Excessive Faculty Soccer: Doc Gooden’s son Dylan makes a reputation for himself with DMV Energy Good Counsel

Our Lady of Good Advice (Olney, Md.) Has produced some great high school soccer players in the past: Stefon Diggs, Jelani Jenkins, Kendall Fuller, Dorian O’Daniel, Mitchell Melton, Joshua Paschal, and Landon Tangwell. The next big one could very well be Dylan Gooden.

The 6-foot-6,200-pound standout came about during the shortened spring season for the defending WCAC champions. He switched to the defensive end in the last two games of the season and dominated against legitimate competition.

The four-star Edge Rusher pitched four sacks against St. John’s (Washington, DC) and the St. Frances Academy (Baltimore). He helped the Hawks to a 27-14 win over the Baltimore power to end the spring and gave them a lot of momentum for the next fall.

Gooden is the son of former Major League Baseball pitcher Dwight “Doc” Gooden, who ended his career with 194 wins and 2,293 eliminations. Doc Gooden was the 1985 National League Cy Young Award winner and won three World Series. He was also a four-time All-Star and was named National League Rookie of the Year in 1984.

Dylan Gooden made a big jump in the 247Sports-updated player rankings published on May 19, which rose from unranked to 143rd overall. He’s number 7 on the weak defensive and number 3 in Maryland for the 2023 class. Arizona, Boston College, Kentucky, Michigan State, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, and a handful of others have offered gooden over the last four weeks.

Expect the Hawks to battle to defend their WCAC title using the talent they brought back under Gooden’s leadership. Other notable figures include quarterback Neeo Avery, offensive lineman Dylan Tulcaro, wide receiver Shane Carroll, and outstanding offensive lineman Kyle Altuner of Class 2024. WCAC is one of the toughest conferences in the nation and DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md. ), Gonzaga (Washington, DC), Good Counsel, and St. John’s are all featured in our MaxPreps Top 100 Preseason Ranking on June 29th.

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