Fall All-metro

Boys Soccer

December 12, 2007

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Chris Agorsor

McDonogh, forward

Agorsor entered the season viewed by many as the top high school soccer player in the nation, and he did not disappoint.

Despite appearing in only 15 of McDonogh's 24 games because of a hip injury, Agorsor still scored 24 goals and had eight assists. He also scored a goal in McDonogh's 3-0 victory over Archbishop Curley in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship game. Set to graduate a year early, he totaled 50 goals and 19 assists in a career that spanned two and a half seasons. Agorsor, who has a 3.9 grade point average, was routinely double-teamed by his opponents' best defenders, but he still managed to be the most potent player on the field. He was also a first-team All-Metro pick last season. Agorsor decided to finish high school in three years because he has the opportunity to pursue a professional career overseas. He has received professional offers from Newcastle United, Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur from England; Ajax and PSV Eindhoven from Holland; Sevilla from Spain; Partizan Belgrade from Serbia; and Juventus from Italy, according to McDonogh coach Steve Nichols. Agorsor has earned time with both the United States Under-18 and Under-20 National Teams this year. He had an assist for the Under-18 men in a 3-1 loss to Turkey in October.

FIRST TEAM

Oumar Ballo

Archbishop Curley, defense

Ballo was one of most physical defenders in the state and lost few challenges in the air. Another one of Ballo's strengths is his ability to recover after moving forward. The sophomore routinely shut down the opposing team's most dangerous strikers. "Oumar loves playing soccer and gives maximum effort every day on the practice field as well," Curley coach Barry Stitz said. "I'm already getting inquiries from some major colleges about Oumar."

R.J. Bass

Fallston, defense

Bass was a steadying force in the Fallston defense after volunteering to be a defender because the team was short-handed. The senior routinely shut down the leading scorer for the Cougars' opponents. "His strength, speed, and athleticism allowed us the opportunity to push forward and take chances. Through his leadership on the field, our defense was able to shut down many very talented opponents," Fallston coach Chris Hoover said.

Andrew Bulls

McDonogh, midfield

Bulls, who was also a National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas All-American and an All-South selection, had 18 goals and 24 assists this season. He is also a member of the 2006 club national champion Baltimore Casa Mia Bays. The senior has committed to UMBC on a full scholarship. "Andrew carried McDonogh on his back during the tough stretch when Chris Agorsor was injured," Eagles coach Steve Nichols said. "Without Bulls, I don't know if we would have survived that, period, without Chris."

Tommy Caso

McDonogh, goalie

Caso broke a school record with 20 shutouts in 24 games against what was considered one of the toughest schedules in the country. The senior was a dominant presence inside the penalty area and one of the Eagles' leaders. "Tommy led the back line with his vocal leadership, always making the big save whenever tested," McDonogh coach Steve Nichols said. Caso, who had a 0.21 goals-against average, saved two penalty shots in a 4-2 shootout win over Loyola in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinals. Caso, who carries a 4.3 grade point average, has committed to play soccer at Bucknell next fall.

Steve Ehatt

Loch Raven, defense

Ehatt is a versatile player who helped the Raiders reach the state championship game for the second consecutive year. Loch Raven coach Joe Fiedler moved the senior up to forward in several games to spark the offense. In this year's Class 2A state final against River Hill, Ehatt moved to striker from sweeper and scored in the 48th minute to cut the Hawks' lead to 2-1. He was later taken down in the penalty area to set up the tying goal before the Raiders lost, 3-2, in overtime. Ehatt is undecided about where he will play next fall.

Bash Kamara

Archbishop Curley, forward

Kamara had 25 goals and eight assists this season. The sophomore recorded a goal or assist in 22 of 26 games for the Friars, who advanced to the MIAA A Conference championship game this season. Kamara's biggest strength was his ability to beat players one-on-one. "Bash is the type of player that makes things happen. He has great speed and quickness but is also very good with the ball at his feet," Curley coach Barry Stitz said.

Jake Levin

McDonogh, defense

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