Every year around this time, I reach out to all of the coaches who made it to the quarterfinals or further in the Section 1 tournament and ask for their nominations for the #lohudsoccer All-Tournament team. I add up those votes, factor in my own opinions and those of others who follow the game, and come up with the lists you’ll find below. It goes without saying that the further your team went, the more spots they earned.
I break it down into three classes and try to list the players by position, though I do take the occasional liberty to move a guy around. We run an unconventional 3-4-3 formation because it’s the fairest way to spread it around — and because we like goals around here. The teams are based exclusively on those who played their best in the playoffs. The regular season means nothing here, but we’ll get to the full-season honors soon enough.
Tourney MVP: Cristian Valencia, New Rochelle — There are a handful of Huguenots that could have been considered for this honor, but the versatile senior excelled in more ways than one. Valencia often plays a defensive role, but he also showed his ability to push up and contribute on offense with two goals and an assist in the playoffs. Both of his goals came in the sectional final against Arlington, which was the standout performance of the postseason and helped bring New Ro its first title in 20 years.
F — Harwan Alzuabidi, Sr., New Rochelle
F — Joey Landicino, Sr., Yorktown
F — Nolan Lenaghan, Fr., Ossining
MF — Tristan Battistoni, Jr., Arlington
MF — Omar Espinoza, Jr., New Rochelle
MF — Ryan Lynch, So., Ossining
MF — Cameron Richards, Sr., Mamaroneck
D — Zac Lloyd, Sr., Suffern
D — Fayez Merchant, Jr., Scarsdale
D — Cristian Valencia, Sr., New Rochelle
GK — Kyle Koslowsky, Sr., Scarsdale
GK — Jimmy Martin, Sr., Arlington
Tourney MVP: Kenny Kurtz, Somers — There were three players for the Tuskers who received a lot of love from opposing coaches – Kurtz, Jack Maher and Evan Kieltyka – and any of those three would have been a good choice here. Picking one was like splitting hairs, but a hot goalkeeper is about as valuable as it comes in the playoffs. Kurtz was a standout in each round, allowing just two goals in four games, including a shutout of defending champion Pearl River in the final. And I haven’t even haven’t even mentioned these two massive saves in the PK round against Byram in the semis.
F — Carl Friedrich, Jr., Rye
F — Craig MacDonald, Sr., Pearl River
F — Kyle Shalvey, So., Tappan Zee
MF — Jack Beer, Sr., Byram Hills
MF — Kevin Doorley, Sr., Pearl River
MF — Jack Maher, Sr., Somers
MF — Matias Prando, Sr., Lakeland
D —Tyler Harp, So., Byram Hills
D — Evan Kieltyka, Sr., Somers
D — Christian Madigan, Sr., Pearl River
GK — Kenny Kurtz, Sr., Somers
GK — Dan O’Sullivan, Sr., Nanuet
Tourney MVP: Alex Bourgeois, Hastings — I don’t believe this has ever happened in any sport that I’ve covered, but we have a repeat MVP in Class B. As a sophomore last season, Bourgeois had a coming out party in the playoffs to lead the Yellow Jackets to the title. This year as a known commodity, he picked up right where he left off. He had two huge goals – the eventual winner in the section final and the equalizer in the quarters – and was an enforcer on D throughout Hastings’ run to a repeat.
F — Michael Dutt, Sr., North Salem
F — Jon Kyriakidis, Sr., Pleasantville
F — Jackson Silverstein, Sr., Hastings
MF — Pierre Klur, Sr., Rye Neck
MF — Devyn Sheth, Jr., North Salem
MF — Joao Souza, Sr., Blind Brook
MF — Will Vranka, Sr., Bronxville
D — Alex Bourgeois, Jr., Hastings
D — Luis Galeano, Sr., Rye Neck
D — Oscar Pereira, Sr., Hastings
GK — Blaine Fitzgerald, Sr., Haldane
GK — Eliot Hamill, Jr., Edgemont