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    2011 All-Connecticut boys soccer team

    by Jesse Quinlan on
    Tue, Dec 13, 2011 10:29 PM

    Updated Wed, Dec 14, 2011 5:09 PM
    2011 All-Connecticut boys soccer team

     

    The MSG Varsity Connecticut staff selected the top players, coaches and teams from the 2011 season across the entire region.

    Below are the award winners, as well as the first-team and second-team all-stars.

     

    TEAM OF THE YEAR
    Bunnell
    After coming up short in the SWC and Class L finals a year ago, the Bulldogs went 20-2-2 and put the finishing touches on the best season in school history by capturing their first-ever league and state championships. Bunnell won the SWC title with a 4-0 victory over eventual Class LL champion Pomperaug, and made its case as the top-ranked team in the state with a 3-0 shutout of Avon on the Class L finals.
    COACH OF THE YEAR
    Jon Bradley, Darien
    The Englishman made a seemless transition from coach of the Blue Wave girls team to the boys as Darien went from a two-win season in 2010 to FCIAC Eastern Division champ, league semifinalist, CIAC Class L quarterfinalist and a 14-4-3 record in 2011 – its best finish ever. Bradley was named FCIAC Coach of the Year.
    FIRST TEAM
    ZACH ZURITA
    PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Bunnell, Sr., Forward
    The senior capped a brilliant career with the Bulldogs by totaling 43 goals and 13 assists en route to All-American honors. A three-time All-SWC choice and two-time All-State and All-New England selection, the Monmouth-bound Zurita had career totals of 96 goals and 42 assists.
    KEITH BOND
    Trumbull, Sr., Foward
    The Yale-bound senior forward totaled 15 goals and 15 assists in leading the Eagles to an 18-2-4 record, an FCIAC championship and the Class LL finals. Named first team All-FCIAC.
    JON-LUKE FERRANDINO
    New Canaan, Sr., Midfielder
    The talented senior was named to the All-FCIAC first team for the second straight year and merited All-State honors. Scored the game-winning goal in the Rams’ upset of Norwalk in the FCIAC quarterfinals.
    MATEO GALLEGO
    Westhill, Sr., Forward

    A two-time first-team All-FCIAC selection, the high scoring Gallego was chosen All-State after leading the Vikings to an 11-7-2 mark.
    ARIAN HOHXA
    Watertown, Sr., Forward
    One of the most prolific scorers in the state, the forward appeared in the CSCA Senior Bowl after leading the Indians to an 11-4-3 record.
    JAMES HICKOK
    Staples, Jr., Goalkeeper
    The junior co-captain recorded 12 shutouts and allowed just 13 goals in 21 games for the Wreckers, who reached their third straight league final. Named All-State and first-team All-FCIAC.
    SCOTT LEVENE
    New Canaan, Jr., Goalkeeper
    The junior goalie has made a name for himself on the national level, and for good reason. Levene posted six shutouts on the season, and was selected All-State and first-team All-FCIAC for the second year in a row.
    FREDDY METELLUS
    Bunnell, Sr., Midfielder

    A two-time All-SWC selection, the senior midfielder was the MVP of the league tournament and also helped the Bulldogs win the Class L title. Finished his career with 16 goals and 30 assists, including 11 goals and 14 assists this past season.
    DJORDJE PANTELIC
    Platt Tech, Sr., Midfielder

    The All-State midfielder posted totals of 26 goals and 11 assists as a senior, and finished his career with 69 goals and 59 assists. Pantelic powered the Panthers to the CSC semifinals.
    DILLON WEED
    Wilton, Sr., Midfielder
    The Warriors’ captain was chosen All-State, first-team All-FCIAC and participated in the CSCA Senior Bowl game.
    NIC ZUNIGA
    Norwalk, Sr., Midfielder

    Among the best finishers in the region, Zuniga finished with 17 goals and 10 assists as the Bears won the FCIAC regular season championship for the second straight season and reached the Class LL semifinals. Named All-State and All-FCIAC.
    SECOND TEAM
    Brennan Branca, Jr., Darien
    Mike Broncati, Sr., Norwalk
    Jeff Cohen, Sr., Barlow
    Elliott Helgans, Sr., Darien
    Justin Lewis, Sr., Bunnell
    Jake Malowitz, Sr., Staples
    Mike Matera, Sr., Fairfield Prep
    Taylor McNair, Sr., Staples
    Andrew Melitsanopoulos, Sr., Norwalk
    Jeremy Nelle, Sr., Barlow
    Will Steiner, Jr., Fairfield Prep
    Sebastian Tamayo, Sr., Bunnell
    Pieter Zenner, Jr., Greenwich

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