High-SchoolWashington-DC: Soccer

The latest POWERADE FAB 50 ESPNHS Soccer Rankings came out today, and it should come as no surprise that DeMatha continues to climb to the top of the list. The 10-0 Stags claimed a 1-1 victory Saturday night over preseason No. 1 Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.) at the Gateway Soccer Classic, halting the team's 70-game unbeaten streak by virtue of penalty kicks. ESPNHS All-Area senior MF Michael Parker netted the decisive PK to seal the Stags' 34th consecutive victory. With the win, DeMatha moved up to the No. 3 spot in the POWERADE FAB 50 behind No. St. Benedict's Prep of New Jersey and No. 2 Marquette of Wisconsin.

For more on Saturday night's big win, check out Sheldon Shealer's game story.

For more video highlights from the Gateway Soccer Classic, visit here.
For the October issue of the ESPNHS Greater D.C. edition, we teamed up with our resident soccer expert Sheldon Shealer to identify the top 22 soccer players in the area. The mags hit schools this week but if you haven't received your copy yet, here’s a look at the Starting 11 and an additional 11 elite players starring on the pitch this fall and for the upcoming spring season. To get your fill of high school soccer info, check out the ESPNHS soccer homepage.

The Starting 11
[F] Charles Chapin, Magruder, Senior, Potomac
Key scorer for two-time Class 4A champs
[F] Ntokozo Tshuma, Episcopal, Senior, Bethesda SC
Reigning VISAA Player of the Year
[MF] Damilola Adeola, Bowie, Senior, D.C. United
Gazette All-Star tallied 18 points in 2010

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DeMatha soccer remains undefeated but the team took a slight dip in the POWERADE FAB 50 ESPNHS Team Rankings. The Stags captured victories over Gonzaga (2-1) and Sidwell Friends (3-1) to move to 5-0. DeMatha remains the lone Greater D.C. squad in the FAB 50 at No. 5 overall.

In other DeMatha news, senior forward Jerami Grant has made a verbal pledge to play basketball at Syracuse next season. The long, 6-foot-7 forward is rated the No. 43 prospect in the ESPNU 100 and announced his commitment on Twitter last week. His brother Jerian will suit up for Notre Dame while his oldest brother Jerai played at Clemson before beginning his pro career overseas. The three are sons of former NBA player Harvey Grant.

Click here to see what ESPN Recruiting expert Paul Biancardi had to say about Grant's move to the Big East.
A fast start on the pitch has elevated the DeMatha soccer team to No. 3 in the POWERADE FAB 50 ESPNHS Team Rankings. The Stags, who began the year at No. 4, have started the year with four consecutive wins, including topping Maret and Gonzaga. DeMatha has outscored its foes 12-2 and extended its win streak to 28 games.

Junior Chris Odoi netted the decisive goal with less than five minutes to play to propel the Stags to victory against WCAC rival Gonzaga.

“It’s between Gonzaga and us for the No. 1 spot in the area so we had to come out here and win,” Odoi told the Washington Post after the contest.

With Odoi, junior Romilio Hernandez and ESPNHS Starting 11 selection Jacori Hayes, the Stags appear to have the firepower to remain near the top of the rankings. An Oct. 1 tilt with No. 1 Sacramento Jesuit could determine whether DeMatha is national-champion material.

For the rest of the teams ranked in the POWERADE FAB 50, click here.
If any MAC team has plans on knocking off five-time defending champ Sidwell Friends in November, it better be ready for the challenge of a senior-laden squad oozing with talent all over the pitch. Head coach Jorgen Kjaer returns 10 seniors, including a pair of offensive standouts in Ben Citrin and Curtis Oberg, from a squad that went 14-2-1 last year.

“They have been great during this run,” Kjaer says of his vets. “They’re going to be the foundation of this team.”

Oberg and Citrin combined for 23 goals and 15 assists in 2010, but they’ll be counted on for even more production after the squad graduated leading scorer Jesse Pollak. The Quakers will also lean heavily on senior MFs David Geschwind and Daniel Perlis to help fill the void on offense. Perlis’ speed makes him a tough cover and a dangerous threat on the outside, while Geschwind is an outstanding playmaker who can deliver the ball in tight spaces.

Friends’ defense yielded 22 goals last season and should remain stout with senior defender Cole Graham assisting the efforts of classmate Mark Greenberg (1.31 GAA) in net.

“They’ve been together for a long time,” says Kjaer of the duo. “They have a common understanding of what to do to support each other.”

Friends’ repeat efforts should also be bolstered by the return of senior Diego Arene-Morley and the addition of Nick Jackson, a sophomore who spent last season playing in England.

The Quakers will be tested from the outset with tilts against Landon and Gonzaga, but Kjaer is hoping the games help his troops emerge better prepared for the rigors of a sixth title run.

“It will give us a lot of confidence if we can defeat those two good teams,” he says. “The players have to show up early on.”

Got Game: Colin Bonner

August, 24, 2011
Name: Colin Bonner
School: Reservoir
Sport: Soccer
The Scoop: The Gators graduated 12 seniors from last year’s state-title winning squad, but they return one of the area’s craftiest playmakers in Bonner. The junior midfielder found the back of the net on 12 occasions and added eight assists to earn Washington Post All-Met and All-State honorable mention honors. And he could be even better this season after participating in one-on-one workouts with a trainer over the summer. “I see myself as mainly a leader,” he says. “I’m going to keep everyone’s hopes high. I think with the new kids coming in, we still have a chance of being pretty solid.”

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