Eagle-Tribune Boys Soccer All-Star team
Name School Year Position
Drew Johnson Andover Sr. Midfield
Zach Vieira Brooks Sr. Forward
Rob Hart Londonderry Sr. Forward
Salah Baladi Methuen Jr. Midfield
*Evan Dudney North Andover Sr. Forward
Connor Boudreau North Andover Sr. Defense
Dennis Graef North Andover Sr. Midfield
John Braga North Reading Sr. Midfield
Matt Farrell Pentucket Sr. Forward
Zack Chapman Pentucket Sr. Midfield
Cody Sedler Pentucket Soph. Goalie
Brian Kling Pinkerton Sr. Defense
Jack McGeachie Phillips Sr. Defense
Tom Sullivan Timberlane Sr. Goalie
Andrew Pesci Windham Sr. Goalie
Chris Ulbrich Windham Sr. Striker
* Eagle-Tribune MVP
Honorable Mention All-Stars
Andover: An Huynh, Sr., midfield; Connor Merinder, Soph., goalie; Eric Wybenga, Sr., defense
Brooks: Seve Elkin, Jr., midfield, Andover; Andrew Bruno, Sr., striker, Andover
Central Catholic: Andrew Ayres, Sr., defense; Steve McElroy, Sr., defense
Georgetown: Andrew Nowak, Sr., midfield; John Laut, Sr., midfield; Jared Warren, Jr., forward
Greater Lawrence: Miguel Beltran, Sr., stopper; Chris Gomez, Sr., forward/defense
Haverhill: Andy Segura, Jr., midfield; Evan Penney, Jr., goalie
Lawrence: Joseano Tavares, Jr., center-midfield; Ramiro Ortega, Jr., flex player
Londonderry: Tom Beedham, Sr., defense; Kenny Desmarais, Sr., midfield; Nate Gaw, Frosh., forward
Methuen: Kevin Echeverry, Sr., midfield; Luis Guerrero, Sr., defense; Ahmed Fathi, Sr., midfield
North Andover: Alex Morin, Sr., midfield; David Rose, Sr., midfield; Mike Skarbelis, Jr., forward
North Reading: Josh Intorcio, Sr., goalie; Max Carlson, Sr., defense; Tommy Hogan, Sr., midfield
Pelham: Harley Kearney, Jr., forward; Raphael DeCampos, Sr., center-midfield; Brian Gettings, Soph., goalie
Pentucket: Ben Craig, Sr., defense
Pinkerton: John Hamilton, Soph., defense/utility; Dustin Beamon, Sr., midfield; Tim Wood, Jr., midfield
Sanborn: Steven O’Callaghan, Sr., midfield; Jon Brown, Jr., defense
Salem: Andrew Zani, Sr., goalie; Darren Righini, Jr., midfield; Todd Righini, Soph., striker
Timberlane: Gunnar Ericsson, Sr., forward; Ben Enos, Jr., defense; Tyler Donovan, Soph., midfield/striker
Whittier: Jake Greene, Sr., sweeper; Jon Hewey, Sr. goalie; Steven Quimby, Sr., forward
Windham: Alex Whitehead, Sr., midfield; Joe Forti, Jr., midfield
Drew Johnson, Andover Senior, Midfield
Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. All-MVC. EMass. All-Star. Scored team-leading nine goals. Added two assists. Part-time starter as a sophomore. “He can play anywhere on the field and be comfortable,” Andover coach Jim Saalfrank said. “He is the total package. He has skills, speed, he can defend, he can shoot. You name, he can do it.” Looking to play soccer in college. Has spoken with UMass Amherst and Quinnipiac.
Zach Vieira, Brooks Senior, Forward
Brooks’ leading scorer with 17 goals and three assists. Second leading scorer in ISL. Four-year starter. Scored 44 career goals. Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Andover resident. First-team All-ISL for second straight year. Coach Dusty Richard said, “Zach has tremendous technical ability, good pace and plays extremely well with his back to the goal. He is a tireless dynamo.” Hopes to play at Williams.
Rob Hart, Londonderry Senior, Forward
Netted 22 goals this year after netting 19 last year. “Rob has tremendous speed and a great finishing touch,” Lancers coach Jeff Colbert said. “Despite being double- and triple-teamed throughout the season, he found ways to score.” Repeated as Eagle-Tribune All-Star and All-Division 1 first-teamer. Speedy 5-8, 150-pounder. Eagle-Tribune All-Star in lacrosse, scoring 57 goals last year.
Salah Baladi, Methuen Junior, Midfield
Considered working instead of playing this fall. MVC Division 2 MVP. Netted 28 goals and added seven assists after scoring just three goals last year. Freshman year he moved here from Morocco, where he had never played organized soccer. Had to learn English language. Moved up top this year. Methuen coach Jeff Lamy said, “What separates him is his first touch. He knows what he wants to do with the ball.”
Connor Boudreau, North Andover Senior, Defense
All-MVC. Co-captain. Two-year starter. Three-year letterman. Terrific ball-handling skills. Was sole senior defender for EMass. finalists. “He led by example and those guys really learned a lot from him,” North Andover coach Bill Tarbox said. “He made sure everyone was on the same page.” Hopes to play in college with Emerson his favorite school. His brother Ryan was Knights’ co-captain in 2010.
Dennis Graef, North Andover Senior, Midfield
Four-year starter who hardly came off the field. Played defense, forward and midfield during career. “He is fast, he has great skills and a great shot,” North Andover coach Bill Tarbox said. All-MVC. Co-captain. Scored eight goals with 13 assists this fall. His left foot is dominant. Wants to play at URI, UMass Lowell or Southern New Hampshire. Hurdler in indoor and outdoor track. Originally from Germany.
John Braga, North Reading Senior, Midfield
North Reading coach Mark Bisognano said, “When you get on the field, he is the player every team notices right away. He brings top, top speed and the ability to make others around him better players.” All-CAL. Scored eight goals and added nine assists. CAL All-Star last year. Scored hat trick in a 3-1 victory over Manchester Essex. Eagle-Tribune All-Star long jumper has jumped 22-2 3/4. Also plays basketball.
Matt Farrell, Pentucket Senior, Forward
Netted CAL-leading 21 goals and added six assists. Helped Pentucket earned No. 1 seed in Division 2 North tournament. Two-year captain. “Probably the fastest player in the league,” Sachems coach Christian Langlois said. “He creates off the dribble and running without the ball to get in scoring positions.” Second in CAL MVP voting. Is the lone four-year starter Langlois has had in 13 years. Plans to play in college.
Zack Chapman, Pentucket Senior, Midfield
Helped lead Sachems to a 16-3-2 record, their best season in at least 24 years. Scored the game’s lone goal with two minutes left vs. North Reading. Scored four goals and added five assists. Co-captain. “Great distributor of the ball and best center-mid I’ve had defensively,” 13th-year Pentucket coach Christian Langlois said. Eighth leading vote-getter on All-CAL team. CAL All-Star as a junior.
Cody Sedler, Pentucket Sophomore, Goalie
Posted a 0.77 goals against average. Notched 12 shutouts. At his best in the big games. Stopped 11 shots in 1-0 win over EMass. finalist North Andover. Made eight saves in scoreless tie against Masconomet, which went 16-0-2 in the regular season. All-CAL. Only sophomore on Eagle-Tribune All-Star team. Lettered as a freshman. “Fantastic reactions, great technique,” Pentucket coach Christian Langlois said.
Brian Kling, Pinkerton Senior, Defense
Leading vote-getter among defenders on the All-Division 1 team. Co-captain. Made Lions Cup team. Fastest player and best foot skills on Astros. Pinkerton coach Kerry Boles said that Kling would have been leading scorer if he played up top. Boles added, “He is a perfect representative and role model for Pinkerton.” Started on 2010 Division 1 championship team. Ranked in top 10 in his class. Will attend UNH.
Jack McGeachie, Phillips Senior, Defense
All-Scholastic. North Reading resident. Repeat-Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Has been on varsity since freshman year. Missed sophomore year with broken tibia. Phillips’ lone captain. Scored one goal and added three assists. Phillips’ best player, coach Bill Scott said. “He never gives the ball away,” Scott said. “When he gets the ball, his decisions are brilliant.” Scored a 30 on his ACT test. Hopes to play at Colby.
Tom Sullivan, Timberlane Senior, Goalie
Division 1 first-team selection. First Owls goalie to receive the honor in 20 years. Made more than 200 saves last year and 161 saves this season. Recorded 20 saves in a 3-1 win over Pinkerton and 15 in 4-1 win over Concord. Chosen to Lions Cup team. Led 9-6-3 Owls to their best season since 2003. “Tom became the emotional leader of the team and was an integral reason for our success,” coach Mitch Mencis said.
Andrew Pesci, Windham Senior, Goalie
Posted 12 shutouts, including 17-save performance in 3-0 win over Souhegan. Allowed just 11 goals in 19 games. Helped lead Windham to 16-3 record and Division 2 state title. First-team All-Division 2. Tri-captain. “Andrew is extremely athletic and technically sound,” Windham coach Mike Hachey said. “He is a game-changer.” Will graduate early and join the team at Southern New Hampshire University in January.
Chris Ulbrich, Windham Senior, Striker
Netted 17 goals with six assists. Scored in shootout in state finals win. First-team All-Division 2. Three-year captain. Windham coach Mike Hachey said, “We ran a lot of our offense through him and utilized his vision and game sense. He’s composed and technically gifted.” Scored 14 goals as a junior and six as a sophomore. Being recruited by Division 2 and 3 schools. Has been ballroom dancing since age 6.
Dudney follows in brother’s footsteps
The 2009 Eagle-Tribune soccer MVP award went to Gareth Dudney.
Now, it is his brother Evan’s turn.
Evan scored 25 goals and added 15 assists to lead North Andover to the MVC championship in its first year in the league. They also won the Division 2 North crown, their second sectional title in 25 years.
“He helped set up big goals, (scored two goals) against Dracut and had a big game against Lowell, which we needed as we were striving to win the MVC,” coach Bill Tarbox said.
Dudney, a forward, had an unbelievable four-goal game against Lowell on Oct. 16, helping North Andover claim sole possession of first in the MVC.
The four-year varsity player scored three goals and added two assists in four postseason games.
“Not many players have the capability of scoring like he does,” Tarbox said. “He has great skills and a passion for the game. In big games, Evan steps up and does some extraordinary work. He proved that in the state tournament, scoring a big goal against Concord-Carlisle. He has got that ability to make (plays).”
Dudney, who hopes to play at UMass Amherst, Stonehill or Salve Regina, finished his career with 52 goals.
Former Eagle-Tribune MVPs
2011: Matt Bitchell, Georgetown; 2010: Andres Burbank-Crump, Brooks (North Andover); 2009: Gareth Dudney, North Andover; 2008: Kenny Kolbeck, Pinkerton; 2006-07: Robbie McLarney, Londonderry; 2005: T.J. Thompson, Phillips, (Atkinson); 2004: Jon Wentworth, North Andover; 2002-03: Charlie Davies, Brooks, (Salem); 2001: Tristan Hall, Londonderry; 2000: John O’Brien, North Andover; 1999: Paul Bellacqua, Andover; 1998: Tim Maguire, Londonderry; 1997: Peter Peralta, Timberlane; 1996: Evan Reece, Masconomet; 1995: Brian Irwin, Pinkerton; 1994: Eric Trickett, Pinkerton; 1993: Quang Nguyen, Andover; 1992: James DeDeus, Londonderry; 1991: Brad Trull, Masconomet; 1990: Tom Wicker, Londonderry; 1989: Garry Jackson, Georgetown