Johnson picked for regional under-18 team

Oakland Mills soccer star only Marylander chosen

February 16, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Saah Johnson of Oakland Mills, The Sun's All-Metro Soccer Player of the Year, was the only Maryland player selected to the Super Y League Olympic Development Program's Under-18 Region I team after tryouts last month in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Of the 130 players invited to try out, 18 were selected to the team. Patrick Healey of Calvert Hall and Matt Curran of Loyola were among those chosen to try out.

Johnson scored 21 goals and had seven assists for the No. 3-ranked Scorpions (13-2), who won their first Howard County title since 1988, sharing the crown with River Hill. He scored in 13 of 15 games and had the only goal in four 1-0 wins.

"It was an amazing feeling to find out I was selected," said Johnson, who played two years at Mount St. Joseph and two years at Oakland Mills.

Although he said he had interest from North Carolina, Rutgers, St. John's and Duke, Johnson plans to play professionally in Europe, perhaps in the Netherlands, rather than attend college.

Two of Johnson's teammates at Oakland Mills recently made college commitments.

All-Metro first-team goalkeeper Dan Rogers gave an oral commitment to West Virginia on Wednesday. The 6-foot-4 Rogers allowed one goal all season in Howard County league play.

"West Virginia started eight freshmen last season and went 5-11, but lost only 2-1 to St. John's and tied Connecticut so the team will be real good in two years," said Rogers.

Alex Douyan, a second-team All-Metro midfielder, signed a letter of intent Saturday to attend Elon. Douyan scored nine goals and had seven assists while teaming up often with Johnson.

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