2019 Salem News boys soccer Player of the Year

ZACHARY DAVIS 

St. John's Prep Senior

Center Midfield 

Stats don't always tell the whole story, and Eagles' do-it-all senior Zachary Davis is living proof of that. 

Sure, the reliable midfielder chipped in six goals (including a late-season hat trick) and eight assists on the year, but it was his overall presence on the pitch that shined brightest. Whether he was scoring or not, Davis was regularly the best player on the field.

His intelligence and IQ for the game was perhaps most prominent in his final Eagles' campaign, and he always seemed to do the little thing to help his team win. Whether that was setting up a teammate for a smooth transition score, winning a critical 50/50 ball, or locking down the opposing team's top player, Davis always made the impact plays. He consistently earned praise from opposing coaches as he caused fits for worthy competitors game in and game out. 

2019 Salem News boys soccer all-stars

JAIME CAMPOS/Staff photo Zachary Davis The Salem News Fall sports all-star photos. 11/21/2019

Davis' stellar play didn't go unnoticed, as he was named the Catholic Conference Player of the Year. In addition, he earned All-State and Eastern Mass. all-star distinction. The team captain is also a strong student, carrying a 3.5 GPA in the classroom, and he's committed to Stonehill College where he'll continue his soccer career. 

THE ALL-STARS 

EDDIE NAZZARO 

Essex Tech Senior

Center Back

Speedy defender often used his dribbling skills to help the Hawks get out on the attack ... Scored four goals and dished out 14 assists despite playing from the center back position ... Played crucial role in back-to-back conference wins over Mystic Valley and Lynn Tech to help team secure league championship ... Scored the double overtime game-winner against Austin Prep in second round of Division 4 tournament. 

BENJAMIN KEMP 

Peabody Senior 

Center Back

Undoubtedly one of the top defenders in the Northeastern Conference also managed to score three goals and tally seven assists ... Team captain was selected to NEC all-star team ... Chosen as Defensive Player of the Year for Tanners ... Helped hold strong Billerica team to two goals in tight regular season win ... Maintains a 3.4 GPA and is still weighing college options. 

  

KAJ AVOLA 

Beverly Senior 

Center Defensive Midfield

Played integral role for Panthers team that nearly topped eventual Div. 2 state champ Winchester in sectional quarterfinals ... Tallied a goal and five assists from the midfield ... Chosen to NEC all-conference team ... Maintains a 3.67 GPA and plans to attend four-year university ... Credits his coach, Edgar de Leon as biggest athletic influence. 

DANNY BUZI

Beverly Senior 

Midfield 

Dished out 11 assists and scored seven goals this fall ... Intelligent offensive threat was named to NEC all-conference team ... Panthers team captain ... Considers his performance against eventual Division 2 state champ Winchester in sectional quarterfinal PK loss to be his best game of year ... Hopes to play college soccer. 

ETHAN AMBROSH 

St. John's Prep Senior 

Midfield/Forward

Eagles' captain turned in balanced stat line of 12 goals and 11 assists ... Named a Catholic Conference all-star ... Eastern Mass. all-star selection ... Netted two goals and an assist in revenge win over league rival Xaverian ... Hopes to play Div. 2 or 3 college soccer ... Carries a 3.9 GPA ... Considers his grandfather to be his biggest supporter. 

JAKE SCRUTON 

Ipswich Junior 

Center Midfield/Striker 

Tigers' captain was named team MVP and team Offensive Player of the Year ... Scored two goals and tallied team-high six assists ... First team CAL all-star selection ... Talented athlete has played varsity since freshman year ... Netted season-best three assists in 5-1 win over Innovation Charter ... Maintains a 3.7 GPA and hopes to play soccer in college. 

ENDI DOKU 

Salem Senior 

Forward 

Speedy and skilled striker was lead catalyst as Witches' garnered a number of signature wins in competitive NEC ... Netted a team-high 16 goals to go with 12 assists ... Chosen as team MVP ... NEC first team all-star selection ... Named an Eastern Mass. all-star ... Scored two goals in Witches' win over rival Peabody ... Hopes to play Div. 1 college soccer ... Ranked 30th in graduating class with 3.7 GPA. 

WILL NEUENHAUS 

Masconomet Junior 

Center Back 

Chieftains' captain pumped in five goals despite anchoring defense ... Chosen to Cape Ann League all-star first team ... Selected as Eastern Mass. all-star ... Scored season-high two goals in win over Ipswich ... Hopes to play Div. 3 college soccer upon graduation ... Ranked 21st in class with 4.76 weighted GPA ... Credits Presnel Kimpembe as biggest athletic influence. 

GABRIEL NAJIM 

St. John's Prep Senior 

Left Wing 

Talented offensive threat scored 10 goals and dished out 10 assists ... Chosen as a Catholic Conference all-star for second straight year ... Repeat Salem News all-star ... Turned in big performance in rivalry win over Silver Lake ... Team captain plans to play college soccer at Div. 2 or 3 level ... Carries a 4.0 GPA ... Cites his father as biggest athletic influence. 

DEREK ANNESE 

Essex Tech Senior 

Midfield 

Hawks' captain helped his team earn spot in Division 4 North semifinals ... Tallied 13 goals and five assists on season ... Chosen as team MVP ... Recipient of leadership award ... Selected as Commonwealth Athletic Conference all-star ... His diving header sent the Hawks past rival Mystic Valley ... Owner of 3.9 GPA will attend Harvard University to study law.

CARTER COFFEY

Hamilton-Wenham Junior 

Center Back 

Versatile athlete was top defender on gritty Generals team ... Recorded three goals on the season ... One of three H-W players to be named to CAL all-star second team ... Helped lead a 4-0 shut out victory over league rival Triton while scoring a goal ... Also a strong basketball player ... Hopes to attend a strong academic college and possibly play basketball, baseball or soccer ... Maintains a 4.0 GPA. 

JAMESON MARTINEZ 

Bishop Fenwick Senior 

Center Defensive Midfield 

Crusaders' captain netted one goal and six assists despite playing mostly a defensive role ... Played key role in shutting down Georgetown in Division 4 tournament triumph ... Chosen as an Eastern Mass. all-star ... Terrific on-ball defender with high IQ ... Plans to play college soccer. 

NICK SABLONE 

Peabody Junior 

Center Back 

One of the true anchors for Tanners' impressive defensive unit this fall ... Chosen as a senior captain for 2020 season ... NEC all-conference selection ... Recipient of John Petradelis Coaches Award ... Unselfish player always put team first ... Ranked 41st in his class with a 3.64 GPA ... Plans to play college soccer ... Considers former Tanner star and current professional player in Sweden, Ben Manoogian, as his biggest influence. 

SEAN KERN 

Bishop Fenwick Senior 

Striker/Forward

One of the most gifted scorers on the North Shore finished final campaign with 24 goals and six assists ... Team captain garnered league all-star status and was named to the Eastern Mass. all-star team ... Helped his team earn convincing 6-0 win over league rival St. Mary's ... Will play college soccer at Division 3 Plymouth State University. 

JASON STUTZ 

Masconomet Senior 

Forward 

One of the Chieftains go-to offensive weapons enjoyed breakout senior season with nine goals and four assists ... Stats didn't tell the whole story, as Stutz impacted the game in so many other ways ... Chosen as Cape Ann League MVP ... Eastern Mass. all-star selection ... Scored both his team's goals in an important CAL win over North Reading ... Owner of 3.8 GPA hopes to play soccer college soccer at Div. 2 or 3 level. 

NICK BRAGANCA 

Beverly Sophomore 

Midfield

Second-year standout was a driving force in Beverly's turn-around playoff campaign ... Regularly came up with timely clears and won seemingly every 50/50 ball in his vicinity ... Tallied a team-high 16 assists ... Terrific defensive midfielder ... Voted to NEC all-conference team ... Maintains a 3.8 GPA and hopes to play college soccer. 

HAYDEN MILLER 

Marblehead Senior 

Center Defensive Midfield

Team captain rarely came off the field, playing the most minutes for a Magicians' squad that qualified for the tournament ... Selected as a Northeastern Conference all-star ... Recipient of the Marblehead Coaches Award ... Player of the Game in league battle with strong Beverly team ... Scored the game-winning goal against Burlington on a top-shelf laser from 35 yards out ... Excellent student maintains 4.5 GPA and is weighing college options. 

ALFRED BRESNAHAN

Marblehead Senior Attacking midfield

Magicians’ captain was named team MVP ... Helped Marblehead top Lynn Classical in pivotal playoff bout ... Second team Northeastern Conference all-star selection ... Netted seven goals and 12 assists this fall ... Maintains a 3.2 GPA and plans to attend a small, local college ... Considers his younger brother to be his biggest athletic influence.

HONORABLE MENTION

Beverly: Jackson Erwin, Sr., F; Sam Phillips, Fr., M; Ian Visnick, Fr., D/M. Joel Platt, Sr., F; Chris Rosetti, Sr., D

Bishop Fenwick: Aidan Dwyer, Soph., D; Kieron Murray, Sr., D.; Andrew Perry, Jr., M

Covenant Christian: Jacob Knowlton, Jr., M/F; Eli Pekari, Soph., GK; Jordan Plosker, Jr., M

Danvers: Dan Rossitto, Sr., M; Conor Fitzgerald, Sr., M

Essex Tech: Sam Jenkins, Sr., F; Salo Bila, Sr., D; Andrew Boga, Sr., D

Hamilton-Wenham: Connor Evers, Sr., M; Ronan Connors, Jr., M/F

Ipswich: Alphonso Lopez, Sr., D/M

Marblehead: John Hecht, Sr. M; Alfred Bresnhahan, Sr., M. 

Masconomet: Dom Gecoya, Sr., D; Zack Rock, Sr., GK; Spencer Butterworth, Jr., M; Matt O'Brien, Sr., F

Peabody: Kyle Morfis, Sr., M; Kyle Joyce, Jr., M/F; Edward Santos, Jr., M/F

Pingree: Faris Matraji, Sr., M; Kyle Collins, Jr., D; Guy Collison, Sr., D

Salem: Luke Mark, Sr., M; Nico Flores, Sr., M

Salem Academy: Michael Santana, Sr., F; Wesoly Hanger, Sr., M/F

St. John's Prep: Andrew Behling, Sr., D; Garrison Jorge, Sr., M; Ryan Hart, Sr., D

Swampscott: Jason Aucone, Jr., M; Fernando Barranco, Jr., F 

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