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Soccer - Boys Varsity


2016 Bishop O'Connell Varsity Boys Soccer

Video Highlights are posted on our OCKnightsAthletics YouTube Channel


July 17-21
July 31 - August 4
9am - 3pm

2016 Season Highlights

#2 Ranking in Virginia
#8 Ranking in Region
Undefeated in WCAC
16-game unbeaten streak
Co-Player of the Year (Andres Garcia)
Coach of the Year (Chris Jennings)

Juan Benavides - 1st Team
Andres Garcia - 1st Team
Marcelo Flores - 1st Team
Victor Montero - 1st Team

Juan Benavides - 1st Team
Andres Garcia - 1st Team
Marcelo Flores - 2nd Team
Victor Montero - 2nd Team
Alexander Abril - Honorable Mention
Luis Ochoa - Honorable Mention
Nicholas Barahona - Honorable Mention

Team Awards
Coaches Award - Luis Ochoa
Most Outstanding Player - Andres Garcia
Most Valuable Player - Juan Benavides


Attacking style is who they are! – Nov 25, 2015

Knights reach state tournament final for first time in boys soccer – Nov 15, 2015

Q&A with Coach Jennings - October 2014

Senior Commits to Play Soccer at UNC-Greensboro - Feb. 6, 2013

Boys Soccer Program Experiencing a Renaissance - November 2012

Soccer Team Hosts Wounded Warriors - Oct. 16, 2012

New Boys Soccer Coach Announced - July 17, 2012


  • The Boys Soccer program is aspiring to be the premier high school program in the metropolitan area. The program is committed to playing a possession-oriented, attractive and fluid style of soccer with passionate and technical players.
  • ATTITUDE is a choice. Have a PASSION to win. Don't forget your sense of PURPOSE. BELIEVE in yourself. COMMIT to excellence. Have a DREAM.
  • Former O'Connell Knights have played soccer collegiately at the following institutions: Catholic University, Dickinson College, Georgetown University, Marymount University, Rutgers University, Towson University, Wake Forest University, West Virginia University and the College of William & Mary.



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Team Roster

# Name Grade
0 Bradford Brown 12
1 Marcelo Flores 11
2 Dmitri Lyalikov 11
3 Christopher St. George 12
4 Luis Ochoa
5 Cristian Escalante 10
6 Jason Nunez 12
7 Juan Benavides
8 Andres Garcia-Marquina
9 Christopher Ho 12
10 Diego Solano 12
11 Victor Montero 11
12 Michael Nguyen 12
13 Jonathan Gutierrez
14 Joseph Kamal 12
15 Elias Landeros 11
16 Jonathan Aciego
17 Alexander Abril 12
18 Nicholas Barahona 12
20 Joel Meckley 12
21 Aidan O'Connell 12
22 Alan Michael Couto
23 Matthew Cantisani 11
30 John Patrick Sullivan 10


Chris Jennings


Chris Jennings
(609) 658-6944

Coach Jennings is an experienced professional soccer coach who has trained and developed an assortment of skillful players across the DC Metro Area. Jennings enters his second season with Bishop O'Connell in 2013 after leading the Knights to their first-ever VISAA State Tournament berth in 2012. He also serves as a boys team coach with Braddock Road Elite Travel Soccer, District/Academy coach in the Virginia Olympic Development Program (ODP), D.C. United Academy Camps trainer and is the Technical Director for NXT Level Futbol Academy (

His invaluable experience in both the youth and professional soccer ranks has provided an outstanding platform for him to teach players and help them achieve their goals. Jennings spent time with the NY/NJ Metrostars (NY Red Bulls) before moving on to D.C. United where he focused on soccer programs and youth club relations. His additional coaching experience includes work with the New Jersey Youth Soccer Association and Arlington Soccer Association.

Nelson Maldonado: Maldonado joins the O'Connell Knights staff for the 2013 season. Nelson looks to contribute to the future success of his alma mater ('12) in a number of ways. His previous playing experience includes time with Braddock Road Elite Travel Soccer and the NOVA Royals (PDL & Super-Y). In 2012, Maldonado was 2nd team All-WCAC and earned the O'Connell Boys Soccer Coaches' Award for his dedication and commitment to the program.
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