Pacific Conference soccer honors boys, girls
The boys and girls high school soccer season may be behind us, but the postseason awards are still coming for some of Western Washington County's finest on the pitch.
The Pacific Conference recently announced their all-league honorees and Glencoe, Liberty, Century and Forest Grove — as expected — were well represented, with 58 boys and girls selected for the list of all-stars.
On the boys side, Forest Grove narrowly led the way with 10 overall selections, while Pacific Conference champion Liberty was a close second with nine. However, the Falcons did manage to sweep the individual awards, with senior forward Jacob McDaniel being named league Player of the Year, while his head coach, Garrett Blizzard, earned Coach of the Year honors. Glencoe claimed eight honors, and Century six.
The Falcons finished with a 12-2-2 overall record and made it to the second round of the state playoffs before dropping a 4-0 contest at Summit. They were led by a number of first-teamers: McDaniel; fellow forward and junior Omario Stewart; senior midfielder Rudy Salinas-Solorio; and senior defender Ian Berumudez. Second team representatives included senior midfielder Luis Rodriguez Gaona, senior defender Chais Belcher and senior goal keeper Isaac Parra. Liberty also had two athletes who made honorable mention, senior forward Chris Miller and sophomore midfielder Anthony Godinez.
The Vikings, who finished second in league play and made it all the way to the state semifinals before losing to Summit, had three first team selections, one second-teamer and six honorable mention.
Forest Grove first-teamers included senior defender Alejandro Sanchez, junior forward Antonio Cipriano and sophomore midfielder Abraham Alvarez, while senior defender Alan Rincon was a second team selection. Honorable mention honorees included senior midfielder Pablo Dominguez; junior forward David Mata; junior defender Cesar Bucio; junior goal keepers Jorge Gaona and Marco Torres; and sophomore defender Jose Diaz.
The Crimson Tide finished third in the league, and despite not losing a game in conference for the second consecutive year finished 7-4-4 overall and claimed three first team spots, two second-teamers and three more honorable mention.
First-teamers included senior defender Austin Milbrandt and senior goal keeper Oscar Flores. Second-teamers were senior midfielder Jackson Vanderzanden and senior defender Elliot Chavez, while senior forward Alex Lopez, senior midfielder Kobe Garcia and junior defender Danny Calixto were honorable mention.
Lastly, Century garnered three second team selections, including senior forward Uriel Rodriguez, senior midfielder Angel Rojas and freshman midfielder Sergio Varela. The Jaguars also had three honorable mention selections, including senior forward Mohamed Aden, junior defender Erik Mancera and senior goal keeper Edgar Chavez.
On the girls side, Liberty led the way with eight honorees, while Forest Grove nabbed seven, Glencoe six and Century five.
The Falcons, who were the only western Washington County representative in the state playoffs, finished third in the league and with a 7-6-2 overall record.
Senior midfielder Ivette Garcia was Liberty's lone first team selection, while freshman midfielder Morgan Keller was a second team honoree and junior forward Zoe Allen, sophomore defender Kendra Anderson, senior defender Clara Robbins, senior defender Mallori Boddy, senior defender Katie Bickford and senior goal keeper Ruby Araiza were honorable mention.
The Vikings, who were 7-6-1 overall and narrowly missed qualifying for the state playoffs, had three first team selections, including senior midfielder Amy Gonzalez, junior forward Mirella Garcia and sophomore defender Makaila Takahashi.
Forest Grove freshman forward Sophia Broberg was a second team selection, while senior midfielder Abigail Pantoja, senior defender Alexandra Minor and sophomore defender Lily Everson were honorable mention.
Century goal keeper Ella Smith was honored with a first team selection, while senior defender Jazmin Hernandez, sophomore forward Courtney Bell and sophomore Jasmine Seago were second-teamers. Junior defender Hannah Hall was honorable mention.
Glencoe lacked a first team selection, but claimed six overall spots, beginning with a handful of second-teamers, including senior midfielder Riley Shaver, junior defender Izzy Hodges and sophomore midfielder Avery Jensen.
Also for the Tide, juniors, midfielders Alexis Magdaleno and McKenna Thrush, along with defender Payton Hay, were honorable mention.
Sherwood's Loma McNeese was selected as the girls Player of the Year, while McMinnville's Anna Heuberger was the Coach of the Year.
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