Calvert Hall has one of the most storied high school soccer programs in Baltimore, but it has been 12 long years since the Cardinals have brought the MIAA crown back to their Towson campus.
With the 2016 season upon us, however, Calvert Hall has a loaded roster and enters the fall as the league favorite.
Two players that were expected to forego their senior season – Ben Alexander and Chris Carroll – to play academy soccer, did a last minute about face and will add firepower to the Cardinals’ offense. Both players recently won a USYSA National Championship with the Pipeline Soccer Club.
Alexander, who scored three goals in the final two games of the USYSA tournament, has committed to play D1 soccer at the University of Kentucky. He scored 9 goals and had 4 assists for Calvert Hall last year and Carroll had 3 assists.
In addition, Brady O’Connor, who had 3 goals and 9 assists as a sophomore, before leaving the Cardinals for Baltimore Armour Academy last year, is back for his senior year and just may be the most prolific offensive player in the conference. O’Connor is also a D1 commit for George Washington University and has been to the U.S. National Training Center as part of the national team pool.
Overall, the Cardinals have 14 players and six starters back from a squad that reached the MIAA A semifinals in 2015 for head coach Rich Zinkand, who has guided his alma mater for five seasons.
Other key performers back include senior midfielder Seth Walker, who had 8 assists last year, and senior defender Eamon Black.
“I am excited for the 2016 season,” said Zinkand. “We have a talented group of players who have been working hard to build on last year’s success.”
2016 Calvert Hall Cardinals
Head Coach: Rich Zinkand
Ben Alexander, Sr., Forward, 6-1
Brady O’Connor, Sr., Forward, 6-1
Seth Walker, Sr., Mid-Fielder, 6-2
Chris Carroll, Sr., Midfielder, 5-6
Eamon Black, Sr., Defender, 5-8