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River Hill soccer standout Justin Harris commits to Maryland

River Hill soccer standout Justin Harris commits to Maryland
River Hill soccer star Justin Harris has committed to Maryland. (Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

River Hill soccer star Justin Harris won’t be going far to play college ball and will be joining a championship team with familiar faces, committing to NCAA Division I College Cup champion Maryland this week.

Harris, a three-year starting midfielder and captain, finished with 14 goals and 10 assists this season in leading the No. 4 Hawks (16-1-1) to the Howard County crown and a second straight Class 2A title game. Following the season, he was named All American and Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer (MACS) Player of the Year.

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For his career, he had 23 goals and 22 assists.

Maryland is fresh off the program’s fourth national championship, claiming a 1-0 win over Akron on Dec. 10.

“Justin is still developing and growing as a player and the best is yet to come from him,” River Hill coach Matt Shagogue said. “Since Justin moved to the area in elementary school, he’s been a fan of Maryland. With current assistant coach Jake Pace, and current players Donovan Pines and Mike Heitzmann, all River Hill graduates, Justin had aspirations of following in their lead.”

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