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Front row (left to right): Sam Hale (DeMatha), Larry Mark (DeMatha), Jarrett Thomas (Gonzaga), Mo Hamzeh (River Hill), Wijy Jones (Old Mill), Brian Joyce (Georgetown Prep). Back row: Nate Baker (St. John's), Billy Chiles (Springbrook), Coach Ken Griffith (High Point), Blake Roth (Leonardtown), Chris Wielgus (Churchill), Danny Waldo (Whitman), Justin Mayo (Churchill).
(Jonathan Newton - The Washington Post)
First Team | Player of the Year | Coach of the Year
Second Team | Honorable Mention
| Player of the Year |
| MF Chris Wielgus, Churchill, Sr. |
A year after transferring to the Potomac school, the charismatic defensive midfielder became the emotional leader and captain of the team. Critical to keeping the team focused through three weeks of indoor practices and cancelled games, Wielgus performed at a high level once the season resumed. From his defensive position, he scored four goals in Churchill's five playoff games as the Bulldogs claimed their seventh state title.
| Coach of the Year |
| Ken Griffith, High Point |
Guided a raw, inexperienced but talented team to the Maryland 4A final. In his 22nd year at the Beltsville school, Griffith managed a team with only two senior starters to the school's state final after a season marked by cancellations and postponements. Under Griffith, High Point was 14-2 this year, and Griffith is 222-74-18 in his career.
| First Team |
| GK Billy Chiles, Springbrook, Sr. |
An imposing figure in the net, Chiles had five shutouts, a 0.5 goals against average and allowed only three goals all season.
D Sam Hale, DeMatha, Sr.
Crafty defender helped defense notch nine shutouts and was team's third-leading scorer with five goals and seven assists. Committed to Coastal Carolina.
D Blake Roth, Leonardtown, Sr.
Had 10 assists for Raiders, who were undefeated in the regular season and advanced to the Maryland 3A tournament for the first time in school history. Known for his 40-yard throw-ins.
D Danny Waldo, Whitman, Sr.
One of only two players to start all four years at Whitman; anchored defense that gave up only eight goals all year. Committed to Rutgers.
MF Nate Baker, St. John's, Sr.
Skilled WCAC player of the year directed the Cadets' attack. Had 16 assists and four goals, and has committed to play for American.
MF Wijy Jones, Old Mill, Sr.
Hard-working midfielder had eight goals and six assists for Patriots, who won Anne Arundel County and Maryland 4A East Region titles.
MF Brian Joyce, Georgetown Prep, Sr.
Lifted a young team to a 12-2-2 record and its first Interstate Athletic Conference title since 1991 by tallying 17 goals and 13 assists.
MF Justin Mayo, Churchill, Sr.
Skillful playmaker performed best in championship matches. Had six goals and seven assists for Maryland 4A champion Bulldogs, including a goal in the state semifinals and an assist in the final.
F Mo Hamzeh, River Hill, Sr.
Scored game-winning goal in the Hawks' rain-drenched 1-0 win over Dulaney in Maryland 3A final; finished season with 18 goals and nine assists.
F Larry Mark DeMatha Sr.
Hard-working attacker with great balance had 19 goals and seven assists and was named a National Soccer Coaches' Association of America all-American. Committed to Rutgers.
F Jarrett Thomas, Gonzaga, Sr.
Scored all five of Eagles' goals in the WCAC semifinal and final as Gonzaga won its third consecutive conference title. Team captain finished with 24 goals.
| Second Team |
| GK Andrew Keszler, Whitman,Sr. |
D Kevin Elder, Bowie, Sr.
D Scott Forney, South River, Sr.
D Nate Goldsberry, Walter Johnson, Jr.
MF Ben Safran, Georgetown Day, Sr.
MF Craig Schneider, Severna Park, Sr.
MF Alieu Terry, Blair, Sr.
MF Jerry Thay, High Point, Sr.
F Kwaku Boateng, Hammond, Sr.
F Josh Burford, Glenelg, Sr.
F Justin Hughes, River Hill, Sr.
F In Meang, Seneca Valley, Sr.
| Honorable Mention |
| Goalkeepers: Matt Chartos, Bowie, Sr.; Scott McGuire, Severna Park, Sr.; Nick Noble, Georgetown Prep, Sr.; Nick Reifschneider, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Sr.; Keegan Riseling, Wilson, Sr.; Chris Tuck, Gonzaga, Sr.; Andy Wilhelm, Centennial, Sr. |
Defenders: Jonathan Canady, River Hill, Sr.; Brad Constantino, Glenelg, Sr.; Jerome DeFrances, Atholton, Sr.; Rickey Givans, High Point, Jr.; Jon Glass, Wootton, Sr.; Luke Mihalovic, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sr.; Addison Pumphrey, Chesapeake, Sr.; Jeff Saber, Churchill, Sr.; Alec Smith, Wilson, Sr.; Dave Stinson, Urbana, Sr.; Brian Walters, River Hill, Sr.
Midfielders: Jon Blackwell, Highland, Jr.; Randy Collins, Centennial, Sr.; Matt Davis, Grace Brethren, Sr.; Nate Ford, Landon, Jr.; Chad Johnson, Leonardtown, Sr.; Stanley Kaweesi, Oakland Mills, Sr.; Chris Riley, Whitman, Sr.; John Riley, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sr.; Ryan Russell, Westlake, Jr.; Alexan Simon, Good Counsel, Sr.; Arif Sisman, Churchill, Jr.; Jeff Swanson, Thomas Johnson, Sr.; Brian Sweich, Mount Hebron, Sr.; T.J. Thompson, Springbrook, Sr.; Chip West, Georgetown Day, Sr.
Forwards: Rocky Bowers, Covenant Life, Jr.; Dan Bulls, Old Mill, Jr.; Bryan Clagett, Gwynn Park, Sr.; Sean Cunningham, Urbana, Sr.; Lucas Dowiak, Thomas Johnson, Sr.; Marco Filliponi, Wilde Lake, Sr., Arlen Garrett, Carroll, Sr.; Nick Graff, Sandy Spring, Sr.; Saah Johnson, Oakland Mills, Jr.; Dana Leary, Gonzaga, Sr.; Melvin Leon, High Point, Jr.; Eric MacDonald, Northwest, Sr.; T.J. Nairin, Spalding, Sr.; Marcus Price, Bell, Jr.; Xavier Rock, Georgetown Prep, Fr.; Jason Roth, Magruder, Jr.; Karti Subramanien, Washington International, Sr.
Note: Public school soccer teams in Virginia play during the spring.
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