aggressiveness, intensity and knowledge of the game gave him all the tools of a unique goalkeeper. He finished the season with 142 saves and recorded nine shutouts to earn first-team All-State honors from the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer (MACS). He made 13 saves in a 0-0 tie against No. 4-ranked McDonogh. "He's the best keeper in the state," said sixth-year coach Rick Carlson. "The big games [are] when he came up the biggest. Every time out, he'd make three big plays he shouldn't [have made] to keep us in a game. With Reb, there was always an urgency to games and practice. He's always playing to win." For Beatty, the approach to playing goal was basic. "People coming into your goal box [are] like someone taking pie from your mother's kitchen," he said earlier this season. "You have to be aggressive and jump out at the ball to control your box -- it's like your house."

Coach of the Year

Marc Osterberger, Severn: In four seasons, Osterberger has built a soccer program that any school would be proud of. In past

years, soccer at Severn was just something to do to keep in shape until the lacrosse season rolled around in the spring. But that has changed under the Osterberger's influence. He guided the Admirals to a 14-1-4 season and runner-up finish in the MIAA B Conference. The Admirals went unbeaten until the last day, when they lost, 1-0, to St. Paul's in the championship game on UMBC's wet, artificial turf. With a senior-oriented group, Osterberger saw an opportunity to make a statement this season, and his Admirals did just that. He instilled a competitive, hard-working approach to practice that translated into wins. With six players more than 6 feet tall, he spent a lot of time in practice on long throws and corner kicks, which generated most of the Admirals' scoring. "We worked hard and stayed away from injuries," said Osterberger, who played high school soccer at Oakland Mills, where he was an All-State player and part of an undefeated (15-0-1) state championship team in 1988.

The first team

Billy Allen, River Hill, senior, forward: A dynamic 5-foot-5 player, he switched from being River Hill's leading scorer last fall to its leading assist man this season. He led the Howard County with 15 assists and scored seven goals -- none bigger than the powerful header in the closing minutes of a regular -season double-overtime victory against Mount Hebron. His speed and intensity enabled him to turn the corners to feed teammates. He was a first-team MACS All-State pick.

Kyle Beckerman, Arundel, sophomore, midfield: A dominating presence in the middle, Beckerman had a stellar year with 15 goals and four assists, earning first-team MACS All-State honors. Most of the No. 13-ranked Wildcats' offense ran through Beckerman, who combined athleticism with good field vision and plenty of savvy. His skills enabled him to take advantage of the slightest opportunities and his team to enjoy a 13-3 season.

Lars Berg, Wilde Lake, senior, defense: Imposing at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds with long blond hair that added to his fearsome demeanor, Berg was an extraordinary defensive player who helped lead his No. 6-ranked Wildecats (13-2-2) to nine shutouts and the Class 3A state championship. His team surrendered just 11 goals, and lost to No. 1-ranked River Hill on a penalty kick, 1-0. Berg is a first-team MACS All-State selection.

Vinnie Ciarpella, McDonogh, junior, defense: Swift and smooth, he helped anchor the Eagles through a school-record season of 13 shutouts. Playing in front of a sophomore sweeper and sophomore goalkeeper, Ciarpella was a major reason why the Eagles allowed only 14 goals in 21 games. Ciarpella is a first-team MACS All-State pick.

Jon Cole, McDonogh, junior, midfield: A combination of skill and strength, Cole was the MIAA A Conference's leading scorer with 13 goals and nine assists. He already has college powers Virginia, Duke and Wake Forest coming after him. Cole scored a hat trick against John Carroll and also had goals in wins over Curley and Spalding. He's a first-team MACS All-State pick.

Adom Crew, River Hill, sophomore, forward: When the pressure was greatest, Crew delivered. He scored nine goals in five playoff games en route to River Hill's first state championship. In all, he scored 16 goals and had five as- sists. His biggest goal was the game-winner, a header, in a 4-3 regional championship victory over Mount Hebron. He scored a hat trick in that game. Crew is a total scoring package of speed, skill and poise. He was second-team MACS All-State.

Tim Gober, Calvert Hall, senior, defense: This sure-footed, roving stopper was "always poised and rarely got rattled," said his coach, Bill Karpovich. Gober (6-2, 175) won most 50-50 balls and was an excellent decision-maker as the Cardinals came within a shutout (14) of the school record (15). He scored two goals and made four assists. He had a big goal in a 2-0 win over Class 4A state champ Whitman.

Matt Joseph, Calvert Hall, senior, midfield: Joseph was one of his league's most feared players because of his speed, ball-control and ability to generate an offense. He had a knack for finding the open man for a finish. Joseph scored three times and assisted on 11 other goals. In the 1-0 title game against Spalding, he made the assist.

Cam Letke, Calvert Hall, senior, forward: Though constantly facing special marking, Letke scored an MIAA A Conference-high 17 goals to go with four assists. Over two seasons he has scored 48 goals and 17 assists for the Cardinals, leading them to two consecutive MIAA A Conference titles. He scored game-winning goals against Churchill of Montgomery County, Severna Park, Loyola and Archbishop Curley. A first-team All-Metro pick last fall, the 6-2, 170-pounder was a mix of swiftness, power and grace around goal and at times went to midfield to develop plays. He's the Baltimore City/Baltimore County Player of the Year and on the MACS All-State first team.

Justin Muller, Archbishop Spalding, senior, forward: Anne Arundel County's best finisher, Muller showed great composure in front of the goal to make the most of his scoring opportunities. His 12 goals and three assists reflected his ability to make things happen. Some of his best work came in pressure situations, including an overtime header in a 1-0 upset against then No. 1-ranked Calvert Hall. He also had a hat trick against McDonogh in an MIAA A Conference semifinal.

Ryan Pflugrad, Hammond, senior, midfield: Regarded by most coaches as Howard County's best midfielder, Pflugrad (6-3, 180) combined knowledge, skills, play-making ability and strength in the air to score 12 goals and make seven assists, despite constant attention from opposing defenses. He led Hammond to its best season (10-5-1), and was a demonstrative team leader. He is second-team MACS All-State.

Sam Salganik, River Hill, senior, defense: He led his team to a 16-1 season, 10 the Class 2A state championship, shutouts and the No. 1 ranking. The Hawks are ranked No. 24 nationwide in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/UMBRO poll. Hawks coach Bill Stara called Salganik his team's "most important player, the cornerstone of it all." Salganik, one of four River Hill seniors, steadied a young team by playing sweeper early in the season. He gradually moved to stopper, where he could create and push up into the offense. He scored eight goals (4-for-4 on penalty kicks) and had five assists. One PK beat No. 6 Wilde Lake, 1-0. Salganik is the Howard County Player of the Year, and a first-team MACS All-State selection.

P. J. Wakefield, Calvert Hall, senior, midfield: One of many potent weapons in Calvert Hall's arsenal, he could finish (12 goals), distribute (eight assists) and play defense. Wakefield assisted Letke's game-winning goal in a 1-0 MIAA A Conference semifinal over Curley, and scored the game-winner in the championship game off an assist from Joseph as 35-year coach Bill Karpovich (422-85-33 career) retired with his 19th league crown.

Brian Wright, Archbishop Spalding, senior, midfield: He finished out a stellar career with six goals and a team-high 13 assists, as the Cavaliers made it to the MIAA A Conference championship finals for the first time. Wright, a first-team MACS All-State player, brought more to the field than numbers. He was the Cavaliers' field general and ultimate team player. Always around the ball, Wright made things happen at both ends of the field.

All-Metro boys soccer teams

Player of the Year: Reb Beatty, Archbishop Spalding

Coach of the Year: Marc Osterberger, Severn

FIRST TEAM

Name, School, Class, Position

Billy Allen, River Hill, Senior, Forward

Adom Crew, River Hill, Soph., Forward

Justin Muller, Archbishop Spalding, Senior, Forward

Cam Letke, Calvert Hall, Senior, Forward

Kyle Beckerman, Arundel, Soph., Midfield

Jon Cole, McDonogh, Junior, Midfield

Matt Joseph, Calvert Hall, Senior, Midfield

Ryan Pflugrad, Hammond, Senior, Midfield

P. J. Wakefield, Calvert Hall, Senior, Midfield

Brian Wright, Archbishop Spalding, Senior, Midfield

Lars Berg, Wilde Lake, Senior, Defense

Vinnie Ciarpella, McDonogh, Junior, Defense

Tim Gober, Calvert Hall, Senior, Defense

Sam Salganik, River Hill, Senior, Defense

Reb Beatty, Archbishop Spalding, Senior, Goalkeeper

SECOND TEAM

Name, School, Class, Position

Mike Brown, Patapsco, Senior, Forward

Tim Chairs, Liberty, Senior, Forward

Guillermo Pineda, Patterson, Senior, Forward

Brian Powell, Calvert Hall, Senior, Forward

Tony Arditi, Dulaney, Senior, Midfield

Chad Farley, Chesapeake-AA, Senior, Midfield

Stu Kessler, Centennial, Senior, Midfield

Pete Lindahl, Mount Hebron, Junior, Midfield

Steve Novak, Archbishop Curley, Junior, Midfield

Mike Duley, Calvert Hall, Senior, Defense

Reid Shaklee, Severna Park, Junior, Defense

Matt Shapiro, Wilde Lake, Senior, Defense

Alex Yi, McDonogh, Soph., Defense

Ian Minnichbach, Bel Air, Senior, Goalkeeper

Nick Parypinski, Wilde Lake, Senior, Goalkeeper

Final poll

Rank School, W-L-T

1. River Hill, 16-1

2. Calvert Hall, 19-3

3. Arch. Spalding, 14-5-2

4. McDonogh, 17-3-1

5. Centennial, 11-3-1

6. Wilde Lake, 13-2-2

7. Mount Hebron, 9-5-1

8. Archbishop Curley, 11-6-2

9. Hammond, 10-5-1

10. Severna Park, 10-6-1

11. Chesapeake-AA, 11-2-1

12. Patapsco, 14-3

13. Arundel, 13-3

14. Glenelg, 12-6

15. Patterson, 16-2

Other teams considered: Bel Air (9-5-2), Dulaney (13-1), Kenwood (11-2-2), Liberty (9-5), Perry Hall (8-5-1).

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1997 All-Metro boys soccer teams were selected by The Sun staff after consulting with area coaches.

Pub Date: 11/28/97

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