It wasn’t a banner year for Brooklyn soccer. But there were some interesting stories and outstanding performers. Foremost among the latter was one of the best players in the city, Stanley Ballantyne of Jefferson, a Class B team that missed the playoffs because of an ineligible player.
Also in the PSAL, James Madison had a great season, finishing undefeated and in first place in Brooklyn A West and Brooklyn Tech, only a .500 team during the season, made its first trip to the PSAL Class A quarterfinals.
In the CHSAA, Xaverian’s Dominick Parrelli was phenomenal and Bishop Ford – amidst some controversy – made it to the Class B intersectional semifinals, losing to eventual champion Salesian. A Ford-Monsignor McClancy rematch in the finals would have been intriguing to say the least.
BROOKLYN BOYS’ SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Stanley Ballantyne, Thomas Jefferson
What a shame the city didn’t get a chance to see Ballantyne in the playoffs. Jefferson missed the postseason after it was ruled they used an ineligible player. Ballantyne shined from start to finish, scoring 29 goals and adding seven assists.
BROOKLYN BOYS’ SOCCER COACH OF THE YEAR
Nick Punzone, James Madison
Punzone wasn’t working with the most talent, but he certainly got the most with what he had. He never let his players get too high, even as they were ripping through Brooklyn A West undefeated. The Knights’ PSAL Class A first-round win over New Dorp, when they trailed by a goal with 12 minutes remaining, was emblematic of relentless Madison, a trait the coach instilled in his players.
ALL-BROOKLYN FIRST TEAM
F Roy Getsis, Brooklyn Tech
Small and scrappy, but also quick and tough as nails, Getsis was Brooklyn Tech’s heart and soul. With the Engineers down 5-0 to Francis Lewis in the PSAL Class A quarterfinals – their first ever trip there – Getsis left it all out on the field and scored his team’s lone goal against the top-seeded Patriots. All guts.
F El Hadj Diallo, Robeson
Diallo served as the Eagles’ secondary threat, scoring 10 goals. The speedy and skilled striker also took over as Robeson’s go-to scorer when star Mike Collis was suspended.
F Peter Panousopoulos, Bishop Ford
Bishop Ford didn’t get its wish: a rematch against blood rival Monsignor McClancy in the CHSAA Class B finals. The Falcons lost to eventual champion Salesian in the semis, but through no fault of Panousopoulos, whose spirited play and finishing ability drove coach Barney Cassidy’s team all season.
M Dominick Parrelli, Xaverian
When a big goal was needed, Parrelli was the one who often delivered for Xaverian. The senior midfielder was a threat every time he touched the ball and was a big reason why the Clippers came within a goal of upsetting Fordham Prep in the CHSAA Class A intersectional quarterfinals.
M Javed Morris, Sheepshead Bay
The Sharks finished only 5-5-2 in Brooklyn A West, but don’t discount Morris, one of the borough’s best playmakers. He had six goals and nine assists for Sheepshead this season.
M Mike Collis, Robeson
Collis did it all for the Eagles, whether it was finishing as a striker, setting the match’s tempo at midfield or preventing the opposition from scoring at sweeper. He had nine goals and four assists in seven regular-season games. If not for him missing three games, there’s little doubt Robeson would’ve won Brooklyn A Central.
M Dmitriy Prokofyev, Lafayette
For a long time, Lafayette looked like the class of PSAL ‘B’ and the senior was a big reason why. He had 13 goals and 12 assists to lead the Patriots to a second-place finish in Brooklyn B North. They fell in the quarterfinals to Kennedy.
M Colm Dillane, Brooklyn Tech
The Engineers caught teams by surprise in the playoffs and it was because of the play of kids like Dillane. He looks unassuming, but his tactical ability is outstanding. The senior was a consummate playmaker, with six assists in the regular season and a goal and an assist in three playoff games in the midst of Brooklyn Tech’s first-ever run to the PSAL Class A quarterfinals.
D Loocken Vixama, Tilden
The senior was productive from the back with three goals and seven assists in the regular season. He helped lead Tilden to a first-round upset over Queens powerhouse Cardozo.
D Jose Catalan, Midwood
Quietly, Midwood is 14-5-5 the last two seasons and Catalan is one of the reasons why. He’s been consistent in the backline the last two seasons.
D Harlen Silva, Brooklyn International
Silva spearheaded the Buckeyes’ surprising run to the Brooklyn A Central crown. The senior sweeper was the team’s backbone and emotional leader.
GK Steve Boundaris, Xaverian
A good communicator with an accurate and long kick, Boundaris was a good shot stopper who enjoyed a solid season for Xaverian.
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