All-County Boys Soccer

Reyes lit up net for 'Cats

Reyes lit up net for 'Cats

December 12, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Whenever Williamsport senior Michael Reyes had the ball at his feet, good things seemed to happened for himself and the Wildcats.

Whether in the midfield -- which is where Reyes started early in the season because of injuries -- or up front where he really thrived, Reyes was a force of nature.

He weaved his way through defenses and led Williamsport to Washington County Tournament and MVAL Antietam titles. In doing so, Reyes was the only player from Washington County to earn a spot on the Maryland All-State team, as an honorable mention pick.

Reyes is The Herald-Mail's 2008 All-Washington County Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

"I want to thank my parents -- my dad taught me soccer -- and all the fans who came to support me and the Wildcats," Reyes said. "We wanted to go to states, and that didn't happen, but I had a good time with this team."


"I think he's grown a lot over the last couple years," Williamsport coach Chris Downs said. "His technical ability is by far some of the best around. I've not seen anybody with that kind of skill. Initially, we had him at outside midfield because we had a few injuries, but once we got him up front, things started clicking and I think he became a better player."

Reyes finished the year with 15 goals and eight assists and also earned MVAL Antietam first-team honors.

"When I was in the midfield and I saw the forwards getting their chances, I was hungry to get my opportunity to get up there," Reyes said. "When I got up there, I went for it."

"He understood the difference between taking it himself and creating opportunities for others," Downs said. "He could do both, and you don't see that a lot. ... He did it all year for us. He was the one we could count on all the time."

Joining Reyes on the All-County First Team are:

Michael Baer
North Hagerstown's senior forward had 20 goals and five assists and made the MVAL Piedmont first team.

Zach Carson
Smithsburg's senior midfielder scored three goals as was named to the MVAL Antietam first team.

Matt Johnston
North Hagerstown's senior midfielder had four goals and four assists and was an MVAL Piedmont first-team selection.

Steve Kretzer
Smithsburg's senior forward had nine goals and seven assists and was named to the MVAL Antietam first team.

Shane Lowery
Boonsboro's senior forward led the county with 25 goals, added 15 assists and made the MVAL Antietam first team as the Warriors reached the Maryland Class 1A state final.

Derek Munro
Williamsport's senior goalkeeper led the county with a 0.78 goals-against average and 10 shutouts, and was an MVAL Antietam first-team selection.

Sam Myers
Clear Spring's senior defensive midfielder had two assists and was an MVAL Antietam first-team pick.

Elliott Reid
Clear Spring's senior defender had a goal and two assists and was named to the MVAL Antietam first team.

Edwin Reyes
Williamsport's senior midfielder had two goals and four assists and was an MVAL Antietam first-team selection.

Andrew Rodgers
South Hagerstown's junior defender was selected to the MVAL Piedmont second team.

Pat Salvagno
Grace Academy's junior forward had 17 goals and 10 assists and was selected to the Mason Dixon Christian Conference first team.

Tyler Sterling
St. Maria Goretti's junior midfielder had 12 goals and 11 assists, made the Apple Valley League first team and led the Gaels to the Maryland Private Schools state title.

Bryan Whitmore
Williamsport's junior midfielder had six goals and six assists and was an MVAL Antietam first-team selection.

All-County Second Team

Position, Name, School, Class

Midfield, Alex Bollinger, St. Maria Goretti, Junior

Forward, Luke Bunting, Grace Academy, Freshman

Defense, Stephen Johnson, North Hagerstown, Senior

Keeper, Paul Jordan, Boonsboro, Sophomore

Defense, Steve Kopp, Boonsboro, Senior

Defense, Zach Morgan, Grace Academy, Junior

Midfield, Mark Oliver, Williamsport, Junior

Midfield, Devin Repp, Clear Spring, Sophomore

Defense, Allen Sandberg, North Hagerstown, Senior

Midfield, Caleb Serafini, Grace Academy, Junior

Midfield, Keith Welch, Boonsboro, Senior

Midfield, Phil Weller, Smithsburg, Senior

Defense, Aaron Wilkinson, St. Maria Goretti, Junior

Midfield, Nick Ziolkowski, South Hagerstown, Senior

All-County Honorable Mention
Boonsboro -- Ryan Barrett, Micaiah Jessie; Broadfording -- Gabe Hirsch, Andrew Torres, Stephen Torres; Clear Spring -- Matt Blair; Grace Academy -- Kenny Frederickson, Spencer Horst; North Hagerstown -- Joel Henry, Alex Rauch; Smithsburg -- Clayton Layman; St. James -- Andrew Ludwick, Fraser McPherson, Gino Rosignano; St. Maria Goretti -- Nick Martin; Williamsport -- Justin Gardenhour, Adam Weaver.

The All-Washington County players were selected by county coaches. The county player of the year was selected by The Herald-Mail sports staff.

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