A sophomore last season who is on pace to graduate this spring, the area's most gifted striker will likely decide between a scholarship to Virginia or contract offers to play professionally in England for the Tottenham Hotspurs or the Queens Park Rangers.
The Generals' philosophy is simple: Get the ball to their dynamic senior and watch him dazzle. Alpern (18 goals, 10 assists in 2006) has led the team in scoring the past two years.
Archbishop Curley, defense
Quick, sturdy and fearless, the sophomore center back will make his presence felt with strong play for the defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion Friars.
Calvert Hall, forward
Quick, creative and a proven finisher, the senior forward (team-high 12 goals the past two seasons) gives the Cardinals a steady source of offense.
The Eagles' senior captain brings it all: offensive production (15 goals, 17 assists in 2006), leadership and an uncanny ability to dictate the game with smooth play and smart decisions.
Loch Raven, defense
The versatile senior sweeper cleans up in back and gets the team moving forward with a calm demeanor that sets the tone for the Class 2A runner-up Raiders.
River Hill, forward
Bigger and stronger this fall, the junior (nine goals in 2006) will be a dangerous target up front who will create chances for himself and also set up teammates.
Tough to knock off the ball and sure with his shot, the gifted senior (12 goals) has shown a knack for producing in the big moments.
Severna Park, forward
The starting point on offense, the four-year starter comes off a versatile nine-goal, 13-assist junior season with plans of carrying the Falcons to the Anne Arundel County championship and more.
North Carroll, forward
The senior captain (seven goals, four assists in 2006) scored goals when the Panthers needed them most. He had consecutive two-goal playoff games to start the team's run to the Class 3A state title game.
Other notables -- Graham Archer, John Carroll; Chris Ashcroft, South Carroll; T.J. Bass, Fallston; Luis Bernasconi, Patterson; David Borcik, Franklin; Adam Boyce, Fallston; Corey Childs, Broadneck; Ryan DeSmit, Friends; Cody Ditzel, North Carroll; Angel Draganov, Dulaney; Abbas Ebrahimnejad, Hammond; Jeff Hohl, Century; Rob Jackson, Eastern Tech; Steve Jagodzinski, Joppatowne; J.D. Kershaw, Severna Park; Jake Levin, McDonogh; Steve LeVine, Loyola; Cory Marcon, Oakland Mills; Phil Martinelli, Marriotts Ridge; Jason McCarron, Arundel; Santiago Mejia, C. Milton Wright; Steve Meredeth, Bel Air; Jimmy Nugent, Parkville; Eric Oates, Centennial; Jake Pace, River Hill; Conor Rigby, Liberty; Chris Saul, Chesapeake-AA; Matt Sharrock, Old Mill; Mike Sokolis, Eastern Tech; Josh Spivey, Perry Hall; Jacob Stocksdale, North Carroll; Rob Sweet, Poly; George Tailey, Arundel; Josh Utz, Winters Mill; Matt Utz, Winters Mill; Nate Walker, North Carroll; James Ways, Winters Mill.