Preson Top 15 High School Boys Soccer Preview

September 12, 1995

1 Centennial -- The Class 3A state champion Eagles (15-0-2) again will be led by two first-team All-Met players, senior forward Brian West (seven goals, 13 assists) and junior sweeper Ben Stephenson. Junior forward Matt Stephenson was second-team All-Met. All three, as well as junior midfielder Matt Laycock have been members of national pools. The Eagles, who allowed seven goals and had 10 shutouts, have a 14-game winning streak and eight returning starters. They must replace All-Metro Player of the Year Brock Yetso at goalkeeper. They ended the last two seasons ranked No. 1 in the Baltimore region, and were No. 10 nationally last season. They have won six state titles, three in the last four years.

2 Calvert Hall -- See capsule. .

3 Archbishop Curley -- See capsule. .

30,364 Oakland Mills -- The Class 2A state champion Scorpions (15-2-1) enjoy an intact defense among its eight returning starters. That defense allowed 10 goals, and includes seniors Dan Stoutenborough, Paul Sanin, Mark Zirkle and second-team All-Met Simon Bwalya (eight goals, three assists). Oakland Mills must find a new goalkeeper, however. Senior Zuri Barnes (six goals, nine assists) and junior Jason Gotis play up top, and the Scorpions return their top five scorers from a fourth-ranked team.

5 C. Milton Wright -- The Mustangs (12-2-4) look to senior striker Jeff Smith (second-team All-County) for offense and to junior Ryan Nelson, a state Olympic Development Player and first-team All-County player, for defense. Senior Peter Troilo is a first-team All-County midfielder, and goalkeeper Tim Hilyard is a four-year starter and second-team All-County pick. With seven returning starters from a fifth-ranked team that lost to Centennial in the state Class 3A finals, the Mustangs should be highly

competitive.

6 . Chesapeake-AA -- The Cougars (14-3-1) return seven starters from an Anne Arundel co-champion team that lost in the state semifinals to eventual state Class 4A champ Churchill. Leading scorer and second-team All-Met striker Ryan Frommelt (11 goals, six assists) is back. Senior goalkeeper Phil Demsky and senior midfielders Jim Hart and Brian Mitchell are key players.

7 Gilman -- See capsule.

8 Severna Park -- The Falcons (13-2-1) lost three of their top four scorers, but return seven starters from an Anne Arundel county co-championship team. Returnees include seniors Evan Henry (GK), Eric Lenfest (M), Jamie Maitland (D), Grant Shaklee (M) and Scott Vane (F).

9 Dulaney -- See capsule.

10 10. Fallston -- The Cougars (10-2-1) face a rebuilding year after graduating four All-County players but they've already defeated Loyola, 3-2, in overtime behind Paul Kelly's three goals. Other top players are senior defensemen Ryan Hoback, Brett Birkmire and Greg Smith.

11 Franklin -- See capsule.

12 22Loyola -- See capsule.

13 Broadneck -- The Bruins (11-3-1) lost, 1-0, to Centennial in the region finals, and despite having just three returning starters, they expect to be as good as last season. Senior Todd Betz and junior Brad Limbacher will provide the scoring from their striker positions. Senior John Williams is the top defender and junior

Mark Holmes the leading midfielder.

14 Perry Hall -- See capsule.

15 Mount Hebron -- The Vikings (8-5) return eight starters and have added two talented freshmen and a sophomore to their starting mix. Junior midfielder Pat Halter and junior sweeper Mike Stromberg are the key players for a team that won five games by one goal last season.

How the poll is conducted: The Top 15 is compiled by the locasports staff of The Baltimore Sun.

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