Conestoga led the way on the Main Line high school boys’ soccer scene, posting a perfect 26-0 record and capturing the PIAA Class 4A state championship – its fourth in the past decade.
The Pioneers prevailed in a Central League full of strong Main Line squads, such as Lower Merion (20-3-1, District 1 4A runnerup to Conestoga), Radnor (15-5-1, District 1 3A runnerup), Haverford High (14-4-2) and Harriton (9-8-1).
Shipley (16-2-1) advanced to the PAISAA state semifinal (losing on penalty kicks to eventual PAISAA champion Kiski) and won its 10th Friends’ Schools League title. The Gators outscored their foes 55-9.
Other Main Line teams that posted winning records were Episcopal Academy (12-8-1), Friends’ Central (10-8) and Malvern Prep (10-9-2).
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 2021 All-Main Line high school boys’ soccer teams:
Sebastian Tis, Conestoga – The senior midfielder and co-captain was the Central League Most Valuable Player and was named Pennsylvania Large School Player of the Year. Was a member of All-SEPS Team, All-State Team and Regional All-American. Scored 13 goals and dished out 11 assists.
Simeon Dorsey, Conestoga – Senior center back, a first team All-Central League selection, anchored a defense that allowed only five goals in 26 games. Considered among the best players in the Central League both on defense and offense, he scored 12 goals and dished out six assists.
Colin Wurth, Conestoga – Senior midfielder, a first team All-Central League selection, was considered the best ball winner on the team and were noted for his knack for scoring clutch game-winning goals with his head. Conestoga head coach Dave Zimmerman said, “He is the team’s man-marker when needed and does the heavy lifting in the midfield.” Scored 11 goals.
Charlie Smith, Conestoga – A first team All-Central League goalie, the senior allowed zero goals in league play, just two goals in 19 contests (for a 0.105 goals-against-per-game average, the lowest GAA of any starting Conestoga keeper in the history of the school), and surrendered zero goals in eight district and state playoff games.
Tristan Whitaker, Episcopal Academy – Senior center back and tri-captain, a first team All-Inter-Ac selection, anchored a Churchmen defense that posted six shutouts this fall. Noted for his physical presence, leadership and fine all-around play.
Sam Malloy, Episcopal Academy – Senior center mid and tri-captain, a first team All-Inter-Ac selection, was noted for his strong physicality, technical skill, high work rate and ability to produce under pressure.
Sam Gerber, Friends’ Central – Senior center mid/center back/striker and captain, a first team All-Friends’ Schools League selection, was noted for his versatility, intelligence and leadership. Was a potent offensive weapon when needed (6 goals, 5 assists).
Gugi Sola, Harriton – Junior midfielder, a first team all-Central League selection, was a valuable cog in the Rams’ fine season, providing 11 goals, six assists and standout all-around play at midfield.
Mason Baylis, Haverford High – Senior center midfielder and captain, a first team All-Central League selection, dished out 16 assists (tied for the league lead in assists with nine). Was voted Fords’ Most Valuable Player, and was noted for his fine leadership in the midfield.
Sean Boyle, Haverford High – Junior forward, a first team All-Central League pick, was tied for second in the league in goals scored (eight). He also tied the Haverford High school record for goals in a season, tallying 20. Noted for his dominance in the air and considered difficult to cover on set pieces.
Connor Cresswell, Haverford School – Sophomore goalie, a first team All-Inter-Ac selection, was noted for his standout play in the net as well as the crosses and long corners that he handled with ease. Also noted for his superb distribution skills.
Reid Joseph, Lower Merion – Senior midfielder and captain was runnerup in the Central League Most Valuable Player voting. A first team All-Central League pick, he scored 15 goals and dished out 12 assists, and was valued for his team leadership as well.
Michael O’Gara, Lower Merion – Senior goalie and captain posted 16 shutouts and yielded only 11 goals in 24 games. Anchored the Aces’ stingy defense and was valued for his leadership as his squad finished second in the District 1 4A tournament.
Nathan Bradway, Lower Merion – Senior attacking center midfield, a first team All-Central League selection, scored a dozen goals despite often being man-marked and dished out seven assists. A skillful scorer who was key to the attack of the District 1 4A runnerup Aces.
Johnny Diederich, Malvern Prep – Senior holding mid, a first team All-Inter-Ac selection, is considered one of the best soccer players from Malvern Prep. Noted for his intelligence in reading the game, he’s dangerous in transition and an excellent 1v1 defender as well as strong in the air, and a valued leader. Will play at Dickinson.
Gavin DiEgidio, Malvern Prep – Senior striker, a first team All-Inter-Ac selection, led the league in scoring (six goals). Was considered extremely dangerous up top and very difficult to shut down.
Drew Warren, Radnor – Senior forward and captain, a first team All-Central League selection, was the Raptors Most Valuable Player, tallying 11 goals and dishing out 11 assists for the District 1 3A runnerup.
Sebastian Kaper-Barcelata, Radnor – Senior center back/defender and captain was the Most Valuable Defensive Player for the PIAA District 1 3A runnerup, and scored four goals (with two assists) as a defender. Received second team All-Central League honors.
Justin Curran, Shipley – Senior striker and captain, an all-state and All-Southeast Pennsylvania selection as well as an All-Friends’ School League pick, tallied 18 goals and dished out 14 assists. The Gators’ Most Valuable Player, he was noted for scoring many of his goals in the most important contests.
Jack Gillin, Shipley – Senior center back and captain, a first team All-Friends’ Schools League selection, was a key part of a Gators defense that allowed only nine goals all season and posted 12 shutouts. Noted for his standout ability in the air, his distribution skills, and his sharp reading of the game.
Matt Homan, Shipley – Senior center back and captain, a first team All-Friends’ Schools League selection, was a key factor in a defense that posted 12 shutouts and allowed only nine goals all season. Also provided scoring punch, tallying four goals and dishing out several assists.
Conestoga – Lorenzo Vargas-Clarke, senior defender; AJ Nordone, senior defender; Brady Costin, sophomore defender.
Devon Prep – Chris Walton, senior midfielder.
Episcopal Academy – Jack Bonner, junior left back/left mid; Mark Dzwonczyk, senior center mid; Brad Johnston, senior center back.
Friends’ Central – Dylan Posencheg, senior midfielder; Max Mattioni, junior goalie; Mason McCrea, sophomore center mid/forward.
Harriton – Eddie Wright, sophomore center back; Dan Katz, senior goalie.
Haverford High – Max Hartke, senior midfielder; Devon Runk, junior back.
Haverford School – Thomas Kaplan, sophomore central defender/defensive center midfielder.
Lower Merion – Thanos Daniliidis, junior center back; Simon Rosen, junior striker; Luke Vaughan, senior center back.
Malvern Prep – Andrew Carlson, senior attacking midfielder; Colin Krause, senior outside back; Kody Kolar, senior center back.
Radnor – Brayan Chavez-Lopez, sophomore center mid.
Shipley – Alexi Amanatidis, junior goalie; Vance Yanney, freshman center defensive midfielder; Tanner Kelton, junior center mid/wing midfielder.
Conestoga – Tommy Barausky, sophomore defender; Jayce Tharnish, senior forward.
Episcopal Academy – Alex Barrist, sophomore forward; Sam Graham, sophomore center mid.
Harriton – Guillermo Ramirez, junior midfielder; Zach Kades, senior midfielder.
Haverford School – Andrew Kirwan, junior fullback; Matt Pressler, senior forward/winger.
Lower Merion – Spencer Rosenbaum, senior left back.
Malvern Prep – JJ Guillaume, sophomore attacking mid.
Radnor – Nick Lucchesi, senior forward; Nate Lucchesi, sophomore center mid; Tyler Quinn, senior center mid.
Shipley – Zach Anagnos, junior defender; Josh Uhl, senior center mid/outside mid/outside back; Xander Gillin, sophomore outside back.
(Note: Archbishop Carroll did not submit an All-Main Line boys’ soccer nomination ballot.
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