Top 20 boys soccer players: WE/HV

by Isaac Cass on
Wed, Aug 24, 2011 1:05 AM

Updated Thu, Sep 29, 2011 10:27 AM
Top 20 boys soccer players: WE/HV
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* All players listed alphabetically *

David Alemany, Scarsdale (senior/midfield) — Talented winger had a breakout 2010 season, showcasing an unrivaled work rate to become a real difference-maker during Scarsdale's run to the NYS Class AA final four. Alemany — an FC Westchester product — has received Division 1 buzz.

Steven Arraiano, Putnam Valley (senior, midfield) — Marist-bound all-section talent has led the Tigers in scoring the past two seasons. Arraiano, one of the most versatile players in Section 1, also plays fullback for FC Westchester.

Arun Basuljevic, Mahopac (sophomore, midfield) — Named all-section as a freshman, Basuljevic has shown he's already a step ahead of the game. He totaled four goals and eight assists in 2010, helping the Indians reach the Section 1 Class AA final four. Basuljevic, who plays his club ball for the New York Red Bulls, was a pool player for the U15 US national team.

Cesar Ceja, Iona Prep (senior, striker) — The top striker in the CHSAA has an innate ability to finish, burying a team-high 18 goals in 2010. Ceja, who plays his club ball for FC Westchester, committed to Marist during a visit to the Red Foxes' preseason camp in mid August.

Darren Gomez, John Jay-EF (senior, defense) — Sturdy center back was named all-section in 2010, however, he missed the playoffs due to a torn ACL. Prior to the injury, John Jay coach Robert Seipp said Gomez had been their best player. Look for him to return to form and stabilize the Patriots' defense. Like teammate Ryan Young, Gomez plays his club ball for Middlepath.

Abe Hannigan, Hendrick Hudson (senior, goalie) — Three-year starter earned all-section honors in 2010. After losing some key players to graduation, the Sailors will depend on the talented FC Westchester keeper to keep them afloat.

Orphee Jean-Charles, Spring Valley (senior, forward/midfield) — Returning all-section player led the Tigers with 20 assists in 2010. He will be the key playmaker on a Spring Valley squad looking to prove last year's breakout campaign was no fluke.

Alex Kapp, Iona Prep (senior, goalie) — Boston College-bound stud was far and away the best keeper in the CHSAA, but teammate Cesar Ceja took it a step further. “He's the best goalie in the state,” Ceja said. Kapp, who plays his club ball for FC Westchester, was called up to the U17 US last July for a trip to Mexico, however, was unable to participate due to a broken wrist.

Tyler Lundgren, Wallkill (senior, striker) — Section 9's premier striker buried 22 goals in 2010, combining stamina and top-notch foot skills to overwhelm the opposition. Look for Lundgren to carry the Panthers past last year's high-water mark — the Class A semifinals — in 2011.

Ivan Martinez, Rye Neck (senior, striker) — All-state scoring maestro carried Rye Neck to the Section 1 Class B finals, totaling 28 goals en route to earning Conference III League A Player of the Year honors. Martinez plays his club ball for FC Westchester.

Lucas McBride, Blind Brook (senior. striker) — Named all-section honorable mention last year as a junior, McBride has the talent to make Blind Brook a serious contender in Section 1 Class B. Look for the 6-foot FC Westchester striker to be one the top finishers around.

Dan Norris, Hackley (senior, midfield) — Boston College-bound playmaker totaled eight goals and six assists in just 11 games to earn first-team All-Ivy honors. Norris plays his club ball with FC Westchester.

Tomas Penfold, Scarsdale (senior, midfield) — Monmouth-bound central midfielder will look to prove he's the same player after tearing his ACL in March. Penfold said he might not take the pitch till mid-September, but he's confident he will be stronger than before the injury. If healthy, there isn't a more creative playmaker in Section 1.

Kevin Riveros, Port Chester (senior, midfield/forward) — Returning all-section star has an explosive element to his game, possessing the ability to keep the ball close to his feet while blowing past defenders. Riveros, who plays club ball for the Westchester Flames, returns as the most crucial piece to a Port Chester squad with a real chance to end Byram Hills' reign atop Section 1 Class A.

Ian Robinson, Rye (senior, defense) — Rutgers-bound center back returns as one of the premier defenders in Section 1, possessing equal parts grit and guile. He will pair with UPenn-bound teammate Henry Jager to form a lockdown one-two combo. Robinson plays his club ball with FC Westchester.

Ryan Roethel, Monroe-Woodbury (senior, goalie) — Headed up one of New York State's premier defensive units in 2010, keeping a clean sheet an astounding 10 times. Coach Pat Bulla said Roethel enters the season as Section 9's finest keeper.

Cristofer Saldivar, White Plains (junior, midfield) — Two-year starter returns as one of the most technically gifted players in Section 1. Saldivar, who scored White Plains' lone goal in last year's loss to John Jay-EF in the Section 1 Class AA semifinals, will be the focal point of an athletic and youthful team. According to Tigers Marcel Galligani, he's a definite Division 1 prospect.

Mike Wagner, Monroe-Woodbury (senior, defense) — Stalwart sweeper commandeered a defense that gave up just five goals in 2010. Crusaders coach Pat Bulla praised Wagner's intelligence and speed, saying he was a Division 1-caliber player. “He was the heart of our defense last year,” Bulla said.

Dylan Williams, Monroe-Woodbury (senior, midfield) — Wildly creative midfielder paced the Crusaders' offense in 2010, scoring an OCIAA Division 1-best 12 goals. According to Monroe-Woodbury coach Pat Bulla, Williams has gotten even better in the offseason, adding some size and speed to go along with his razor-sharp foot skills.

Ryan Young, John Jay-EF (senior, striker) — Physical striker turned it on when it mattered most in 2010, burying three of his team-high 10 goals during a four-game playoff run that ended with a loss to Scarsdale in the Section 1 Class AA finals. Young, who was a terror in the air on crosses and set plays, also flashed his ability to take on defenders and create for his teammates. He's looking to play his college ball at either Binghamton, Iona or Vassar. Young's also a member of Middlepath FC.

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