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Howard County Times 2023 All-County boys soccer: Howard senior Logan Ehart displays valued leadership, named Player of the Year

Howard boys soccer coach Nils Schroder always knew senior center back Logan Ehart would be in the right place at the right time. He consistently made the best decisions — not just for himself but also for his teammates — while serving as a stabilizing force on the Lions’ back line.

A four-year varsity player with positional versatility — he was a midfielder earlier in his high school career — Ehart was an extension of the coaching staff out on the pitch. One of the team’s captains each of the last two years, Ehart really emerged as a vocal leader in his final season. Regardless of where he was on the pitch, Ehart’s voice echoed loud above the rest, encouraging his teammates and shifting them to the correct positions.

His leadership helped guide the program to new heights, earning the program’s first Howard County title since 1989 and first state semifinal berth since 2014. For his efforts, Ehart, who is continuing his soccer career at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, is the 2023 Howard County Times boys soccer Player of the Year.

“Coach told me I was Player of the Year in front of the team and all my teammates were very excited for me,” Ehart said. “It was wholesome. They were excited for me and that really meant a lot. I love all my teammates and playing has brought us closer together. Once he told me, I picked up the county title plaque and I held it up. Everyone screamed with me. It was pretty exciting and definitely a moment I’ll never forget.”

Three years ago, Ehart was a reserved freshman, learning from watching the upperclassmen play. Moving into an increased role his sophomore season, Ehart was named first team All-County as a midfielder. That elevated his confidence and also showed that he needed to step into a larger leadership role moving forward.

Serving as a captain for the first-time last season, Ehart became a first team All-County midfielder for the second time. Prior to his senior year, Ehart and Schroder once again discussed the importance of that on-field leadership. While Ehart had great individual success, the Lions still sought that team-wide accolade: winning a county, regional and state title.

Each preseason Ehart told Schroder, “I’m going to get us a plaque, I want to hold the plaque.” Ehart’s preseason premonition turned to reality as he played an integral role on a Howard back line that suffocated the opposition. The Lions finished the regular season 10-1, allowing just five goals. They orchestrated back-to-back shutouts to capture the Class 3A South Region I title. Ehart’s leadership was invaluable playing alongside Rowan Nelson and Isaiah Omole, protecting AJ Church in net.

“It’s super important, especially being the last guy on defense,” Schroder said. “He’s often set up in the box and I don’t have to worry about him overreaching or trying to win a ball that he doesn’t need to win. He keeps things simple and keeps it in front. We gave up just one penalty kick this year on the outside of the box. He keeps Rowan and Isaiah in check.

“For a coach, lots of times when we’re in our defending or attacking third, that’s when you’re yelling at people to get into position. With Logan back there, I could turn my back and talk to the bench or talk to somebody else about something else because I wasn’t worried about him being out of position or sliding out of control. He was just going to do the simple thing the right way and I knew the ball was going to be coming out of the box in the next 10 seconds.”

A brick wall defensively, Ehart also showcased an ability to spark Howard’s attack. Confident with the ball on his feet, Ehart had three goals and two assists. He showcased that two-way ability in a 2-0 state quarterfinal win over Oakdale. Ehart took a run down the Bears sideline and after taking one touch delivered a precise cross to Remy Valiente for the finish.

The veteran now ventures into the next step of his soccer journey, playing for the Retrievers alongside a pair of former teammates in sophomore striker Robbie Ryerson and junior midfielder Karl Quist-Therson.

“It’s cool to be 15 minutes from Howard,” Ehart said. “I’m definitely going to have to stop and watch some games. It means a lot to join some of my teammates that I played with my freshman year. I think that’s going to be fun playing with Karl and Robbie. I’m really excited.”

All-County first team

Aquila De Carvalho, Reservoir, senior, forward: De Carvalho led Reservoir and Howard County in points with 53 (21 goals, 11 assists), leading a dynamic attacking unit.

Uriel Koffi, Howard, senior, forward: Koffi spearheaded Howard’s attack with dynamic speed, finishing with a team-high eight goals on the season.

Will Marbray, Marriotts Ridge, senior, forward: Marbray was the Mustangs’ points leader with 22, scoring a team-high nine goals and adding four assists.

Dylan Martinez, River Hill, senior, forward: Martinez was Howard County’s goals scoring leader with 23 scoring in 12 of 17 games, also adding two assists.

Clark Anglin, Reservoir, senior, midfield: Anglin was the Gators’ third leading scorer, effective as both a goal scorer and facilitator with eight goals and 10 assists.

Amir Edris, Reservoir, senior, midfield: Edris headlined Reservoir’s explosive midfield group alongside Anglin, second on the team with 10 goals, also adding a pair of assists.

Ryan Jackson, Marriotts Ridge, senior, midfield: Jackson tied for second on the team with eight goals and also shined as a passer with a team-high five assists.

Eliot O’Neil, Hammond, senior, midfield: O’Neil guided Hammond’s offense as a prolific goal scorer with a team-high 15 goals, also with a team-high six assists.

Will Kettering, Mt. Hebron, junior, defense: Kettering was part of the latest line of dominant Vikings defenses that allowed just eight goals in 13 games.

Dylan Ma, Glenelg, senior, defense: First Team All-County for a second straight season, Ma helped to anchor Glenelg’s defense, also scoring a pair of goals.

Rowan Nelson, Howard, senior, defense: Nelson was a key part of Howard’s stifling back line, adding a goal and an assist on the season.

Isaiah Omole, Howard, senior, defense: Omole’s size was key both defensively and on set pieces as he scored three goals including two-game winners and chipped in five assists.

Justin Wu, Marriotts Ridge, junior, defense: Wu was a critical component of a Mustangs team that often found themselves in close games.

Aidan Houck, Marriotts Ridge, senior, goalie: Houck anchored a strong defense with 30 saves on the season, allowing just seven goals in 13 games.

Jonathan Sanchez, Mt. Hebron, junior, goalie: Sanchez moved from midfield to goalie this season and thrived in the transition as he finished with eight shutouts and was scored on only four times all season.

All-County second team

Caleb Addalia, Centennial, senior, goalie

Daniel Barrett, Atholton, senior, midfield

Connor Crossan, Marriotts Ridge, senior, midfield

Evan Figueroa, Wilde Lake, junior, midfield

Denton Guy-Williams, Atholton, senior, forward

Tyler Hagyard, Mt. Hebron, junior, defense

Drew Hollida, Wilde Lake, junior, defense

Adam Hunt, Reservoir, junior, forward

Will Marsden, Howard, senior, midfield

Noah Martin, Reservoir, junior, defense

Hasan Mirasyedi, River Hill, senior, defense

DJ Morafa, Hammond, senior, forward

Drew O’Neil, Hammond, sophomore, defense

Vaughn Sines, Glenelg, senior, forward

Allan Ying, River Hill, junior, forward

Final Season Standings

1. Howard (13-2, Howard County Champion, Class 3A state semifinalist); 2. River Hill (14-3, 10-2, Class 3A state quarterfinalist); 3. Marriotts Ridge (9-3-1, 8-2-1); 4. Mt. Hebron (8-3-2, 7-2-2); 5. Reservoir (7-6-1, 6-4-1); 6. Glenelg (8-6-1, 5-5-1, Class 2A West Region II finalist); 7. Hammond (6-6-2, 4-4-2); 8. Centennial (3-4-6, 3-3-5); 9. Wilde Lake (3-8-2, 2-7-2); 10. Atholton (2-9-1, 2-8-1); 11. Oakland Mills (2-10-1, 2-8-1); 12. Long Reach (0-13, 0-11).
MIAA B Conference Glenelg Country (3-8-1, 2-7-1); MIAA C Conference Chapelgate Christian (0-10, 0-8).