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DLN ALL-AREA: Boys Soccer First Team, 2nd Team, Honorable Mention & Coach of the Year

FIRST TEAM >> Forwards

RYAN COGILL, W.C. East, Sr.

Among the top scoring threats in the Ches-Mont, Cogill notched nine goals in 10 matches this fall and was named all-league. The Vikings went unbeaten in the regular season and shared the league title with Downingtown West and Unionville. “Ryan scored against every team in our league except for Unionville,” said his coach Charlie Dodds.

MATTHEW WELLENER, Great Valley, Sr.

Third in the voting for Ches-Mont American Player of the Year, Wellener is a four-year starter and has scored nine career goals. “He is a dynamic attacking player that was always a danger with the ball at his feet,” said Patriots coach Dave Moffett. “As team captain he kept the group of players focused, motivated and active throughout the uncertainty of the fall before the season officially began.”

KYLE KETTERER, Unionville, Sr.

A repeat first-team all-area selection, Ketterer scored 28 goals in his final two high school seasons. He had seven goals (and four assists) this fall and was named All-Southeastern Pennsylvania. “Kyle is a dangerous attacking player,” said his coach Rich Garber. “He has a combination of speed and a knack to go to goal.”

FIRST TEAM >> Midfielders

GAVIN SEELE, Kennett, Jr.

His coach, Mike Barr, calls Seele the “best midfielder in the area.” A first-team all-league pick, Seele scored five goals and added six assists. He has already drawn interest from Division I colleges. “Gavin has amazing first touch and dribbling skills, and has the ability to break down defenders are better than any player I’ve seen,” Barr said.

JOHN ZURLO, W.C. Henderson, Sr.

A first-team all-league selection, Zurlo led the Warriors with five goals and three assists in just eight contests. He has received recruiting interest from several Division III college programs. “He was one of the fastest players on the field each game,” said Henderson coach Dominic Popolizio. “Had is strong in the air off restarts and has a strong shot.”

OWEN VAN DYKE, W.C. East, Sr.

A two-time all-league selection, Van Dyke was among the top vote-getters for the All-Ches-Mont team in 2020. A center midfielder, he had a big hand in orchestrating an attack that helped East go 7-1-2. “All of our offense ran through Owen,” said Vikings’ head coach Charlie Dodds. “He would start for every team in our county.”

SEBASTIAN TIS, Conestoga, Jr.

The Pioneers went 14-0 this fall, outscored opponents by 56 goals along the way, and Tis was at the center of it all. The midfielder tallied three goals and two assists and is a first-team All-Central League pick. “Sebastian is a dominant defensive center-midfielder whose ball winning and passing helped control the middle of the field,” said ’Stoga coach Dave Zimmerman.

FRANKIE TAGLIANETTI, Malvern Prep, Sr.

A team captain, Taglianetti helped lead the Friars to a 6-3 record against a challenging array of non-league opponents. He scored two goals and added three assists in 2020 and was a four-year varsity performer. “He is an extremely technical and creative player that is dangerous both attacking and defending,” said Malvern Prep coach Susan Barr. He is also the president of his school’s National Honor Society.

FIRST TEAM >> Defenders

ALEX O’LEARY, Unionville, Sr.

The linchpin for a defense that logged four shutouts and surrendered just four goals in eight outings, O’Leary grabbed all-league, all-region and all-state honors. A four-year starter for Unionville, O’Leary was the C-M American Player of the Year. “This year on a team with not a lot of previous varsity experience, Alex’s leadership was a major reason the team was successful,” said heads coach Rich Garber.

SIMEON DORSEY, Conestoga, Jr.

’Stoga surrendered just 10 goals in 14 matches (.71 goals per outing), and Dorsey was the defensive anchor. In addition, he contributed offensively with two goals and three assists, and garnered all-league accolades. “Sim is a fast, skillful center back who controlled the ball on the ground and in the air,” said his coach Dave Zimmerman.

ELLIOT DUNN, Avon Grove, Sr.

The anchor of the Red Devils’ defense, Dunn was named first-team all-league in a vote of coaches. “Elliot is a very strong central defender with excellent technical skills,” said Avon Grove coach Mark Puican. “He was our captain and led our team.”

ETHAN ERNST, Downingtown West, Sr.

The Whippets went undefeated in league play, and defense was the main reason. West conceded just five goals all season for the Ches-Mont co-champs. Ernst was selected runner-up in voting for Ches-Mont National MVP.

EVAN CUNNINGHAM, Bishop Shanahan, Jr.

It wasn’t easy to score goals against the Eagles – nobody scored more than one goal in any outing — and Cunningham was a major reason. He was Shanahan’s co-MVP and a first-team all-league pick. “He was one of the best players in the Ches-Mont and possibly the most talented kid I’ve ever worked with,” said his coach Jim Kalavik.

FIRST TEAM >> Goalkeeper

JOHN REGESTER, W.C. East, Jr.

The Vikings won six matches by a single goal and Regester was a major factor in every one. He notched five shutouts in 10 matches and surrendered a total of just six goals overall. Regester was named the MVP of the Ches-Mont National as well as all-region and all-state. “Our team was ranked number one in the PIAA rankings, and the reason we were ranked so high was from the play of Johnny,” said East head coach Charlie Dodds.

SECOND TEAM

TYLER EMIG, W.C. Rustin, Sr.

DREW MURTHA, Downingtown East, Sr.

JACK REGENYE, Unionville, Sr.

SEAN LOCK, Great Valley, Jr.

COLIN DEAL, Bishop Shanahan. Jr.

DYLAN ENGLEHART, Downingtown West, Sr.

LEVI MORRELL, Avon Grove, Sr.

OWEN VAN DYKE, W.C. East, Sr.

COREY BRUNNER, Malvern Prep, Sr.

JOHNNY DIEDERICH, Malvern Prep, Jr.

SIMEON DORSEY, Conestoga, Jr.

QUINTIN WRABLEY, Great Valley, Sr.

HONORABLE MENTION

Avon Grove: Alexis Cordova Bernal, Ben Lincoln. John Pepe.

Bishop Shanahan: Sean Gingrich, Bryce Domsohn, Zane Domsohn.

Coatesville: Liem Au, Adam Bradley.

Conestoga: Colin Wurth; Lorenzo Vargas Clarke, Ryan Zellefrow.

Downingtown East: Evan Kent, Brendan Rosinsky.

Downingtown West: Liam Keisling, Kyle McWilliams.

Great Valley: Karl Brandt.

Kennett: Evan Hartman, Zach Mannices.

Malvern Prep: Gavin Diegidio, Evan Kent.

Oxford: Zoller Gray.

Unionville: Anthony Zucchero.

W.C. East: Trey Mullen, Joel Falkenstein.

W.C. Rustin: Judah Knaub.

W.C. Henderson: Tino Kneis, Ethan Jarden.

Coach of the Year

Charlie Dodds, West Chester East

Coming off a sub-.500 season in 2019, Dodds orchestrated a big turnaround as his Vikings grabbed a share of the Ches-Mont title by going 6-0-2. Buying in to his defensive schemes, East won all six of their matches by a single goal. The Vikings advanced to the District 1 Quarterfinals before falling. They finished with a 7-1-2 mark and allowed just six games for the entire season.

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