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Christopher Anderson⁄the gazetteThe Star⁄Gazette All-County Boys’ Soccer Team includes (front row, from left) Foday Kamara, Moussa Sy, Alhaji Sankoh, Kevin Carrillo; (middle row, from left) Greg Hill, Dave Walker, Chris Casey, Josh Patterson, Coach of the Year Richard Kirkland; (back row, from left) Abdul Hamid, Jesse Rodriguez, Jonathan Werth, Fermando Duran, Brendon Gregoire. Not pictured: Daniel Gomez, George Mansaray.
Chris Casey, Bowie: Casey was the defensive backbone to the Bulldogs’ charge to the state Class 4A semifinals. Bowie posted seven shutouts this fall and allowed just one goal in five other games with the senior Casey at the back position after playing sweeper in 2005. A four-year letter winner, Casey was also a first-team all-state selection.
Fernando Duran, DeMatha: Duran was a huge reason DeMatha went unbeaten for most of the fall. The senior striker tallied 15 goals and 10 assists for the Stags, whose 67-game win streak was ended in the WCAC quarterfinals. A three-year starter, Duran was also a first-team All-WCAC selection.
Brendon Gregoire, DeMatha: A three-year starter, Gregoire was the stalwart for the best defensive showing by the Stags under coach Dafydd Evans. The senior defender helped DeMatha post 15 shutouts and garnered first-team All-WCAC accolades.
Daniel Gomez, Northwestern: Gomez played a key role as the Wildcats (8-4-2) reached the 4A South Region semifinals this fall. The freshman forward had seven goals for Northwestern, which lost to county champ Bladensburg in the region semifinals. Gomez had three goals in the Hyattsville school’s triumph against Eleanor Roosevelt in the region quarterfinals.
Abduhl Hamid, DeMatha: Hamid was arguably the top goalie in the WCAC this fall. The junior netminder allowed just six goals and had 15 shutouts for the Stags, who were ranked No. 1 nationally during the season. Hamid was a first-team All-WCAC and all-state selection.
Josh Patterson, Bowie: Only a sophomore, Patterson was spectacular for the 4A South Region champions this fall. The midfielder led Bowie in scoring with 14 goals and six assists as the Bulldogs lost to eventual state champion Walter Johnson in the semifinals. Expect Patterson to be part of Bowie’s backbone the next couple of seasons.
Jessy Rodriguez, DeMatha: A second-team Star⁄Gazette selection a year ago, Rodriguez was another talented cog in the Stags’ machine. The junior striker had 16 goals and nine assists for DeMatha, which won its fifth straight WCAC regular season title. Rodriguez was also a first-team all-state pick.
David Walker, Bowie: Walker returns to the Star⁄Gazette first team after helping the Bulldogs to the state semifinals. The junior forward⁄back posted seven goals and three assists for Bowie, which reached the 4A semifinals for the first time since 2000. A three-year starter, Walker was a second-team all-state pick.
Alhaji Sankoh, Central: The senior midfielder was arguably the best player in the County 3A⁄2A⁄1A League over the past two years. He almost single-handedly helped the Falcons reach the county title game the past two seasons. The ever-smiling Sankoh led his team in scoring almost every game the past two seasons and finished 2006 with 22 goals and nine assists.
George Mansaray, Bladensburg: The junior goalkeeper helped lead the Mustangs back to the 4A South Region final and makes his second all-county first-team appearance. Mansaray recorded 55 saves while allowing only 10 goals this season. He also scored four goals and gathered two assists from his goalkeeping position.
Foday Kamara, Bladensburg: Kamara was often the spark that got the Mustangs’ offense going this season. The junior midfielder scored four goals against two quality opponents in Meade High and Thomas Wootton. Kamara will be one of the county’s best next season as he tries to land on the all-county first team for the third time.
Moussa Sy, Bladensburg: Sy has steadily improved over two seasons and moves onto the first team after earning second-team honors as a freshman last fall. Sy could be one of the county’s best for the next couple of seasons as he displayed that he could score despite his youth. He figures to keep the Mustangs near the top of the County 4A standings next season.
Greg Hill, McNamara: Hill proved to be one of the best players in a very good Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. The senior sweeper was a second-team all-WCAC selection. Hill set the tone for the Mustangs in practice and in games as was a major reason the team reached the WCAC semifinals this season.
Kevin Carrillo, Parkdale: Panthers coach Dalitso Chinkhota said he enjoyed coaching Carrillo for four years, but most enjoyed how well Carrillo created opportunities for teammates. Carrillo finished 2006 as one of the county’s leading scorers, generating 18 goals and handing out 18 assists.
A four-year starter at DeMatha High, Werth has been a part of one of the most successful runs in county history. During Werth’s career, the Stags won three Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships, went unbeaten in 67 consecutive games and were ranked No. 1 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Werth was the offensive catalyst this season, scoring 10 goals while dishing out 21 assists, leading the Stags to a 19-1-1 mark. The senior midfielder is considering Holy Cross, Northeastern and Wisconsin for college.
In his 17th season, Kirkland enjoyed a couple of milestones this fall. The Bulldogs returned to the state semifinals and Kirkland gained his 200th career victory. Bowie (14-2-2) dethroned two-time county champ Bladensburg in a shootout to win the 4A South Region title for the first time since 2004. The Bulldogs lost to eventual state champ Walter Johnson of Montgomery County, which handed Bowie both its losses this fall. With a 3-1 victory against arch-rival Roosevelt, Kirkland notched his 200th victory. His career mark is 207-65-13 with state 4A championships in 1990 and 1991.
Mohammed Al-Maroof, Isiaka Kamara, Franklin Ngwanbi and Erlin Rodenzo, Bladensburg; Damel Goddard, Kenny Halleran and Michael Hardman, Bowie; Dan Gressang and Michael Gonzaludo, Bishop McNamara; Ali Samura, Charles H. Flowers; Mike Bistany, Darnell Edwards, and Travis Hebron, DeMatha; Donte Dozier, Josh Goldsworthy, Ryan Maisel and Erich McGuffey, Roosevelt; Duane McLarthy, Friendly; Bertrand Awah and Teodulo Orosco,High Point; Anastacio Martinez, Northwestern; Princewill Achimuagole and Gregory Mitchell, Oxon Hill; Gabriel Rodriguez, Parkdale; Anton DeCesare, St. Vincent Pallotti