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Five men’s soccer players to watch in 2015

There will be a lot of new faces performing at high levels in 2015 for local men’s soccer programs. UMBC rode a senior-heavy team to the Final Four last year and have no other choice but to have new names step up and perform at a high level if they want to have another successful year. Loyola lost their top two scorers from a season ago and the Stevenson Mustangs graduated their All-Conference forward from a year ago.

There are still plenty of good players returning for all three local men’s teams, though. All-Conference second team defender Adnan Alic returns for his junior season for the Mustangs, Loyola brings in a very talented freshman class and the Retrievers seem ready to just reload their starting lineup with major talent.

But what guys should be expected to raise their level even more this coming season, here are five who were not named to an All-Conference team last year but could be one of the guys leading their team to success.

Billy Heavner

Billy Heavner

Calvin Granger – Stevenson

The senior forward scored four goals last year and was a reliable target forward for the Mustangs. Partnered with fellow senior Zach Martin up top should lead to a very potent attack for Stevenson in 2015.

Billy Heavner – UMBC

Even though he only played half the season, Billy Heavner should have been an All-Conference player but he wasn’t. All that means is he can go on this lit because Heavner is clearly one of the best goalkeepers in the country. Last year he saved nearly 85-percent of the shot he was faced with and led a defense that allowed only one goal through their College Cup run and just nine total goals allowed in 17 games played.

Zach Martin – Stevenson

It was a travesty that Zach Martin was not an All-Commonwealth Conference players last year after leading the Mustangs with five goals to go with three assists. With the loss of the team’s leading scorer, Martin will be the go-to guy and has proven he is capable of being a strong offensive player.

Laurin Vogel

Laurin Vogel

Michael Scott – UMBC

Michael Scott was one of the few non-seniors starting for UMBC last year and this year he will have more responsibility on him. Last season, Scott scored two goals and had three assists but clearly has way more offensive ability than that. With the potential to be one of the team’s lead strikers, Scott should easily double his goal total, potentially tripling it.

Laurin Vogel – Loyola

Laurin Vogel was a reliable facilitator for Loyola last season. He finished the season with only three assists but made impact plays. He will be in the middle of the field again for Loyola. After losing their top two scorers from a year ago he may have difficulty finding open scorers, but he is a very smart player and will set up his teammates well.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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