Boys Soccer

All - Carroll County

High Schools

November 26, 2003

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Steve Romeo

Century

The junior was the engine that drove the Class 2A state champion Knights. Forget that Romeo scored just one goal. There was no one better in the county at controlling the middle of the field and distributing the ball, as his county-best 11 assists attested. But there was so much more to his game that statistics can't reflect. He elevated his teammates' level of play by just about always making the correct decision. His quick feet allowed him to do almost anything with the ball, and his passion for the sport gave him the extra edge that allowed him to take over games. His efforts were a key reason the Knights went unbeaten in seven overtime games and set aside the frustration of three straight ties to open the season. In the state semifinal game against Eastern Tech, he even knocked in the clinching goal in penalty kicks to send his team to the final.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Scott Smith

Century

In his first year at the helm, the former Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) standout led Century to the 2A state title in only its second season of varsity competition. It was Carroll County's first boys soccer title in 17 years. Smith, a native of New Jersey, made a number of personnel and positional changes after taking over the program, most notably moving the team into a 3-4-3 alignment, allowing many of his players to be more creative and take better advantage of their skills. Eventually, players bought into the new system. After recording ties in each of their first three games, and standing at 4-2-3 around midseason, the Knights got hot, ending the season with seven straight wins while outscoring opponents 21-3. The team didn't lose any of its seven overtime games (4-0-3), including a pair of shootouts in the playoffs. Century also didn't lose a game against county competition.

FIRST TEAM

Cormac Abate

Francis Scott Key

The sophomore defender was always around the ball, and just about never got beaten. He spent the bulk of the season marking the opponent's top striker, helping the Eagles to four shutouts.

Kevin Brilhart

Century

A standout one-on-one defender, Brilhart displayed fundamental defensive techniques that were second to none in the county. The senior back won the majority of balls in the air and was a vocal leader for the Knights, who claimed their first Class 2A state title. He also finished with a goal and two assists.

Steve Bull

North Carroll

The senior sweeper was the leader of the Panthers' hustling defense, especially in the beginning when keeper Danny Nott sat out five games with a broken foot. Bull also scored four goals.

Kevin Chapman

Century

The junior has shown he can excel at almost any position, but his best position was midfield, where he used his exceptional passing and dribbling ability to tally six goals and six assists, helping Century to its first 2A state title.

Kyle Dietz

Century

The county's top finisher seldom missed the opportunity to put away a goal. A quiet leader, the senior forward finished with 11 goals, leading the Knights to their first state title. He scored both goals, including the game-winner in overtime, in the regional final victory over Liberty.

Matt Duke

Westminster

The senior forward combined speed and strength to once again excel at the offensive end. Also a first-team midfielder in lacrosse, he collected five goals and three assists against county competition.

Scott Eskew

North Carroll

The senior excelled at forward after being switched from midfield around midseason. He wound up netting five goals, including three game-winners, on a team that won four games.

Chris Jones

Century

The county's top goalkeeper collected 138 saves and allowed just 16 goals, leading the Knights to the 2A state title. The junior used his quick hands and agility to record six shutouts, including a 2-0 win over Parkside in the final.

Kyle Kinnamon

Westminster

The senior earned a reputation as one of the county's stingiest defenders this season, and with good reason. Kinnamon thrived on shutting down the opposition's best striker. Not a single county player he marked scored on him this year.

Sean Locklear

Liberty

One of the most dangerous offensive players in the county, the junior spent most of his time at outside midfielder. With 10 goals and nine assists, he helped lead Liberty to the county title.

Charlie Moser

Westminster

A technically gifted player who could also finish, he was primarily responsible for distributing the ball on offense. He finished with six goals and an assist in keeping the Owls in contention for the county title until the end.

James Napp

Liberty

With his strong defensive skills and hard-nosed, aggressive style of play, the junior rarely got beaten. He also notched four goals and a pair of assists. He was a major contributor to the Lions' county and Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Conference titles.

Paul Schuit

Winters Mill

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