1992 All-Metro girls and boys soccer teams THE BOYS TEAM

December 01, 1992

* Shawn Moyer, North County, Sr., striker -- Despite playing with a sore foot most of the season, the 6-foot-3, 178-pound Moyer had 24 goals and four assists to lead the Knights to the Class 4A, Region IV title and earn Player of the Year honors in Anne Arundel County. Moyer is a member of Maryland's Olympic Developmental Team.

* Jeremy Baker, Calvert Hall, Sr., striker -- Baker (18 goals, six assists) began the season as perhaps the area's most underrated player. Leading the Cardinals to their 16th MSA crown, he combined skill with speed and hustle while often being double-marked.

* Steve Matcuk, Mount St. Joseph, Jr., striker -- Matcuk, a 6-foot-1, 155-pounder with above-average speed, was dangerous both in the air and on unsettle situations. The Baltimore Sun's Player of the Year for Baltimore County/City, Matcuk had 15 goals and 15 assists to lead the Gaels to a 14-4-1 record and a second straight MSA semifinal spot.

* Dan Gaertner, Glenelg, Sr., midfielder -- As a sagging striker/midfielder, Gaertner scored eight goals with five assists and led the Gladiators to a share of the 2A state title with Rockville. A cool-headed, team-oriented player who helped out defensively, Gaertner was co-Player of the Year in Howard County and the Gladiators' MVP.

* Rehan Gill, Centennial, Sr., midfielder -- Despite just five goals and two assists, Gill -- chosen the co-Player of the Year in Howard County -- was indeed an all-around player for the two-time, 3A state-champion Eagles. He was used as a striker, midfielder and -- in the last 15 minutes of the 1-0 state title win over Whitman -- as a stopper. "Rehan is my best player," said coach Bill Stara.

* Eric Branham, Calvert Hall, Jr., midfielder -- Branham, a member of the state's Olympic Developmental Program, had six goals and three assists for the Cardinals and displayed a high skill level at both ends of the field. He controlled the tempo for the Cardinals. "He could be the best player in the MSA before he's done," said Calvert Hall coach Bill Karpovich.

* Mark Casper, Severna Park, Sr., midfielder -- Casper, a member of the state's Olympic Developmental Program and a first-team, All-State pick, was the center of the Falcons' attack. He was the first Falcons player to finish in double figures in goals (11) and assists (12) in a season.

* Alex Denno, Atholton, Sr., defender -- Opponents feared his long kicks that set up his team's scoring opportunities. A member of the Olympic Developmental Program, Denno (four goals, four assists) is a solid Division I prospect.

* Chris Ivins, Curley, Sr., stopper -- A dominant defender with the skills of a striker, the 6-foot-2 Ivins is also a field general with long throw-ins and kicks to set up scoring. Ivins was a threat to score either on dead-ball or unsettled situations, while being alert enough to get back and help the Friars to a school-record 12 shutouts.

* Jay Holmes, Oakland Mills, Sr., fullback -- Holmes led a defense that allowed only 12 goals and had five shutouts. His speed enabled him to cover a lot of ground.

* Mike Spath, Calvert Hall, Sr., sweeper -- A steady decision-maker as well as a distributor, Spath stepped in and took over where Mike Barger, an All-Metro selection last year, left off. Spath helped lead the Cardinals to 15 shutouts and four goals allowed -- both school records -- and "gets credit for our defensive achievements," said Karpovich.

* Russell Payne, Glenelg, Sr., goalkeeper -- An Olympic Developmental Regional Team member, Payne was the field leader for the Gladiators and made many sensational saves. He recorded seven shutouts and allowed only 14 goals.

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