Scappoose's Edson gets all-NWOC recognition
Corbin Edson of the Scappoose High boys soccer team has been named second-team all-Northwest Oregon Conference.
Corbin recently completed his junior season as a midfielder for the Indians.
"Corbin is a solid, powerful player who is good on both sides of the ball," Scappoose coach Scott Stanton says. "He's able to break up an attack, win the ball back and then launch a dangerous attack going forward for us.
"He's a fantastic leader and has a commanding on-field presence."
Two other Scappoose players and four members of the St. Helens boys soccer team made honorable mention.
From Scappoose, the recognition went to junior forward Teegan Bond and senior defender Blake Peterson.
"Teegan is everything you want from a winger," Stanton says. "He's got a bag of tricks to beat defenders one-on-one, he's fast, is surgical with his crosses and is a clinical finisher. It doesn't matter if he's out wide and serving the ball in, or arriving in front of the goal to finish off a chance, he's one of our most dangerous attackers."
Peterson was the anchor to the Scappoose defense and one of the team captains.
"He leads by example, has a relentless work ethic and has an exceptional understanding of the game," Stanton says. "He's calm under pressure and helped us keep things locked down and organized in the back."
St. Helens' honorable mention recipients were sophomore forward Kaleb Edwards, senior forward Weston Miller, senior midfielder Regan Tolman and senior defender Aaron Navarro.
Lions coach Bob Opperman complimented all four for their leadership and skills.
Edwards had several assists and two goals this season "and rang the bar many times. Look for more to come from this young man," Opperman said. "He has speed, skill, dedication and determination as an outstanding forward. One of the most coachable guys on the team."
Miller scored three times, including once against the No. 1-ranked team in the state, La Salle Prep, on a cross from Edwards.
"He was remarkable considering he had not played for the last two years," Opperman said. "Wish we'd had him all four years."
Tolman, a co-captain, anchored the midfield for the Lions for four years.
"Regan is the kind of team leader coaches dream of. He gave it everything he could while playing all season with an injured toe," Opperman said. "He scored off a penalty kick against (6A) Sprague and had one of the most spectacular goals I've seen against Scappoose.
"When that toe heals, he'll be ready to play at the next level, if he chooses."
Co-captain Navarro complemented Tolman.
"They were a great duo and will be missed next year," Opperman said. "Aaron secured the defense, using his speed and agility to shut down the offense. He took many of our free kicks and took leadership in the back. He also contributed with assists."
Opperman also noted that he felt senior midfielder/forward Ethan Ward was deserving of recognition from the league.
"He contributed as a goal scorer and was an asset to our team in many ways," Opperman said.