2001 All-Balto. City/County boys soccer

November 29, 2001|By Lem Satterfield

Player of the Year

Powell Cucchiella, Eastern Tech: A repeat All-City/County performer, Cucchiella made the most of his third starting season for the Mavericks. From his position in the center midfield, Cucchiella scored 11 goals and assisted on 12 others, often drawing double- and, triple-teams that allowed him to spread the ball to unguarded teammates. Cucchiella, a senior whose career numbers are 27 goals and 21 assists, is getting looks from Salisbury, UMBC, Towson and Loyola. "He's a phenomenal player who was at the core of creating most of our scoring opportunities," coach Peter Glaudemans said.

Co-Coaches of the Year

Peter Glaudemans, Eastern Tech: Glaudemans recalls being 0-11 during his first season 10 years ago, which makes this season's success all the more special. The Mavericks (16-2-1) recorded 14 shutouts, including eight straight to end the season. Along the way, the Mavericks won their first Baltimore County title and their first regional crown. They also defeated MIAA A Conference champ Mount St. Joseph, 3A state runner-up Dulaney (twice), 4A state runner-up Perry Hall and MIAA A Conference stalwart Curley by a combined 10-0. Ranked as high as No. 1 in The Sun for the first time ever, Eastern Tech outscored its opposition 57-7 and reached the 2A state semifinals. "I've had the opportunity to observe a lot of good coaching in Baltimore, and I've learned to use the strengths of others as a model for my success." Mike St. Martin, Mount St. Joseph: A 1987 Calvert Hall graduate, St. Martin brought his hard-nosed brand of high-intensity soccer to the Gaels' program. With it, the Gaels (18-5-1) were able to win the school's first soccer crown -- the MIAA A Conference title -- since 1978. The fifth-year coach's team dethroned McDonogh in the title game, recording nine shutouts on the way to its strong finish. So dominant were the Gaels in league play, that they already had the No. 1 seed wrapped up with three games remaining in the regular season. The Gaels were the only Baltimore-area team to capture both their regular-season and post-season crowns.

First team

Mike Dougherty, Mount St. Joseph: The versatile senior played on attack and defense, but was most often controlling the action in the midfield. Dougherty finished the season with 12 goals and 10 assists, but had a hand in the Gaels' posting nine shutouts as well. "He played stopper, center midfielder and forward -- wherever we needed him," coach Mike St. Martin said.

Kosta Fleytman, Franklin: Fleytman's first step probably rivals that of any you'll come across. "He's a jet," said his coach, Larry Meekins. "He likes working in close quarters because he can beat you or distribute." The midfielder worked hard for his seven goals and eight assists. "He's also a great defender, getting back," Meekins said.

Jamie Flynn, Perry Hall: The 6-1, 180-pounder stood tall in the back and is proficient in winning balls in the air. The three-year starter also had a sure foot for quick strips of oncoming offensive players. "He has a big foot and plays the angles well," coach Brian Moen said. Flynn, a senior, anchored the Class 4A state runner-up Gators to eight shutouts. He has received interest from Coastal Carolina.

Matt Friskey, Eastern Tech: After going 1-1 in a season-opening tournament, Friskey was moved from attack to sweeper, helping to spark a 17-game winning sreak that included 14 shutouts. Two of the three goals scored against the Mavericks during that time were when the entire second team was in the game. Friskey scored six goals and added two assists as a sophomore.

Saah Johnson, Mount St. Joseph: The sophomore scoring sensation finished with 14 goals and assisted on six others to lead the Gaels. Johnson came to Mount St. Joseph with high expectations, having been a past member of the ODP regional team for his age group. He was the primary mark for opposing teams throughout the season.

Dan Keppeler, Dulaney: Although only a sophomore, Keppeler displayed plenty of poise and experience. County coaches voted him to their All-County first team. "He's our sweeper, and he's just incredible under pressure," said Dulaney coach Steve Shaw, who promoted Keppeler to the varsity after the youngster started every game of his freshman season.

Kyle McHugh, McDonogh: His small stature belies his dangerous abilities to spread the ball into the offense or to simply beat defenders to the goal for a score of his own. McHugh, a junior midfielder, scored 11 goals and had 10 assists for the Eagles during his third straight year as a starter. McHugh was named to the All-MIAA A Conference team.

Kevin Mezzadra, Loyola: Only a junior, Mezzadra had the knack for putting goals away so proficiently that his coach, Don Kraft, calls him, "a beast" of a scorer. Mezzadra finished as the MIAA A Conference's top scorer with 23 goals, and also assisted on eight others. He already has attracted interest from programs such as Loyola, Kraft said.

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