Fall All-metro Varsity

Boys Soccer

December 13, 2006|By GLENN GRAHAM

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

B.J. Quigley

Archbishop Curley, forward

In leading the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference in scoring for a second straight year, Quigley made the most of his 27 goals this fall, concluding with the game-winner in the Friars' 1-0 win over McDonogh for the league championship.

It gave Quigley eight game-winning goals in the team's final 11 games, as the senior finished his career with 59 goals and 17 assists. Fast, skilled and determined in the offensive third of the field, Quigley was able to run past defenders or set up inside the penalty area with the ability to finish with both feet. The three-year starter, team captain and MIAA All-Star scored in 16 of the team's 21 wins and had seven multi-goal games.

"He's always been an emotional player, and what he did well this season was keep his emotions in check and positive," Curley coach Barry Stitz said. "I don't think you can put together a better high school season."

A first-team All-State selection by the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer (MACS), Quigley has made an oral commitment to play soccer at UMBC next fall.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Barry Stitz

Archbishop Curley

Following an underachieving 13-11-1 season in 2005, the Friars came together with a united front this fall, learning from past mistakes to enjoy a 21-3 season, including a 1-0 win over McDonogh to capture the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship.

It was a milestone victory for Stitz, who is 100-59-9 through seven seasons at Curley. Playing a tough out-of-conference schedule along with the demanding rigors of the MIAA, the Friars played with positive energy and a sense of urgency each time out. With a strong senior class led by B.J. Quigley, Vince Savarese, Brent Hooper and Sean Rothe, they went 13-3 in league play to earn the top seed and ended the season with nine straight wins, including three one-goal efforts against runner-up McDonogh.

"This season, the kids really liked playing with each other," Stitz said. "Last year was not a fun experience for them and it was a senior-laden team that worked hard to make sure that didn't happen again."

FIRST TEAM

Chris Agorsor

McDonogh, forward

Only a sophomore and labeled by McDonogh coach Steve Nichols as "the most dangerous player I've ever coached," Agorsor combined breakaway speed and decisive quickness with a quality touch to score 16 goals and add eight assists for the No. 3 Eagles.

One defender wasn't enough to contain Agorsor, who needed little time and space to produce instant offense. Among his 16 goals came two game-winners against Mount St. Joseph and other game-winners against Loyola, John Carroll and Archbishop Spalding. Agorsor, who has 25 goals in two varsity seasons, was All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and a first-team All-State selection. He has been offered scholarships by Virginia, Wake Forest, Duke and North Carolina.

Zach Barnett

Mount Hebron, defense-midfield

What will stand out in his exceptional senior season was the goal he scored with 7:33 to play in the Class 3A state title game against North Carroll, getting the No. 2 Vikings even and giving them the momentum needed to go on to claim a 2-1 victory. But Barnett's strong two-way play in that game and throughout the season better defines his fine four-year career.

Barnett spent most of the season effectively directing the middle after playing at sweeper his first three seasons. With a dangerous long throw, he assisted on 13 goals to go with the big goal. Barnett, a first-team All-State choice who was voted by the Howard coaches as the county's Player of the Year, is considering going to Penn next year to play soccer.

Andrew Bulls

McDonogh, midfield

In earning Baltimore County Player of the Year honors this fall, Bulls took on more responsibility in a junior season that saw him develop into a complete player and the heart of a young McDonogh team.

Along with scoring 15 goals and dishing out 17 assists, Bulls brought a poise and confidence to the field that made his teammates around him better. His leadership came by example and through words, and his ability to dictate the flow of a game was a necessity in helping the Eagles reach the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title game. Bulls, who spent his first season at Old Mill, was named to the All-MIAA team and will take 35 goals and 34 assists into his senior year.

Steve Ehatt

Loch Raven, defense

After playing midfield in his first two varsity seasons, the junior standout made a smooth adjustment to sweeper this fall, providing the Class 2A state runner-up Raiders (15-5) with stability and poised play in back.

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