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Alco's Mason Salvadge named Co-Offensive Soccer Player of the Year

Feb. 14—CUMBERLAND — Allegany senior Mason Salvadge was named a co-recipient of the Dr. Raul Felipa Offensive Player of the Year.

He shares the award with Fort Hill's Liam Hamilton. The award was chosen by the area coaches.

Salvadge started three seasons on varsity and led the Campers with 16 goals and 15 assists.

"Mason's technical ability is second to none," Allegany head coach Blake Geatz said. "He is one of, if not the best, dribblers that I have ever seen come out of this area. This ability allows him to successfully get past defenders with ease and cross the ball into the danger area or rip a powerful shot on target."

Salvadge is the second Camper to receive the award and the first since 2012 when Dakota Bierman shared it with Haven Mackie of Bishop Walsh.

Salvadge ends a three-season streak of Mountain Ridge players winning the award as the Miners won every year from 2019 to 2022, not including the 2020 season lost due to COVID.

Salvadge was a first-team All-Area selection in each of the last two seasons.

"Alongside Liam Mowbray, Mason would take our set pieces and was capable of delivering a dangerous ball into the box or a powerful, curving shot away from the keeper," Geatz said.

He was a second-team all-area pick in 2021. Salvadge was a honorable mention All-WestMAC choice in 2021.

"In my opinion, one of the most difficult things to teach players is off-the-ball movement," Geatz said. "With Mason, there is no teaching required. He knows where to be and knows how to pull defenses apart without the ball to create space for his teammates."

In this past season's state semifinal against Perryville, Salvadge scored both Allegany goals in a 2-0 Campers win.

The win secured Allegany's first trip to the state title game in school history.

His first goal came with 16:55 left in the first half. Riley McCutcheon sent a bouncing ball into the box and Salvadge fired it into the left corner of the net.

Early in the second half, Jace Patton sent a cross into the box. Salvadge beat the Perryville defender and fired a shot through the goalie's hands.

Salvadge's teammates voted him the team's MVP the past two seasons, the highest award given at the team's banquet.

Salvadge travels several times per week to practice and play with the Bethesda U19 NAL club soccer team.

In the classroom, he holds a 3.5 GPA with multiple honors, AP and college level courses.

He plans to attend a four-year university and hopes to play soccer at the next level. Geatz said that he's had talks with several colleges about the opportunity.

"Yes, I am going to miss having Mason as a player, but I am also going to miss his fire and passion for the game," Geatz said. "It's not very often that you find a kid at the high school level who is so passionate about getting better."

Jordan Kendall is a Sports Writer for the Cumberland Times-News. Email him with scores and story suggestions at jkendall@times-news.com.