Player of the Year
Brandon Franklin, Liberty: A senior midfielder, Franklin's play was so dominant this season, Carroll County coaches unanimously selected him as the area's top player. Franklin finished as the Lions' second-leading scorer with seven goals and 12 assists, and he notched game-winning goals against Kennedy in the regional playoffs and Northeast early in the season. Franklin also had the game-winning assists in conference victories over Urbana and Thomas Johnson. But his impact was also felt in other ways because of his grit, technical skills and speed. Franklin was the quickest player in the county and Central Maryland Conference. A second-year starter and third-year letter winner, Franklin was the county's only first-team All-State selection. He also was selected first-team All-County and first-team Central Maryland Conference for the second straight season.
Coach of the Year
Ed DeVincent, Liberty: The Lions' success under DeVincent continued, as Liberty's 14-2 mark set a school record for victories. In six seasons as Liberty's coach, DeVincent has compiled a 65-22-4 record, enjoyed six consecutive winning seasons and won five county titles. This season, the Lions won seven games by one-goal margins, and all seven finished with a 2-1 final score. Liberty also won the Central Maryland Conference and Carroll County championship for the second straight season.
Jim Barley, Francis Scott Key: A two-time All-County and two-time first-team All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League selection, Barley scored the game-winning goal in three of Key's four victories. In the other, a 3-2 overtime win over North Carroll, Barley notched two assists. One of the fastest and most intense players in the county, Barley, a senior forward, finished with five goals and four assists, and had his hand in nearly every Key goal, either directly or indirectly.
Jason Engles, Liberty: Soccer fans at South Carroll will be relieved to know this senior outside midfielder will not be back to torment them next season. Engles scored the game-winning goal and notched an assist in each of the Lions' 2-1 victories over the Cavaliers this season. Engles earned first-team All-Central Maryland Conference honors and finished with seven goals and five assists.
Chad Greensfelder, Liberty: A senior center midfielder, Greensfelder had six goals and six assists this season, including the game-winner in a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Thomas Johnson. But his biggest impact was felt on the defensive end. Greensfelder was called upon to mark the opposition's top center midfielders, and he shut them all out. He was also a second-team All-Central Maryland Conference selection.
Mike Gooding, Liberty: This senior goalkeeper had to have nerves of steel to guard the net for all of Liberty's school-record 14 victories. Gooding made 73 saves, earned four shutouts and had to make many big stops to preserve the Lions' seven one-goal victories. An honorable-mention All-Central Maryland Conference selection, Gooding came up big in 2-1 victories over Westminster and Urbana and had a spectacular diving save to seal the Lions' 2-1 win over Glenelg.
Ben Hamlington, South Carroll: A finesse player, Hamlington, a senior defender, used his 6-foot-2 frame to consistently clear balls away from danger. The captain of the defense and a three-year starter, he always marked the opposition's top scoring threat and set up his team's defense and walls on free kicks. He finished the year with three goals and one assist and was named to the All-Central Maryland Conference second team.
Kris Harford, Westminster: Several coaches, including Coach of the Year Ed DeVincent, set their game plans around this senior midfielder. Harford, an honorable menition All-Central Maryland Conference pick, was used primarily as an attacking midfielder. His ability to set teammates up on runs, along with his speed and tenacity, caused havoc for Owls' opponents all season.
Trevor Havey, Liberty: A sophomore midfielder, Havey is Liberty's heir apparent to Brandon Franklin. An honorable mention All-State and first-team All-Central Maryland Conference selection, Havey led Liberty with 11 goals and seven assists, and had seven goals come off headers. He scored both goals in Liberty's 2-1 victory over Francis Scott Key and had important tallies in the Lions' 2-1 triumphs over Glenelg and Thomas Johnson.
Drew Hebble, South Carroll: Hebble, a senior forward, led the Cavaliers in points with four goals and four assists. A powerful forward known for his outstanding ball control, his presence opened the field up for his teammates since he nearly always drew double coverage. Aside from being a four-year letter winner and team captain, Hebble was a unanimous choice for first-team All-Central Maryland Conference.
Jason Komar, Westminster: A senior defender, Komar used his 6-foot-2 frame and leaping ability to win balls in the air, but also had superior tackling technique to win them on the ground as well. He finished with one goal on the season and was a second-team All-Central Maryland Conference selection.
David Long, Westminster: At 6 feet 3, this senior forward was very capable with his head and was the centerpiece of Westminster's attack off set pieces. A two-time All-County selection and second-team All-Central Maryland Conference, Long scored the game-winning goal against Frederick and in the Owls' regional playoff victory over Meade.
Greg Reeves, Liberty: Reeves was dominant in back. A senior, he rarely came off, consistently shut down the center of the field for opposing offenses, was a magnificent distributor and almost never lost a 50-50 ball. A first-team All-Central Maryland Conference selection, Reeves was a major reason Liberty allowed just 1.05 goals a game.
David Syzmanski, Liberty: A senior forward, Syzmanski's broke Liberty's career assist mark this season. His three goals and 13 assists gave him 33 assists in three years on the varsity. A first-team All-Central Maryland Conference and two-time All-County selection, Syzmanski was especially dangerous with his free kicks and long throw-ins.
Erik Vollmerhausen, South Carroll: A junior midfielder and forward, Vollermerhausen used his 6-foot-2 height and his strength to create opportunities through force and tenacity. He led the Cavaliers in assists with five and also scored three goals. His biggest game came in the 3A regional playoffs, when he notched two assists in South Carroll's 3-0 victory over Linganore. He received All-Central Maryland Conference second-team honors.