There weren’t any champions crowned, but boys soccer in Brooklyn still managed to impress this season.
Grand Street Campus once again led the charge, reaching the Public Schools Athletic League Class A quarterfinal, falling in penalty kicks to Beacon in a rematch of last year’s championship game. Fort Hamilton also made it as far as the quarterfinals after clinching the Brooklyn A West crown during the regular season. Canarsie posted a perfect record in the regular season, sparked by a dominant front line, before coming up short to LaGuardia in the Class B quarters.
Brooklyn’s offensive stars also shined throughout the season as three different players finished in the top-10 of scoring across the city.
Here are the best of the best from across Brooklyn:
Brial Wilson George, Grand Street
The senior sparked the Wolves’ offensive front once again this fall, racking up 13 goals and 19 assists in 12 games during the regular season. George’s ability to notch goals himself — or set up his teammates — made him one of the most consistently dangerous players on Grand Street’s front line. He also chipped in four assists during three postseason games, helping spread the ball out on a Grand Street squad that was chock-full of weapons. The forward wrapped up his high-school career with an appearance in the Mayor’s Cup.
Johnny Chavez, Grand Street Campus
Chavez, a Grand Street alum, once again led the Wolves to a dominant season, building on his team’s offensive strengths. The squad out-scored its opponents 157–8 over 15 games. Grand Street cruised to a Brooklyn A Central title and, despite coming up short in the postseason, the Wolves are primed for another run next year. Two of the team’s top three scorers will be back next fall.
Victor Ogunwale, Thomas Jefferson
The senior forward could almost always be found in front of the net this fall, determined to push the ball whenever it hit his feet. It was an effective approach as Ogunwale notched a team-best 25 goals in 13 games. He also added three assists during the regular season.
Tajea Brown, Grand Street Campus
The sophomore made his presence known just about every time he stepped onto the field this fall. He scored 17 goals on just 35 shots and dished out 15 assists. Brown also added a whopping five goals in three playoff games and chipped in one assist for good measure.
Gregory Vaughn, Canarsie
The junior midfielder was a major part of his squad’s undefeated regular season, racking up 24 goals and 13 assists in 12 games. Vaughn didn’t slow down in the playoffs either — he notched five more goals in three postseason matchups.
Khaled Abdella, Fort Hamilton
The junior was a goal-scoring machine this fall. He racked up a team-best 23 goals on just 55 shots in 13 regular-season games. Abdella also chipped in 10 assists as the Tigers grabbed the Brooklyn A West crown this fall. His 56 total points were far and away the top offensive performance in the league — the next closest player notched just 37 points.
Foti Ceci, Fort Hamilton
The senior midfielder was the Tigers’ leader on and off the field, a calm and consistent force who set the tone for the squad’s offense. Ceci racked up six goals, but he was at his best when setting up his teammates, dishing out a league-best 16 assists.
Aaron Kraus, Brooklyn Tech
Kraus led the Engineers on the offensive side of the ball in his final year of high-school soccer, notching a team-best 10 goals in 13 games.
Steven Fadel, Xaverian
The senior defensive-midfielder and experienced presence on the Clippers back line wrapped up his high-school career with an appearance in the Mayor’s Cup. Xaverian limited opponents to two goals or less in 10 different games this fall.
Demyan Turiy, James Madison
The senior, who competed in the Mayor’s Cup, was an everything-player for the Golden Knights this season. Turiy notched 14 goals — but he also chipped in solid minutes on a Madison defense that allowed just under two goals per game on average.
Omario Rosen, Canarsie
The senior racked up 16 goals and 17 assists during his final season with the Chiefs. Rosen, who competed in the Mayor’s Cup as a defender, has drawn interest from a handful of college programs and hopes to continue his career at the next level.
Mahmoud Elshikh, Madison
The junior goalkeeper was a wall in net throughout the year, racking up a whopping 148 saves in 14 games during the regular season. He notched an 87.05 save percentage over that stretch — the best in Brooklyn A West league play — and allowed just 22 goals. He also presided over three shutouts.
Okan Kuguoglu, Fort Hamilton goalie
Nick Baskakov, Goldstein
Ossama Diaby, Grand Street forward
Simur Imanov, Lincoln midfielder
Jerry Castillo, Prospect Heights midfielder
Pablo Borrero, Midwood midfielder
Shavoy Campbell, School For Collaborative Studies mid-fielder
Malik Martinez, Grand Street defense