Nine Lions honored in all-Three Rivers League boys soccer voting
The 2018 season was one to remember for the West Linn boys soccer team.
The Lions played their way to a share of the Three Rivers League title, put together a 4-1-1 TRL record and an 11-3-3 overall mark, then won their first two playoff games to earn a berth in the Class 6A state quarterfinals.
There, facing third-ranked David Douglas, the Lions rallied from a two-goal deficit, closed within 2-1 in the final four minutes, then created three dangerous chances down the stretch that very nearly sent the contest into overtime.
While David Douglas ended West Linn's season, it couldn't steal the luster from the Lions' successful bounce-back season, one that followed last year's 1-4-2 TRL campaign.
In response, nine Lions were honored on this year's Three Rivers League all-star teams, that group led by a trio of first teamers — junior defender Michael Phillips, senior midfielder Abdul Ali and senior forward Gavin Tinsley.
According to West Linn coach Travis Roth, Ali — a team captain — "was the vocal leader on team during games and practice. He set tone and got the guys on board."
Tinsley, meanwhile, was the team's leader in both goals and assists this year.
"He is a true goal scorer," Roth said. "Anytime he got the ball to his feet within 20 yards of goal, you felt like he might score."
For his part, Phillips held things down in the back of the Lions' defense, a group that was the best in the Three Rivers League in 2018.
"(He was the) leader at center defense," Roth added, "one of the reasons we only conceded nine goals leading up to playoffs."
Senior midfielder Garrett Jackson won a spot on the all-league second team, while honorable mention selections included sophomore goalkeeper Caden Kesselring, senior defender Garrett Wiancko, senior defender Adam Beyer, senior midfielder Matt Kurtin and freshman forward Luke Tinsley.
Tigard junior goalkeeper Jackson Cleaver, Tigard senior defender Sajad Al Rikabi and Tualatin senior forward Mario Quiterio shared the TRL Player of the Year award, while Tigard's Angelo Simonetti was named Coach of the Year.
Goalkeeper: Jackson Cleaver, jr., Tigard
Defenders: Sajad Al Rikabi, sr., Tigard; Nathan Buckalew, jr., Tualatin; Michael Phillips, jr., West Linn; Alejandro Romero, jr., Canby
Midfielders: Lorenzo Lopez, jr., Oregon City; Abdul Ali, sr., West Linn; Zack Wesson, sr., Tualatin; Chase Hoffinger, sr., Lake Oswego; Trevor Smith, jr., Tigard; Daniel Valdovinos, sr., Tualatin
Forwards: Mario Quiterio, sr., Tualatin; Gavin Tinsley, sr., West Linn; Oscar Jacinto, sr., Tigard
Players of the Year — Jackson Cleaver, Tigard; Sajad Al Rikabi, Tigard; Mario Quiterio, Tualatin
Coach of the Year — Angelo Simonetti, Tigard
Goalkeeper: Josepher Juarez-Cruz, so., Oregon City
Defenders: Robbie Hamilton, sr., Oregon City; Richy Olguin, sr., Tualatin; Adam Sommer, jr., Lakeridge; Jared Debban, jr., Tigard
Midfielders: Ryan Sze, fr., Lakeridge; Thijs Peperkamp, so., Canby; Garrett Jackson, sr., West Linn; Anthony Bautista, sr., Oregon City; Jack Hallam, so., Tigard; Rasheed Tahuni, jr., Tigard
Forwards: Ian Quinlan, so., Canby; Eric Seaman, so., Lake Oswego; Ashton Johnson, sr., Oregon City
Goalkeepers: Noe Rodriguez, sr., Canby; Caden Kesselring, so., West Linn
Defenders: Garrett Wiancko, sr., West Linn; Chris Anissian, sr., Lake Oswego; Aaron Rudder, sr., Lake Oswego; Edson Jimenez-Sutton, so., Oregon City; Francisco Cabello, so., Canby; Carter Phelps, fr., Oregon City; Marco Gallardo, sr., Tigard; Adam Beyer, sr., West Linn; Cole Carlile, sr., Tualatin; Luis Salas, sr., Tigard; David Bernal, sr., Canby
Midfielders: Seba Marin-Quiros, sr., Lakeridge; Ben Martinenusen, jr., Canby; Matt Kurtin, sr., West Linn; Javas Wray, sr., Lake Oswego; Brandon Bautista, sr., Oregon City; Gian Gargurevich, sr., Lakeridge; Sidarth Daga, sr., Lake Oswego
Forwards: Pierce Boucher, sr., Lakeridge; Aaron Padarath, sr., Tigard; Luke Tinsley, fr., West Linn; Christian Pumpelly, sr., Tualatin; Saul Aparicio, sr., Tualatin
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