Sunday, January 25, 2015

Boys' soccer players to watch

Michael Kirby, left, of Holy Ghost Prep celebrates a 2013 goal with teammates. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)
Michael Kirby, left, of Holy Ghost Prep celebrates a 2013 goal with teammates. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)

Boys' Soccer Players to Watch

In alphabetical order.

Conor Bradley, Haverford School. Named the most valuable player of the Inter-Ac League as a sophomore last year, Bradley was indispensable to the Fords attack. The forward's offensive skill helped Haverford reach the Independent Schools final for the third straight season.

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Jake Costello, West Chester Rustin. A standout who played in some very big games for the Golden Knights last year, the senior defender will be an important piece of Rustin's defense.

Ryan Hemsley, Archbishop Wood. The Vikings will rely on the reliable and athletic senior, one of the top returning goalies - if not the top - in the Catholic League to help them down the stretch.

Kyle Hoops, Great Valley. The senior defender/midfielder is one of only three returning Patriots who started for last year's highly successful squad. Hoops' consistency, versatility, and smart playmaking will be key for Great Valley.

Chris Juergensen, Bensalem. The senior forward netted 14 goals and added five assists last year for the Owls, providing the offensive firepower for a team that won 17 games and advanced almost to the PIAA Class AAA state tournament.

Michael Kirby, Holy Ghost Prep. Last year as a junior, the forward led the Firebirds in points, scoring 12 goals and registering 22 assists. He propelled Holy Ghost into the state final with the game-winning goal in the semifinals.

Cole Kropnick, Wissahickon. The senior midfielder/forward is a great attacking player who led the Trojans in scoring last year, collecting 15 goals and five assists. He proved to be one of the most dangerous players in the Suburban One League American Conference.

Drew McMenamin, North Penn. The senior defender/midfielder, is very quick and solid on both sides of the ball for one of the top teams in the always tough Suburban One Continental. He is great at free kicks and the go-to man for taking corners.

Will Rosenbaum, Lower Merion. The senior goalie tied an Aces record with 16 shutouts in 2013, giving up only two goals - those coming in one game - over the entire season.

Jake Saba, Lansdale Catholic. A senior midfielder, Saba is a veteran on a Crusaders team composed mostly of young players. Saba's experience and leadership will be key, especially after Lansdale made such a nice run last season, winning the District 12 Class AA championship.

Evan Vare, Central Bucks East. With 11 goals and 13 assists last season as a sophomore, the quick-to-shoot forward has proven himself to be one of the most dynamic attacking players in all of Suburban One, if not the district.

- Kate Harman

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