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2022 Spring All-Met: Boys First Football Team, Second Team, Honorable Mention

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The following student athletes have been selected for The Washington Post’s 2022 Boys’ Spring Football Team:

Tristan Kickbush, F, Sr, Yorktown

A tall and powerful hitter, Kickbush has been at the center of the Yorktown program that has dominated much of Northern Virginia for the past two years. After helping the Patriots win the state championship last spring, Kickbush has played all 21 games this season and scored 20 goals and eight assists as the Arlington program once again became a team to beat. He committed himself to the University of Mary Washington, where he plans to play goaltender.

Byron Banegas, GK, Sr. Lewis

Banegas, the anchor of the Lancers’ solid defense, even equalized in the state quarterfinals. He will play at Marymount.

Tai Bhalla, MF, Jr., Meridian

An all-out defensive midfielder, Bhalla has led the Mustangs’ strong defense, adding four goals and four assists this season.

Aidan Connolly, MF, Jr., Langley

A threat at midfield or at the top, the junior was a dynamic part of the state champions’ balanced attack. He finished with 12 goals and 10 assists.

Cole Fisher, D, Sr, Langley

Fischer was a key leader for the Saxons, the only local team to win a state championship this spring.

Ethan Fraser, F, Jr., Tuscarora

He was an unstoppable force for the Huskies, who advanced to the state quarterfinals this spring with 27 goals and 12 assists.

Angel Garcia, MF, Sr., Briar Woods

Virginia Wesleyan was at the center of a powerful Briar Woods offense that included 22 goals and seven assists.

Ethan Gregory, F, Sr., Oakton

The Maryland signer was one of the most dangerous players in the talented 6D region, scoring 12 goals for the Cougars.

Sean Kelsey, D, Sr., Washington-Liberty

A one-loss Generals back-line leader, Kelsey was tasked with stopping the strikers in one of the region’s toughest regions.

Will Mahoney, D, Sr. McLean

He was the heart of the Highlanders team that came together in the postseason as they pieced together an unexpected path to the state semi-finals. Mahoney will play in Binghamton.

Cooper Noseworthy, MF, Jr., Osborne

Pace-setting linebacker Noseworthy helped lead the Eagles to an unbeaten record all the way to the state quarter-finals.

AJ Schuetz, F, Sr., Patriot

A Naval Academy subscriber broke the program’s record by scoring 27 goals that season for the Pioneers.

Spinello ended a long career at Falls Church by doing what he has done so often in the past two decades: helping them win the state championship. While his Mustangs finished second this year, Spinello has turned Meridian into one of the best football programs in the state. He helped the Mustangs win five state championships as a longtime assistant and then six times as head coach, a role he assumed in 2011. He retired at the end of that season.

Brandon Bonilla, MF, Sr., Washington-Liberty

Lucas Caldas, F, Sr, Dominion

Alex Gardner, MF, Jr., Meridian

Frankie Gutierrez, D, Sr., Park View

Dylan Hirmas, D, Sr. Lewis

Sheraz Saadat, GK, Sr., Briar Woods

Chris Santisteban, D, Sr, Riverside

Noel Sotelo, F, Jr, Osborne

Matthew Tissell, F, Jr., Riverside

Nate Woods, MF, Sr., Yorktown

Daniel Young, F, Sr, Fairfax

Zayan Ahmed, F, Sr, Legacy

Ryan Cassidy, MF, Sr, Loudoun Valley

Angel Chavez, F, Sr, Freedom (Woodbridge)

Mason Cunningham, MF, Sr, Yorktown

Michael Eberle, F, Sr, Forest Park

Ahmed Elgamal, F, So., City of Alexandria

Aidan Faulkner, D, Sr, Madison

José Gutierrez, F, Jr., Edison

Matthew Guzman-Weizaga, MF, Jr., Tuscarora

Hector Hernandez-Beltran, F, Sr, Wakefield

Edwin Henriquez, F, Sr., park view

Jalen Holliday, MF, Sr. McLean

Tarik Kamara, MF, Sr., Westfield

Charles Katzen, D, Sr., Centerville

Asher Kuzemka, MF, Sr. Robinson

Aidan Langley GK Sr Yorktown

Matthew Lehnert, F, Jr., Marshall

Ryan Lilly, F, Jr, Stone Bridge

Jack Lim, D, Sr, WT Woodson

Jorge Lopez Escobar, MF, Jr., Hayfield

Itzar Mejia Arteaga, D, Sr., Tuscarora

Terra Nagai, MF, Senior, Chantilly

Billy O, F, Sr., Langley

Ronaldo Oliva-Pineda, F, Sr, South Lakes

Michael Osafo, D, Sr., Judge

Anthony Pate, D, Sr, Briar Woods

Ryan Poplavsky, MF, Sr., Octon

Angel Rivas, D., Jr., Osborne

José Reyes, MF, Sr., Dominion

Augie Rubino, MF, Senior, Stone Bridge

Kevin Sandoval, D, Jr., Osborne Park

Manzi Silbo, MF, Jr., Battlefield

She Sinani, D, Senior, Langley

AJ Smith, F, Senior, Meridian

Alex Stetz, D, Sr, Lowdown Valley

Jack Sturman, MF, Jr., Independence

Merlin Torres, MF, Sr. Lewis

Fredy Vargas, MF, Sr., Washington-Liberty

Benjamin Velasquez, MF, Sr., Gar Field

Patrick Westphal, F, Sr, Herndon

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