The fall 2013 Main Line high school boys' soccer season produced a number of standout teams, with three local teams placing in the top eight spots in the end-of-season Southeast Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Poll.
Conestoga (18-6-1), which finished fifth in the Southeast Pa. rankings, qualified for the PIAA Class AAA state tournament for only the fourth time in school history and advanced to the state quarterfinals, where the Pioneers fell to then-undefeated Great Valley.
Haverford School, which ranked sixth, captured its second consecutive InterAc title and advanced to the PAISSA tournament final. The Fords, with three sophomores earning first team All-InterAc honors (and one of them was All-Delco Player of the Year), have a promising future for the next couple of years.
Lower Merion, which finished at No. 8 in the Southeast Pa. rankings, finished the regular season with a 16-0 record, the first time the Aces had gone unbeaten in the regular season since 1965. The Central League champions featured a fantastic defense - their first 12 wins were shutouts, as were 15 of their 16 victories. Although the Aces suffered a stunning first-round loss to Downingtown West in the PIAA District One playoffs, Lower Merion had quite a memorable campaign.
Shipley (17-5-1), which also received votes in the Southeast Pa. poll, defeated Westtown, 1-0, in the Friends' School League tournament championship final Nov. 1.
Devon Prep (12-6) was BiCentennial Division champion and a PIAA District one semifinalist. Friends' Central (13-6-3) and Radnor (10-5-3) also posted fine records this fall.
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 fall 2013 All-Main Line high school boys' soccer teams:
David Zipkin, Conestoga — Senior striker led the Pioneers in both goals (11) and assists (eight). A first team All-Central League selection, he scored four goals in the playoffs and will be playing soccer for Lehigh University next year.
Thijs Everts, Conestoga — Senior midfielder, a first team All-Central League selection, was a fine all-around performer, receiving the Pioneer Cup (considered the Conestoga squad's most prestigious award) and providing offensive punch (five goals, two assists).
Andrew Shannon, Devon Prep — Junior striker, who was runner-up in the BiCentennial League Most Valuable Player voting, scored 14 goals and a school-record 18 assists. Considered the catalyst of the Tide, and a dynamic attacking player with speed, strength and skills.
Joshua Wilson, Episcopal Academy — Senior forward, a first team All-InterAc selection, was particularly effective in league contests, scoring five goals in 10 InterAc contests (one against each team).
Gabe Tagliamonte, Friends' Central — Senior midfielder, a three-year first team All-Friends' Schools League selection, was an all-state pick (Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association) this fall as well. Second-year captain tallied 12 goals and dished out 16 assists in 22 games.
Zach Herman, Harriton — Senior defender and captain, a two-time All-Central League selection, was runner-up in the Central League's Most Valuable Player voting. Anchored a defense which allowed less than one year per game, and provided offensive punch as well (four goals, two assists).
Conor Bradley, Haverford School — Sophomore defensive midfielder, the InterAc's Most Valuable Player and All-Delco Player of the Year as well as the only sophomore all-state selection (Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association), was considered at the heart of the attacking moves produced by the powerful Fords this fall.
Connor Gregory, Haverford School — Sophomore striker, a first team All-InterAc and All-Delco pick, scored 23 goals and dished out four assists, accounting for 41 percent of the Fords' goals. Eight of his goals were game-winners. Averaged one goal per game in the Fords' 10 InterAc contests.
Shane Bradley, Haverford School — Sophomore central defender, a first team All-InterAc and All-Delco selection, was a big reason why the Fords posted 10 shutouts this season, allowed only five goals in 10 InterAc games and gave up more than one goal only three times all season. Was considered a constant aerial threat on set pieces, and contributed two goals and two assists.
Francisco Palma, Lower Merion — Senior forward, the Central League MVP and an all-state selection (Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association), provided much of the offense for the Central League champions, scoring 23 goals and dishing out 10 assists in 16 games.
William Rosenbaum, Lower Merion — Junior goalie, a first team All-Central League selection, was a key reason for the Aces' airtight defense, as he posted 16 shutouts and gave up only two goals during the entire season.
David Baer, Lower Merion — Senior central midfielder, a first team All-Central League selection, was a key season the Aces went undefeated during the regular season for the first time since 1965.
Fernando Sommo, Radnor — Versatile senior, a first team All-Central League pick, played center back against formidable forwards and contributed at center midfielder the rest of the time. Was a key factor in the Red Raiders allowing only 12 goals in 18 games. Considered quick, technical, with the ability to read the game well, he also chipped in with five assists and two goals.
Ryan Freedman, Radnor — Senior goalie posted eight shutouts in 18 games (including six shutouts in the Central League), allowing only 12 goals. Considered a good shot blocker who is very good on crosses and good in the air, making big saves at crucial times.
Nico Rubino, Shipley — Senior striker/midfielder and captain, an all-state selection (Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association) and first team All-Friends' Schools League pick, scored 20 goals and dished out 10 assists in 25 games. Was the Gators' attacking midfielder as a junior, and moved primarily into the striker role as a senior.
Konrad Bulanowski, Shipley — Junior striker was a vital part of the Gators' success, scoring four game-winning goals, including the first round of the PAISSA tournament. Despite missing several games in the middle of the league due to injury, he poured himself into his rehab, and was able to come back two weeks early, in time for playoffs.
Dan Leone, Shipley — Senior center back and second-year captain, a first team All-Friends' Schools League selection, led the Gators' backline to 13 shutouts and allowed only 15 goals. He also contributed solid offense, scoring four goals.
Archbishop Carroll — Tom Spedding, senior midfielder.
Conestoga — Harrison Moon, senior defender; Nate Monsell, senior striker; Will Smith, sophomore keeper; Michael McDugall, senior striker.
Devon Prep — Tanner Daggett , sophomore striker; Mike McKenna, senior midfielder; Gabe Pallante, junior central defender.
Episcopal Academy — Jack Keffer, senior defender; Dutch Buckley, senior midfielder.
Friends' Central — Nick Harris, senior forward; Steven Nguyen, junior winger; Nate Kennedy, senior defender.
Harriton — Kyle Gaeffke, junior midfielder; Sam Blumenthal, senior goalie.
Haverford High — Ryan Brown, junior midfielder.
Haverford School — Sander Yu, senior central midfielder; Jimmy Tricolli, sophomore central defender; Brandon Shima, junior left back.
Lower Merion — Tyler Robinson, senior central defender; Daniel Buckman, senior central midfielder; Gian-Luca Hail, junior central defender.
Radnor — Andrew Lundstrom, senior center back; Gerardo Montiel, senior outside midfielder/attacking midfielder; Sam Camp, senior target forward.
Shipley — Conor Higgins, junior defensive midfielder; Max Olson, senior outside right back; Michael Burns, sophomore outside left back/midfielder.
Archbishop Carroll — Drew Golden, senior back; Matteo Galieti, sophomore midfielder.
Conestoga — Jack Braun, junior midfielder; Matt Marcelli, sophomore midfielder; Mason Sellig, sophomore defender.
Devon Prep — Drew Brekus, senior midfielder; Matt Sidor, senior defender.
Episcopal Academy — Aaron Bogle, junior midfielder; Matt Freese, freshman goalie; Michael Hinckley, junior defender.
Friends' Central — Nico Posada, senior midfielder; Jerome Allen, senior goalie.
Haverford High — Alex Mack, senior midfielder.
Harriton — Felix Serlin, sophomore defender; Jerome Thierry, junior midfielder; Anthony Calligaro, sophomore defender.
Haverford School — Connor Keating, senior winger; Josh Klein, senior right back; Quinn Letter, junior goalie.
Lower Merion - Eli Cohen, senior midfielder.
Radnor — Connor Mullaney, senior defender/outside back; James Celucci, junior outside midfielder/target.
Shipley — Joe Bradley, sophomore center back; Josh Liss, sophomore left back/left midfielder.
(Malvern Prep and Barrack Hebrew Academy did not file ballots.)
-Eddie Levin contributed to this article.