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Bays Claim Two National Crowns

By Keith Mills

Once again the Baltimore Bays are national champions -- not once but twice.

The Casa Mia Bays Under-15 team beat the Sereno White Soccer Club of Arizona, 2-0, Saturday at Citizen's Bank Field in Lancaster, Mass. while the Under-19 team beat the North Atlanta Soccer Academy Elite team, 2-0.

It was the sixth and seventh national championships for the Bays club coached by Baltimore Blast president and general manager Kevin Healey, and Steve Nichols, who also coaches the boys' team at McDonogh High School.

It didn't take long for the U15 team to assert its dominance over a Sereno team it had beaten, 1-0, to earn a berth in the championship game. Michael Gamble of Glenelg Country School in Howard County scored his third goal of the tournament just 14 minutes into the game as the Bays took control early. Gamble scored the game's only goal in the 1-0 win over Sereno and also found the back of the net in the Bays' first tournament game, a 2-1 win over Spirit United Celtic of Pennsylvania.

Malcolm Harris of Our Lady of Good Counsel High in Olney, Md., scored 26 minutes into the second half, and the Bays were on their way to their first national crown, which featured the second shutout of the tournament from goalkeeper Andrew Harris of Gilman and completed a rare U.S. youth soccer "double." In March, the Bays won the prestigious youth soccer National League championship to secure a berth in last weekend's U.S. championships.

Once again the Bays U15 squad is loaded with local high school players, eight of them from the MIAA A Conference: Harris and Christian Wolf (Gilman), Matt Shinsky and Ryan Kennedy (McDonogh), Justin Breidenstein, who scored the Bays' only goal in a 1-1 tie on Thursday with the Blast FC of Ohio (Calvert Hall), Kyle Fowler (Loyola), and Steven Anderson and Ricky Greensfelder (Archbishop Curley).

Other local players include: Seth Moses (Loch Raven), Ishmaiah Calwire (Randallstown), Gamble and Oriseloka Onumonu (Glenelg Country), Mike Greene, who scored the game winner in the win over Spirit United Celtic, (Tuscarora), Derek Chan (Atholton), and Gavin McBride (Haverford School in Pa.).


The road to the championship game for the U19 Bays began last Wednesday when they battled NASA Elite to a 0-0 tie. One day later, they beat the Pike Indianapolis Burn Eagles, 2-1. It was the turning point of the tournament.

Down 1-0 with four minutes to play, Jake Levin (McDonogh) scored what appeared to be the tying goal, but it was disallowed when the assistant referee ruled he was offsides. Undaunted, the Bays scored two minutes later after Christian Barreiro (Calvert Hall) was dragged down from behind in the penalty box, earning a penalty kick. John Raley (St. Mary's Ryken) nailed the shot, and the game was tied at 1. Gary Weisbaum (Pikesville) scored the winner two minutes later and the Bays had their first win of the tournament.

"It was an absolutely incredible finish," said Healey. "They never quit and have always found a way to win.

Raley also scored on Friday as the Bays tied the Colorado Rush Nike soccer club, 1-1, earning a trip to the final and a chance at their third national title in four years. And they got it, winning the James P. McGuire Cup, symbolic of the U19 national championship.

Mark Jaskulski put the Bays up in the 45th minute on a feed from Raley while Brendan Klebanoff, on an assist from Mike Lansing, scored 23 minutes later to put the game away.

Like the Bays U15 team, the U19 roster is filled with local players, former area high school standouts who are now scattered throughout the country playing on the college level.

Chris Agorsor: The 2008 national Gatorade High School Player of the Year while at McDonogh, Agorsor is starting his sophomore year at Virginia, where he scored four goals last year as a freshman. Agorsor scored 88 goals with 43 assists at McDonogh, where he led the Eagles to a 21-1-2 record during his senior year two years ago.

Christian Barreiro: One of three members of the Bays who now play at the University of Pennsylvania. He played for coach Andy Moore at Calvert Hall, where the 5-foot-7 midfielder scored 40 goals with 27 assists in his career and earned looks from both the Middlesborough Football Club of England and the Celtic Football Club at Scotland. He chose Penn, where he started all 18 games as a freshman for the Quakers.

Thomas Brandt: Like Barreiro, Brandt will be a sophomore at Penn and was a member of the 2006 Bays national championship team. He went to Palmyra High in Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Bays' airtight defense, which also includes fellow Penn Quaker Jake Levin.

Jake Levin: Like Barreiro, Levin also made 18 starts during his freshman year at Penn after a sensational career playing for Nichols at McDonogh. Along with goalkeeper Tommy Caso, Levin anchored a defense that featured 20 shutouts in 24 games during a senior year, which produced a 21-1-2 record.

Tom Caso: Caso earned second-team all-state honors two years ago at McDonogh and is now the starting keeper at Bucknell University. As a freshman last fall, he started 12 games and helped the Bison to an 8-8-3 record.

Mike Deasel, Vincent DiPino and Mark Jaskolski: Deasel, DiPino and Jaskolski are now playing for Loyola College, where they helped Mark Mettrick's Greyhounds to an 18-2-1 record and a first-round win in the NCAA tournament. Deasel played on both the Bays' '06 and '08 national championship teams and earned second-team All-MAAC honors last year as a sophomore. He made 21 starts for the Greyhounds after a terrific career at Loyola High School. DiPino played for former Blast goalie Scott Manning at Dulaney, earning All-Baltimore County and team MVP honors as a senior. He will be a sophomore at Loyola. Jaskolski will also be a junior. He was named to the All-MAAC Rookie Team after a freshman year that included his first college goal. He was an all-state forward at Northwest High in Montgomery County.

Steven LeVine: Levine was a teammate of Deasel's at Loyola High and will be a sophomore this fall at Towson University, where he started 10 games for Frank Olszewski's Tigers. LeVine helped the Dons win the MIAA A conference championship at Loyola, where he played for former Blast forward Lee Tschantret.

John Raley: A four-year starter at St. Mary's Ryken in Leonardtown, Raley scored 45 goals in his career as a defender and is now one of the leaders of the defense at Providence College. He started 19 games at left back last fall as a freshman for the Friars and is one of coach Chaka Daley's outstanding young players.

Gary Weisbaum: Weisbaum is one of the rare local players to head west for a college career that begins this fall at the University of New Mexico. He was a three-sport athlete at Pikesville High, playing soccer, basketball and lacrosse and earning All-State honors in soccer. He joined the Bays after a successful club career with the MSC Dragons.

Michael Rose: Rose will begin his second year at Notre Dame this fall after a sensational career at Severna Park High. Two years ago, he earned the Golden Boot Award during the Bays' '06 national championship run while also playing for the team during last summer's sprint to the title. He was also a member of the state's Olympic Development Program and is Severna Park's all-time assist leader (37) and second-leading scorer (99 points).

Jonathon Keshaw was Rose's teammate at Severna Park and will be a freshman this fall at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina. While Klebanoff, who went to the St. Alban's School in D.C., is a teammate of Tommy Caso's at Bucknell. Moses Anderson, James Davis, Lansing, Daniel Louisignau and Michael Makinde round out the Bays' U19 roster.

Posted July 28, 2009