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Molloy’s Kostel best in boro

Archbishop Molloy's Denes Kostel (l.) was selected as TimesLedger Newspapers' all-Queens boys' soccer Player of the Year. Photo by Denis Gostev
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Queens teams dominated the Catholic High School Athletic Association and made history in the Public Schools Athletic League.

Archbishop Molloy won its first intersectional city title since 2009 and Monsignor McClancy took home a second-straight Class A crown. Aviation made a Cinderella run to the ‘A’ city title game. St. Francis Prep, Christ the King and John Adams each had strong seasons.

Here are those selected as the borough’s best:

All-Queens Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year: Denes Kostel, Archbishop Molloy

The Stanners are a team based on defense, but in order to win that way, you need a clutch goal scorer and threat. Kostel, the coach’s son, provided just that. He scored two second half goals to seal the division title against Christ the King and scored the winner versus rival St. Francis Prep.

All-Queens Boys’ Soccer Coach of the Year: Mario Cotumaccio, Aviation

Cotumaccio embraced his team’s role as the underdog and motivated them to believe through a run to the school’s first PSAL Class A final berth. The No. 19-seeded Flyers placed third in Queens A West, but Cotumaccio brought it all together at the right time.

All-Queens First Team

F Ousmane Barry, Aviation

The super sophomore was a catalyst for the Aviation offense. Barry netted 13 goals and dished out eight assists. It was a taste of the player he can become.

M Calogero Curcuru, Christ the King

Curcuru is one of the city’s most skilled players with the ball at his feet. The senior scored seven goals and had assists and helped turn the CK program around.

D Rupert Jones, John Adams

Coach Alex Navarette gave high praise and responsibility to Jones. He was dominant in the back and given the green light to push up and spark the Spartans’ offense.

M Kevin Londono, Bayside

The senior was a controlling force for Bayside at midfield. He scored five goals and had five assists and always showed toughness.

F Nick Matusewicz, Archbishop Molloy

Matusewicz continued his trend as being a big-time goal scorer. The senior had the winners during the regular season against Christ the King and Fordham Prep.

M Eric Mirkov, St. Francis Prep

The senior was the quarterback of the Terriers’ powerful offense at midfield. He had three goals and eight assists to help SFP reach the semifinals.

M Joey Misfud, Monsignor, McClancy

The super-sophomore played beyond his years. Misfud was a creative and prolific scorer, including a hat trick in the semifinals.

D Chris Mouzakitis, Archbishop Molloy Sr.

The Stanners were known for their stingy defense and Mouzakitis was the leader on that side of the ball. On the seniors’ watch Molloy had 13 shutouts and a city title.

D Anthony Scarallo, St. Francis Prep

The SFP defense could be overlooked behind its strong offense. Scarallo, though, was easy to notice. His speed and smarts made him a force on defense.

GK George Vlahakis, Aviation

The senior keeper helped Aviation reach the PSAL ‘A’ final. There he made multiple tough saves to keep his team in the game against Martin Luther King Jr.

F Charlie Yang, Francis Lewis

Francis Lewis captured another division title behind Yang. The senior scored 21 goals and dished out 15 assists for his finest season.

Honorable Mention

D George Alissandratos, Monsignor McClancy

D Thomas Arikian M, Archbishop Molloy

F Mamadou Balde, John Adams

M Jonathan Jaramillo, Aviation

F Robbie Lago, Holy Cross

GK Jhony Licona, Bayside

M Ricky Marin, Cardozo

D Sebastian Morales Christ the King

F Kevin Rodriguez, Aviation

M Brandon Silva, St. Francis Prep

M Nicolas Touros, Francis Lewis

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