The Main Line high school boys’ soccer scene featured many strong teams this fall, with Conestoga leading the way. The Central League champion Pioneers (25-0-1) captured their second consecutive PIAA 4A state title and its first District 1 championship since 2011, and were ranked third in the country at the end of the season by topdrawersoccer.com.
The Central League also featured Lower Merion (16-4 overall), Radnor (16-4-3), Harriton (14-8, District 1 3A finalists) and Haverford (10-7-1).
In the Inter-Ac, Episcopal Academy (21-3-3, 6-2-2) enjoyed a particularly strong campaign, finishing second in the loop for the third consecutive year, and Malvern Prep (10-7-4) also had a good season.
Shipley captured the Friends School League championship, while Barrack Hebrew Academy (13-1-2 overall) was the Tri-County League champions.
The All-Main Line high school boys’ soccer teams are selected by the coaches. Because Main Line Media News covers 19 high schools, the Main Line Media News sports staff limits the number of spots available to first team, second team and honorable mention — but follows the priority of coaches’ selections.
What follows are the 2017 All-Main Line high school boys’ soccer teams:
Chris Donovan, Conestoga – Senior striker, the Central League’s Most Valuable Player, scored 56 goals (a single season school record, more than doubling the previous Conestoga record), including nine hat tricks (single season school record), and finishing with a school-record 81 ca-reer goals. An All-American and all-state selection, the Drexel University commit has the clutch touch, as he scored the game-winning goals in the past two PIAA 4A state championship contests.
Nick Jennings, Conestoga – Senior midfielder) and two-year captain, a first team All-Central League selection, scored 10 goals and dished out a school-record 21 assists. An All-State selection this fall, the Lehigh University commit was a 2016 All-American.
Michael McCarthy, Conestoga – Senior defender and captain, a first team All-Central League pick, was the linchpin of a defense that gave up only 14 goals in 26 games. A Drexel University commit, he was an all-around performer who also dished out a half-dozen assists.
Nick Bello, Devon Prep – Junior forward was a prlific scorer for the Tide, tallying 27 goals in 18 games for Devon Prep (9-8-1), and receiving first team All-Bicentennial League honors for his fine all-around play.
Johnny Cunningham, Episcopal Academy – Senior center back and co-captain, a first team All-Inter-Ac and All-Delco selection, helped lead a stingy defense that allowed only 17 goals in 27 games. He provided fine all-around play, scoring four goals.
Samuel Wilson, Episcopal Academy – Junior forward was a potent scorer for the Churchmen, scoring 10 goals in 27 games (five Inter-Ac goals). Was a fine all-around player for an EA squad that started its season with a 14-game winning streak, and received first team All-Inter-Ac honors.
Alex Kades, Harriton – Junior striker, runner-up for Central League MVP and an all-state slection, scored 29 goals and dished out 11 assists. Team captain was Rams’ MVP for second year in a row.
Evan Tracy, Harriton – Junior holding center midfielder, a first team All-Central League selection, was considered the Rams’ best ball-winner, leading the transition from defense to offense. Also dished out eight assists.
Cam Morse, Haverford High – Junior forward was a prolific scorer, tallying 18 goals in just 15 games, including four hat tricks. His fine all-around play earned him both first team All-Central League and first team All-Delco honors.
Parker Gravina, Haverford School – Senior midfielder, a first team All-Delco and All-Inter-Ac selection, was the Fords’ primary offensive playmaker, leading the team in points and dishing out 10 assists (many of them in Inter-Ac contests, and another in a 2-2 draw with PIAA Class 4A state champion Conestoga).
Max Shapiro, Lower Merion – Senior midfielder and captain was a top scorer for the Aces, including some key goals at clutch moments during the season. His standout play all over the field earned him first team All-Central League honors.
Sebastian Connelly, Lower Merion – Senior goalkeeper and captain received first team All-Central League honors, and posted 14 shutouts in 20 games. He allowed only nine goals for a 0.5 goals-against-per-game average.
Harrison Bloch, Lower Merion – Junior forward was a first team All-Central League selection, and was the Aces’ leading goal scorer with 10. Noted for his speed and his selfless, team-oriented play.
Jake Hodlofski, Malvern Prep – Senior goalie, a fourth-year starter and a first team All-Inter-Ac selection, was the Friars’ MVP and recorded eight shutouts along with a 0.63 goals-against-per-game average.
Ryan Peter, Radnor – Senior forward and captain, a first team All-Central League and All-Delco selection, scored 17 goals (12 of them in the Central League, ranking third) and was the Red Raiders’ MVP. Many of his goals were of the game-winning variety, in one-goal victories by Radnor.
Ronan Higgins, Shipley – Senior midfielder/striker, a first team All-State selection and Friends Schools League MVP, earned first team All-FSL honors each of the past four years. Two-year captain is headed to Dickinson College to play soccer.
Barrack Hebrew Academy – Jordan Naim, sophomore midfielder; Abe Wachs, sophomore striker.
Conestoga – Luke Smith, junior goalie; Rodrigo Martinez, senior mid-fielder; Logan Schwartz, senior defender.
Devon Prep – Frank Byrd, senior defender; John Curran, senior mid-fielder.
Episcopal Academy – Harrison Malone, junior midfielder; Nick Wallick, senior defender; Trevor Manion, sophomore goalkeeper; Spencer Higgins, senior forward.
Friends’ Central – Carson Lonner, junior midfielder; Ingram Dillingham, junior defender.
Harriton – Ethan Rodgers, senior center back; Serhat Sakarcan, senior striker.
Haverford High – Connor Brown, senior center back; Alex Reardon, junior midfielder.
Haverford School – Griffin Wada, junior defender.
Lower Merion – Ethan Blouin, junior center back; Kirk Robinson, senior midfielder.
Malvern Prep – Lucas Hammond, senior midfielder; Matt Lamond, junior forward; Zach Hurchalla, junior defender.
Radnor – Ben Verbofsky, junior center back/center mid/forward; Nate Congleton, junior goalie; Zach Quinn, senior center back.
Shipley – Johnny Lenart, junior midfielder; Ian McGrath, senior mid-fielder; Brian Mcdaid, sophomore center back.
Barrack Hebrew Academy – Bailey Moshal, sophomore midfielder; Jacob Felger, senior midfielder; Benjamin Hirshman, senior midfielder.
Conestoga – Jeff Charles, senior midfielder; Jason Ivey, junior defender; Jack Murphy, junior defender.
Devon Prep – Joe Berretone, senior defender.
Episcopal Academy – Gabrielle Furey, junior midfielder.
Harriton – Emil Andersen, senior center back; Mikkel Andersen – soph-omore center midfielder; Justin Nachman, junior right midfielder.
Haverford School – Nik Golz, senior forward; Nick Pippis, junior winger; Will Micheletti, junior midfielder.
Lower Merion – Zach Goldstein, senior center back; Thomas Podrasky, senior right defender; Wyatt Joseph, junior right midfielder; Isaac Brainsky, junior center midfielder.
Radnor – Peter Miller, sophomore center mid; Ben Engstrom, sophomore center mid.
Shipley – Jimmy Fallon, sophomore center mid; Emlyn Thorogood, senior outside left back; Nolan Hamilton, senior outside right back.
(Note: Archbishop Carroll did not send a completed All-Main Line boys’ soccer ballot.)