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2017 Boys Soccer Players To Watch

Mckenzie Ali

Catonsville, midfielder, senior

One of the area’s steadiest and most efficient players at defensive center midfield, the All-Metro first-team selection has been in the middle of the Comets’ success the past three seasons. He consistently wins balls and makes smart decisions to jump-start the team’s possession game. Last season, he had three goals and three assists and helped the two-time defending Baltimore County champions earn 10 shutouts.

Andrew Belloff

Severna Park, midfielder, senior

One of the area’s most dangerous threats with the ball, Belloff relies on his crafty skills and ability to change speeds to shake off defenders and create scoring chances. He played a major role in helping the Falcons reach the Class 4A state semifinals last season, finishing with 10 goals and three assists, and will be counted on for even more in his senior year.

Tyler Collins

Mount Saint Joseph, defender, senior

A four-year starter and two-time All-Metro selection, Collins, 6 feet 2, uses his exceptional speed and athleticism to dominate in the back. He consistently wins one-on-one battles, uses his anticipation and speed to cover up mistakes and is rarely challenged in the air. Having the captain’s band for a second year, he’ll be instrumental in the Gaels’ drive to winning an MIAA crown.

Jayson Cyrus

McDonogh, defender, senior

The Eagles will depend on Cyrus, their central defender and captain, to keep things tidy and his track record shows he’s up to the task. The All-Metro second-team selection brings a combination of speed, finesse and physical play. He reads the game well, is quick to the ball and sets up the attack with his fine passing.

Devin McCarthy

Severn, forward, senior

It’s no coincidence the Admirals started dominating the MIAA B Conference — three straight titles — when McCarthy arrived. In earning All-Metro second-team honors as a junior, he finished with 14 goals and 11 assists to help keep Severn rolling. McCarthy, who also plays midfield, consistently puts himself in position to make a difference with fine technical and tactical play. The four-year starter takes 38 goals and 28 assists into his senior year.

Ryan Miller

C. Milton Wright, goalkeeper, senior

A four-year starter, Miller has the physical stature (6-2, nearly 200 pounds), intelligence and experience to control the penalty area. He’s a great shot-stopper and fine distributor with the vocal leadership a team looks for in a quality keeper. After 83 saves and eight shutouts in the Mustangs’ 10-win season in 2016, he has 275 and 27, respectively, for his career.

Trevor Namie

Mount Hebron, midfielder, senior

The Vikings’ top returning scorer after nine goals and four assists last season, Namie is a feisty finisher who shines in big moments. His quality first touch puts him in position to score, and his toughness and craftiness take over around the goal to produce. As the defending Howard County champion’s top option, he’ll need to overcome extra attention from defenses.

Nick Richardson

Archbishop Curley, defender, senior

A four-year starter and regular on the All-Metro team since his freshman year, Richardson has one thing missing on his resume: An MIAA A Conference championship. The Maryland commit finished with four goals and six assists while helping the league runner-up Friars earn nine shutouts last season. His drive and strong two-way play could put Curley over the top this fall.

Brett St. Martin

Mount Saint Joseph, defender, senior

Teamed with Tyler Collins at central defense on the area’s sturdiest back line, the All-Metro first-team pick is big, strong, fast and technically sound. In addition to helping the Gaels post 10 shutouts last season, St. Martin, a four-year starter, two-year captain and recent Maryland commit, scored five goals and added four assists.

Alden Sullivan

South River, midfielder, senior

A four-year starter and All-Metro second-team selection, Sullivan sets a positive tone with the ways he affects a game. Smooth with uncanny field sense, he consistently controls the flow with an ability to find the ball and distribute wisely. He’s also tough with a tireless work rate, which wears down opponents and lifts teammates. Sullivan is coming off a four-goal, six assist junior season.

Other notables

Anthony Akinrinmola, Eastern Tech

Connor Allen, Manchester Valley

Silas Baker, Meade

Keaton Bathras, Severna Park

Ryan Belfiore, C. Milton Wright

Kyle Berkowitz, South River

Mark Bruner, Howard

Jay Butler, C. Milton Wright

Darbouzeson Casseus, Oakland Mills

Andrew Colebrook, Chesapeake-AA

Luke Davis, McDonogh

Sam Farrell, Severna Park

Jonathan Fawole, Long Reach

Ben Gallagher, Loyola Blakefield

Giorgio Gayleard, Dulaney

Justin Harris, River Hill

Nick Haskins, Centennial

Andrew Holt, Eastern Tech

Josh Kappes, Winters Mill

Jake Kauffman, Fallston

Alex Keppler, Centennial

Brandon Knapp, Archbishop Curley

Connor Lorenz, Bel Air

Jake Mazzei, Mount Saint Joseph

Anderson Marroquin, Hammond

Joe Melancon, Gilman

Juver Navarrete, Perry Hall

David Owens, Catonsville

Jared Puglisi, Fallston

Alex Reid, Loyola Blakefield

Mason Reinhart, South River

Vince Rose, Bel Air

Jake Saudek, Calvert Hall

Jake Smith Patterson Mill

Ben Stitz, Archbishop Curley

Justin Welsh, Liberty

Chris Yanchoris, Century

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