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North Suncoast: All-county boys soccer

Boys soccer

Dominic Cutrofello, Sr., Land O'Lakes

Why we picked him: A sleek 6-foot-2 forward, Cutrofello excelled (37 goals, 21 assists) for a playoff team that faced one of the county's most daunting schedules. Though he tallied seven hat tricks (including a four-goal effort), what may have been most impressive was a two-goal performance in a 3-1 win over Hudson, which came within a game of the Class 4A state tournament.

Most impressive accomplishment(s): In early December, after totaling four goals and two assists in wins over Ridgewood and River Ridge, Cutrofello was named ESPN Rise Player of the Week for the Southeast.

Future plans: Cutrofello has signed with Division I Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and, based on the makeup of the Owls' roster, should contend for immediate playing time. Two of FAU's top four scorers last season were seniors. In a four-game stretch in January, he totaled 11 goals in 10 days.

Did you know? A soccer player since age 4, Cutrofello has two quirky superstitions: his cleats must be the same color as his jersey, and he always wets his curly black hair before a match. Hey, if it works …

First team

GK Alex Spock, Sr., Land O'Lakes: Taking his range and thunderous leg to USF

GK Robbie Wallace, Jr., Mitchell: Allowed one goal in two playoff games

F Omar Odulaja, So., Central: Led Bears with 21 goals

F Felix Soto, Sr., Land O'Lakes: Scored six of his 22 goals in district tourney

F Scott Combs, Sr., Hudson: Diminutive speedster set Cobras record with 47 goals

F Wayne Ewing, So., Hudson: 23 assists for school's most prolific team

F Eric Garcia, So., Pasco: 17 goals for Class 4A playoff team

MF Sebastian Garcia, Sr., Land O'Lakes: Ivy League prospect had 41 assists

MF Taylor Lamphier, Sr., Hudson: 54 career assists set school record

MF Vinny Panetta, Sr., River Ridge: Undisputed heart and soul of Royal Knights

MF David Vasquez, Jr., Mitchell: Mustangs' top scorer (12 goals, 11 assists)

D Josh Fox, Sr., Hudson: Fleet sweeper set team's offense in motion

D Blaine Sanderson, Sr., Pasco: Anchored stout defense and scored seven goals

D Chris McVeigh, Jr., Mitchell: Leader of unit that posted nine shutouts

D Chris Jenkins, Sr., Land O'Lakes: Unheralded because of teammates up front

D Joey Balsamo, Sr., River Ridge: His unit had seven shutouts in a nine-game stretch

Second team

GK Gilbert Tanguma, Jr., Pasco

GK Todd Rushing, Sr., Hudson

F David Vitola, So., Central

F Rafael Morales-Siu, Jr., Wesley Chapel

F Travis Jehs, Fr., Gulf

F Terry Wald, Jr., Springstead

F Jason Leslie, Jr., Mitchell

MF Frank Villar, Jr., Land O'Lakes

MF Max Rockwell, Jr., Mitchell

MF Adnan Baset, So., Gulf

MF Christian Velasquez, So., Central

D Ryan O'Shaughnessy, Sr., Mitchell

D John Siragusa, Jr., Land O'Lakes

D Taylor Watson, Sr., River Ridge

D Trey Swanson, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch

D Steve Sullivan, Jr., Springstead

Honorable mention

Bishop McLaughlin: Matt Gulau; Central: Bobby Bock; Gulf: Matt Juhnke, Zach Waller; Hudson: Johnny Montes, Zack Wynn; Land O'Lakes: Jake Frahm, Justin Lyles; Pasco: Jared Bennett, Ernesto Garcia; Ridgewood: Christian Ariza; Springstead: Joey Lasala, Josh Pierce; Sunlake: Miguel Laliberte, Jordan Landry; Wesley Chapel: Justin Prince; Wiregrass Ranch: Steven Esoff

Coach of the Year

Paul Vescio, Hudson

The Cobras' former girls coach, Vescio led Hudson to the second-best season in school history (19-6-3), which included a district title and two playoff victories.

North Suncoast: All-county boys soccer 03/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 21, 2009 8:08pm]
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