Commentary

Title winners headline fall All-America list

Updated: May 28, 2009, 9:23 AM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

Four players who led their teams to state titles and a coach who guided his program to a second straight undefeated season highlight the ESPN RISE Fall Boys' Soccer All-America team.

Kevin Bick, Ryan Finley, Alex Sweetin and Brian Forgue played for state title-winning squads this past fall. Jordan Cyrus, Erik Hurtado and Harrison Petts played for teams that reached state finals.

The ESPNRISE.com All-America squad is selected by editor Sheldon Shealer after consultation with coaches and journalists from around the country.

The first-team players are featured in player bios at the end of the list.

With the high number of states playing fall boys soccer, ESPNRISE.com offers a first-, second- and third-team of 12 players each, along with an extended list of honorable mention recipients.

First Team

F: Jordan Cyrus, Norfolk Academy (Norfolk, Va.), Sr., Maryland
F: Erik Hurtado, Westview (Portland, Ore.), Sr., Santa Clara
F: Harrison Petts, Zionsville (Ind.), Jr., Indiana
MF: Kevin Bick, St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.), Sr., Indiana
MF: Ryan Finley, Rancocas Valley (Mount Holly, N.J.), Sr., Duke
MF: Alex Sweetin, Rockhurst Jesuit (Kansas City, Mo.), Sr., St. Louis
MF: Zarek Valentin, Manheim Township (Lancaster, Pa.), Sr., Akron
MF: Andrew Wenger, Warwick (Lititz, Pa.), Sr., Duke
D: Brian Forgue, Downingtown West (Downingtown, Pa.), Sr., Penn State
D: Eric Martinez, Providence Day (Charlotte, N.C.), Sr., South Carolina
D: Matt Wiet, Kilbourne (Worthington, Ohio), Sr., Indiana
GK: Scott Goodwin, Broughton (Raleigh, N.C.), Sr., North Carolina
Coach: Bill Vieth, Reitz Memorial (Evansville, Ind.)

Second Team

F: Joseph Lopez, Brentwood (N.Y.), Jr.
F: Matt Mason, Cuyahoga Valley Christian School (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio), Sr., Akron
F: Charlie Rugg, Rivers School (Weston, Mass.), Sr., Boston College
MF: Robby Boyd, Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wis.), Sr., Calif.-Santa Barbara
MF: Adam Jahn, Sacramento Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.), Sr., Stanford
MF: Nick Maglasang, St. Louis University High (St. Louis, Mo.), Sr., St. Louis
MF: Ben Newnam, East Forsyth (Kernersville, N.C.), Sr., Wake Forest
MF: Ahkeel Rodney, Elmont (N.Y.), Sr., Virginia
D: Kevin Cope, Plymouth Salem (Canton, Mich.), Sr., Michigan State
D: Marquez Fernandez, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.), Jr., Maryland
D: Jossimar Sanchez, St. Benedictıs Prep (Newark, N.J.), Sr., Connecticut
GK: Rafael Diaz, Morris Hills (N.J.), Sr., St. Johnıs

Third Team

F: Ethan Bauer, Olathe South (Olathe, Kan.), Sr., Tulsa
F: Given Kalipinde, Episcopal School (Alexandria, Va.), Sr., Loyola Marymount (basketball)
F: Brian Rogers, Bronxville (N.Y.), Sr., Harvard
MF: Brandon Baca, La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.), Sr., undecided
MF: Adriano Gabriele, St. John the Baptist (East Islip, N.Y.), Sr., Seton Hall
MF: Hunter Gorskie, Marlboro (N.J.), Sr., Stanford
MF Karl Rumph, St. Anthonyıs (Melville, N.Y.), Sr., Connecticut
MF: Kyle Schickel, St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.), Sr., Northwestern
D: Oumar Ballo, Archbishop Curley (Baltimore, Md.), Jr.
D: Brian Klemczak, Livonia Stevenson (Livonia, Mich.), Sr., Michigan
D: Tim Zimmer, Naperville Central (Naperville, Ill.), Sr., Northwestern
GK: Brandon Paul, St. Benedictıs Prep (Newark, N.J.), Sr., Delaware

Honorable Mention:

F: Cristian Alvarez, Merced (Calif.), Jr.
F: Zach Bolden, Denver East (Denver, Colo.), Jr.
F: Whitney Browne, Osseo (Minn.), undecided
F: Chris Gaschen, Granite Bay (Calif.), Sr., Cal Poly-SLO
F: Blake Fink, Rancocas Valley (Mount Holly, N.J.), Sr., Lafayette
F: Alonso Flores, Bloom (Chicago Heights, Ill.), Sr., undecided
F: Diego Garcia, Lexington (Mass.), Sr., Boston University
F: Christopher Hegngi, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), Sr., Ohio State
F: David Del Greco, Seton-LaSalle (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Sr., undecided
F: Tyler McCrudden, New Trier (Winnetka, Ill.), Sr., Wisconsin
F: Josh Plump, Millburn (N.J.), Sr., Bucknell
F: Tyler Pollock, Beavercreek (Ohio), Sr., Butler
F: Walter Rodriguez, St. Benedictıs Prep (Newark, N.J.), Sr., undecided
F: Hamoody Saad, Dearborn (Mich.), Sr., Michigan
F: John Stertzer, Flint Hill (Oakton, Va.), Sr., Maryland
F: Ross Tomaselli, New Hanover (Wilmington, N.C.), Jr.

MF: Latif Alashe, Northville, Sr., Michigan
MF: Andisheh Bagheri, Davis (Calif.), Sr., undecided
MF: Stefan Carter, Half Hollow Hills East (Dix Hills, N.Y.), Sr., Boston College
MF: Justin Davis, Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.), Sr., undecided
MF: Sebastian Guenzatti, Francis Lewis (Flushing, N.Y.), Jr.
MF: Max Lachowecki, Evansville Memorial (Evansville, Ind.), So.
MF: Jimmy Nealis, Massapequa (N.Y.), Sr., undecided
MF: Bob Novak, Lockport (Ill.), Sr., Notre Dame
MF: Andrew OıMalley, Salesianum (Wilmington, Del.), Jr.
MF: Scott Prozeller, Nobles and Greenough (Dedham, Mass.), Sr., Harvard
MF: Kyle Scharfenberg, Sylvania Northview (Sylvania, Ohio), Sr., Lafayette
MF: Alex Tarnoczi, Rock Canyon (Colo.), Sr. Denver
MF: Jeremy Vollmer, Westfield (Ind.), Sr., undecided

D: Will Congdon, Beacon (N.Y.), Sr., undecided
D: Boitumelo Gugushe, Worcester Academy (Worcester, Mass.), Sr., Boston College
D: Kenny Kolbeck, Pinkerton School (Derry, N.H.), Sr., undecided
D: Joe Vidmar, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.), Sr., Virginia Tech

GK: Brett Conrad, Nauset (North Eastham, Mass.), Sr., Harvard
GK: Diego Diaz, Harrison (N.J.), Sr., undecided
GK: Jason Dodson, Lakeridge (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Sr., Stanford
GK: Malik Faye, Martin Luther King (Manhattan, N.Y.), Sr., undecided
GK: Christian Krueger, Rockhurst Jesuit (Kansas City, Mo.), Sr., undecided
GK: San Kernan-Schloss, Sidwell Friends (Washington, D.C.), Sr., Brown
GK: Mike Sweers, East Kentwood (Kentwood, Mich.), Sr., undecided

PROFILES

Jordan Cyrus, Norfolk Academy (Norfolk, Va.): Cyrus, the stateıs private school co-player of the year, scored more than 100 career goals and is Norfolk Academyıs all-time leading scorer. The Maryland-bound striker scored nearly 300 career points.

Erik Hurtado, Westview (Portland, Ore.): Hurtado, the two-time Oregon Class 6A Player of the Year, capped a stellar career with 25 goals and nine assists while helping his team to the state final. Hurtado has committed to Santa Clara.

Harrison Petts, Zionsville (Ind.): Petts, a member of the under-18 national poll, would have been Indianaıs coachesı Player of the Year had it not been for a rule that the player of the year must be a senior. Petts scored 41 goals with 26 assists. A standout at last summerıs ESP elite soccer camp, Petts will be one of the nationıs top Class of 2010 prospects.

Kevin Bick, St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.): Bick was in on 25 goals to earn the coachesı state player of the year honors for the second straight season. The Indiana commit helped St. Xavier to a two-year record of 47-1-2 with a pair of state titles.

Ryan Finley, Rancocas Valley (Mount Holly, N.J.): After returning to high school ball following two years in the US Soccer Residency program, Finley led Rancocas Valley to a state title and a FAB 50 Top 10 finish. Finley, the Philadelphia Inquirer South Jersey Player of the Year. The Duke-bound senior had 20 goals and six assists.

Alex Sweetin, Rockhurst Jesuit (Kansas City, Mo.): Sweetin, the Kansas City Star and Missouri state coaches Player of the Year guided Rockhurst to a second straight state title and a FAB 50 national ranking. The St. Louis bound midfielder had 26 goals and 25 assists.

Zarek Valentin, Manheim Township (Lancaster, Pa.): Valentin helped Manheim Township to the state quarterfinals where the team lost to eventual state champion Downingtown West. Valentin is part of Akronıs highly decorated recruiting class and a US Soccer under-18 national team member.

Andrew Wenger, Warwick (Lititz, Pa.): Wenger was a defensive starter on a state champion as a freshman, but made his name the past three years in midfield. He was named the stateıs player of the year by the coaches after a 20-goal, 17-assist season.

Brian Forgue, Downingtown West (Downingtown, Pa.): Forgue was the Philadelphia Inquirer Southeast Pennsylvania Player of the Year after helping Downingtown West to a Class AAA state title and a FAB 50 No. 10 finish. During his four-year career, the Penn State commit led Downingtown West to a 69-5-2 record.

Eric Martinez, Providence Day (Charlotte, N.C.): Martinez was named the stateıs player of the year by the coaches association. The South Carolina commit was a finalist for the NSCAA National Player of the Year.

Matt Wiet, Kilbourne (Worthington, Ohio): Wiet started the year as a midfielder but fell back to defense and helped his squad to an 18-3 record with 13 shutouts. The Indiana commit was named the Ohio coaches State Player of the year.

Scott Goodwin, Broughton (Raleigh, N.C.): The North Carolina-bound keeper posted 14 shutouts and had a goals-against average of 0.39.

Coach: Bill Vieth, Reitz Memorial (Evansville, Ind.): After graduating six starters from an undefeated state title squad, Reitz Memorial was expected to take a step backward in 2008. That wasnıt the case. Vieth guided the team to a second straight undefeated season, capped with a second straight state title - a significant feat in Indiana where all schools play for one state title.