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November 19, 2013

Skarbelis, North Andover lead boys soccer awards

Mike Skarbelis was the man this year.

The North Andover senior begins this year’s Eagle-Tribune postseason soccer awards with the “Pele Dominance Award.” He also won this year’s “Golden Boot.”

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Skarbelis scored 41 goals and added 11 assists this fall. He broke North Andover’s all-time program scoring record with 70 goals and 23 assists for his career.

Here are the other awards:

MASS. TEAM OF THE YEAR: North Andover

North Andover — behind Mike Skarbelis’ prolific scoring — recorded its first perfect regular season (18-0) in program history and finished the year 21-1 with its lone loss coming against Masconomet in the Division 2 North final.

The Scarlet Knights outscored their opposition 79-12 under first-year head coach Kyle Wood, who had served as the freshman coach from 2001-12.

N.H. TEAM OF THE YEAR: Windham

Windham won its second straight Division 2 title and posted some eye-popping stats along the way.

The Jaguars (17-2) were tremendous on offense with Andrew Lowman (21 goals, 16 assists), David Carbonello (19 goals, 13 assists), James Baiguy (13 goals, five assists), Tyler Masone (11 goals) and Matt Laliberte (nine goals) leading the way.

And the defense was just as dominant. Senior goalie Tim Erdlen recorded nine shutouts and allowed only nine goals.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Gr. Lawrence’s Lopez

Greater Lawrence freshman Pedro Lopez started at goalie and then was switched to a field player during the second half of several games this year.

He had eight saves and two goals in a win over the Minuteman, a hat trick in a victory over Innovation Academy and 12 saves and an assist in a win over North Shore.

Later in the season, Greater Lawrence stuck with Lopez in the field and junior Kenny Martinez in net.

MOST IMPROVED: Windham’s Lowman

After scoring four goals all of last year, Windham’s Andrew Lowman netted 21 this year. He also added 16 assists for the Jaguars, who won their second consecutive Division 2 title.

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