It was another banner year of boys’ soccer in the Bronx.
Riverdale repeated as NYSAISAA champions despite losing key players from the club that brought the school its first crown last year. Fordham Prep won the CHSAA Archdiocesan crown, but a double-overtime goal in the final kept it from repeating as city champions.
Monroe had the most magical year amongst Bronx clubs. It went from nearly forfeiting its season to winning the PSAL Class B crown. Bronx Science won a second straight PSAL Bronx A division title. Here is the list of the borough’s best player that made for another sensation year of soccer in the Bronx:
Player of the Year
The Adidas All-American was the unquestioned leader of a Rams team that again reached the CHSAA Class AA city title game. The senior forward scored 21 goals, dished out 12 assists and helped a young team jell into one of the city’s top units. His speed and craftiness with the ball make him extremely difficult to mark.
Coach of the Year
The Mustangs season was nearly forfeited because they did not have enough players for their first two games. Skrine challenged his kids to help him get things together. They responded, did not lose again and won the school’s first PSAL Class B crown. Skrine was the steadying force behind a hungry and talented group.
D Sam Barovick
The senior has been a lockdown defender during his four seasons on the varsity. It was his offense however that powered Riverdale’s second straight state title. He scored both goals in a win over UNIS in the final.
M Jahvon Beech
Beech burst onto the scene in his first varsity season to help Evander Childs to a second place finish in its division. The junior tallied eight goals, including one in a post season win, and dished out seven assists.
M Noah Knopf
The senior was a calming force for the Eagles in the midfield. His skill and smarts at the position had a major effect on the roster and allowed Fieldston to remain in the upper echelon of the Ivy League.
GK Will Marment
Marment came up big whenever the Rams needed him, consistently making tough saves look easy. The senior was a stabilizing force to the defense and made two diving stop to ensure Fordham a 2-1 win over Stepinac in the diocesan title game.
M Luke McNamara
While Alex Cannicatti proved the flash, McNamara was the glue for Fordham. His skill and smarts in the midfield allowed the Rams to control the pace of play. McNamara scored 12 goals and dished out five assists.
M Justin Miller
Miller, was a five-year player for the Falcons. His veteran leadership at the midfield helped a young team jell to win a second straight state title. The senior tallied seven goals and three assists and had the winning penalty kick in the semifinals.
F Cesar Oliva
The junior striker was the driving force behind the team’s run to the PSAL Class B title. Oliva scored 21 goals, including seven in the post season. His presence also opened things up offensively for the rest of a talented squad.
M/D Geo Rodas
Rodas has been a dual threat for much of his career at Spellman. The senior is one of the anchors of the defense and has the ability to scored a goal at any moment. He helped the Pilots to a second place finish in its division.
M Mert Rodoplu
Rodoplu had his best season in a Wolverines’ uniform to help them win a second straight Bronx A division title. The senior midfielder tallied six goals and dished out four assists. He had a score and a helper in a win over rival Evander Childs.
F/M Hayale Smith
Mount St. Michael
The Mount needed someone to pick up the scoring for the graduated Anton Porter and the senior filled the role perfectly. Smith found the back of the net 15 times for a Mountaineers team that went 5-4 in league play.
F Emmanuel Anie
F Javier Carrillo
M/D Andrew Cohen
M Daouda Coulibaly
M/D Emmet Fucigna
M Felix Kowarick
GK Caden Pavlin
M Noah Scholnick
GK Fernando Zelaya
Mount St. Michael
F Gerry David