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1997 Fall All-Met Boys Soccer Team

1997 Fall All-Met Soccer Teams
The 1997 All-Met boys and girls fall soccer teams show talent of huge proportions around The Green Chair. In front: Katie Moore. Sitting, left to right: David Altehurtua, James Ryan, Erin Coppedge, Caitlin Bair, Kathy Gaertner and Colleen Knight. Kneeling: Scott Buete, Sam Salganik, Reb Beatty, Peter Finn, Kenneth owens, Michael Goldman, Kelly Jordan and Erika Webster. Leaning on chair legs: Boys Coach of the Year Dave Green, left, and Girls Coach of the Year Cynthia Odell. Sitting on Chair: Melissa Deland, Meaghan Kelly and Amanda Berman. Back of chair: Lindsey Mitchell, Lars Berg, Brian Lavin, Sanjee Weliwitigoda, Chris Schwartz and Kerry Jozefczyk.

Player of the Year
Coach of the Year
Season Highlights
First Team
Second Team
Honorable Mentions
How the Selections Were Made

Player of the Year

Sanjee Weliwitigoda

Sanjee Weliwitigoda, Bullis

  • Senior
  • Defense
  • Repeat All-Met
  • Sweeper is three-time all-IAC selection
  • Had four goals and six assists for 17-1-1 Bulldogs who won IAC title and finished as Washington area's No. 1 team

    Coach of the Year

    Dave Greene

    Dave Greene, Whitman

  • Guided Vikings to second straight 4A state championship
  • In three years as the Whitman boys coach, has 37-14-3 record overall, including 15-1 record in playoffs.
  • Has coached in the county for 19 years.


  • Bullis won its fifth Interstate Athletic Conference title in seven years, and first since 1994, by going 11-0-1 in league play during the regular season. Led by All-Met Sanjee Weliwitigoda, the No. 1 Bulldogs (17-1-1) outscored opponents 66-13 this season.

  • For the second straight year, Whitman followed a lackluster regular season with a stunning playoff run, again winning the Maryland Class 4A state title.

  • Senior forward James Ryan notched 10 hat tricks among his 36 goals in leading St. Andrew's to its second straight PVAC title.

  • Paul VI captured its fourth WCAC title in eight years, defeating upstart Pallotti, 2-1, in the tournament final. Seniors Chris Browne, Mike Alessi scored in the championship game.

  • Second-year program River Hill of Howard County won the Maryland Class 2A state championship under the leadership of Coach Bill Stara and sweeper Sam Salganik. The Hawks (16-1-0) defeated Easton in the final, 5-1.

    First Team

    F David Atchortua, Whitman
    Junior, 15 goals, 12 assists
    Venezuelan newcomer took Montgomery 4A by storm, led Vikings to state championship.

    F Brian Lavin, Bullis
    Senior, 22 goals, 15 assists
    Defender-turned-forward set school records for goals (22) and points (59) for IAC champions.

    F Kenneth Owens, Wilson
    Senior, 26 goals, 12 assists
    The total striker package for four-time DCIAA champs: big, strong and fast with scorer's touch.

    F James Ryan, St. Andrew's
    Senior, 36 goals, 10 assists
    One of area's most prolific scorers with 101 career goals; Took Lions to second-straight PVAC title.

    M Scott Buete, Bowie
    Junior, 15 goals, 8 assists
    Small, but elusive and smart; scored crucial playoff goals for 4A finalists.

    M Peter Finn, Magruder
    Senior, 9 goals, 16 assists
    Creative and heady central midfielder was one of the area's top playmakers.

    M Michael Goldman, Bethesda-CC
    Senior, 8 goals, 10 assists
    Carried Barons to Maryland 3A West Region title; a superb leader and a tireless worker.

    M Chris Schwarz, Churchill
    Senior, 13 goals, 6 assists
    Blended skill with grit to provide Bulldogs with a strong midfield presence.

    D Lars Berg, Wilde Lake
    Senior, 3 goals, 2 assists
    Three-year starter led Maryland 3A champion Wildecats to eight shutouts.

    D Sam Salganik, River Hill
    Senior, 8 goals, 6 assists
    Organized the stingy defense of the Maryland Class 2A champion.

    GK Reb Beatty, Spalding
    Senior, 0.90 goals against average, 8 shutouts
    Imposing size, quick reflexes and wise positioning added up to eight shutouts.

    Second Team

    Pos. Athlete School Yr.
    F Billy Allen River Hill Sr.
    F Ricky Brown Thomas Stone Sr.
    M Aaron Bernstein Whitman Sr.
    M Chris Browne Paul VI Sr.
    M Micah Cooks Bullis Jr.
    M Franklin Vinueza Paint Branch Sr.
    M Brian Wright Spalding Sr.
    D Thomas Kucera Walter Johnson Sr.
    D Dave Groff Bowie Sr.
    D Joe Vandercook Magruder Sr.
    D Nate Emeritz Wilson Sr.
    GK Tom Wunk Mount Hebron Sr.

    Honorable Mention

    FORWARDS -- Kiril Apostolov, The Heights, John Aranguren, Sherwood, Jason Arce, Paul VI, Brian Bruzek, Flint Hill, Adom Crew, River Hill, Henry Garcia, Northwestern, Brian Heinrich, Linganore, Kevin Hobbs, Roosevelt, Kwame Karko, Sandy Spring, Kevin Koitz, Georgetown Day, Brian Marchica, Paint Branch, Ryan Olsen, Gaithersburg, Marty Shaw, DeMatha.

    MIDFIELD -- Juan Batres, Rockville, Kyle Beckerman, Arundel, Keith Evans, LaPlata, Matt Hewitt, Centennial, Ryan Pflugrad, Hammond, Billy Libby, Landon, Adam Young, Severna Park, Joe Massie, Churchill, Ricky Schnatz, Quince Orchard, Adrian Talbot, Maret, Alex Wilmot, Bullis

    DEFENSE -- David Jones, Westlake, Billy Fort, Landon, Paul Kaibni, Sandy Spring, Jelani Evering, Blair, Matt Wright, Severn, Justin Bizzarro,

    GOALKEEPER -- Adam Littlefield, Bullis, Andy Hicks, Bowie, William Roache, Chopticon, Jon Natmik, High Point, Nick Parypinski, Wilde Lake

    How the Selections Were Made: Coaches of all Washington area teams that play high school soccer in fall were invited to submit nominations. All-Met selections were made by Will Kuhns of The Post's scholastic staff.

    Photographs: Photos were taken by Gerald Martineau of The Post at The Green Chair on the grounds of the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in Northwest Washington. The Gren Chair was built by 10 students under the direction of Joel Sisson of The Green Chair Project of St. Paul, Minn.

    © Copyright 1997 The Washington Post Company

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