All-Southeastern Pa. Boys' Soccer First Team

Posted: December 03, 2011

Goalkeeper / Player of the Year

Clarke Fox, Conestoga

At 6-foot-4, Fox has the ideal keeper frame, but he's far from just a physical commodity. He's fantastic picking balls off in the air, controlling the box, and making tough saves when needed. He's also as clutch as they come. To wit: Fox halted two of four penalty kicks in a District 1 quarterfinal win over North Penn and then two of three vs. Council Rock North in the state semifinals, preserving two necessary victories in the Pioneers' run to a Class AAA championship. Fox hasn't chosen a college. He has attracted interest from various schools.

Defender

Sam Agre, Penn Charter

In a transitional year for the Quakers, Agre continued to shine as a top-tier defender capable of marking the best player on any team. And while Penn Charter, which had won the Inter-Ac League title in 2010, stumbled to a 3-8 league record this year, the junior anchored a defense that checked Brett Campbell and high-powered Haverford School in a signature 1-0 win on Oct. 28.

Defender

Andrew Gonzalez, Conestoga

Gonzalez, a junior center back, served as the main cog on the best defensive back line in the state. Conestoga allowed just eight goals in 25 games and held 17 opponents scoreless, including Upper St. Clair during the Pioneers' 1-0 triumph in the PIAA Class AAA state final. It was the school's first state championship since 1988.

Defender

Steve Fedele, Central Bucks East

The senior was flanked by two sophomores and a freshman, so his role on East's back line can't be overstated. The lone upperclassman on a corps that had graduated 2010 Inquirer first-teamer Kris Davis, Fedele anchored a defense that posted 11 shutouts and was a key factor in the Patriots' Suburban One League Continental championship. It was probably the deepest and toughest division in District 1 this year. Fedele is getting looks from Franklin and Marshall and Roanoke, among others, East coach Mike Gorni said.

Midfielder

Tim Lazorko, Holy Ghost Prep

Though his numbers are second to teammate Colin O'Neill's, Lazorko was the Firebirds' true quarterback. Nearly everything Holy Ghost ran, Lazorko facilitated. His 16 goals and seven assists were quite impressive, but it's Lazorko's sheer command of the pitch that netted him all-region MVP honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association. He will play for St. Joseph's University next year.

Midfielder

Stephen Pieri, Central Bucks South

The senior takes this honor on behalf of all three Titans captains: himself, Todd Rainey, and Michael Serban. The three collectively stabilized and galvanized a young roster, leading South to arguably its most successful season in school history. They earned impressive wins over Malvern Prep, C.B. East, West Chester Rustin, and North Penn, and made a run to the district semifinals. Pieri, a player with true soccer instincts, is drawing Division II interest.

Midfielder

Harrison Kendall, Haverford School

Someone needed to set the table for the Fords' Brett Campbell, and Kendall was the guy. His 11 goals were a solid total, but his 24 assists were just gaudy. On a team loaded with talent, Kendall was one of Haverford School's most dangerous playmakers. He will play for Syracuse next year.

Midfielder

Melvin Snoh, Malvern Prep

Snoh's foot skills and ability in tight spaces set him apart from his peers. The senior led the Friars to the Inter-Ac League title and a semifinal appearance in the Independent School state tournament. Malvern coach Leighton Walters compares Snoh to former U.S. national player Bobby Convey, a Penn Charter alumnus. Georgetown, Penn State, and North Carolina State are front-runners for his services next year.

Forward

Brett Campbell, Haverford School

A blue-chip recruit widely regarded as a top-20 Class of 2013 prospect, Campbell scored 38 goals and added eight assists in leading the Fords to the Pennsylvania Independent School championship. Haverford School went 18-2-1 overall, outscoring opponents by an astounding 80-14. It's scary to think what he will do next year as a senior.

Forward

Darius Madison, La Salle

Madison scored a career-high 20 goals this season, but none was bigger than the winner that came 52 seconds into overtime of the Catholic League championship game, giving the Explorers their first PCL title since 2006. Named an all-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association, the senior will play in the High School All-American Game held as part of the NCAA championship weekend, Saturday in Birmingham, Ala. Madison will head to Virginia next year.

Forward

Colin O'Neill, Holy Ghost Prep

The junior led the Firebirds in both goals and assists (21 and 16), helping Holy Ghost to a 19-2-1 record, the District 1 Class AA title, and a berth in the state semifinals. Ranked as high as No. 2 in The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania rankings, the Firebirds will be well-equipped for another run next year with O'Neill at the offense's helm.

   - Evan Burgos

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