GameTimePA.com boys' soccer all-stars
The top YAIAA athletes from the 2015 season, as selected by the GameTimePA.com staff
Meet the all-stars
First-team all-star capsules, honorable mention list and Coach of the Year
Introducing the YAIAA first-team boys' soccer all-stars for 2015, as selected by the GameTimePA.com staff. Sean Heisey
Igor Gomes, Central York, sr.
Gomes dominated for the second straight season, scoring 27 goals and 10 assists to help the Panthers reach the state Class AAA tournament. The senior also grew as a leader during his second year on the team, according to head coach Frank Lenno. “Igor is technically the best player in the county,” Lenno said. “He’s very strong on the ball, and if he doesn’t score, we struggle to score.”
Brady Gallegos, Susquehannock, sr.
Gallegos began the season on defense before switching to defensive midfield and still remained a force, according to coach Brett Maxwell. “He could play any position on the field, which allows us to move him as needed,” Maxwell said. “His leadership and attitude will truly be missed next year.”
Connor Griest, Biglerville, jr.
Griest was the Canners' most talented offensive player, yet he played midfield because his versatility was so valuable, according to coach Jebb Nelson. The junior finished the season with 13 goals and 14 assists. “His dedication and skill level is college-worthy,” Nelson said. “He can come up and make a play in a moment’s notice. He’s definitely a leader for us.”
Kyle Hennigan, Dallastown, jr.
Hennigan was a difference-maker for the Wildcats in his first year of high school soccer, having previously played only club. A defensive midfielder, Hennigan still managed to make his presence felt on offense, scoring seven goals and four assists. “He exudes class and confidence,” Zimmerman said. “I never worried about him with the ball, he always made a great decision.”
Sam Johnson, Bermudian Springs, sr.
Johnson broke the Bermudian Springs record for goals in a season with 23 while also handing out 16 assists. Head coach Jim Zerfing credited him with dedicating himself to becoming a better finisher. “Sam added finesse and ball skills to our team,” Zerfing said. “His teaching and ability to bring younger players along was a key to our success.”
Johnny King, Bermudian Springs, sr.
A four-year starter, King was once again a dominant player for the Eagles, scoring 20 goals and adding 11 assists. His move from center back to center midfield helped him make an impact on offense. “Johnny is all heart and passion,” Zerfing said. “He’s had a relentless pursuit since his freshman year, spurred a lot of guys and brought consistency.”
Darian McCauley, West York, sr.
The 6-foot-3 goalie was the leader for the 10-8-1 Bulldogs, starting all 19 games and finishing with 84 saves, a 1.53 goals-against average and three shutouts. Coach Brent Duffy said McCauley’s impact goes way beyond statistics. “What people miss is his aerial command,” Duffy said. “He cuts off dangerous chances before they become problems, and he commands the box and communicates well.”
Kyle Schimmel, Dallastown, sr.
Schimmel was the leader of the Dallastown offense, scoring 10 goals and six assists for the Wildcats. Head coach Matt Zimmerman said Schimmel’s clutch play and leadership helped drive the Wildcats to the playoffs. “He always put himself in the right place and scored so many game-winning goals,” Zimmerman said. “He always played through pain and was a hard worker.”
Luke Thomas, Susquehannock, sr.
Thomas was the Warriors' top offensive player despite playing center midfield instead of forward. The senior had 28 goals and 10 assists, more than half the team’s offensive output, according to Maxwell. “The majority of our offense goes through Luke,” Maxwell said. “He is a player other teams must be aware of and attempt to shut down every game.”
Jared Wagner, Central York, sr.
The center back was the leader of a Central York defense that finished the season with 11 shutouts. Wagner also excelled on offense when needed, chipping in three goals and two assists. “He’s unbelievably athletic and extremely tough to get around,” Lenno said. “He’s like a wall back there for us.”
Bobby Weikert, Gettysburg, sr.
One of many versatile Warriors players, Weikert was a stalwart on defense while scoring once and providing four assists. The senior captain was a major reason Gettysburg had 17 shutouts and allowed just nine goals all season. “He’s technically superior to most defenders at the high school level,” head coach Scott Hancock said. “His skill on the ball is terrific.”
Adam Yingling, Gettysburg, sr.
Yingling bettered his 20-goal season in 2014 by posting 30 goals and 11 assists this year, leading the Warriors to a 23-2 season. The midfielder finished his career with 57 goals despite starting out as a goalie his freshman season. “Adam recognizes space so well and has an amazing, intuitive knack for playing his first touch into space,” Hancock said. “He does that in ways many college players don’t think to do.”
Matt Yingling, Gettysburg, jr.
The junior forward continued to be a terrific complement to his brother Adam, scoring 24 goals while also contributing 12 assists. “He plays with a lot of ferocity and energy,” Hancock said. “He hates to lose, loves to win. He’s competitive all the time.”
COACH OF THE YEAR
Scott Hancock, Gettysburg
The Warriors compiled a 23-2 overall record and went undefeated within the division in their second season in the YAIAA. Under Hancock's tutelage, the Warriors recorded 17 shutouts and held opponents to nine goals all season. Gettysburg also reached the district title game and the state quarterfinals.
Bermudian Springs: Dylan Lott. Biglerville: Jared Dotson-Jones, Chris Cellucci. Central York: Carter Luckenbaugh, Jared Hileman. Delone Catholic: Alex Trummer. Dover: Robert Maze. Red Lion: Ian Patmore, Noah Patmore. Fairfield: Will Jenkins. Gettysburg: Drew Riggle, Isaac Myers, Drew Wivell. Kennard-Dale: Craig Potts. Littlestown: Jacob Owings. New Oxford: Luis Partida. South Western: Jacob Wells. Spring Grove: Darin Gordon. Susquehannock: Kaleb Lippy. West York: Eddy Rodriguez. York Catholic: Jeffrey Waser. York Suburban: Carter Kowalewski, Jimmy Moore.
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In the York Daily Record on Dec. 12; in The Evening Sun on Dec. 13.
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In the York Daily Record Dec. 14; in The Evening Sun on Dec. 17.
In the York Daily Record on Dec. 15; in The Evening Sun on Dec. 15.
In the York Daily Record on Dec. 16; in The Evening Sun on Dec. 15.
In the York Daily Record on Dec. 17; in The Evening Sun on Dec. 17.
In the York Daily Record on Dec. 18; in The Evening Sun on Dec. 17.
In the York Daily Record on Dec. 19; in The Evening Sun on Dec. 20.
Online Sunday. In the York Daily Record on Dec. 20; in The Evening Sun on Dec. 20.
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