Broadneck, forwardThis season, he had 12...


November 27, 1990

RICH AFTOORA, Broadneck, forward

This season, he had 12 goals and six assists to run his career totals to 31-13 and become the school's all-time leading scorer. Aftoora was in on all seven of Broadneck's playoff goals, and scored in the 2-1 state 4A championship loss to Bowie. "Rich is the ultimate money player: When the game was on the line, he did the job for us," said coach Kevin McMullen.

JON ARMSTRONG, Howard, fullback

Like his brother Desmond, a past All-Metro selection, Armstrong is a tremendous athlete. "The team evolved around him," coach Rudy Storch said. "We could do a lot of things on offense because he was such a good defender. He's the best pure athlete I saw anywhere all year. Just like his brother, he's a raw talent. As a marker, he is unbeatable." Notre Dame and North Carolina are recruiting Armstrong.

BRIAN BUGARIN, Calvert Hall, forward

Bugarin, a junior, led Calvert Hall with 18 goals and 11 assists. So adept at throw-ins, Bugarin was denied the opportunity to score even more. He had a 13-game streak in which he scored at least a goal or had an assist while leading Calvert Hall to the MSA A Conference title. He had the game-winning goal in the championship contest against Loyola.

RYAN BURKE, Oakland Mills, fullback

Oakland Mills allowed just nine goals in 16 games and had 12 shutouts. Burke, a three-year starter and the team's sweeperback this year, was one of the major reasons why. "He stabilized the defense," coach Don Shea said. "He is very skillful." Burke also had seven goals. Providence and Syracuse are two of the schools after Burke.

MALCOLM GILLIAN, Oakland Mills, midfield

Gillian helped lead Oakland Mills to the state Class 3A championship and also started on the 1988 state championship team. He finished with 18 goals and nine assists, despite missing two games with a chipped bone in his foot. He exploded in the four state playoff games with nine goals and two assists. "His strength is his ability to put the ball in the goal," coach Don Shea said. "He has a real good touch and is very opportunistic."

KORI HUNTER, Atholton, goalie

In 16 games, Hunter had five shutouts and allowed just 11 goals. "He has wonderful hands," coach Reg Hahne said. "The ball just sticks to his hands, and he has cat-like speed. He punts the ball high and long and throws accurately. Hunter, a member of the National Honor Society, is being recruited by Notre Dame.

MATT NESBITT, Wilde Lake, midfield

Wilde Lake (5-7) did not have a good season, but don't blame Nesbitt. On a team that featured just one senior starter, Nesbitt, a junior, was outstanding with 10 goals and 10 assists. "He's very creative," coach Dave Nesbitt, Matt's father, said. "Technically, he is outstanding. This year, Matt was the guy who carried us."

CLINT PEAY, Oakland Mills, fullback

A versatile player who also could have made first team at midfield. Peay gave teammate Malcolm Gillian his toughest competition for Player of the Year honors. The four-year starter, who is a member of the national under-19 team, had 11 goals and nine assists. "He added leadership and poise," coach Don Shea said. "He has the ability to score goals and also has the ability to play wherever we needed him. He's a very unselfish player." Duke, Virginia and Notre Dame are the leaders in the recruiting battle for Peay.

STEVE SIETSEMA, Howard, midfield

Sietsema's numbers (three goals and eight assists) may not seem impressive, but he is regarded as one of the area's top two midfielders. "He's a playmaker and he draws a lot of attention to himself, allowing other players to run off the ball," coach Rudy Storch said. "His ballhandling ability opens up a lot of other stuff."

JOSH SMITH, Howard, forward

Smith had just nine goals and three assists, but his presence put so much pressure on the opposition it allowed others better opportunities to score. Smith also started last year for Howard when the Lions were co-state champions. "He was the team leader, team captain and the spirit of the team," coach Rudy Storch said. "He reflected the unwillingness of the team to go down easy."

SEAN WRAY, Oakland Mills, fullback

Wray, the stopperback, always drew the opponent's top scorer. He was a major reason Oakland Mills had 12 shutouts and did not give up a penalty kick all season. "He's good in the air and has good poise and plays well under pressure," coach Don Shea said.


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