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December 5, 2012

SALEM NEWS BOYS SOCCER ALL-STARS 2012

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CONOR LEAHY

Beverly, Senior

Center Mid/Forward

Finished the season with a team-high 20 goals and 17 assists ... Two-time Northeastern Conference MVP ... Three-time NEC All-Star ... Interested in Keene State, Plymouth State and Bentley for next year ... His best individual performance came against Swampscott in which he scored hat trick ... Extremely versatile player for the Panthers, both on attack and in the midfield.

TIGHE VANLENTEN

Masconomet, Senior

Defense

Played an intricate role in the Chieftains’ defense ... Helped his team post 16 shutouts at sweeper ... Named Eastern Mass all-star and Cape Ann League all-star ... Credits his father as his biggest influence for teaching him everything he knows ... Masco gave up six goals in 21 games for 0.29 goals against average ... Team captain ... A three-sport athlete, Van Lenten plays basketball in winter and is the Chieftain goalie in lacrosse during the spring season.

RISHAD DE SILVA

Bishop Fenwick, Junior

Forward

Named to the Eastern Mass all-star and Catholic Central League all-star teams ... Finished with eight goals and four assists ... Holds a 3.5 GPA as an honor roll student ... Plans on playing Div. 1 or 2 soccer in college ... Guided the Crusaders to an 8-7-4 record overall and a postseason appearance ... Cites his family, teammates and coach Nick Padovani as his biggest influences for their constant support.

DEMETRI DECOULOS

Masconomet, Senior

Defense

In 21 games this season, the Chieftains let up just six goals with the help of a solid defense led by Decoulos ... Wants to attend college for architecture and plans on playing soccer next fall ... Named to the Cape Ann League all-star team ... As team captain, Decoulos played a key role in Masco’s tournament runs both last year and this year ... As a team the Chieftains recorded 16 shutouts.

NICK FUSCO

Hamilton-Wenham, Senior

Defense

Named to the Cape Ann All-League team ... Undecided at the moment, but plans on attending college next fall ... During a regular season league game against Newburyport, Fusco scored the tying goal with minute left in regulation ... Generals’ team captain ... Defense was the No. 1 strength of the Hamilton-Wenham team and Fusco played an intricate role in that backfield.

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