Meet the athletes who excelled during the 2011 boys soccer season. The awards were selected by MSG Varsity's staff of reporters and editor.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lakeland, Sr., Goalie
As a sixth-grader, Steven Reiche was a ball boy for the Lakeland boys soccer team. In six short years, he transformed into one of the most accomplished players in program history. Reiche, who led the Hornets to their first-ever state playoff win, was showered with awards. He was named All-American, Section 1 Large Schools Player of the Year, Conference I League B MVP and first-team all-state/all-region. Reiche certainly earned the accolades, recording 14 shutouts and a measly 0.47 goals against average — both of which were school records. But the senior captain was at his best when it mattered most, allowing just two goals in six do-or-die playoff games. In fact, Reiche ended his career with four straight shutouts, starting with a sectional semifinal win over Pelham and ending with a shootout loss to Maine-Endwell in the NYS Class A regional finals. In between, he led Lakeland to a mammoth upset over top-seeded Port Chester in the sectional finals and a historic shootout win over Goshen in the regional semis. Lakeland coach Tim Hourahan summed it up best: “Steven has set the new standard to which all goalies from here on out will be compared.”
COACH OF THE YEAR
In 2004, Adam Borman was on the pitch wearing a Quakers jersey. In 2011, he was on the sideline with a whistle around his neck. The first-year coach, an '04 Greeley graduate, took over the program from the legendary Bob Oddo, who took a sabbatical after 22 years on the job. Needless to say, the Quakers didn't miss a beat. The 25-year old Borman took the squad on an epic playoff run, leading No. 13-seeded Greeley (11-8-1) to the Section 1 Class AA title. The Quakers became the lowest seed to ever win a AA sectional title. And Borman was believed to be the youngest coach to ever win a sectional crown. While Greeley eventually fell to Section 9's Newburgh in the regional semis, it didn't diminish the impressive season. For Borman, however, it was all part of the plan. “The main goal we have as a team is to win the sectional finals,” the coach said in the preseason. Against all odds, Greeley accomplished its goal.
TEAM OF THE YEAR
PORT CHESTER RAMS
If Port Chester and Lakeland had played 10 games in 2011, Port Chester would have likely won nine of them. Unfortunately for the Rams, that one loss came in the Section 1 Class A finals. Despite falling short of its ultimate goal, Port Chester was undoubtedly the most impressive team in Section 1 this season. Led by coach John Cafaldo, the Rams (18-1-1) finished the regular season undefeated and knocked off two-time defending champ Byram Hills in the semifinals. Record-wise, it marked the best season in school history. Port Chester finished the year ranked No. 3 in MSG Varsity's Top 15: WE/HV boys soccer rankings and No. 8 in the NYSSWA Class A rankings.
Scarsdale, Sr., Striker
Fourth-team all-state selection paced the Raiders with 14 goals and 10 assists. Alemany employed his tremendous speed to burn teams over the top and was also one of the best at holding the ball under under pressure, using his quickness and vision to setup teammates. He is slated to play for Washington University in St. Louis next year.
Blind Brook, Sr., Striker
All-state selection was named the Section 1 Small Schools Player of the Year. McBride, who will play his college ball at Boston University, finished second in the section with 23 goals and carried the Trojans to their first-ever Section 1 Class B title. He was especially potent in the postseason, scoring eight of Blind Brook's 11 goals in six playoff games.
Ossining, So., Striker/midfield
All-section honoree was named MVP of Conference III League B. Tejera, who was recently selected to compete in the prestigious US Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase in Florida, led Ossining with 14 goals and six assists.
Iona Prep, Sr., Striker
Despite missing a handful of games with a broken orbital bone, the Marist-bound standout finished second in the CHSAA Class AA with 15 goals. With 33 goals over the past two seasons, Ceja leaves as one of the most accomplished goal-scorers in program history.
Monroe-Woodbury, Sr., Midfield
First-team all-state/all-region selection was the No. 1 playmaker for a Crusaders squad that put together an impressive 16-1-1 season. Williams, who tallied 14 goals and 10 assists, was Section 9's premier player.
Port Chester, Sr., Midfield/striker
Second-team all-state/all-region selection was the best player on Section 1's most technically gifted team. Riveros was electric on and off the ball, totaling 13 goals and nine assists to help the Rams put together their best season in program history. He also earned Conference III League C MVP honors.
White Plains, Sr., Midfield
All-section standout was Section 1's most creative player, combining top-notch foot skills with unparalleled vision. Saldivar totaled 13 goals and seven assists to pace the Tigers.
Mamaroneck, Sr., Midfield
Second-team all-state/all-region selection powered Mamaroneck into the Section 1 Class AA final four and was named the Conference II League B MVP. Chapparo, who racked up 13 goals and 12 assists, possessed one of the most lethal shots in the section.
John Jay-EF, Sr., Sweeper
Third-team all-state/all-region selection was Section 1's premier defender, spearheading a Patriots defense that posted 10 shutouts en route to a final record of 16-2-2. It was an impressive return to form for Gomez, who went down prior to the 2010 playoffs with a torn ACL.
Byram Hills, Sr., Center back
Fourth-team all-state/all-region selection was as sturdy as they come in the back, helping stabilize a Bobcats squad that managed to go 14-3-1 after losing a ton of players to graduation. Brazda also contributed on offense with three goals and four assists.
Lakeland, Sr., Goalie
All-American selection led Lakeland to a huge upset over Port Chester in the Section 1 Class A finals and then carried the Hornets to their first-ever state playoff win. Reiche recorded 14 shutouts and posted a measly 0.47 goals against average — both of which were school records.
Jeff Greblick, FW, Arlington, Junior
Mysja Loza, FW, Monroe-Woodbury, Senior
Zef Saljanin, FW, Yorktown, Senior
Kurt Diffley, FW, Clarkstown South, Senior
Matheus Gomes, MF, Rye, Senior
Melvyn Huaman, MF, Hamilton, Sophomore
Daniel Norris, MF, Hackley, Senior
Michael Nittolo, MF, Arlington, Senior
Kenny Caraballo, D, Newburgh, Senior
Mike Wagner, D, Monroe-Woodbury, Senior
Alex Kapp, G, Iona Prep, Senior