They stuck it in the back of the net.
They took it away from their opponents and they passed it beautifully.
And in response, they — Oregon's best high school boys soccer players — have been honored with all-state recognition for the 2021 fall season.
Among this year's selections was La Salle senior forward Mizael Harris, who was recently named the Class 5A Player of the Year.
During his final La Salle campaign, Harris led the Falcons to a Northwest Oregon Conference co-championship (shared with Wilsonville), four straight playoff wins and the Class 5A state title (a 5-0 victory over Corvallis).
Along the way, the Falcons posted a 16-1-1 overall record, with Harris scoring 24 goals and adding 20 assists.
See the best players from Clackamas, Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, Nelson, Oregon City, West Linn, La Salle, Milwaukie, Putnam, Wilsonville and Gladstone high schools who were honored this year, along with the players and coaches of the year for Class 6A, 5A and 4A.
Player of the Year: Nathaniel Deperro, Summit
Coach of the Year: Joe LoCascio, Summit
First team — Owen Caba, West Linn, senior.
Second team — Zac Levin, Lakeridge, junior; Reagan McDowell, Lakeridge, senior; Luke Tinsley, West Linn, senior; Trevor Wilson, Clackamas, senior.
Player of the Year: Mizael Harris, La Salle Prep
Coach of the Year: Jason Burke, Willamette
First team — Joseph Friedman, Wilsonville, senior; Johannes Gikas, La Salle Prep, senior, Mizael Harris, La Salle Prep, senior; Jeffrey Richter, La Salle Prep, senior; GK Parker English, La Salle Prep, senior.
Second team — Lucas Mallett, Putnam, junior; Aidan O'Brien, La Salle Prep, senior; Kevin Serrano-Maldonado, La Salle Prep, sophomore; Quentin Strange, La Salle Prep, junior.
Player of the Year: Mark Grimmer Jr., Philomath
Coach of the Year: David Ellis, Philomath
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