First Team

Boys Soccer

High School Sports

December 15, 2003

FIRST TEAM

David Adams

River Hill

One of just two returning senior starters from last year's Class 3A state title team, Adams more than capably handled a number of assignments to provide stability at his center midfielder position. The two-year starter was apt at getting forward and just as committed to marking defensively in winning the middle of the field. The four-year varsity player scored 13 goals and had a team-high 16 assists as the No. 1 Hawks repeated as Class 3A state champs, sharing the crown with Towson.

Sean Ajifowobaje

Glen Burnie

The standout striker turned hard work into goals in a breakthrough senior season that helped lead the No. 12 Gophers (15-2-1) to the Anne Arundel County championship. After scoring three goals in his previous two seasons, Ajifowobaje racked up 22 this fall and added six assists to earn county Player of the Year honors. Ajifowobaje was a consistent source of offense, scoring goals in 14 games, including a four-goal performance and six two-goal games.

Andrew Appelbaum

Old Mill

The senior sweeper supplied a steady source of intensity, smooth play and vocal leadership as a key component of a tidy defense that led the No. 11 Patriots (15-4-1) to their first Class 4A state championship game. His poise, skills and ability to read the game brought confidence in the back. Seeking their first state crown, the Patriots fell just short with a 1-0 overtime loss to Kenwood.

Matt Beckman

McDonogh

No player in the area logged more quality up-and-back miles than the Eagles' junior defender, who provided strong marking on the right side and also made regular runs forward to score 13 goals and add eight assists. The repeat All-Metro performer brought a rare combination of physical play, finesse and smart field sense. With a heavy shot that had a knack for finding corners, he produced five game-winning goals for the No. 8 Eagles, who finished runners-up in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference for a second straight season.

Brian Chun

River Hill

The Hawks built up their attack through Chun, who worked in tandem with fellow first-team choice David Adams at center midfield and brought a tireless work rate and the ability to possess the ball and then effectively distribute.

His steadying influence and presence on the field had a major impact on his younger teammates. The two-year starter and four-year varsity player finished the season with seven goals and seven assists.

Matt Curran

Loyola

With an uncanny touch inside the penalty area, the standout senior striker continually delivered the necessary offense to lead the No. 5 Dons to a 17-2-2 season and a trip to the MIAA A Conference semifinals. Curran, a four-year varsity contributor, worked hard to get the ball and made the most of his opportunities, scoring 17 goals and adding two assists for first-year coach Kyle Swords.

Kenny Dotter

Sparrows Point

The senior striker played inspirational soccer over the course of a difficult but highly successful Pointers' season that was dedicated to fallen teammate Adam Parr, who died in a car accident in early October. With a blue-collar approach inside the penalty area, Dotter scored a whopping 31 goals and added six assists to lead the Pointers (14-2) to the Baltimore County championship and a trip to the Class 1A North region title game. Dotter scored all three goals in a 3-2 overtime win against rival Eastern Tech during the regular season, and had two goals in the Pointers' 3-0 win over Patapsco in the county championship game.

Akira Fitzgerald

Loyola

The standout sophomore goalkeeper built on a fine freshman season with reliable and often spectacular play in back that helped lead the Dons to the MIAA A Conference semifinals. Mostly in the right position but also quick to react when called upon, Fitzgerald anchored a defense that produced a school-record 17 wins, including seven shutouts. He made smart decisions in goal, knowing when to stay on his line and when to leave it to cut down angles. Fitzgerald, who also was effective in distributing the ball, saved 91 percent of the shots he faced.

Patrick Healey

Calvert Hall

The senior midfielder enjoyed a storybook ending to a solid four-year career, leading the No. 7 Cardinals to a surprise repeat of the MIAA A Conference crown. The Baltimore City/County co-Player of the Year was smart with his touches in controlling the middle of the field, finishing the season with 12 goals and 12 assists. Healey saved his season's best for last, finishing with three goals and two assists in three tournament wins - including a one-goal, one-assist effort in the Cardinals' 2-1 championship win over McDonogh. A four-year starter, he finished with 32 goals and 31 assists.

Bryan Moffa

Eastern Tech

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