1997 All-Metro boys soccer teams

November 28, 1997|By SUN STAFF

Player of the Year

Reb Beatty, Archbishop Spalding, senior, goalkeeper: It was a special season at Spalding with the Cavaliers (14-5-2) reaching their first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship game. And, despite a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to defending champion Calvert Hall, Beatty was right in the middle of that success. At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Beatty, the Anne Arundel County Player of the Year, was an imposing figure in the Cavaliers' goal. His agility, aggressiveness, intensity and knowledge of the game gave him all the tools of a unique goalkeeper. He finished the season with 142 saves and recorded nine shutouts to earn first-team All-State honors from the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer (MACS). He made 13 saves in a 0-0 tie against No. 4-ranked McDonogh. "He's the best keeper in the state," said sixth-year coach Rick Carlson. "The big games [are] when he came up the biggest. Every time out, he'd make three big plays he shouldn't [have made] to keep us in a game. With Reb, there was always an urgency to games and practice. He's always playing to win." For Beatty, the approach to playing goal was basic. "People coming into your goal box [are] like someone taking pie from your mother's kitchen," he said earlier this season. "You have to be aggressive and jump out at the ball to control your box -- it's like your house."

Coach of the Year

Marc Osterberger, Severn: In four seasons, Osterberger has built a soccer program that any school would be proud of. In past

years, soccer at Severn was just something to do to keep in shape until the lacrosse season rolled around in the spring. But that has changed under the Osterberger's influence. He guided the Admirals to a 14-1-4 season and runner-up finish in the MIAA B Conference. The Admirals went unbeaten until the last day, when they lost, 1-0, to St. Paul's in the championship game on UMBC's wet, artificial turf. With a senior-oriented group, Osterberger saw an opportunity to make a statement this season, and his Admirals did just that. He instilled a competitive, hard-working approach to practice that translated into wins. With six players more than 6 feet tall, he spent a lot of time in practice on long throws and corner kicks, which generated most of the Admirals' scoring. "We worked hard and stayed away from injuries," said Osterberger, who played high school soccer at Oakland Mills, where he was an All-State player and part of an undefeated (15-0-1) state championship team in 1988.

The first team

Billy Allen, River Hill, senior, forward: A dynamic 5-foot-5 player, he switched from being River Hill's leading scorer last fall to its leading assist man this season. He led the Howard County with 15 assists and scored seven goals -- none bigger than the powerful header in the closing minutes of a regular -season double-overtime victory against Mount Hebron. His speed and intensity enabled him to turn the corners to feed teammates. He was a first-team MACS All-State pick.

Kyle Beckerman, Arundel, sophomore, midfield: A dominating presence in the middle, Beckerman had a stellar year with 15 goals and four assists, earning first-team MACS All-State honors. Most of the No. 13-ranked Wildcats' offense ran through Beckerman, who combined athleticism with good field vision and plenty of savvy. His skills enabled him to take advantage of the slightest opportunities and his team to enjoy a 13-3 season.

Lars Berg, Wilde Lake, senior, defense: Imposing at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds with long blond hair that added to his fearsome demeanor, Berg was an extraordinary defensive player who helped lead his No. 6-ranked Wildecats (13-2-2) to nine shutouts and the Class 3A state championship. His team surrendered just 11 goals, and lost to No. 1-ranked River Hill on a penalty kick, 1-0. Berg is a first-team MACS All-State selection.

Vinnie Ciarpella, McDonogh, junior, defense: Swift and smooth, he helped anchor the Eagles through a school-record season of 13 shutouts. Playing in front of a sophomore sweeper and sophomore goalkeeper, Ciarpella was a major reason why the Eagles allowed only 14 goals in 21 games. Ciarpella is a first-team MACS All-State pick.

Jon Cole, McDonogh, junior, midfield: A combination of skill and strength, Cole was the MIAA A Conference's leading scorer with 13 goals and nine assists. He already has college powers Virginia, Duke and Wake Forest coming after him. Cole scored a hat trick against John Carroll and also had goals in wins over Curley and Spalding. He's a first-team MACS All-State pick.

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