Player of the Year
Steve Althoff, Curley, Senior, Defender: With Althoff in the lineup, the Friars reached their second straight MIAA A Conference title game, this time avenging a loss of a year ago by dethroning league rival McDonogh. Althoff (6 feet, 185 pounds), who earned All-Metro honors last season, scored three goals and had an assist while anchoring the Friars to 13 shutouts after a school-record 17 last year. His knack was for splintering the opposition's attack with a sure foot and often with booming kicks. "We replaced our defense with three rookies, and he was a real force back there," said Curley coach Pep Perrella, who retired after this, his third tournament title. "He won every ball in the air."
FOR THE RECORD - In Thursday's sports section, the first name and class year of one player on the All-Baltimore City/County boys soccer team were listed incorrectly. Jay Sasiadek of Dulaney High is a junior. The Sun regrets the error.
Co-coaches of the Year
Bryan Bugarin, Mount Carmel: In only his second season, the former two-time All-Metro striker from Calvert Hall has successfully conveyed his skills and knowledge to his players. His hands-on approach led to a 21-0-1 record and the program's first soccer championship -- the MIAA C Conference title. Bugarin was an example to his players of how far the sport can take you. Bugarin earned All-South and Big South honors at UMBC, where he ranked third all-time on the Retrievers' scoring list, and fourth in career points. He also played professionally for three years with the Baltimore Bays. Bugarin is 34-5-2 at Mount Carmel.
Steve Shaw, Dulaney: In his second season, Shaw led the Lions to the 4A North Region crown along with a share of the Class 4A state title -- Dulaney's first -- with a 1-1 tie against Churchill of soccer-rich Montgomery County. Churchill was going for its sixth state title and had earlier defeated MIAA A Conference soccer champ Archbishop Curley. The Lions began the year unranked, but ended with a No. 6 area ranking and a 15-1-1 record. Dulaney's only loss was, 1-0, to two-time Baltimore County champ, Franklin.
The first team
Brian Albrecht, Patapsco, Senior, Striker: An unselfish player, Albrecht scored 12 goals and had 18 assists using his speed and unselfishness to find open spaces. Armed with a 3.29 grade average and 1,110 SAT score, Albrecht is considering UMBC, Shippensburg, Gettysburg, Mount St. Mary's, Longwood, Western Maryland and Virginia Military Institute.
Marco Angelini, Curley, Senior, Striker: A critical ingredient in the Friars' offense,Angelini's speed, footwork and finishing abilities made him hard to stop. A first-team All-Metro pick last season, Angelini finished with nine goals and six assists this year.
Eric Augustine, Mount Carmel, Senior, Midfielder: Augustine's poise and unselfishness were a critical ingredient in Mount Carmel's drive toward its first league title. The four-year starter finished with 16 goals and 10 assists, raising his career totals to 37 goals, 35 assists, and earning all-conference honors for the fourth straight season.
Chris Borcik, Franklin, Junior, Striker: His goal-scoring propensities led the Indians to their second straight Baltimore County title. He finished with 26 goals and six assists, up from 19 goals and eight assists last season. Baltimore County coaches picked Borcik to their all-league team for the second straight season.
Kaiser Chowdhry, McDonogh, Junior, Striker: An All-Metro selection last season, Chowdhry did not disappoint. His 17 goals and eight assists were down from last year's 22 and 11, largely because he had a less-experienced team around him. However, he was able to lead the Eagles to their second straight MIAA A Conference title game, where they finished as runners-up to Curley. A National Team pool player and a third-year starter, Chowdhry has a 3.7 grade-point average.
Michael Ciattei, St. Paul's, Senior, Goalkeeper: Ciattei allowed only 13 goals and registered a school-record 14 shutouts in 23 games, a .57 goals-against average that includes a 0-0 tie with Loyola of the MIAA A Conference. Ciattei led the Crusaders to their third straight MIAA title-game berth -- their second runner-up finish after being champs his sophomore season -- and finishes with a school-record 34 career shutouts.
Mike Hoeck, Dulaney, Senior, Midfielder: A third-year starter, Hoeck's eight goals included five game-winners and the game-tying goal in the second half of the Lions' 1-1 tie against Churchill for the 4A state title. Hoeck, who also had one assist, was named most valuable player by his teammates. Dulaney was 29-4-1 with Hoeck in the lineup, winning county, region and state titles.
Mike Joseph, Calvert Hall, Senior, Midfielder: Joseph's 10 goals and eight assists led the Cardinals, who reached the MIAA A Conference playoffs for the second straight season under second-year coach Andy Moore. Joseph earned MVP honors in the prestigious All-State game involving players chosen from all over Maryland, his goal lifting his side to a 1-0 victory.