Boys Soccer

All-anne Arundel County

High Schools

November 26, 2003

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Sean Ajifowobaje

Glen Burnie

After scoring three goals through his first two seasons of varsity, the senior striker came into his own in a big way this fall, scoring 22 goals and adding six assists to help lead the Gophers to the county championship. Ajifowobaje was a model of consistency throughout the Gophers' 15-2-1 season, scoring at least one goal in 14 games. Playing club ball for the Severna Park Predators' under-17 side and also lifting weights during the summer, he came into the season quicker, stronger and more confident. It showed every time he touched the ball. He enjoyed a four-goal performance in a late-season win against Annapolis and also had six two-goal games.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Ron Smith

Glen Burnie

With a talented senior group, expectations were high at Glen Burnie and the Gophers didn't disappoint, coming away with the county title and posting a 15-2-1 mark. After winning seven straight to start the season, the Gophers were considered the team to beat. "It's different when you're expected to win. There was so much pressure to stay on top," said third-year coach Smith, whose Gophers were 6-6-1 last season. They came away with a 2-1 overtime win over defending champ Old Mill in the county final, but the Patriots avenged the loss in the Class 4A East regional final to end the Gophers' season. Smith was a player on Glen Burnie's 1976 county championship team.

FIRST TEAM

Andrew Appelbaum

Old Mill

Defense played a big role in the Patriots' run to the 4A state final, and the senior sweeper was in the middle of all the success. He did well to keep the back line organized, but when a breakdown did occur, he was quick to defuse the problem.

Tim Carrier

Old Mill

The senior goalkeeper took charge of the penalty area with all the necessary tools: smart positioning to cover the angles, quick reaction time and sure hands. The repeat first-team All-County performer allowed 18 goals in 20 games, finishing with a .920 save percentage and four shutouts.

Nick Dadds

Old Mill

The Patriots' reliable source in the middle of the field, Dadds did everything well in a persistent fashion as a solid two-way midfielder. Fast to the ball and smart with it, the senior finished with four goals and eight assists.

Justin McDowell

Old Mill

With standout striker Daniel Bulls bothered by a nagging ankle injury most of the season, McDowell provided consistent scoring for the Patriots. After seeing regular playing time as a reserve last season, he came into his own this fall, scoring a team-high 11 goals and also dishing out five assists.

Robert Nwosu

Glen Burnie

Once the striker won the ball, good things happened for the Gophers. The co-captain closed out a fine four-year varsity career with four goals and eight assists this fall. He assisted on the decisive goal in the Gophers' 2-1 overtime win against Old Mill for the county title.

Mark Podrazik

South River

With his team hit hard by graduation, coach Greg Carroll needed a smart and consistent player to anchor a new-look defense at sweeper. Enter Podrazik. Making a smooth adjustment from midfield, the two-year starter helped lead the Seahawks to a 9-5 mark.

Brandon Smith

Glen Burnie

A burst of energy in the midfield, the junior combined good field sense with high skills and a quick pace to play a smooth one-touch game that sparked much of the Gophers' offense. Smith finished with six goals and a team-leading 11 assists. He also played a big role on restarts.

Colin Smith

Broadneck

Whether he was winning balls in the middle, scoring and distributing, or providing a steadying influence, Smith was always able to make positive things happen for the Bruins (8-6-2) at his central midfield position. The three-year starter finished the season with six goals and seven assists.

Dan Tomas

Archbishop Spalding

The senior striker always worked hard to get the ball and then was plenty productive with it. The two-year starter finished with 14 goals and 11 assists to help lead the Cavaliers to a 10-10-2 mark and fifth-place finish in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

Justin Turco

Archbishop Spalding

The standout junior striker enjoyed a breakthrough season in the goal-scoring department despite constantly being heavily marked. Needing little time or space to get off a shot, he scored a county-high 25 goals.

C.J. Twombly

Northeast

The senior center midfielder did everything with a fast pace to close out an outstanding four-year career. The Eagles' captain always came with a team-first approach. He finished the season with four goals and six assists.

Eric Whisman

Glen Burnie

No player in the county had a more dominating presence in the middle of the field than Whisman. The Gophers' powerful offense ran through the senior midfielder, who finished with nine goals and seven assists. The four-year varsity player and two-year captain scored the winning goal in overtime that gave the Gophers the county title.

Marcus Wiles

Severna Park

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