September 10, 2013

Boys' Soccer Preview: Players and teams to watch

By Paul Betit pbetit@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

25 Players to Watch

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Pat Stanton of Scarborough has been in goal for the last two Class A state finals. He plays his best in the big games.

John Patriquin/2012 Press Herald file

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Matt Crowley, a four-year varsity player for Greely, controls the middle third of the field as a midfielder.

John Ewing/2012 Press Herald file

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10 Teams to Watch

1. Scarborough: The Red Storm have the experience and depth to contend for a second consecutive Class A title.

2. Falmouth: The Yachtsmen have enough at both ends of the field to contend during their first season in Class A.

3. Greely: The veteran-laded Rangers appear ready to contend during their first season in Western Class B in more than three decades.

4. Yarmouth: Talent and experience should keep the young Clippers in the thick of the race in Western Class B.

5. Cape Elizabeth: A solid lineup should make the Capers one of the teams to beat in their first season in Western Class B.

6. Deering: An experienced group of forwards and midfielders will keep the Rams in contention in Western Class A.

7. York: The speedy Wildcats should remain a factor in Western Class B.

8. Camden Hills: A solid defense should keep the Windjammers in the race for a third consecutive Eastern Class B title.

9. Kennebunk: A talented, athletic corps of players should keep the Rams in the mix in Western Class A.

10. Waynflete: A solid midfield should keep the Flyers in the picture in Western Class C.

 

Austin Bell, Gorham senior, midfield: A solid all-around player, Bell had seven goals and six assists last year.

Henry Cleaves, Waynflete senior, midfield: An outstanding defender, ball winner and leader, Cleaves is in the starting lineup for the third consecutive season.

Matt Crowley, Greely senior, midfield: A four-year varsity player, Crowley controls the middle third of the field. 

Will D'Agostino, Falmouth senior, goalie: His size and athleticism make it difficult for opposing players to get the ball past D'Agostino, who compiled a 0.76 goals-against-average in his second varsity season last fall.

Griffin Drigotas, Kennebunk senior, forward: A four-year starter who can shoot with either foot, Drigotas had eight goals and four assists last fall.

Galen Dubois, Morse senior, midfield: After missing all of last season because of injury, Dubois is expected to be Morse's main man in the middle of the field.

Danny Fox, South Portland senior, midfield: A smooth operator, Fox is expected to direct a potent South Portland offense.

Owen Gillis, Westbrook senior, midfield: A third-year varsity player, the speedy, highly-skilled Gillis makes the offense go.

Mitchell Hickey, York senior, midfield: A four-year varsity player, Hickey has been a frequent contributor to the offense the past three seasons.

Noah Lobozzo, Gray-New Gloucester senior, midfield: Lobozzo moves back to the middle of the field after spending last season anchoring the defense.

Charlie Mull, Cheverus senior, goalie: A three-year starter, Mull allowed less than one goal per game during his first two varsity seasons.

David Murphy, Yarmouth senior, midfield: Murphy uses his fabulous first touch and terrific vision to make the transition game go. 

Darius Natacyo, Thornton Academy senior, midfield: After transferring from Hermon, Natacyo had seven goals and 10 assists last season for the Trojans.

DJ Nicholas, North Yarmouth Academy junior, forward: An extremely dangerous player, Nicholas scored a total of 37 goals in his first two varsity seasons.

Stephen Ochan, Deering junior, midfield: Extremely quick on the counter-attack, Ochan has the ability to control the game offensively and defensively.

Wyatt Omsberg, Scarborough senior, midfield: Athletically gifted, Omsberg is an unselfish player who can control the middle of the field. 

Sam Porter, Greely senior, defender: A terrific one-on-one defender, Porter anchored a defense that allowed 14 goals and posted eight shutouts in 16 games.

Robbie Small, Mt. Ararat junior, forward: Extremely versatile, Small scored 16 goals last season to lead the Eagles to the Eastern Class A championship.

Chandler Smith, Yarmouth senior, back: A veteran of three varsity seasons, Smith provides a solid anchor to the defense.

Pat Stanton, Scarborough senior, goalie: In goal for the last two Class A state finals, Stanton seems to be at his best in big games.

Griffin Thoreck, Cape Elizabeth junior, back: Extremely dangerous on free kicks anywhere on the field, Thoreck scored nine goals during his second varsity season. 

Peter Vannorsdall, Camden Hills senior, midfield: Vannorsdall, who had seven goals and four assists last season, remains a key performer for the Windjammers.

Luke Vilas, Falmouth junior, striker: The lightning-quick Vilas scored nine goals last season to help the Yachtsmen capture their third Class B state championship in four seasons.

Yusuf Yama, Portland senior, midfield: A transfer student from Lewiston, the speedy Yama help the Blue Devils advance to last season's Eastern Class A final.

Tony Yekah, Windham senior, forward: Yekah is expected to spearhead the offense with his speed and deft touch with the ball.

 

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