The 2021 Providence Journal All-State First- and Second-Team selections for Boys Soccer are here

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La Salle's Michael Hofstetter, top, scores a goal as North Kingstown's Joshua Pensalfini slides too late for a block during the Division I championship game this past fall.
La Salle's Michael Hofstetter, top, scores a goal as North Kingstown's Joshua Pensalfini slides too late for a block during the Division I championship game this past fall.

Here are the All-State Rhode Island High School Sports Awards first and second teams for Boys Soccer. The First Teamers are all nominees for player of the year for the All-State Rhode Island High School Sports Awards presented by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, to be held in the spring. The winner will be the announced at the show. More details about the program are coming soon.

During the live show, these nominees will be honored, along with the top three finalists and the player of the year. All official nominees can receive a free ticket. Check back later in the year for information on how to RSVP.

The All-State Rhode Island High School Sports Awards, presented by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, is part of the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards, the largest high school sports recognition program in the country.

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First Team

Dante Figueira
Dante Figueira

Dante Figueira

La Salle, senior

Goalkeeper

An opponent looking to take down the Rams generally needs to bury whatever chances it can generate. That’s difficult when you have a veteran like Figueira in net, and he helped backstop La Salle to a sixth Division I championship since 2011.

Izaiah Karweh
Izaiah Karweh

Izaiah Karweh

Central, senior

Defender

The Knights counted an All-New England selection as a member of their defense. That was Karweh, and he made Central difficult enough to break down — though outmanned most nights — that it managed five draws against Division I opponents.

Chase Zorner
Chase Zorner

Chase Zorner

North Kingstown, junior

Defender

The best could be yet to come for the Skippers, who played for a first Division I championship since 2014 and counted several talented members of their junior class. Zorner is firmly included in that group thanks to his presence at the back.

Daniel Gryzbacz
Daniel Gryzbacz

Daniel Gryzbacz

Cumberland, senior

Defender

The Clippers were an even .500 in the regular season at 6-6-3 and finished in the top half of Division I. That’s not easy to manage against the state’s best teams, and Gryzbacz had a lot to do with it through his play at defense.

Joey Turco
Joey Turco

Joey Turco

South Kingstown, senior

Defender

A defender who can come forward with the ball and take a set piece or two is like a bonus for any good side. Turco was one of those players for the Rebels — unafraid to attack down the left and skilled enough to put opposing defenses under pressure.

Henry Kirkman
Henry Kirkman

Henry Kirkman

Moses Brown, senior

Midfielder

He’s been one of the state’s best players for multiple seasons, and Kirkman added All-New England honors to his collection this fall. He sat deeper in the Quakers midfield and functioned almost like a quarterback ahead of the defense and behind the attackers.

Sekou Kamara
Sekou Kamara

Sekou Kamara

Wheeler, senior

Midfielder

The Warriors further established themselves as a respectable program in Division I partly thanks to Kamara. The All-New England nominee is the type of midfielder who could facilitate for his teammates or do the honors himself in attack.

Connor Froberg
Connor Froberg

Connor Froberg

North Kingstown, junior

Midfielder

Froberg netted what was arguably the goal of the season in a Division I semifinal victory against rival South Kingstown, the highlight of an All-New England campaign. The attacking midfielder should have the Skippers in contention for a return to the championship match next fall.

Andrew Blazewicz
Andrew Blazewicz

Andrew Blazewicz

Barrington, senior

Midfielder

The Eagles reached the Division I semifinals thanks in part to this senior midfielder. Blazewicz had a wonderful sense of timing while finding the net — his goals helped power Barrington into the ranks of the league’s contenders.

Thomas Corcoran
Thomas Corcoran

Thomas Corcoran

Lincoln, senior

Forward

Few attackers in the state were as cool in front of the goal as Corcoran. The All-New England nominee and Division II Player of the Year was the main man on the attack for the Lions, who finished at the top of the standings in the regular season and reached the semifinals.

Jubril Bamgbala
Jubril Bamgbala

Jubril Bamgbala

La Salle, junior

Forward

The classic target man up front, Bamgbala used his strong frame to shield the ball from opposing defenders. That allowed fellow Rams attackers the time to find space around him, and Bamgbala also knew how to bag plenty of goals himself when opportunity knocked.

Michael Hofstetter
Michael Hofstetter

Michael Hofstetter

La Salle, senior

Forward

The state’s All-American nominee this season, Hofstetter capitalized on the only chance he needed to give the Rams a Division I crown in a victory over North Kingstown. Capable of operating as a striker or speedy winger, he’ll continue at the University of Rhode Island in the fall.

Second Team

Nathan Levine, Portsmouth

Harry Turner, Barrington

Ivan Santos-Araujo, Central Falls

Lucas Duquette, South Kingstown

Matt Stamatelatos, North Smithfield

Brian Garrepy, Bishop Hendricken

Stephen Timperley, East Greenwich

Carlos Andrade, Cranston East

Brett Schwab, East Providence

Thomas Zhao, Lincoln

Dan Goba, North Kingstown

Noah Furtado, Mt. Hope

This article originally appeared on The Providence Journal: The 2021 Providence Journal All-State Boys Soccer 1st and 2nd Teams

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