A brother duo from Pasadena is helping power the rise of one of the area’s top prep soccer teams.
Locals Ashton Carey, 17, and brother Alec Carey, 15, are both contributing members of the Mount Saint Joseph boys varsity soccer team this season.
The Gaels made the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference final last season with Ashton Carey as their starting goalkeeper, and he returns this year as a senior captain on a Mount St. Joe team that added his brother Alec Carey as a sophomore midfielder.
“I love [playing with my brother],” said Ashton. “It’s the first time I’ve ever done it in my life, and I’m pretty excited for the season.”
It’s a new fit for the athletic tandem, who grew up playing Mountain Road Soccer and Lake Shore basketball and have been standout soccer players for several years at the super-elite club Baltimore Celtic; Ashton plays for Celtic ’01, which made the Maryland State Cup final in 2018, and Alec plays for Celtic ’03, which won the Maryland State Cup championship in 2017.
Both honor students at Mount St. Joe, the Carey brothers are teammates this year for the first time, a departure from their normal routine as extremely competitive brothers.
“We are very competitive. Pretty much everything. If you can name it, we compete in it,” said Ashton, who said he’s certainly better at goalie than Alec and has a more motivated workout ethic than his younger brother.
Alec responded that he is better than Ashton at “almost everything” but said he loves being teammates for the first time in their soccer careers.
“I think it’s fun playing in front of [Ashton] in the midfield,” said Alec. “I don’t mind him yelling at me from the back, I love it.”
Alec said his days playing youth sports in Pasadena were perfect preparation for the rigors of MIAA A Conference soccer.
“When I was younger, I thought it was a lot of fun playing Mountain Road Soccer and Lake Shore Basketball,” said Alec. “The coaches I had were good for basketball and soccer, so overall it prepared me really good.”
Ashton said his dad, Tom Carey, who coached his Mountain Road teams, instilled in him a love for the game.
“For Pasadena soccer, my dad was my coach, and he’s the one who really taught me how to love the sport of soccer, and if it wasn’t for that I really wouldn’t be giving the effort because I wouldn’t have the passion and love I have today,” Ashton said.
Both players have their sights set on a return to the MIAA A Conference championship.
“Our number-one goal is to win it all,” said Ashton. “I’m excited for the season, new season, senior year. It’s going to be fun.”