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Boys’ soccer players to watch

Mac Steeves, Needham — One of the best forwards in Eastern Mass., Steeves scored 24 goals as a junior en route to becoming All-State and a two-time EMass All-Star. The Providence College commit was 7 points off of the Rockets’ career points record heading into fall.

Thayrone Miranda, Somerville — He scored 15 goals playing on the outside attack as a sophomore. Now a junior, he will move to the inside and coach George Scarpelli expects him to get 50 percent more touches.

Aidan Browne, Archbishop Williams — All Browne did as a sophomore was set a school record by finding the back of the net 32 times after transferring from Boston Latin. It was also no coincidence that the Bishops jumped from nine wins to 13.

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Tighe Van Lenten and Demetri Decoulos, Masconomet — The senior defensive duo have been playing side by side since age 10, giving the Chieftains one of the most seasoned partnerships on the pitch. They helped Masco post a 0.6 GAA last season.

Dave MacKinnon, Oliver Ames — A two-time Hockomock All-Star, MacKinnon brings a career sub-1.00 GAA into his senior season after posting nine clean sheets a season ago. ­— CRAIG FORDE