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All-Met All-Mets
Front (l to r): Kwaku Boateng (Hammond), Leroy Oligie (Springbrook), Ben Young (G'town Day), J.J. King (Damascus), Stephen deRoux (High Point). Back: David Glaudemans (Whitman), Matt Boras (River Hill), Pele Paelay (Magruder), Danny Sheridan (Gonzaga), Coach Don Smith (Gonzaga), Mark Murphy (DeMatha), J.P. Murphy (Severna Park), Steve Gahl (Walter Johnson).
(John McDonnell - The Washington Post)

First Team |  Player of the Year |  Coach of the Year
Second Team |  Honorable Mention

Player of the Year
F Pele Paelay - Magruder, Sr.
A clutch finisher who combined brute strength with a silky touch around goal, Paelay tallied 19 goals and 12 assists as Magruder won its first state championship. Scored eight times in the playoffs and had game-winners in regional and state finals -- the latter a thunderous turn-around shot with fewer than 30 seconds remaining. Intends to play basketball for Coastal Carolina.

Coach of the Year
Don Smith - Gonzaga
Despite key graduations, the unexpected loss of two important returning starters and several mid-season injuries, Smith guided Gonzaga to an 18-2-1 record and its second straight WCAC title. Under Smith, the Eagles are 56-3-3 over the past three seasons. This fall they played their best soccer late, shutting out all three playoff opponents and dominating previously undefeated DeMatha in a 1-0 final victory.

First Team
GK, Mark Murphy, DeMatha, Sr.
An exemplary leader and outstanding shot blocker. Led DeMatha to undefeated regular season, national ranking with 11 shutouts, 0.29 goals against average.

D, Steven Gahl, Walter Johnson, Sr.
Relentless stopper and two-time team MVP has strength, quick feet and exceptional touch. Had seven goals, six assists for 10-2-2 Wildcats.

D, Leroy Oligie, Springbrook, Sr.
Agile and composed back who can jump-start the attack. Had eight assists for improved Blue Devils, who advanced to Maryland 4A West Region final.

D, Danny Sheridan, Gonzaga, Sr.
Sturdy WCAC player of the year was foundation of defense that shut out 13 of 21 opponents. Has scored 14 goals over past two championship seasons.

MF, Matt Boras, River Hill, Sr.
Gifted playmaker is a threat from run of play or set pieces. Orchestrated Hawks' run to undefeated regular season and Howard County title with six goals, 12 assists.

MF, Stephen deRoux, High Point, Sr.
Prototypical winger with great range and dangerous array of offensive skills. Tallied four goals, 12 assists for Maryland 4A South Region champions.

MF, David Glaudemans, Whitman, Sr.
Tireless, versatile player anchored Vikings' offense. Whitman scored 17 goals; he had five, assisted on 12. Scored opening goal of 2-1 loss to St. Benedict's (N.J.).

MF, J.P. Murphy, Severna Park, Sr.
Dominating midfield presence who engineered fluid Falcons attack. Had 15 goals, 10 assists for Maryland 3A champs. Scored lone goal in state final victory.

F, Kwaku Boateng, Hammond, Jr.
Skillful and explosive striker tallied 29 goals, six assists for first-time state semifinalists. Had five hat tricks and nine playoff goals.

F, J.J. King, Damascus, Sr.
Intelligent and opportunistic attacker often was sole focus of opposition yet scored 13 of Hornets' 16 goals. Always a threat with deft dribbling and quick, lethal shot.

F, Ben Young, Georgetown Day, Sr.
Determined finisher with a touch of flair. Had 18 goals, 11 assists in 15 games to lead Hoppers to second-straight MAC title. Scored 58 goals in past three years.

Second Team

GK, Dan Mulcahy, Urbana, Sr.

D, Brendan Cain, Bethesda-CC, Sr.

D, Brandon Hawkes, Oakland Mills, Sr.

D, Charlie Jones, DeMatha, Sr.

D, Ben Shapero, Churchill, Sr.

MF, Eric Macias, Wheaton, Sr.

MF, Brendan O'Connell, Potomac School, Sr.

MF, Ben Schwartz, Wootton, Sr.

MF, Mark Schwartz, St. Albans, Sr.

F, Freddy Adu, The Heights, Fr.

F, Alessandro Avellini, Leonardtown, Sr.

F, Pat Wilson, Gonzaga, Sr.

Honorable Mention
Goalkeepers: Craig Bald, South River, Sr.; Jason Cranford, Calvert, Sr.; Bill El-Hinnawy, Wootton, Sr.; Andrew Kezsler, Whitman, Jr.; Jake Panek, Magruder, Sr.; Corey Shea, Glenelg, Sr.; Juan Vela, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sr.

Defenders: Garrett Anderson, Centennial, Sr.; Richard Brushett, St. Andrew's, Sr.; Nick Christenson, Churchill, Sr.; Scott Forney, South River, Jr.; Sam Hale, DeMatha, Jr.; Andrew Long, Quince Orchard, Sr.; Pascal Noel, Washington International, Sr.; Zach Palmer, Blair, Sr.; Addison Pumphrey, Chesapeake, Jr.; Blake Roth, Leonardtown, Jr.; Danny Simpson, Northern, Sr.; Chris Scherbel, Whitman, Sr.; David Vernon, Georgetown Day, Sr.; Jesse Weissburg, Severna Park, Sr.

Midfielders: Nathan Baker, St. John's, Jr.; Phillipe Bissohong, Springbrook, Jr.; Jon Blackwell, Highland, Soph.; Brian Botchway, Paint Branch, Sr.; Andrew Fenwick, Landon, Sr.; Brian Joyce, Georgetown Prep, Jr.; Freddy Llerena, Northwest, Sr.; Steve Magleby, Quince Orchard, Sr.; Ryan Mahoney, Whitman, Sr.; Austin Morris, Bowie, Sr.; Uche Onyewu, Sherwood, Sr.; Stephen Phillips, Rockville, Sr.; Silas Riener, Wilson, Sr.; Ryan Russell, Westlake, Soph.; George Skhurti, Gaithersburg, Sr.; Jeff Swanson, Thomas Johnson, Jr. Gaithersburg, Sr.; Jeff Swanson, Thomas Johnson, Jr.

Forwards: James Agorsor, Arundel, Jr.; Matt Allen, Severn, Sr.; Paul Andrews, Walter Johnson, Sr.; Richard Asare, High Point, Sr.; Elisha Cortez, Bowie, Sr.; Ibe Diane, Bullis, Sr.; Mike Glancey, Mount Hebron, Sr.; Justin Hughes, River Hill, Jr.; Will Lucas, St. Albans, Sr.; Trevor Martin, Bethesda-CC, Sr.; Tony Oby, Gwynn Park, Sr.; Marcus Price, Bell, Soph.; Dan Rowland, DeMatha, Sr.; Eddie Showman, Riverdale Baptist, Sr.; Trevor Zimmer, Wootton, Sr.

Note: Public school soccer teams in Virginia play during the Spring.

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