An offensive unit that scored more than 150 goals and a defense that includes a goalie with 12 shutouts make up The Post's 1984 fall all-Metropolitan soccer squad.
The all-Met team does not include Northern Virginia boys, who play spring soccer. The team consists of 12 players -- five forwards, three midfielders, three defenders and a goalie.
First-team members include:
John Wells scored 12 goals and had 16 assists to help Eleanor Roosevelt gain a share of the Maryland Class AA title. In the state semifinal win against Patapsco, he scored both of Roosevelt's goals.
"He was a very consistent player this year and seemed to play his best against better schools," said Roosevelt Coach Robert Dredger. "He's a good passer and a good goal scorer."
Todd Trimble, who played on his fourth straight championship team at Wilde Lake this fall, broke the Howard County scoring record with 31 goals.
"One of his biggest accomplishments is that he scored in every game this year," said Wilde Lake Coach Jack Thomas. "He has excellent speed, ball skills and is a very intelligent player."
Curtis Pride, all-county last year, led Montgomery County in scoring for the second straight season with 13 goals and 11 assists for Kennedy. He had four goals in the playoffs.
"He is the consummate athlete and heart of the team," said Kennedy Coach Jeff Schultz, who has two players on the first team. "He started slowly with an injury. If he had been healthy, he would have had a better season."
Chris Foster, a first team all-Met last year, scored 29 goals and had 28 assists to lead O'Connell to a 19-2 finish.
"Last year, no one knew me," Foster said. "This year, they marked me tighter. At the end of the season, I started to feel a little drained."
Paul Castro, a junior center forward for St. John's, scored an amazing 47 goals and had 15 assists.
"I put myself in a position to score," said Castro, explaining how he managed to score. "When I see a defense off guard, I'll take a shot from wherever I am."
Richard Fishbein led Rockville to its second straight Maryland Class A title. An all-Met selection last year, Fishbein scored 10 goals. He had three assists in the state championship game.
"He leads by example," said Rams Coach Larry Nuzzaci. "We miss him when he's not out there. He's an all-around player."
Wade Whitney, who played last summer on the junior national team, was productive from his midfield spot, scoring 16 goals and getting 13 assists for Hammond.
Said Hammond Coach Bill Smith: "He has the ability to make runs and score while probably being the best stopper in the state."
Dave Damiani, playing right midfield, was the key to the attack for an Ireton team that finished with a 19-2 record.
Damiani's only major disappointment this season was the team's loss to O'Connell. "I think we were too cocky," Damiani said. "The other two games (in which Ireton defeated O'Connell), people were quiet and more reserved. It ended the season on a sour note."
Joe Crawford helped Severna Park to a 39-4-4 record in his three years. This season, he played sweeper for a defense that gave up only nine goals and reached the Maryland AA semifinals.
"He's going to be hard to replace," said Severna Park Coach Don Gregg. "He anchors the defense and attacks from the back."
Matt Tracy was instrumental in keeping the opposition scoring low. With him at the point, Bowie gave up only eight goals en route to a 9-2-2 season.
"Matt's one of the best defenders in the state," said Bowie Coach Lou Reck. "He has super skills and is a good touch-ball player."
John Polis helped Churchill to a 7-3-2 record. From his sweeper spot, he led a defense that gave up two goals in only one game.
Charles Arndt gave up only three goals this season for Kennedy, one coming off a penalty kick. He had 12 shutouts. "He started out strong," said Schultz. "When he was tested, he met the opposition. He was steady whether we played good or bad teams."