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Six teams compete in soccer 'open'
(Published September 20, 2004)

By DAVID STEINBACHER
Special to The Common Denominator

The second annual John Warring Northwest D.C. Soccer Open was played Sept. 10-11 at Wilson Senior High School, providing six local high school teams, five from the nation's capital, with valuable experience which will carry over into the regular season.

"The whole thing is for the kids and to benefit Wilson High School. The tournament provides the players with real good competition," said John Waring Jr., son of the tournament's namesake. "Eddie Saah [Wilson's athletic director] has been doing a real good job coordinating the tournament. I hope to continue the 'open' for a number of years."

After two days of competition, with each team playing three complete games, the final records were as follows:

The Carroll Lions, members of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, defeated Georgetown Day (1-0) as well as Maret (4-0) and tied Wilson (1-1). Leading the Lions in scoring: junior Joel Senior (two goals), seniors Jonathan Orlando and Joshua Barnaby (one apiece), sophomore Courtney Hewitt (one) and freshman Matthew Castillo (one).

Other key members of the WCAC powerhouse included junior Aldo Rojas; sophomores - Suilabayu Fon, Sullyand Devora, Demar Stephenson, Richard Drosin, Christopher Romero, Melvin Metis and freshman Antwan Farrow.

"For us to have a successful season, we have to communicate and we have to "press" and we have to help one another out," said Lion standout "stopper" Suilabayu Fon.

"We have a small roster in terms of numbers. The 'open' was a very good test of our overall endurance," said Carroll fifth-year head coach Glenn Diaz.

The Sidwell Friends Quakers, members of the Mid Atlantic Conference, defeated St. Mary's Ryken (4-0), and tied both Wilson (1-1) and Georgetown Day (0-0). Leading the Quakers in scoring: senior Doug Kaufman (three goals), senior Kevin Huang (one) and freshman Yoni Berhanu (one).

Other key members of the school's squad included seniors - Allie Levey, Jack Hechinger, Gareth Jones, Yaphi Berhanu, Brian Gray, David Hecht; juniors - Morgan Blanchet, Jeffrey Perlis, Peter Collins,
Mark Kurzrok, Andrew Smith-Herman; sophomores - Alex Schreiber, Christopher Westley; and freshmen - Christopher Toft and Shoma Kimura.

"We're going to do our best to win the MAC Title this season. That's the most important thing," said standout midfielder Morgan Blanchett.

"The tournament was a real good opportunity for us. It was good preparation for our regular season. We really enjoyed being here," said veteran Sidwell Friends head coach Jorgen Kjaer.

The Wilson Tigers, members of the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA), defeated Maret (2-1) and tied both Sidwell Friends (1-1) and Carroll (1-1). Leading the Tigers in scoring: senior Anthony Webley (two goals), and juniors Ben Lagos and Nathan Young (one apiece).

Other key members of the Tigers' squad included seniors - Sam Sandifer, Juele Lawrence, Junior Chavez, Muhammad Abdul-Ali; juniors - Jordan Tapia, Julio Rivas, Arthur Olinga, Alex Zabaloieff, Jarry Coronado, Ziad Foty; sophomores - Elvis Hedji, Hector Garcia, Cheick Doize, James Keith, Shae Ellis, Julio Borja and Antulio Monson.

"We were kind of disappointed in ourselves that our 1-0 lead against Carroll didn't hold up. This has to be the year that Wilson puts it all together. We need to play as a team for us to be successful," said standout goalkeeper Jordan Tapia.

"The tournament gave us a good idea of where we are as a team and what we need to work on. It was good to play a variety of teams," said 18th year Wilson head coach Francis Ryan.

The Georgetown Day "Mighty Hoppers," members of the Mid Atlantic Conference, tied Sidwell Friends (0-0). Key members of the MacArthur Boulevard School included seniors - Alex Reed, Nick Simon, Tarik Pierce, Aaron Berger, Glenn Isaacs, Matt Topelius; juniors - Dylan Collins, Evan Goldart, Jeff Tracy, Zach Lerman, Nathan Lourie, Josh Walker, Mike Clair, Axel Schmi; sophomores - Sam
Sturc, Michael Sidgmore, Zachary Prillaman and Dickson Cohen.

"We need to play hard every game this year. We need to keep the ball on the ground," said standout striker Sam Sturc.

"It was a real nice tournament. I was glad that we got through it without any substantial injuries. Some of the time during the games, from a technical point of view - we didn't carry our marks all the way through," said 19th year Georgetown Day head coach Harold Newton.

The Maret Frogs, also members of the Mid Atlantic Conference, dropped all three contests. Key members of the Cathedral Avenue School included: seniors - David Leipziger, Andrew Plotsky, Derek Davies, Avi Bajpai, Travis Henry, Michael Ressa, Stephen Vallimarescu, Zach Parker; juniors - Matt Gittleman, Ben Meltzer, Carl Israelsson, Max Rosen, Scott London; sophomores - Joe Howard, Jay Gross, Colin McMlimans, Carson Hemphill and freshmen - Nick Santarlasci, David London and Mike Ritchie.

"Our team has a good mix of older and younger players. We need to go out and play together for us to have a successful season," said standout midfielder David Leipziger.

"It was a very good tournament. We learned a lot. We were exposed to a wide range of styles. Carroll played possession with very quick and skilled players. Wilson had some very skilled individual players. They kind of exploited us in the second half," said third-year Maret head coach Zaw Lyn.

The MVP of the entire tournament was Carroll's Joel Senior. In addition, the All-Tournament team consisted of: Joshua Barnaby and Courtney Hewitt (Carroll); Anthony Fazdo and Joe Wascavage (St. Mary's Ryken); Allie Levey and Jack Hechinger (Sidwell Friends); Anthony Webley and Nathan Young (Wilson); Alex Reed and Tarik Pierce (Georgetown Day) and David Leipziger and Matt Gittleman (Maret).

"Everyone that participated in this tournament [last year and this year] spoke very favorably of it. They like the location here at Wilson as well as the quality of the field. We appreciate everything that Mr. John Warring Jr. has done to make this possible," said Wilson's Saah, who also is head baseball coach of the perennially powerful Tigers.

The invitational event was named after the late John W. Warring (1933 - 2002), who was a third-generation Washingtonian. Warring, and his wife Mary raised five sons and two daughters - six of whom live in the metropolitan area. Both of the elder Warrings have numerous grandchildren - one of whom, Luke, plays varsity football for Georgetown University (a member of the Gonzaga class of 2004). John Warring Jr., Luke's father, was in attendance for much of the competition - last year as well as this year.

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