2011 All-New Jersey boys soccer team
Meet the athletes who excelled during the 2011 boys soccer season. The teams were selected by MSG Varsity New Jersey staff writers.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
St. Benedict's Prep, Sr., Midfielder
The easiest choice for our all-region boys soccer team was a 44-goal scorer on the top club in the nation, Christiano Francois of St. Benedict’s Prep. During his senior season at St. Benedict's, Francois led his team to a perfect season at 24-0, a Prep A Tournament Championship and a national ranking of No. 1 overall in several polls.
North Arlington, Sr., Midfielder
Another dominant force in Bergen County soccer and another 40-goal scorer, Tyler Krychkowski of North Arlington makes our all-region squad. Despite a disappointing season that ended in a quarterfinals loss in the North 2 Group 4 tournament, Krychkowski was as consistent as it gets in his third year of varsity action.
Sayreville, Sr., Midfielder
Olisa Eze was also a pretty easy choice, as the senior lit up the Garden State with 36 goals for the Bombers. Sayreville was denied a North 2 Group 4 Championship, however, after it lost to Elizabeth, 2-1, in the semifinals.
Bridgewater-Raritan, Sr., Midfielder
Sal Vitello is our third striker to make the list with his 33 goals and eight assists for Bridgewater-Raritan this season. The senior forward led his team all the way to the championship, but lost a heartbreaker in the North 2, Group 4 final against Cherokee, 2-1.
Whippany Park, Sr., Midfielder
The Whippany Park senior finished his career with 31 goals and an impressive 20 assists in 2011. Whippany Park lost in the North 2, Group 1 Semifinal against Harrison, 3-1, but through no fault of the star striker, who did it all for the Wildcats, playing part of the season at midfield.
St. Joseph (Metuchen), Sr., Forward
Brandon Allen was another 30-goal scorer playing for St. Joseph (Metuchen) in 2011. Allen’s 30 goals and five assists were enough to get his team to the Non-Public A final, where it eventually lost to Christian Brothers, 5-0.
Chatham, Sr., Forward
Despite his team falling to Scotch Plains in the North 2 Group 3 Final, Burke definitely earns a spot on our all-region squad. In his senior year at Chatham, Burke netted 20 goals and seven assists for the Cougars.
Ramapo, Jr., Forward
Sean Etheridge anchored the North 1 Group 3 champion Green Raiders. Etheridge also managed to pace his team's offense, while the defense only gave up 13 goals all season and dropped only one match.
Ramapo, Jr., Forward
Ramapo was lucky to have not one, but two talented defenders at the back as Mike Taranto was a rock for the Raiders, as well. The junior also chipped in 14 goals and 23 assists. In the North 1 Group 3 final, Ramapo defeated Timber Creek, 3-1.
Seton Hall Prep, Sr., Midfielder
A great two-way player for Seton Hall Prep, Jon Azzinnari makes the all-region squad for both his offensive skill and abilities to play defense and score big goals. The junior finished the season for Prep with 14 goals and 18 assists, while the Pirates almost upended Delbarton in the Non-Public A semifinals, coming up just short in a 1-0 affair.
Pingry, Sr.,, Goalkeeper
The top keeper in the state for 2011 was Pingry’s Dylan Key. A force in the net, Key recorded 49 saves and stole several games for the Big Blue in 2011. The senior recorded eight shutouts and just missed out on a chance to play for a North Non-Public A championship, but Pingry lost in penalty kicks to Delbarton.
Brandon Alvarado, Sr., midfielder, Ramapo
Adam Najem, Jr., midfielder, Paramus Catholic
Ryan Walsh, Sr., forward, Old Tappan
Rami Mamary, Jr., forward, Northern Highlands
Anthony Nucci, Sr., forward, Wayne Valley
Kieran Enser, Sr., defender, Emerson
John Martinez, Sr., midfielder, St. Benedict’s Prep
Cris Hernandez, Sr., midfielder, St. Benedict’s Prep
Brendan Guzman, Jr., defender, Clifton
Matt Deziel, Sr., defender, Ramapo
Tom Bull, Sr., goalkeeper, St. Benedict’s Prep