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2013 boys soccer players to watch

Gavin Barger

Loyola, midfielder, junior

Barger, the Dons’ top player as they attempt to defend their MIAA A Conference championship, has received attention from several top Division I programs. As a sophomore, he was one of five Loyola players picked for the All-MIAA squad.

George Campbell

McDonogh, midfielder, senior

One of the top players in the region, the All-Metro first-team selection had six goals and nine assists for the Eagles last season. The 2012 Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year, Campbell is committed to Maryland.

Daniel Kwon

Severna Park, forward, junior

The All-Metro first-team striker scored 20 goals and had seven assists last fall, tying a school record for points. He recorded at least one point in all but two of the Falcons' 20 games and led Severna Park to the Class 4A state title game.

Illiyas Mirza

St. Paul's, forward, senior

Mirza, an All-Metro second-team pick last year, returns as the team’s top playmaker as the Crusaders move up to the MIAA A Conference. He has averaged 16 goals per season and will start for the fourth consecutive year.

Amir Najib

Marriotts Ridge, midfielder, senior

The four-year starter had 11 goals and four assists for the Mustangs last season. He also led Marriotts Ridge to its fourth consecutive Class 2A state championship with a team-high seven goals in the playoffs.

Connor Smith

McDonogh, midfielder, junior

A member of the player pool for the U.S. under-18 national team, the highly touted playmaker had three goals and seven assists last season. Like his teammate Campbell, Smith has committed to Maryland.

Eric Spalt

Archbishop Curley, forward, senior

Spalt, a four-year starter and two-year captain for the Friars, scored seven goals and added four assists last fall. The crafty striker is being recruited by George Mason and Haverford.

Jake Turney

River Hill, forward, senior

The All-State pick had 10 goals and seven assists last season as the Hawks lost to eventual state champion Reservoir in the Class 3A East regional final. He is being recruited by numerous Division I schools, including UNC-Wilmington, Loyola, Bucknell and Winthrop.

Sam Wancowicz

Gilman, defender-forward, senior

The four-year starter led the Greyhounds to the MIAA A Conference championship game last season, finishing with 13 goals and eight assists. An All-Metro first-team and all-state selection, he has committed to Pennsylvania.

Tiger Wittman

Calvert Hall, midfielder, senior

An All-MIAA pick last year, the field general for the Cardinals has great quickness, vision and a work ethic that sets an example for teammates. He is being recruited by several Division I programs.

Other notables

Joshua Bender, Calvert Hall

Cameron Carter, Dulaney

Ryan Conrad, Loyola

Pat Coonan, Fallston

Kurt Daisley, Eastern Tech

Brett Ebel, McDonogh

Tyler Gabarra, Broadneck

Ben Glaudemans, Eastern Tech

Nate Hall, St. Paul’s

Logan Hennlein, Patterson Mill

Jack Jacobs, Atholton

Nicky Jones, Perry Hall

Collin Jouan, Loyola

Jeff Kammerer, Marriotts Ridge

Duane Keller, Aberdeen

Michael Kramer, Mount St. Joseph

Austin Kroll, Perry Hall

Colin Miller, C, Milton Wright

Kyle Mizell, Archbishop Curley

Michael Peprah, Reservoir

Heston Priestley, Centennial

Tre Pulliam, Archbishop Curley

Brandon Quinn, South Carroll

Zach Riso, River Hill

Zack Smythe, Wilde Lake

Kyle Thibeault, Dulaney

Kyle Thomas, C. Milton Wright

Brandon Tolson, Bel Air

Pablo Trueba, Reservoir

Rodrigo Valenzuela, North County

Ben Warren, Liberty

Henry Welsh, Broadneck

Chase Wittich, Gilman

Parker Yablon, Boys’ Latin

Josh Young, North Harford

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