Todd Carrick, Spalding, Sr., D -- As a sweeper last season, Carrick was the Cavaliers' most valuable defender. And that role shouldn't change this year. He provides splendid protection for goalkeeper Danny Watts.
Chris Cosentino, North County, Sr., M -- One of the unsung heroes in North County's drive to the 4A, Region IV championship last year, Cosentino takes over as the Knights' top player. He had six goals and five assists last year, and was a first-team All-State selection. He's one of the best players in the state, says coach Steve Malone.
Josh Good, Broadneck, Sr., M -- Good showed his versatility last year by playing half the season at fullback. He still scored six goals and made the All-County first team and All-State second team.
Bob Habicht, Severna Park, Sr., M -- Habicht looks ready to meet his vast potential, which is a good thing, since the team lost two first-team All-County midfielders. "He should do a very good job for us this year," said coach Don Gregg. On a team blessed with tremendous talent, Habicht should stand out.
Corey Houghton, North County, Sr., D -- A second-team All-County sweeper last season, Houghton again anchors North County's defense. With a new goalkeeper expected to start because of an injury to Ryan Seggerty, Houghton's presence takes on greater importance -- especially early in the year.
Scott Neuberger, Severna Park, Jr., D -- Neuberger is one of four players returning to Severna Park who started the final game last season. An outstanding sweeper, he will have to play well early because of injuries to junior goalkeepers Adam Hurst and Chris Rippel.
Bryce Poland, Severna Park, Sr., D -- Poland will team with Neuberger to give the Falcons an air-tight defense in front of whoever starts in goal. Gregg rates Poland with the best stoppers in the area.
Yancey Quigley, Broadneck, Sr., D -- As the lone returner to the Bruins' diamond defense, Quigley will be looked upon as the leader of an untested unit. He was an honorable-mention All-State selection at sweeper who should provide outstanding play again this year.
Fred Sporrer, Chesapeake, Sr., S -- Sporrer had eight goals and four assists last season in making second-team All-County, and he will be asked to handle much of the Cougars' scoring load this fall. "He's one of the best players in the county. I think he'll make All-State this year," said coach Earl Eckhardt.
Bob Thomas, Old Mill, Sr., S -- Thomas was one of Old Mill's big scorers last year with six goals and three assists, and the Patriots will need more of the same if they are to return to the region playoffs. Thomas is the lone returning starter on offense.
Ruben Torres, Old Mill, Sr., D -- Torres usually is assigned to cover the opposing team's best player, which is all you need to know about this All-County fullback. One of the area's top performers at this position, he helped Old Mill post eight shutouts last season.
Emmanuel Uche, North County, Sr., F -- One of the more athletic players in the county, Uche had five goals and five assists last season. With the graduation of Shawn Moyer and Mike Hoskins, Uche will be one of the players coach Steve Malone turns to for additional scoring.
David Winegrad, Annapolis, Sr., D -- Winegrad, a sweeper, had four goals and three assists to earn first-team All-County selection. Especially dangerous on corner kicks, Winegrad plays the entire field well and is one reason the Panthers are optimistic about reaching the playoffs.
Andre Wise, Meade, Sr., S/M -- One of the fastest players in the county, Wise scored eight goals and had three assists last year to earn second-team All-County honors. He scored 19 goals as a freshman on the junior varsity. Meade doesn't have much experience on the offensive side, so Wise's performance will be crucial.
Brian Zaks, Severn, Jr., G -- Though the Admirals went 4-10-3 last year, Zaks was solid -- and often spectacular -- in goal. Coach Wayne Sanchez says his team doesn't have any superstars, except for Zaks.