By Bruce Adams and Eddie Levin
The 2014 high school boys’ soccer season produced a number of impressive Main Line teams, and three of them – Shipley, Haverford School and Conestoga – ranked among the top 11 spots in the end-of-season Southeast Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Poll.
Shipley (18-2-4), which had never been nationally ranked before this season, was ranked as high as No. 32 nationally by Top Drawer Soccer this fall, finishing at No. 46. The Gators won their second consecutive Friends’ Schools League championship with a 4-1 win over Westtown; then advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pennsylvania Independent Schools state tournament. The FSL title marked the third in five years for the Gators.
Haverford School (16-3-2), ranked 14th nationally by Top Drawer Soccer, captured its third consecutive InterAc title and advanced to the Pennsylvania Independent Schools state tournament semifinals.
Conestoga (14-4-3) won the Central League championship, then advanced to the PIAA Class AAA District One quarterfinals before falling to top-seeded Unionville.
Other Main Line teams receiving recognition in the Southeast Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Poll were Lower Merion, Radnor and Harriton.
Devon Prep won the BiCentennial League’s President Division title and advanced to the PIAA District One Class A tournament.
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 2014 All-Main Line high school boys’ soccer teams:
Chris Ward, Conestoga — Senior striker, a first team All-Central League selection, was a potent scorer and offensive force for the Central League champions, scoring eight goals in 21 games and receiving the Pioneers’ Offensive Player of the Year award.
Chris Chappelear, Conestoga — Senior defender, an All-Central League selection, anchored the Pioneers’ fine defense and received the Pioneers’ Defensive Player of the Year award. Also provided solid offense, tallying several goals and assists.
Will Smith, Conestoga — Junior goalie allowed 0.88 goals per game, posting seven shutouts, and providing excellent play in the net for the Central League champions. Was second team All-Central League netminder.
Andrew Shannon, Devon Prep — Senior forward and captain was voted Most Valuable Player of the Bicentennial League Presidents Division. Scored 19 goals and dished out nine assists in 16 games, breaking the school’s all-time goals and assists records.
Aaron Bogle, Episcopal Academy — Senior midfielder, a first team All-Inter-Ac selection, received the team’s Golden Soccer Ball Award. Was second team All-Delco selection.
Michael Hinckley, Episcopal Academy — Senior defender, a first team All-Inter-Ac selection, also was a force among Delaware County’s top players, as he received first team All-Delco recognition as well.
Matt Freese, Episcopal Academy – Sophomore goalie, a first team All-Inter-Ac and All-Delco selection, posted nine shutouts and allowed only 10 goals in 10 Inter-Ac contests. Came up big twice against powerful Haverford School twice, making 14 saves in the first game and 15 saves to preserve a 0-0 tie on EA-Haverford Day.
Kyle Gaeffke, Harriton — Senior striker and captain, a first team All-Central League selection, scored 13 goals in 18 games and dished out several assists as well, leading the Rams to a fine season.
Shane Bradley, Haverford School — Junior central defender, a first team All-InterAc pick, also was selected as the Fords’ Most Valuable Player and was named All-Delco Player of the Year.
Connor Gregory, Haverford School — Junior striker, the co-Most Valuable Player of the Inter-Ac League and a first team All-Delco selection, scored 19 goals and dished out six assists in 21 games. Scored eight game-winning goals for the Inter-Ac champions. Was all-state selection at forward.
Jimmy Tricolli, Haverford School — Junior center back, a third-year starter, was a key to the Fords registering 15 shutouts this season. Added six assists and a game-wining goal, and received second team All-Inter-Ac and All-Delco honors.
Conor Bradley, Haverford School – Junior defensive midfielder, the All-Delco Player of the Year and an all-state performer in 2013, was once again a first team All-Delco selection and recorded six goals and dished out four assists while representing the stabilizing presence in the Fords’ midfield.
William Rosenbaum, Lower Merion — Senior goalie and captain allowed only 14 goals in 20 games and posted 11 shutouts. Was second team All-Central League goalie (first team All-Central as a junior).
Gian-Luca Hail, Lower Merion — Senior defender and captain, a first team All-Central League pick, was potent on both sides of the ball. Helped anchor an Aces’ defense that allowed only 14 goals in 20 games and posted 11 shutouts, while scoring a team-leading seven goals.
Mike Narzikul, Malvern Prep — Junior captain was first team All-Inter-Ac selection at midfielder, as well as the Friars’ Most Valuable Player. Was a potent offensive force for a Friars’ squad that posted a winning record, scoring 13 goals in 19 games.
Drew Ryan, Radnor — Senior center back, a first team All-Central League and first team All-Delco selection, was the Red Raiders’ Most Valuable Player. Anchored a defense that allowed one goal or fewer in 14 games. Also scored two game-winning goals.
Wyatt Page, Shipley — Junior midfielder was a versatile performer for the FSL champions, also contributing at wing midfield and center back. Considered a phenomenal passer who controlled the middle of the field and won crucial tackles all season to break up attacks. Dished out 13 assists, including six game-winning assists.
Josh Liss, Shipley — Junior left wing back anchored a defense that allowed only 13 goals in 24 games and posted 16 shutouts. Considered a very good 1v1 attacker and defender — many of the Gators’ goals came from the left side of the field because of his ability to win the 1v1 defensive battle and then transition to attack.
Ian Hamilton, Shipley — Senior central midfielder and captain, a two-time All-Friends Schools League selection, scored some crucial goals and had some crucial assists for the Gators, who won a lot of games this season with just seconds left on the clock. Can deliver a dead ball with great accuracy, and proved to deliver his best service when the Gators needed it most.
Konrad Bulanowski, Shipley — Senior striker was voted the Most Valuable Player of the Friends’ Schools League, and was named all-state and All-Southeast Pennsylvania. Scored 16 goals and dished out four assists, tallying a hat trick in the Friends Schools League championship final.
Conestoga — Blaise Milanek, sophomore midfielder; Matt Marcelli, junior midfielder/striker; Jack Braun, senior midfielder.
Devon Prep — Tanner Daggett, junior midfielder/forward; Gabe Pallante, senior defender.
Friends’ Central — Matt Blackman, sophomore midfielder.
Harriton — Felix Serlin, junior center midfielder.
Haverford School —Quinn Letter, senior goalie; Brandon Shima, senior left back.
Lower Merion — Evan Wolf, senior center midfielder; Greg Kastein, senior center back.
Malvern Prep — David Bettenhausen, junior; Jason McLarney, senior.
Radnor — Max Barish, junior forward; Adrian Moscol, senior center back/center mid; James Cellucci, senior outside back/outside mid.
Shipley — Joe Bradley, junior midfielder/striker; Michael Burns, junior left midfielder; Ben Tirjan, junior goalie.
Conestoga — Danny Leiser, junior defender; Gabe Harms, sophomore defender; Mason Sellig, junior defender.
Devon Prep — Daniel Shannon, sophomore midfielder; Tyler Wright, freshman midfielder/forward.
Episcopal Academy — Matt DePillis, junior forward; Ramon Gallegos, sophomore midfielder.
Friends’ Central — Mark Charamella, junior defender.
Harriton — Matt Binnion, junior center defender; Anthony Calligaro, junior outside defender.
Haverford School — Jerry Karalis, junior winger; Shane McBride, senior defensive midfielder; Grant Yu, junior attacking midfielder.
Lower Merion — Quinn Vagnoni, junior left defender.
Malvern Prep — A.J. Traynor, junior; Nick Gabriele, senior.
Shipley — Ronan Higs, freshman striker; Brandon Peltz, senior center back; Tate Gallagher, junior right back.
(Note: Archbishop Carroll and Haverford High did not submit ballots.)