1997 All-Carroll County boys soccer team

November 20, 1997|By JEFF SEIDEL

Coach of the Year

Ed DeVincent, Liberty: In the pre-season, DeVincent wasn't sure what to think of this team. The Lions had gone 10-2-2 and taken the county title last year but only three starters were back. In addition, DeVincent had an offense that was rife with inexperience. But he worked a lot of the pieces together, and Liberty turned in another strong season. The Lions made it to the Class 3A West region semifinal, losing to Walter Johnson, 2-1. Liberty finished 9-5, quite a performance for a young team hit hard by graduation. DeVincent also has several good young players coming up who should help next year.

Player of the Year

Tim Chairs, Liberty, senior, forward: Chairs once again showed how powerful an offensive force he could be. His county-high nine goals and 13 assists led a team that surprised some by winning the county title again. Liberty coach Ed DeVincent said before the season that Chairs would probably have to carry the load on offense, especially early in the season as his young team found its way. Chairs filled his role nicely, coming up with several key goals to help the Lions go 9-5 and make it to the Class 3A West region semifinal.

The first team

Jamey Ayers, North Carroll, junior, midfield: He was one of the few bright spots as injuries destroyed the Panthers' season. North Carroll scored just 13 goals, and Ayers got five of them. North Carroll coach Denny Snyder praised Ayers for his quick shot, great foot skills and ball control. He also said Ayers is a hard worker who could have more fun next year.

Clint Brownley, Francis Scott Key, senior, defense/midfield: This defensive marking specialist helped Key make life tough for opposing offenses. The third-year varsity player worked hard. Coach Hibberd liked to play him at midfield but often was forced to play Brownley on defense -- simply because of how good he was and how much the Eagles needed him.

Aaron Dorsey, South Carroll, senior, midfielder: He came up with several big performances this season. Dorsey scored both goals in his team's 2-1 victory over Richard Montgomery in the Class 3A West Region playoff. He also did a strong job in the midfield, helping push the ball on offense and defense.

Brian Gehle, South Carroll, senior, midfield/forward: A skilled player who proved to be a key part of the South Carroll offense, Gehle was the Cavs' top player, doing a little of everything. He played midfielder, striker and stopper. But stopper may have been his top spot, and he'll be missed.

Tom Long, Francis Scott Key, senior, midfield: Long didn't do much in a fancy style, but got his job done through hard work. The senior won a lot of 50-50 balls and helped push the ball into the offensive end. He also could help on defense, and coach G. Hibberd said his consistent play, especially late in the season, was a reason for Key's playoff success.

Joaquim Artiza Manreza, Liberty, senior, defense: The exchange student from Spain was a nice surprise for DeVincent and the Lions. He anchored a defense that surrendered just 16 goals in 14 games. DeVincent called him a "very composed" player, just what a sweeper needs. Manreza rarely was beaten or put his goalkeeper in a difficult situation.

J.J. Montgomery, Francis Scott Key, senior, forward: He sat out last year, but Hibberd and the Eagles were thrilled to see him return. Montgomery was one of Key's top offensive threats and finished with nine goals and two assists. His speed helped create numerous scoring chances. Montgomery kept sparking the Key offense during the year.

Craig Rauser, Liberty, junior, goalkeeper: He was big for the Lions at one of the spots that had DeVincent wondering before the season. Replacing three-year starter John Silva, Rauser was consistent throughout the season. He allowed only 16 goals in 14 games and also posted seven shutouts for Liberty. DeVincent liked his consistency and hopes to see more of the same next year.

Mike Rabinovitz, South Carroll, senior, forward: The senior started the season at midfield on an up-and-coming team. But the Cavaliers needed offensive help, and Rabinovitz moved to striker, where he was effective. He scored some clutch goals and became one of the team's leading scorers. Rabinovitz was a key part of the offense late in the season.

Danny Silva, Liberty, senior, midfield: The skills were wonderful and so were the results. DeVincent lauded Silva's basic skills and his ability to create problems for the opposition in big games. Silva finished with six goals and four assists. DeVincent said the midfielder had a "strong shot, nice touch and great skills."

Kristian Siewert, Westminster, senior, goalkeeper: This exchange student from Germany turned out to be Carroll County's biggest surprise. Westminster struggled to a 2-9-2 finish, but Siewert caught the eye of every county coach. At 6-foot-3, with good quickness, hands and pure ability, he made at least three brilliant saves per game. "He's a Division I goalie, for sure," said Westminster coach Mick Ferraro.

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