Ilyas Abdi, Waynflete senior, forward: The All-Western Maine Conference selection had 17 goals and four assists last year to help the Flyers reach the Class C South semifinals, earning Abdi team MVP honors.

Nate Arrants, Falmouth senior, forward: A Maine Soccer Coaches Association All-Southern Maine pick, Arrants led the Yachtsmen in scoring last season with 12 goals and three assists.

Quinn Clarke, Portland senior, back: The first-team All-SMAA selection scored seven goals – the second most on the team – while playing center back for a team that made it to the Class A South championship game.

Charlie Cronin, South Portland senior, forward: Cronin was South Portland’s leading scorer last fall. He distributes the ball well and comes through when the game is on the line, as he did with a late goal in the Red Riots’ 1-0 victory over Portland.

Rowan Daligan, Portland senior, goalkeeper: The second-team All-SMAA selection totaled six shutouts and had a 1.07 goals-against average, and backstopped the sixth-seeded Bulldogs to a pair of upset wins in the Class A South playoffs.

Luc Dionne, Cheverus senior, forward: The second-team All-SMAA pick was the team’s leading scorer in 2016 with nine goals and five assists. The Stags, who missed the playoffs with a 4-10 record, will count on Dionne to lead their offense.

Alex Dobecki, Scarborough senior, midfielder: Dobecki is an all-around player who can defend, pass and shoot. After Scarborough graduated a strong senior class, Coach Mark Diaz will rely on Dobecki to help lead a young squad.

Jared Greenleaf, Scarborough senior, back: Though injuries have plagued Greenleaf’s preseason, he is a strong center back with an excellent shot. If healthy, he is likely to emerge as one of the top players in the SMAA, Coach Mark Diaz said.

Luke Groothoff, Yarmouth senior, midfielder: Groothoff scored 10 goals, including two in the state final, and added six assists to help the Clippers win their third straight Class B championship, earning a spot on the Maine Sunday Telegram All-State team.

Riley Hasson, South Portland senior, goalkeeper: Regarded as one of the top returning keepers in the conference, the first-team All-SMAA pick notched nine shutouts, including seven straight, for the Red Riots.

Brandt Herbert, Westbrook senior, back: A sweeper for the Blue Blazes, who will benefit from an experienced core of 12 seniors, Herbert sees the field and communicates well with his teammates. He earned second-team All-SMAA honors last year.

Kyle King, Gorham senior, forward: The two-time, second-team All-SMAA selection had nine goals and six assists for a team that reached the Class A state final. He is a top returning scorer who provides a strong physical presence.

Eric Labrie, Yarmouth junior, forward: Labrie’s combination of speed, skill and precision makes him a dangerous offensive threat. He scored 15 times on just 38 shots last season, putting 30 of those on goal.

Michael LaSelva, Marshwood junior, midfielder: A team captain and three-year starter, LaSelva boasts speed and versatility. Coach Ben Deschene said he’s both a scoring threat and a solid contributor on defense.

Quinn Molloy, Greely senior, midfielder: A great ball distributor and a solid link between the Rangers’ offense and defense, Molloy is “the glue that keeps us together,” said Coach Mike Andreasen.

Alex Nickerson, York senior, forward: Nickerson is fast and has a nose for the ball. He had 15 goals and 10 assists for the Wildcats, leading them to Class B South semifinals, where they suffered a 2-1 overtime loss to Maranacook.

Robert Ochan, Deering senior, midfielder: An athletic captain who is dominant in the air, Ochan made the All-SMAA honorable mention list. His ability to defend and track play will earn him a bigger role for the Rams, who finished last season 11-2-2.

John O’Connor, Cape Elizabeth junior, midfielder: O’Connor’s ball skills and field vision helped the Capers notch an 11-3-1 record last season. Coach Ben Raymond said O’Connor will run the midfield and serve as a leader on the team.

James Peter, York senior, back: Peter is a dynamic, central player who can open up the field with his vision and passing. He is known for scoring timely goals, notching multiple game-winners last season for the Wildcats.

Andrew Rent, Gorham sophomore, midfielder: The first-team All-SMAA pick started as a freshman for the Class A South champions. Coach Tim King said Rent is a playmaker who he expects to be “the engine of our team.”

Keto Tchiputo, Deering junior, midfielder: Coach Joel Costigan said Tchiputo – an Angola native who moved to Maine from Texas – has the best footwork and quickness with the ball that he’s seen in his seven years as coach of the Rams.

Hazael Tshituka, Greely senior, forward: Tshituka hails from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and recently transferred from Deering. He is physically imposing and handles the ball with ease, making him a top scoring threat.

Josh Webber, Sanford senior, midfielder: Coach Tim Fecteau called Webber a “workhorse who motivates with his play.” The Spartans will count on Webber to score this season, while junior Kevin Voter, an All-SMAA pick, anchors their defense.

Alex Wilkins, Windham senior, goalkeeper: Coach Wally LeBlanc said Wilkins is smart and leads the Eagles’ defense with his confidence and work ethic, earning him an All-SMAA honorable mention last season.

Ben Wuesthoff, Falmouth senior, forward/midfielder: Wuesthoff, a four-year varsity player for the powerhouse Yachtsmen, is versatile and can distribute the ball well. Coach Dave Halligan considers Wuesthoff one of the top players in the state.

– Taylor Vortherms

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