Player of the Year
Jon Cole, McDonogh, senior, midfielder: Cole, although slowed by illness, capped an illustrious career with a 26-yard direct kick late in the game that gave McDonogh its first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference Championship over No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Curley. Cole also scored the game-winning goal in a semifinal victory over Calvert Hall. The powerful 6-foot, 175-pounder was able to shed defenders easily, to create, to finish and to defend with the best. He was able to make transitional flurries to play at both ends of the field when necessary. After the title game, Cole prompted Eagles coach Steve Nichols to compare him with former area greats Tim Wittman and Chris Reif. A National Soccer Coaches' Association of America All-American his junior year, as well as Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer All-State and All-South selection, Cole is a two-time first-team All-Metro pick. He scored 16 goals and added 13 assists for the No. 3-ranked Eagles (22-3-1) this season and for his career scored 43 career goals and had 39 assists. He was a member of the national pool in 1996 and 1997, and a regional team captain. Cole has a 3.1 GPA and scored 1,160 on his SAT. He refused offers from Wake Forest, Maryland, Duke and Georgetown to play next season at Virginia.
Co-Coaches of Year
Earl Eckhardt, Chesapeake: After winning the Anne Arundel County title several times, including in 1995 and 1997, and the East Region title in 1994, Eckhardt pointed this year's team toward what he calls "the absolute goal," Chesapeake's first state championship. The Cougars measured up, edging Churchill of Montgomery County, 1-0, in the Class 4A title game at UMBC. Eckhardt, 55, celebrating his 13th season as Chesapeake coach, had to rebuild the midfield with sophomores, but had talented veterans at other positions. The Cougars outscored opponents 13-1 in the playoffs. "I knew we could score, and the defense stepped up for the playoffs," Eckhardt said. The Cougars' breakthrough win was a 1-0 upset of Severna Park in the region finals. Eckhardt changed his team's formation to one striker and five midfielders starting with that game, and it worked with a 1-0 win over the Falcons, who had beaten the Cougars twice. In the state semifinals the Cougars avenged an earlier loss to Eleanor Roosevelt of Prince George's County and went on to finish the season 17-3, boosting Eckhardt's career record to 104-66-9. Don Shea, Oakland Mills: His team went from back-to-back losing seasons and five wins a year ago to a 17-2-0 record and a Class 1A state championship this fall. It was the most wins ever by an Oakland Mills team. The Scorpions lost only to No. 1-ranked Class 2A state champion River Hill and to No. 4-ranked Howard County champion Mount Hebron. Shea collected his team's uniforms and declared the season over after that embarrassing 6-0 defeat to Mount Hebron in the final regular-season game. He wanted the players to know how it would feel if they lost in the playoffs. The mind-game worked. He returned their uniforms one day before the first playoff game, and the Scorpions swept five straight. They won the South Region championship in a shootout at Poolesville, avenging a 1997 playoff loss to the Indians. Oakland Mills went on to its first state title since 1994, and ninth in school history. It was Shea's sixth state title, including one during a 10-year stint at Elkton, and built his career record to 227-64-18.
First team at a glance
Dustin Abey, Chesapeake, senior: When coach Eckhardt went to one striker for the season's last three games, it was Anne Arundel Player of the Year Abey. He delivered, scoring the game-winning goal in the 1-0 Class 4A East Region championship victory against Severna Park, as the Cougars avenged two earlier losses to the Falcons. Abey, 5-6, 163 pounds, also assisted on the lone goal in the state championship game against Churchill. The first-team MACS All-State pick combined substantial skills and a strong physical presence that allowed him to play alone up top. He scored 12 goals and made 14 assists. During a four-year career he scored 29 goals and had 29 assists. He has a 3.5 GPA and is considering Towson and UMBC.
Marco Angelini, Archbishop Curley, junior, forward: He scored hat tricks against Hammond and McDonogh, and the game-tying goal with his team down a man and 30 seconds left in regulation of an eventual 2-2 draw with Calvert Hall. Angelini, 5-6, 125 pounds, led No. 2-ranked Curley with 16 goals and nine assists, and was a second-team MACS All-State pick. He has a 3.2 GPA.
Kaiser Chowdhry, McDonogh, sophomore, forward: He outraced threedefenders to score the first goal in the Eagles' 2-1 victory over Curley in the MIAA A Conference championship game. Chowdhry also scored seven game-winning goals for the Eagles. He led the MIAA A Conference with 22 goals and 11 assists, earning second-team MACS All-State honors. He carries a 3.8 GPA.
Adom Crew, River Hill, junior, forward: Howard County's most dynamic player, Crew scored 17 goals and had 14 assists while leading the Hawks to their second straight Class 2A state championship, a 19-1-0 record and the Metro area's No. 1 ranking. A relentless attacker, he has speed, size, agility and reads the game well. An All-Metro selection in 1997 when he scored 16 goals and had five assists, he is a first-team MACS All-State pick and a member of the under-17 Olympic Development national pool. He has a 4.0 GPA.
Kyle Beckerman, Arundel, junior, midfield: The 5-10, 145-pounder can dominate the midfield with outstanding skills. A savvy player with good field vision, he overcame an early-season injury that cost him five games and still scored 13 goals and made three assists. He's a repeat first-team All-Metro selection and is a MACS first-team All-State pick, as well as a member of the under-17 national team pool.
Marcus Johnson, Loyola, senior, midfield: His team produced one of its best seasons ever at 14-6-1, and Johnson was its field general. The 6-foot, 175-pound first-team MACS All-State player directed all of Loyola's offense and dropped back on defense to protect leads. He has good field vision and technical skills and scored six goals and had two assists. Johnson has a 3.3 GPA. He will attend N.C. State on a full soccer scholarship.
Brandon Quaranta, Archbishop Curley, junior, midfield: Curley's second-leading scorer with 13 goals, seven assists, Quaranta tallied hat tricks against Archbishop Spalding and Hammond and struck the game-winning goal against Gilman. The 5-7, 140-pound first-team MACS All-State player has speed and solid skills. He has a 3.6 GPA.
Steve Althoff, Archbishop Curley, junior, defense: The sweeper has agility, an intimidating physical presence at 6-1, 190 pounds and also owns a powerful foot. He was a big reason the Friars allowed only five goals and recorded a school-record 17 shutouts on the way to a 17-1-1 season and No. 19 national ranking. Althoff is a first-team MACS All-State pick. He has a 3.0 GPA.
Vinnie Ciarpella, McDonogh, senior, defense: fense: The 6-foot, 180-pound sweeper led the Eagles (22-3-1) to a school-record 16 shutouts and their first MIAA A Conference title. A former national under-16 team captain and MVP, he's a member of the under-18 national pool. He was All-Metro, All-State and All-South last season and is MACS first-team All-State this season. The Eagles' defensive anchor scored the game-winner in a 1-0 win over Strath Haven. He's a 2.8 GPA student with a 1,200 SAT, and is considering Georgetown, Duke and UNC-Greensboro.
Elliott Marquis, River Hill, junior, defense: A state Olympic Development player for three straight years and a regional pool member, Marquis anchored a three-man Hawks' back line. His sure-footed dependability and excellent range allowed his team to play with five midfielders. An effective counter-attacker, he reads the field well. He scored one goal and had two assists, and was first-team MACS All-State. He has a 3.4 GPA.
Matt Midura, Mount Hebron, senior, defense: fense: He led a Vikings defense that recorded 11 shutouts and defeated three state champions -- Class 3A Linganore, Class 2A River Hill and Class 1A Oakland Mills -- on the way to their best record (14-2-1) and first Howard County league championship. A four-year starter and two-year captain, he sometimes pushed up top and scored four goals and had six assists. He's first-team MACS All-State. The 6-foot, 150-pounder has a 3.3 GPA and is also an All-Howard County lacrosse player.
Steve Novak, Archbishop Curley, senior, defense: Novak (5-11, 166) was second-team All-Metro last season as midfielder, but moved back to stopper this year and was part of Curley's record 17 shutouts. He scored seven goals and had four assists as he sometimes pushed forward. He earned first-team MACS All-State honors as the Friars allowed just five goals and also kicked a 42-yard field goal for the football team. He has a 3.5 GPA and is considering Mount St. Mary's, Loyola, Seton Hall, Richmond and UMBC.
Reid Shaklee, Severna Park, senior, defense: fense: A tremendous one-on-one player, the 6-foot, 160-pound four-year starter had the poise and field vision that allowed him to excel at sweeper. A state ODP team member, Shaklee scored four goals and had 12 assists for his career. He was second-team All-Metro last season and is first-team MACS All-State. He has a 3.3 GPA.
Greg Peters, Mount Hebron, sophomore, goalkeeper: Although he missed five games with a knee injury, Peters still recorded nine shutouts and allowed just four goals. His spectacular saves tumbled No. 1-ranked River Hill to its only loss, a 2-1 setback. That win allowed Mount Hebron to capture its first Howard County championship. A former state ODP state team member, he is second-team MACS All-State. He had a 3.67 GPA his freshman year.
The Baltimore Sun 1998 All-Metro boys soccer teams were selected by Rick Belz after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.
Pub Date: 12/02/98