2007 Boys Soccer All-Stars

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NICK ALLMAN, Newburyport, Sr., Goalie Newburyport did not have a banner year, but the Clippers' outstanding goalie Nick Allman did after moving back from North Carolina last year. He never allowed more than three goals in a game despite the fact the team only won two all season. Allman may have given up 23 goals in 16 games, a respectable 1.4 goals a game average, but coach Dave Greenblott said that for the first time in his coaching career, he felt the Clippers could win every game because Allman was his goal keeper. The one truly amazing stat Allman produced was three saves out of attempted penalty kicks. Only 12 yards away, the penalty shot is generally thought of as a "gimme" goal for the shooter. His abilities clearly got the attention of the coaches league-wide; Allman received more votes than any other goalie (ninth player overall) with the exception of CAL player of the year Vinny Papageorgio of Wilmington. Allman was the lone Clipper to earn All-CAL standing. Molding his game after perhaps the world's top goalie Gianluigi Buffon (the Italian and Juventus star), Allman says he will most likely take his talents to Endicott College next season.

ROSS BRACKET, Rockport Sr. Midfield

DOM BRAGA, Gloucster Sr. Goalie

SEAN BISHOP, St. John's Prep, Senior Midfield/Defense A three-year starter for the Eagles, Bishop capped a brilliant career by being named Catholic Conference Player of the Year, an Eastern Mass. All-Star and an all-state player. Bishop's four goals and one assist this season barely hint at his value to the team. With Bishop playing a key role no matter where coach Dave Crowell used him, St. John's Prep went 47-5-5 and won three conference titles, and a state championship in the last three years. Crowell moved him up to midfield this season and when the Eagles started giving up too many goals, the coach moved him back to defense. Bishop dominates in the air, has great timing and foot skills and is skilled in transitioning the ball from defense to offense, says Crowell. St. John's Prep (8-3-7) was under intense pressure this season as a defending state champ, but Bishop was a stabilizing influence. An excellent student (3.7 grade point average), Bishop, who lives in Danvers, is looking at Bowdoin, Babson, Colby and Amherst.

JOSH BOYCE, Peabody Senior Midfielder A Peabody captain, Boyce stood out with 10 goals and 11 assists ... Makes players around him better, says coach Stan McKeen ... Favorite game was when he scored the first goal and assisted on the game-winner on Senior Night against Revere ... NEC All-Star ... Excellent at controlling middle of the field and distributing the ball ... Has a 3.57 GPA.

JONATHAN BRITTON, Hamilton-Wenham Senior Midfielder Creates opportunities for his teammates and finished with 9 goals and 12 assists ... Cape Ann League All-League selection ... Had 2 goals and 2 assists in state tourney win over Minuteman ... Coach Matt Gauron calls him a very unselfish player ... Self-motivated player who says he always pushes himself ... Good student with a 3.1 GPA.

DANNY CRANE, Bishop Fenwick senior midfielder On a team without superstars, Crane stood out as a scorer (7 goals) and leader ... Wins the 50-50 balls and has a great understanding of the game, says coach Dave Mitchell ... Had 2 goals in Division 3 North tourney game against Shawsheen ... Looking at Northeastern, BC and Holy Cross ... Cites his father, Thomas, for being very supportive.

ASHTON DAVIS, Manchester Essex Sr. Midfield

MIKE DONELAN, Phillips Academy, Senior, Midfielder All-New England Prep. Four-year letterman, three-year starter. Moved up from defense seamlessly. Scored five goals, added five assists. Won Phillips' Smoyer Award for sportsmanship. Helped lead Big Blue to 10-3-4 record. Scored a goal in 4-2 win over rival Exeter. Accomplished track athlete with bests as a sophomore of 42-1<3/4> in the triple jump and 22.5 in the 200 meters. Andover resident.

ALEX FARR, St. John's Prep Senior Defense/Midfield The Eagles needed a big time scorer with so many key players graduating from the state championship team the previous year and Farr filled the bill with 17 goals and four assists to pace the Catholic Conference ... Conference all-star, Eastern Mass. All-Star and all-state selection ... Had three goals vs. Andover ... 3.8 GPA and is looking at Colby, St. Anselm, Brandeis and others.

IAN GELINAS, Masconomet Senior Defense Coach Len Emmons had confidence that Gelinas could mark and shut down the best players in the Cape Ann League ... Managed to get 5 assists on throw-ins ... CAL All-League ... Says his favorite thing to do was to lead the defense in a shutout win ... Ranks in the top 25 percent of his class academically ... Applied to St. Anselm, Bentley, Babson, Holy Cross and St. Michael's.

CHRIS GILBERT, Brooks School, Senior, Midfield Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Scored four goals as a defensive midfielder. Stands tall at 6-2. "If he gets anywhere near a 50-50 ball he wins it," coach Dusty Richard said. "You just can't move him physically." Led squad to Class B New England prep final, where it fell to Kimball Union. All-ISL. Getting looks from several ACC schools, including North Carolina, where his sister Jaime scored 29 career goals.

ANDREW GOODWIN, Triton, Sr., Central Midfield Replaced graduating play-makers Tim Jarvis and John Wetenkamp ... Earns first Daily News selection ... Cape Ann all-star ... Maintains a 4.06 GPA ... Member of the National Honors Society ... Ranks 17th in his class ... Also a track athlete, Goodwin listed 2007 Triton graduate Jeff Shepard as his role model ... Has narrowed college search to St. Lawrence University and Bates College.

GUISEPPE GUEIRRIERO, Manchester Essex Sr. Midfield

ALEX HUSSEIN, Haverhill, Junior, Midfielder MVC Large Player of the Year. Scored 11 goals. Fast, confident midfielder who fought off double teams and routinely came up with big goals. Scored in a 3-3 tie with perennial power St. John's Prep and notched the game-winner against Andover. "If he shows up every game," coach John Coppola said, "we're tough to beat." Helped lead Hillies to 15-4-2 record, their best ever finish.

JOSH INGRAM, Georgetown, Jr., Sweeper A forward in past years, Ingram was asked by coach Ron Comeau to switch positions and fill the void at sweeper left by departing Bob Melideo ... Earns first Daily News all-star selection ... Voted defensive player of the year for the Royals ... Voted a Cape Ann all-star by the coaches ... Scored three goals for the Royals despite playing as the deepest field player ... Honor roll student.

ERIC JUNCKER, Rockport Sr. Defense

OMAR KHARTABIL, Pinkerton, Junior, Midfield Went from a letterman to a star. Scored 12 goals, added 15 assists. Led Astros, who finished 18-1 and lost to Londonderry in Class L semis, in scoring. Pinkerton's most creative playmaker. Will play for U.S. Soccer Federation Academy team in the offseason. Plays for Seacoast United club team. With teammates, spent one day a week during the season working with special education students.

KENNY KOLBECK, Pinkerton, Junior, Defense Three-time All-Class L. Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Anchored a squad that received only one yellow card all season. Top player on club that finished 18-1 and gave up just 0.79 goals a game. Scored the game-winner in 2-1 win in Mack Plaque game. Astros have a 44-12-3 record in his three seasons. Member of national Olympic Development Pool. Plays for Seacoast United club team.

NICK LOCOCO, Gloucester Sr. Midfield

ROBBIE LONGCOR, Manchester Essex Sr. Midfield

BRIAN LUNDQUIST, Fellowship Christian, Sophomore, Forward Won area Golden Boot title with 35 goals. Speed sets him apart from the league's other strikers. Scored five goals against Londonderry's Victory Baptist. The other 30 goals were vs. MIAA schools. All-CAC Small honoree. Averaged 1.9 goals per game. Already has 57 career goals. Scored 22 goals in nine games against Christian schools last season. Rare sophomore co-captain. Returning starter in basketball.

PHIL MARCHWINSKI, Danvers senior forward/midfield Connected for 15 goals and four assists, and was selected as a Northeastern Conference and an EMass. all-star ... Team captain and a coach on the field, said Danvers Head Coach Antonio Lage ... Says his best game was a two-goal effort against Beverly ... Looking at Bentley, Bryant, Assumption and Babson.

MAX MONDESTIN, Salem Junior Forward Coach Mike D'Agostino calls him one of the fastest players he's ever seen ... Had 5 goals and 15 assists for the 13-5-1 Witches ... NEC All-Star and a captain elect for next season ... Says his best performance was "helping the team get 13 wins." ... Dominates the front line and excellent at placing his shots ... Calls his dad his idol ... Favorite player is international star Zinedine Zidane.

BILLY NICKERSON, Pingree Senior Forward Had a huge year on offense with 23 goals and 2 assists ... Eastern Independent League MVP and team MVP ... Collected 53 career goals ... With his team trailing 1-0, scored two goals in final eight minutes to beat Concord Academy, 2-1 ... Has excellent speed and jumping ability ... Cites his mother, who took him to games and practices after his father passed away.

CHARLIE OBER, Brooks School, Senior, Defense All-ISL. Co-captain. Four-year letterman, three-year starter. Excellent in transition."He's really clever at turning defense to offense quickly," coach Dusty Richard said. "He was a great captain." Only 5-7, but unflappable. Never allows fellow defenders to get out of position. Helped lead squad to Class B New England prep final. Recruited to play soccer at Northeastern. Atkinson resident.

SHANE O'NEILL, Gloucester Sr. Midfield

THEON O'NEILL, Gloucester Sr. Forward

KB OSHODI, Central Catholic, Senior, Defense All-MVC, first-team Division 1 EMass. All-Star. Three-year starter. Scored three goals. Added significant muscle mass in the offseason. , repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Class president. Ranked No. 121 in class of 320. Key reserve on the basketball team and an excellent track athlete; recorded area best 43-11<1/2> in the triple jump to win EMass. Division 2 meet last spring. Also long jumped 20-6<1/2>. Lawrence resident.

DEREK OSMOND, Rockport Sr. Foward

ROB PALUMBO, Sanborn, Junior, Forward All-Class M. Scored 21 goals. Has 41 goals in three seasons. Relentless on the field. "He just never stops moving," coach Al Magnusson said. "And he moves with purpose." Team co-MVP. Class M All-Star last fall. Will play on U.S. Soccer Federation Academy team in the offseason. Plays for Seacoast United club team. His twin brother also made the team. Coach Al Magnusson says the twins are "telepathic" on the pitch.

STEVE PALUMBO, Sanborn, Junior, Midfielder All-Class M. Scored 15 goals. Has 42 goals over three seasons. Excels with both feet. Team co-MVP. Class M All-Star last fall. "He plays end to end," said coach Al Magnusson. Helped lead Indians to a 15-1-2 record. Member of Olympic Development Pool squad. Plays for Seacoast United club team. Will play for U.S. Soccer Federation Academy team in the offseason. Plays for Seacoast United club team.

DREW PICKUL, North Andover, Senior, Defense Scarlet Knights' sole captain. All-CAL. He was the team's "spokesman and go-to guy," coach Bill Tarbox said. "He had a lot of responsibility." Scored two goals, added three assists. Three-year letterman and two-year starter. Was accepted early decision to Penn State and is also considering Northeastern and Connecticut. Placed fourth at Andover Boosters Meet last spring in the 300 hurdles. Captain-elect in track.

KELVYN RANGEL, Lawrence, Senior, Midfielder MVC Small Player of the Year. Two-time All-MVC. First-team Division 1 EMass. All-Star. Scored five goals. Three-year captain. Team's lone captain this fall. Confident passer, can hit targets from long range. "The team revolves around him," coach Don Sheldon said. Didn't receive one card his entire career. Moved back to defense when asked. Hopes to play at a Division 3 college.

JARED RIZZO, Peabody Senior Forward In Peabody's first season in the NEC, Rizzo had 19 goals, 4 assists and was named conference MVP ... Collected three goals in a game against Danvers ... Named an EMass All-Star ... Coach Stan McKeen calls him the most intense player on the field ... Made a habit of scoring early to give Peabody a lead ... Ranks 19th academically and has a 3.7 GPA.

CHARLIE ROCHE, Haverhill, Junior, Defense Two-time All-MVC. Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Coach John Coppola compares him to a shutdown cornerback in football: "He scares you." At 6-4, was a commanding presence from his stopper spot. Helped lead Hillies to 15-4-2 record, their best ever finish. Plays for Seacoast United club team. All-MVC basketball player, averaged 11.8 points per game last winter.

NATE SHELTER, Triton, Jr., Center Midfield/Defense The driving force behind the Vikings' run to the state tournament ... Earns first Daily News all-star selection ... CAL all-star ... Elected team MVP ... Maintains a 4.2 GPA ... Ranks ninth in his class ... Lists two games for the Vikings as season highlights: the 0-0 tie against CAL Large champions Wilmington, and the 3-0 win over Amesbury that clinched a tournament berth for the Vikings.

HARRY SHIPPS, Pentucket, Sr., Central Midfield/Defense Was instrumental in Pentucket's near-miss tournament run in which the squad won four of its last five ... Earns his first Daily News all-star selection ... Cape Ann all-star ... Maintains a 3.89 GPA ... Member of the National Honors Society ... Ranks 14th in his class ... Recipient of the Coach's Award ... Hopes to pursue either soccer or baseball in college next year.

BRENDAN SLEIN, Central Catholic, Senior, Goalie All-MVC keeper. Allowed 16 goals in 19 games (0.84 GAA). Posted nine shutouts. Tri-captain. "He really gets in kids' heads to get them to play better," coach Ray Flaherty said. "There aren't many that run down the road like that." Played through a knee injury during state tourney. Helped hockey team to Super 8 tourney berth last winter. Also plays baseball. Ranked No. 26 in class of 320. Applying to Boston College and Villanova.

COLLIN SMITH, Triton, So., Midfield A super-sub a year ago as a freshman, Smith became one of Triton's most potent threats ... Tallied three goals and six assists on the season ... Earns first Daily News all-star selection ... Cape Ann all-star ... Honor roll student ... Listed scoring two goals in one game as the fall highlight ... Said his dad, Brad Smith, the Triton coach, as his role model for teaching him everything he knows about the game.

TOM SVIRSKY, Newburyport, Jr., Forward The 2007 season was certainly a struggle to score goals and win games for the Clippers, but the speedy striker garnered the respect of his opponents league wide, and earned his second straight Daily News selection ... Cape Ann all-star ... Honor roll student ... In the Ipswich game, one of Newburyport's two wins, it was Svirsky's work up top that provided the game-winning goal.

ALEXANDER TERRILL, Marblehead Senior Forward Scored 11 of Marblehead's 43 goals this season and also chipped in 7 assists ... "He carried our offense and when we needed to slow down, we put him in the middle of the field," said coach Steve Ingemi ... NEC All-Star ... Scored 3 goals in Magicians' first win over Gloucester in eight years ... Credits coach Ingemi for making him a better player and person.

ALEX TROTSKY, Gloucester Sr. Defense

KEVIN VAN LENTEN, Masconomet Senior Midfielder Finished with 11 goals and 11 assists for the Cape Ann League champion Chieftains ... CAL All-League and EMass All-Star selection ... Scored the game-winner against North Andover that secured league title ... Has a 40-inch vertical leap and is the type of player who can simply take over a game, says coach Len Emmons ... Captain in soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

EVAN WEAGLE, Georgetown, Jr., Goalie The 2007 season was the year of the keeper in the Cape Ann as Weagle joined Allman and Wilmington's Papageorgio on the All-CAL ... Earns his first Daily News all-star selection ... Voted team MVP ... Three year varsity starter ... Made 22 saves in a scoreless tie against powerhouse Masconomet ... Coached in the technique of the US National team's top goalie, Tim Howard.

BRYANT YAVORSKI, Georgetown, So., Forward Perhaps the greatest testament to his ability would be his versatility ... Tallied six goals and had two assists, while often defending the opposing team's top threat ... Shut down Lynnfield superstar Mike Kennedy in the Royals' 1-0 victory ... Voted team offensive player of the year ... A 4.0 GPA student and class president ... Cape Ann all-star ... Listed the shutout win and tie against Lynnfield and Masconomet as fall highlights.

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