Eagles seek a repeat in MIAA A Conference soccer
by Joe DiBlasi
When the McDonogh Eagles boys soccer team defeated Mount Saint Joseph, 2-0, in last season’s MIAA A Conference Soccer Championship, it was the ninth title that the program has garnered since the MIAA was established in 1995.
Head coach Brandon Quaranta has been a very instrumental part of the Eagles’ success over the years. He was a part of five championships as the top assistant to former head coach to Steve Nichols, and has two of his own as the head coach since Nichols moved on to become head coach at Loyola University in 2014.
Since taking over for Nichols five years ago,Quantara is an glittering 75-10.
When conference starts play in a few weeks, his Eagles will be gunning for their third championship in the last four seasons.
Look for the Eagles to be tough to beat again.
Senior keeper Kieran Baskett, who has already committed to William and Mary returns to man the nets. Quatanta calls Baskett one of the best keepers in the region. Baskett will get help from seniors Luke Davis, Andrew Privett and Sean Nolan.
“Those three represent a very good returning group,” said Quaranta. “They will make us strong straight up the middle of the field. They will be our leadership group from center-back to center-midfield.
“Luke, Andrew and Nolan are the engine of the team. They will create or score goals for us, and they will anchor our defense.”
Quaranta said he will also count on senior Mason Christian to lead the front line. Christian has been a starter since he was a freshman at the Owings Mill School.
Quaranta will also have more help on the sidelines this fall, as George Campbell returns as an assistant coach. “George is one of the best players in program history,” said Quaranta. “He embodies everything that is good about McDonogh.”
Campbell was the Player of the Year for the Eagles in 2014 and a star for the past several years for the University of Maryland where he graduated last spring. Campbell joins assistant coaches Jack Qauranta and A.J. Barry on the sidelines.
Pictured above: (from left) Luke Davis, Andrew Privett, Sean Nolan and Ian McDonald will lead McDonogh’s drive for a second straight MIAA A Conference soccer crown and the school’s third title in the last four years.