Taylor Silverstein of Concord: Boys Soccer Player of the Season

  • Concord senior captain Taylor Silverstein scored 17 goals this season and became just the second player in school history to be named All-American by the United Soccer Coaches association. He also led the team to its second Division I state title in the past three seasons. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 12/15/2017 10:07:54 AM

If you watched the Concord High boys’ soccer team this year, you knew how important senior captain Taylor Silverstein was to the Crimson Tide. He orchestrated the offense with full-field vision and deft passes, he defended with exquisite timing and he scored when the team needed it the most.

Silverstein’s significance was made abundantly clear in the opening minutes of the Division I championship against Manchester Central. That’s when he rolled his ankle and dropped to the turf in pain.

The shocked faces and slumped shoulders of the Concord players and coaches spoke volumes.

“It was just fright after he went down,” Concord sophomore Sebastian Pardo said after the game. “He’s been carrying us all season. He’s scored 17 goals and we’ve scored (41), so it was just like you don’t really know how it’s going to go because he’s been so important throughout our whole year.”

As it turned out, the game went great for the Crimson Tide. After sitting out the first half with an ice bag on his ankle, Silverstein came back in the second half, Pardo scored in the 71st minute and Concord won, 1-0, claiming its second D-I title in three years.

“We were very fortunate to have Taylor be able to come back in the second half and have him give us that lift and that boost emotionally,” Tide coach Scott Dunlop said. “He still wasn’t 100 percent, but his presence on the field makes a difference for us whether he’s 100 percent or not.”

In some ways it was a surprise that the hobbling Silverstein didn’t score the game-winner in the final. His 17 goals this fall set a school single-season record, and so many of those 17 came at critical moments, like his goal against No. 2 Londonderry that led Concord to a 1-0 quarterfinal win and prompted Dunlop to say after that game, “The legend of Taylor Silverstein continues to grow.”

“He just came up big for us in the biggest games,” Dunlop said when asked to expand on the legend. “He’s one of the most skillful players we’ve had in our program’s history.”

The rest of the soccer coaches in New Hampshire agree.

Silverstein garnered more all-state votes than any other player in the state, and that led to him being recognized as an All-American by the United Soccer Coaches association, making him just the second player in Concord High history to earn that honor.

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