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Saad, Scanlon earn top honors

Updated: January 14, 2010, 11:07 PM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPN RISE

Boys Fall All-America | Boys Fall First Team, Coach Bios | Boys Fall State-by-State Stars

Girls Fall All-America | Girls Fall First Team, Coach Bios | Girls Fall State-by-State Stars

Fall boys' soccer player capsules

Coach of the Year: Chuck Scanlon, Apple Valley (Minn.)

Talk about a memorable season. Chuck Scanlon reached a coaching milestone while guiding a title-winning team with a perfect record. Scanlon became Minnesota's all-time winningest coach, passing legend Guido Kauls, who retired with exactly 500 wins. Scanlon now has a record of 518-87-49 following Apple Valley's 24-0-0 showing in 2009. The team finished No. 8 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50 for the fall. In the state final, Apple Valley posted a 4-0 victory over Wayzata, giving Scanlon his eighth state title in eight state final appearances. He is the only coach in the program's history.

Player of the Year: Soony Saad, Dearborn (Mich.), Sr.

The University of Michigan commit is a goal-scoring machine. Saad netted a national best 76 goals this past season to earn Mr. Soccer honors from the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association. Saad finished his four-year varsity career with 172 goals. During his four years at Dearborn, the program went 75-11-2, including 18-2-2 this past season. Saad, who is also one of the top goalscorers in the US Soccer Development Academy, was a four-time high school all-state honoree.

FIRST TEAM BIOS

Forwards

Kofi Agyapong, St. Luke's (New Canaan, Conn.), Sr.
A native of Ghana, Agyapong emerged on the youth scene to become one of the nation's most sought after recruits. Agyapong finished the season with 31 goals. The three-year star at St. Luke's graduated early in order to enroll at Wake Forest for the spring semester.

Justin Orden, Edgemont (N.Y.), Sr.
Orden scored 34 goals in 16 matches to earn Journal News Westchester/Putnam Player of the Year honors. Orden, who has committed to Wake Forest, led his high school team to a 14-2-2 season. Orden finished high school requirements in December and graduated early in order to enroll at Wake Forest for the spring semester.

Soony Saad, Dearborn (Mich.), Sr.
See Player of the Year.

Midfielders

Julio Arjona, Clarksburg (Md.), Sr.
Arjona, who is more of a defensive midfielder, scored key goals in the state semifinals and final to lead Clarksburg to its first state title. Arjona was in Residency last year and returned to Clarksburg this year to lead the squad to a 13-1-3 record and a FAB 50 No. 50 ranking. Arjona was named The Washington Post Player of the Year.

Alex Bramall, Newburgh Free Academy (Newburgh, N.Y.), Sr.
The former Residency player helped Newburgh to its first Class AA state title and a FAB 50 No. 7 ranking. Bramall, who has committed to St. John's, scored 17 goals and added 11 assists. He is the first player to win back-to-back Player of the Year honors in the 27-year history of the Times Herald-Record newspaper.

A.J. Corrado, Zionsville (Ind.), Sr.
Zionsville was a two-star team with SMU commit Corrado and Indiana commit Harrison Petts. But when Petts went down to injury, Corrado was there to keep Zionsville on track for a state title. Corrado finished 24 goals and 25 assists as Zionsville claimed its first state title. Petts, an ESPN RISE All-American last year, returned for the stretch run and was named the coaches player of the year following a 17-goal, eight-assist season. With Petts leading the way, Zionsville finished No. 16 in the final FAB 50.

William Donovan, Catholic Memorial (Boston, Mass.), Sr.
The senior captain scored the only goal in Catholic Memorial's state title victory over Ludlow. The Duke commit is the only ESPN RISE All-America selection who is a member of the U.S. under-18 national pool. Donovan finished the season with 18 goals and 15 assists to earn MVP of the Catholic Conference and Boston Globe first-team honors. Catholic Memorial finished No. 44 in the final FAB 50.

Ryan Metts, Wakefield (Raleigh, N.C.), Sr.
Although Metts' high school team struggled, this All-State player was superb. Metts scored 17 goals and assisted on 22 others. Metts, who was tabbed by college coaches as the No. 1 prospect in the state, verbally committed to Wake Forest.

Defenders

Marquez Fernandez, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.), Sr.
Fernandez, a four-year starter for powerhouse McDonogh, is the nation's top defender recruit. He has committed to the University of Maryland after leading McDonogh to four straight conference championship matches. Fernandez scored 11 goals while anchoring a defense that recorded 18 shutouts in 2009. The Eagles finished the season ranked No. 24 in the FAB 50.

Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Brentwood (N.Y.), Sr.
Jean-Baptiste split time between midfielder and defense, but ended the season at defender while helping Brentwood to a state runner-up finish. The Connecticut commit was named Newsday's Long Island Player of the Year. He finished with eight goals and 10 assists.

Andrew O'Malley, Salesianum (Wilmington, Del.), Sr.
The two-time Delaware state player of the year and three-time all-state first-team pick, O'Malley is the latest in a long line of talented players coming through Salesianum. But what makes this defender different is his potential. Right before helping Salesianum into the national rankings this fall, O'Malley spent time with the Glasgow Rangers reserve side. For now, though, O'Malley will keep his game in the states as he has committed to Notre Dame.

Goalkeeper

Adam LaPlaca, Glastonbury (Conn.), Sr.
LaPlaca was a true scholar and athlete. The Notre Dame-bound keeper had a four-year mark of 58-10-9 with 42 shutouts and 400 career saves. LaPlaca was named the Hartford Courant's Player of the Year after helping Glastonbury to an 18-1-1 season and a state semifinal finish. During his career, he was part of two state runner-up teams. In addition to his play, LaPlaca was named the NSCAA High School Scholar Athlete of the Year.

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