1998 All-Metro boys soccer teams

December 02, 1998|By Rick Belz

Player of the Year

Jon Cole, McDonogh, senior, midfielder: Cole, although slowed by illness, capped an illustrious career with a 26-yard direct kick late in the game that gave McDonogh its first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference Championship over No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Curley. Cole also scored the game-winning goal in a semifinal victory over Calvert Hall. The powerful 6-foot, 175-pounder was able to shed defenders easily, to create, to finish and to defend with the best. He was able to make transitional flurries to play at both ends of the field when necessary. After the title game, Cole prompted Eagles coach Steve Nichols to compare him with former area greats Tim Wittman and Chris Reif. A National Soccer Coaches' Association of America All-American his junior year, as well as Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer All-State and All-South selection, Cole is a two-time first-team All-Metro pick. He scored 16 goals and added 13 assists for the No. 3-ranked Eagles (22-3-1) this season and for his career scored 43 career goals and had 39 assists. He was a member of the national pool in 1996 and 1997, and a regional team captain. Cole has a 3.1 GPA and scored 1,160 on his SAT. He refused offers from Wake Forest, Maryland, Duke and Georgetown to play next season at Virginia.

Co-Coaches of Year

Earl Eckhardt, Chesapeake: After winning the Anne Arundel County title several times, including in 1995 and 1997, and the East Region title in 1994, Eckhardt pointed this year's team toward what he calls "the absolute goal," Chesapeake's first state championship. The Cougars measured up, edging Churchill of Montgomery County, 1-0, in the Class 4A title game at UMBC. Eckhardt, 55, celebrating his 13th season as Chesapeake coach, had to rebuild the midfield with sophomores, but had talented veterans at other positions. The Cougars outscored opponents 13-1 in the playoffs. "I knew we could score, and the defense stepped up for the playoffs," Eckhardt said. The Cougars' breakthrough win was a 1-0 upset of Severna Park in the region finals. Eckhardt changed his team's formation to one striker and five midfielders starting with that game, and it worked with a 1-0 win over the Falcons, who had beaten the Cougars twice. In the state semifinals the Cougars avenged an earlier loss to Eleanor Roosevelt of Prince George's County and went on to finish the season 17-3, boosting Eckhardt's career record to 104-66-9. Don Shea, Oakland Mills: His team went from back-to-back losing seasons and five wins a year ago to a 17-2-0 record and a Class 1A state championship this fall. It was the most wins ever by an Oakland Mills team. The Scorpions lost only to No. 1-ranked Class 2A state champion River Hill and to No. 4-ranked Howard County champion Mount Hebron. Shea collected his team's uniforms and declared the season over after that embarrassing 6-0 defeat to Mount Hebron in the final regular-season game. He wanted the players to know how it would feel if they lost in the playoffs. The mind-game worked. He returned their uniforms one day before the first playoff game, and the Scorpions swept five straight. They won the South Region championship in a shootout at Poolesville, avenging a 1997 playoff loss to the Indians. Oakland Mills went on to its first state title since 1994, and ninth in school history. It was Shea's sixth state title, including one during a 10-year stint at Elkton, and built his career record to 227-64-18.

First team at a glance

Dustin Abey, Chesapeake, senior: When coach Eckhardt went to one striker for the season's last three games, it was Anne Arundel Player of the Year Abey. He delivered, scoring the game-winning goal in the 1-0 Class 4A East Region championship victory against Severna Park, as the Cougars avenged two earlier losses to the Falcons. Abey, 5-6, 163 pounds, also assisted on the lone goal in the state championship game against Churchill. The first-team MACS All-State pick combined substantial skills and a strong physical presence that allowed him to play alone up top. He scored 12 goals and made 14 assists. During a four-year career he scored 29 goals and had 29 assists. He has a 3.5 GPA and is considering Towson and UMBC.

Marco Angelini, Archbishop Curley, junior, forward: He scored hat tricks against Hammond and McDonogh, and the game-tying goal with his team down a man and 30 seconds left in regulation of an eventual 2-2 draw with Calvert Hall. Angelini, 5-6, 125 pounds, led No. 2-ranked Curley with 16 goals and nine assists, and was a second-team MACS All-State pick. He has a 3.2 GPA.

Kaiser Chowdhry, McDonogh, sophomore, forward: He outraced threedefenders to score the first goal in the Eagles' 2-1 victory over Curley in the MIAA A Conference championship game. Chowdhry also scored seven game-winning goals for the Eagles. He led the MIAA A Conference with 22 goals and 11 assists, earning second-team MACS All-State honors. He carries a 3.8 GPA.

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