Boys soccer players to watch during the 2014 season

McDonogh Eagles forward Aquinas (Tunde) Akinlosotu and Archbishop Curley Friars back Tyler Ihle both leap to head the ball.
McDonogh Eagles forward Aquinas (Tunde) Akinlosotu and Archbishop Curley Friars back Tyler Ihle both leap to head the ball. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Tunde Akinlosotu

McDonogh, forward, junior


The striker helped lead the Eagles to an undefeated season in 2013 and was a member of the national-champion Baltimore Celtic club team. He is being recruited by several Division I schools, including Wake Forest, Georgetown, North Carolina State and Clemson.

Gavin Barger


Loyola Blakefield, midfielder, senior

The four-year starter will be the Dons' captain for the second consecutive season. He scored nine goals and added eight assists last season as a defensive center midfielder. He has accepted an offer to play for coach Rudy Fuller at Penn.

Mike DeShields

McDonogh, defender, junior


Last year, DeShields scored the game-winning goal in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship game against St. Paul's. He led the Eagles defense to 17 shutouts and is being recruited by Wake Forest, Clemson and George Mason.

Tyler Gabarra

Broadneck, midfielder, senior

Gabarra was the main cog in the Bruins' attack last season and has emerged as one of the top players in the region. He finished with 10 goals and seven assists and has committed to North Carolina State.

Nate Hall

St. Paul's, forward-midfielder, senior

The quick, talented and versatile Hall led the Crusaders to the MIAA A Conference title game last season. He led the conference with 21 goals and added four assists en route to being named first-team All-State.

Daniel Kwon

Severna Park, forward, senior

Kwon is one of the most dangerous finishers in the metro area. He finished with 16 goals and five assists, leading the Falcons to the Class 4A state championship last season. He is the reigning Anne Arundel County Player of the Year and will play for Navy next season.

Eremuse Momoh

McDonogh, defender, senior

Momoh scored five goals and had seven assists last season while playing a pivotal role as a defensive midfielder. He was also a member of the Baltimore Celtic national championship team and is being recruited by Penn, UMBC, Penn State and Loyola Maryland.

Tre Pulliam

Archbishop Curley, forward, junior

The dynamic striker led the Friars with 12 goals and two assists last season. He played forward for the Baltimore Celtic this summer and will be one of Curley's leaders this season.

Connor Smith

McDonogh, midfielder, senior

The talented midfielder had 16 goals and 14 assists last season and was a member of the Under-18 U.S. National Team. Smith was also a National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American and has committed to Maryland.

Colin Weyant

Perry Hall, defender, junior

Weyant scored seven goals and had 11 assists as a left back in 2013, and is a four-year starter. He was on the Baltimore Celtic national championship team over the summer and is being looked at by all the local Division I schools.


Carvell Akuffo, Reservoir

Javier Avetrani, Oakland Mills

Ryan Baldauf, John Carroll

Sean Clarke, Loyola Blakefield

Riley Collins, Loyola Blakefield

Ryan Conrad, Loyola Blakefield

Nic Crockett, Mount Saint Joseph

Ryan Gruss, Chesapeake-AA

Serigne Gueye, Reservoir

Matt Hawkins, Liberty

Mike Heitzmann, River Hill

Deion Hunter, Meade

Juwan Kearson, St. Paul's

Duane Keller, Aberdeen

Andrew Klapka, North Harford

Andy Matthews, Gilman

Garrett McLendon, South River

Aleem Mirza, Dulaney

Matt Rannie, Bel Air

Josh Ridgley, Mount Saint Joseph

Grant Robinson, Loyola Blakefield

Kyle Saunderson, Reservoir

Patrick Schubert, Marriotts Ridge

Cale Thorne, McDonogh

Miseker Wingate, Severna Park

Christopher Wolfe, Gilman

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