Lohud boys soccer "Elite 11" and preseason rankings

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Lohud boys soccer "Elite 11" and preseason rankings

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The Elite 11

Port Chester's Steven Hernandez moves the ball during soccer practice at Port Chester High School Aug. 18, 2015.

Port Chester’s Steven Hernandez moves the ball during soccer practice at Port Chester High School Aug. 18, 2015.

Sam Aherne, Bronxville: A five-year varsity player, the senior striker has a rare blend of size, speed and ball skills. He led the Broncos with 15 goals and five assists last season.

Jack Beer, Byram Hills: While he has yet to play in a high school game, the word among coaches is that the junior midfielder is the real deal. Beer was previously in the U.S. Soccer Academy system and is expected to add a new dynamic for one of the best teams in the area.

Austin Capasso, Eastchester: The Eagles reached the Class A semifinals for just the fourth time in program history last season, and Capasso was a big reason why. The senior shows great vision and playmaking ability from the midfield.

Kaio DaSilva, Valhalla: One of the most coveted players in the area in the eyes of college coaches, the senior can do it all. He’s the best returning defender in Section 1, but often switches to forward when the Vikings are in need of a clutch goal.

Luis Galeano, Rye Neck: A former U.S. Soccer Academy player, the explosive striker returned last season as a sophomore and led the Panthers to a Class B title. He finished with 21 goals, more than any other returning player in the section.

Greg Ginsberg, Horace Greeley: After a one-year hiatus in the U.S. Soccer Academy system, the striker has returned for his senior season. The last time he played for the Quakers, he was the biggest scoring threat on a team that reached the Class AA final in 2013.

Steven Hernandez, Port Chester: Another five-year varsity player, the senior is considered one of the most dangerous strikers in Section 1. He’s compiled 40 goals and 27 assists in his career.

Misael Jimenez, New Rochelle: The junior is known for his “off the charts soccer IQ,” according to coach Jarohan Garcia. Jimenez has the ability to control the ball from his defensive midfield spot.

Jonathan Kyriakidis, Pleasantville: After scoring 16 goals last season, the junior striker is now a known commodity. His creativity makes him one of the most exciting players in the area.

Mark Russell, Pearl River: The most consistent offensive threat for the best team in Rockland County, the senior scored 11 goals to lead the Pirates last season from his outside midfield position.

Marcello Spiniello, Yorktown: The senior striker is known for his precise shot, often scoring from long distances. He scored 12 goals last season to help the Huskers reach the Class A title game.

The Next 11

Caleb Asamoah, Sr., Briarcliff
Michael Branca, Jr., Eastchester
Capy Charles, Sr., Hamilton
Will Colwell, Sr., Rye
Sean Coughlan, Sr., Pearl River
Adam Gloskin, Sr., Clarkstown South
James Hennessey, Sr., Tappan Zee
Valmend Marki, Sr., Lincoln 
Enzo Sangiacomo, Jr., Yorktown 
Fazl Shaikh, Sr., Scarsdale 
Ben Weinstein, Sr., Byram Hills

Preseason lohud boys soccer rankings

Top 10 overall 

1. Arlington — Based on recent history, Arlington and John Jay-East Fishkill deserve to enter the season as the front-runners. And while JJEF won it all in Class AA last year, it’s the Admirals who bring back eight of 11 starters, including Ryan Wilson, considered by many to be the best goalie in Section 1.

2. John Jay-East Fishkill — The defending Class AA champs have seven starters to replace, but depth is rarely an issue for the Patriots. The winner in their league with Arlington will be viewed as the favorite entering the playoffs.

3. Port Chester — Since moving up to Class AA in 2013, the Rams have improved each year. They lost on penalty kicks in the semifinals last season, and with a strong senior class returning, a trip to the finals appears to be within reach.

4. Byram Hills — After winning sectional and regional titles in Class A last season, the Bobcats remain the team to beat. In a case of the rich getting richer, Byram added three players from the U.S. Academy system who should step in as immediate starters.

5. Pearl River — Byram’s top competition in Class A resides on the other side of the Tappan Zee Bridge. The Pirates are motivated after following up an undefeated regular season with an early playoff exit in 2014.

6. Horace Greeley — The Quakers are big fans of odd years. They reached the Class AA final in 2011 and 2013, and will look to do the same in 2015 with an experienced group of returners.

7. Mamaroneck — Coming off of two of the most successful seasons in program history, the Tigers were hit hard by graduation. But after losing just four games in the last two years, Mamaroneck should not be easily dismissed.

8. Yorktown — The Huskers were on the brink of a Class A championship last season, but move up to Class AA this year. Can they duplicate that success in a deeper class? Getting former Academy players Enzo Sangiacomo and Giuliano Santucci back into the program will certainly help.

9. Scarsdale — With Mamaroneck breaking in several new starters, Scarsdale may be in position to challenge for a league title in its second season under coach Paul Brooks. The Raiders have plenty of talent coming back.

10. New Rochelle — Like Scarsdale, the Huguenots had a solid season in 2014 under a first-year coach in Jarohan Garcia. And like Scarsdale, New Ro believes it has the goods to compete for a league title.

Class AA —1. Arlington; 2. John Jay-East Fishkill; 3. Port Chester; 4. Horace Greeley; 5. Mamaroneck; 6. Yorktown; 7. Scarsdale ;8. New Rochelle; 9. Ketcham; 10. Fox Lane

Class A — 1. Byram Hills; 2. Pearl River; 3. Eastchester; 4. Somers; 5. Lakeland; 6. Tappan Zee; 7. Pelham; 8. Hen Hud; 9. Rye; 10. John Jay

Class B — 1. Rye Neck; 2. Bronxville; 3. Blind Brook; 4. Valhalla; 5. Edgemont; 6. Briarcliff; 7. Irvington; 8. Pleasantville; 9. Hastings; 10. Croton-Harmon

Class C — 1. North Salem; 2. Solomon Schechter; 3. Hamilton; 4. Haldane; 5. Tuckahoe

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