Although the COVID-19 pandemic put the 2020 Main Line high school boys’ soccer season at risk of cancellation, the local squads were able to play a limited schedule, and leading the way among successful teams were Conestoga (14-0, Central League champions), Lower Merion (9-3, Central League Tournament runner-up), Radnor (9-1), Harriton (7-5), Devon Prep (third straight PIAA District 12 title) and Malvern Prep (6-3).
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 sports available to first team, second team and honorable mention – but follows the priority of the coaches’ selections.
What follows are the 2020 All-Main Line high school boys’ soccer teams:
Tyson Burling, Conestoga – Senior left wing, the Central League’s Most Valuable Player, scored 15 goals in 14 games and received all-state honors. Conestoga boys’ soccer head coach David Zimmerman said, “Tyson is the greatest wing player ever to play for Conestoga in terms of scoring.”
Sebastian Tis, Conestoga – Junior midfielder, a first team All-Central League selection, is considered a dominant defensive center-midfielder whose ball winning and passing helped control the middle of the field. Also chipped in with three goals and two assists.
Simeon Dorsey, Conestoga – Junior defender was considered the anchor of the Pioneers’ defense. A second team All-Central League selection, he is noted as a fast, skillful center back who controlled the ball on the ground and in the air. Also contributed offensively (two goals, three assists).
Chris Walton, Devon Prep – Junior midfielder, a first team All-Catholic League selection, led the Tide in goals and assists, and led Devon Prep to a third straight PIAA District 12 title and a berth in the PIAA state tournament.
Alex Geczy, Episcopal Academy – Senior goalie and co-captain was a strong presence in the net for a solid Episcopal Academy squad. Was recipient of EA’s Class of 1999 Soccer Award and The Skip Sykes ’55 Leadership Award. Will play soccer for the University of Massachusetts.
Xander Lotsis, Episcopal Academy – Senior defender and co-captain was a strong defender and leader for the Churchmen, receiving The Alumni Gold Soccer Ball Award and The Skip Sykes ’55 Leadership Award.
Josh Millrood, Harriton – Senior center back and captain, a first team All-Central League selection, was the Rams’ Most Valuable Player, not only contributing on defense but leading the strong Harriton squad in goals scored with four in 12 games.
Daniel Katz, Harriton – Junior goalie recorded five shutouts in 12 games. Was a second team All-Central League goalie (was first team All-CAL netminder as a sophomore). Had a 1.05 goals-against average, and played all but 12 minutes during the season.
Duncan Riegler, Haverford High – Senior center back, a repeat first team All-Central League and All-Main Line selection, is noted for his fearlessness in the air and vocal leadership. Anchored an improving defense that allowed only one goal in its last three games.
Phil Udo-Inyang, Haverford High – Senior forward finished the 2020 season on fire, scoring five goals in the Fords’ final three games, including two against Springfield in a league playoff win, and tallied 10 goals in Haverford’s 11-game season. Noted for his dynamic play, speed and finishing ability.
Shane Brown, Lower Merion – Senior forward, a repeat All-Main Line first team pick and a first team All-Central League selection, was runner-up in the league’s Most Valuable Player voting. Tallied seven goals in 12 games and dished out a trio of assists.
Michael O’Gara, Lower Merion – Junior goalie, a first team All-Central League selection, recorded six shutouts in 12 games, and posted a 0.50 goals-against average for the season.
Sam Hecht, Lower Merion – Senior center back and captain helped anchor Aces’ squad that made it to the championship finals in the Central League Tournament.
Frankie Taglianetti, Malvern Prep – Senior attacking center mid was noted for his extreme technical skill and creativity; was considered dangerous both attacking (two goals, three assists in nine games) and defending.
Corey Brunner, Malvern Prep – Senior striker, a Denison University commit, was noted for his fine hold-up play as striker, his excellence at 1v1 attacking and his skill as a set piece specialist. Tallied three goals and three assists in nine games.
Matt Miller, Radnor – Senior forward and captain, a first team All-Central League selection, led the Raiders in scoring (six goals, two assists in 10 games).
Michael Sears, Radnor – Senior defender and captain, a first team All-Central League selection, was considered the anchor of Radnor’s defense and the Raiders’ Most Valuable Player. Also tallied two goals and one assist as a center back.
Drew Warren, Radnor – Junior midfielder, a second team All-Central League midfielder, was a fine all-around performer for the Raiders, dishing out a half-dozen assists in 10 games.
Conestoga – Colin Wurth, junior midfielder; Lorenzo Vargas, junior defender; Eli Brown, senior striker.
Devon Prep – Ethan Skorup, senior defender; Will Welsh, senior defender/midfielder.
Episcopal Academy – Mark Dwonzyck, junior midfielder; Tristan Whitaker, junior midfielder.
Harriton – Reiley Kreiser, senior center midfielder; Sam Finkelstein, senior right back.
Haverford School – Zach Seaman, senior central midfielder; Kieran Bradley, senior central defender.
Lower Merion – Reid Joseph, junior midfielder; Owen Downey, senior striker; Will Pitonyak, senior center back.
Malvern Prep – Johnny Diederich, junior holding center mid; Gavin Diegidio, junior center back.
Radnor – Nick Lucchesi, junior midfielder; Tyler Quinn, junior defender.
Conestoga – Ryan Zellefrow, freshman midfielder; Grant Burns, senior right wing.
Episcopal Academy – Sam Malloy, junior midfielder; Eddie Jones, sophomore defender.
Harriton – Avi Shende, senior holding center mid; Eddie Wright, freshman center back; Zach Kades, senior striker.
Haverford High – Brady Ring, senior center midfielder; Michael Depalma, senior goalie.
Lower Merion – Lincoln Blouin, senior midfielder; Josh Axelrod, senior midfielder.
– Archbishop Carroll did not submit an All-Main Line boys’ soccer nomination ballot.
– Eddie Levin contributed to this article.