P2P NCS Boys Soccer Honors
Norwegian transfer student Jonas Skulstad of Monte Vista is the Prep2Prep NCS Player of the Year.

ALL-NORTH COAST SECTION

Player of the Year
JONAS SKULSTAD, MONTE VISTA


By NATE SMITH
Prep2Prep

It would have been impossible to predict Skulstad’s impact this year at the end of last season. That was because the Norwegian transfer student was not yet attending Monte Vista. That changed for the 2015-2016 season, and so did the Mustangs’ fortunes.

Skulstad controlled each game from the midfield, while also scoring 10 goals and registering six assists. Six of his 10 goals were game-winners, and he assisted on the game-winning goal in the NCS championship game win over San Ramon Valley.

But it was his intangibles, his patience and vision as described by other coaches, which really made him stand out in the field. And he played his best when it mattered the most, getting on the score sheet in three of Monte Vista’s four playoff games. The one he did not, the semifinal against Santa Rosa, may have featured his most aggressive approach, peppering the Panther net with seven shots in the match.

His play was key for a Monte Vista program which lost in the quarterfinals a year ago and was seeded fifth this season before finishing the year as North Coast Section Division I champions for the first time since 2007.


Coach of the Year
ANTONIO GARCIA, SANTA ROSA

Antonio Garcia led Santa Rosa to a league title in the NBL and a trip to the NCS semifinals.

By NATE SMITH
Prep2Prep

Prior to the 2016 winter season, the discussion around the Division I North Coast Section championship had always been centered among the top schools from the East Bay Athletic League, and rightfully so. With Monte Vista’s victory this season, the EBAL has now won eight straight section titles, dating back to a 2008 victory for Pittsburg. But this season, a new contender from a new region emerged, led by Garcia and a cast of standout senior student-athletes.

Santa Rosa had not finished first in the North Bay League since 2009, but after playing a strong non-league schedule, the Panthers overcame a loss to second-place Rancho Cotate and draws with Windsor and Casa Grande to emerge as the NBL champions. They also earned the top seed in the Division I playoffs after non-league wins over Dublin and San Ramon Valley.

“This was just a great group to go through the season with,” Garcia stated. “It was disappointing to see the season end when it did, but any of the final four teams were deserving of a section title.”

Santa Rosa, in fact, pushed eventual section champion Monte Vista to the brink of elimination, scoring the equalizer in the second half before the Mustangs emerged victorious in the second overtime. The Panthers were led by a cast of seniors which included first-team All-NBL defender Edwin Martinez and keeper Jairo Villalobos.

“These guys just really enjoyed playing together, and a lot of them also play club together,” Garcia said. “It made this year a great experience, and just real fun to be a part of.”

That enjoyable senior class also included defender Andrew Williams, defender Ryan Lorenz, and forward Seamus Young. All three joined Martinez and Villalobos as All-NBL selections. But the cupboard is far from bare for Garcia, who will look to keep the Panthers in the hunt next season. Junior Gavin Weitzenberg joins sophomores Anthony Lopez and Brian Sanchez as key parts of the foundation going forward.

Another key part of the Panthers’ success this season, and a key component going forward, was the work of assistant coach Rand Parlo, making this almost a staff of the year award.

“We had a great time, and know we can compete at the highest level in the section,” Garcia said. “Our senior class this year set the standard for future groups to live up to.”

For his efforts this year in getting Santa Rosa to the precipice of an NCS Division I title game in its first ever winter season, Garcia is the Prep2Prep NCS Coach of the Year.



Senior of the Year
LUIS LOPEZ, DE ANZA

Lopez, the MVP of the TCAL-Stone division, led the Dons to a NCS Division II title, notching 29 assists to go with 10 goals scored. After losing in the first round of last year’s playoffs, Lopez spurred a run through the post-season, ending with a title game victory against Campolindo.


Junior of the Year
JOSE DIAZ, YGNACIO VALLEY

Diaz was the Diablo Valley Athletic League’s Defensive Player of the Year, leading the Warriors to the first ever NCS Division III title. Diaz was the key defender for an Ygnacio Valley team which did not allow a goal in the post-season.


Sophomore of the Year
ANTHONY LOPEZ, SANTA ROSA

One of the most talented players anywhere on the field in the North Bay League, Lopez led the Panthers in overall points as they advanced to the Division I semifinals in their first winter season.

Freshman of the Year
ROBERTO BARAHONA, CONCORD

In his first high school season, Barahona scored 16 goals to go with six assists for the Minutemen, who advanced to the Division II semifinals before losing on penalty kicks to Campolindo.



FIRST TEAM ALL-NCS

Jonas Skulstad, Monte Vista
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

Skulstad was the Most Valuable Player in the East Bay Athletic League, which has won the last eight Division I section titles.


Suliman Khorami, Dublin
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Khorami was the overall Most Valuable Player of the Diablo Foothill Athletic League, after returning from the San Jose Earthquakes academy team. He scored 21 goals and had 12 assists, and has an offer from UC Davis.


Navid Khamush, Dublin
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Khamush was the Offensive MVP of the DFAL after teaming up with Khorami as the top scoring tandem in the section. He scored 18 goals and had 22 assists.


Maury Lopez, Casa Grande
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

The MVP from the North Bay League was involved in all but three of the Gauchos’ goals this season, and was described by an opposing coach as “exceptional for his team as an attacking threat from the midfield.”


Osbaldo Solis, Clayton Valley Charter
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

Known as an elite defensive midfielder, Solis was the MVP of the DVAL, while also contributing eight assists and three goals on the offensive end, helping lead the Eagles to the Division I quarterfinals.


Edwin Martinez, Santa Rosa
Position: Defender
Year: Senior

The top defender in the NBL marked the top scorer from each opposing team. His impact may have been most illustrated in the two games against Heritage. Martinez missed the first meeting, and the Panthers yielded four goals. In the section quarterfinals, Martinez was able to neutralize the Patriot attack in a 2-0 win.


Ryan Rossi, Campolindo
Position: Defender
Year: Senior

The Defensive MVP of the DFAL, Rossi anchored a Cougars’ defense that did not yield a goal in either the section quarterfinals or semifinals. Rossi is a dual-sport standout on the Campolindo campus, also playing in the outfield for the Cougars’ baseball team.


Matthias Reimink, Redwood
Position: Forward
Year: Junior

Reimink is only a one-year player for the Giants, and will return to the Netherlands after this school year. His impact was huge, though, helping Redwood win the regular-season MCAL title after scoring 14 goals and eight assists during league play. He was named MVP of the MCAL.


Jack Schoendienst, Livermore
Position: Defender
Year: Senior

Schoendienst was known as the top defender in the EBAL, and guided the Cowboys to a semifinal appearance in the Division II playoffs.


Garrett Meyer, California
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

The first-team All-EBAL player led the Grizzlies with 13 goals and eight assists, and controlled the midfield. Behind Meyer’s play, Cal earned a regulation draw with Clayton Valley in the playoffs before falling on penalty kicks.


Luis Lopez, De Anza
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

Lopez’ 29 assists were the best in the section, and he scored in all four playoff games for the Dons.


Thomas Soto, Castro Valley
Position: Goalkeeper
Year: Senior

Only three times all year did the Trojans score more than one goal, and yet Soto kept them in every match. He had an amazing 115 saves, including the ridiculous total of 18 saves against Berkeley.



SECOND TEAM ALL-NCS

Adrian Fontanelli, Rancho Cotate
Position: Forward
Year: Sophomore

Described by one coach as a player who could break down opposing defenses by himself, Fontanelli helped lead the Cougars to the Division II quarterfinals.


Oscar Munoz, Freedom
Position: Forward
Year: Junior

The MVP of the BVAL scored 23 goals with five assists for the Falcons.


Alex Lee, Foothill
Position: Defender
Year: Senior

The first-team All-EBAL defender was a stalwart for a Falcons’ defense that allowed just 28 goals in 26 matches this season.


Zahiem Fazel, Newark Memorial
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

The first-team All-MVAL forward scored 23 goals and had eight assists for the Cougars.


Johnny Cox, San Ramon Valley
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

The first-team All-EBAL midfielder had 11 goals and 17 assists for the Division I finalist Wolves.


Simon Fuentes, Monte Vista
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

The first-team All-EBAL midfielder had four goals and 14 assists for the Division I champions.


Younes Dayekh, Heritage
Position: Forward
Year: Junior

Dayekh returned from the Earthquakes’ academy to lead the Patriots with 20 goals and 10 assists, earning first-team All-BVAL for the co-BVAL champions.


Pablo Hernandez, Clayton Valley Charter
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

The DVAL Offensive Player of the Year scored 13 goals this season for the Eagles.


Andres Perez, Pittsburg
Position: Forward
Year: Sophomore

Perez led the co-BVAL champions with eight goals scored, including two in a crucial 4-2 win over Heritage.


Chris Finlez, Heritage
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

The first-team All-BVAL attacking midfielder controlled most matches for the Patriots, while contributing 13 goals and eight assists.


Ryan Alvarez-Cohen, Berkeley
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

The Most Valuable Player of the WACC-Foothill Division had five goals and five assists from his role as a defensive-minded midfielder.


JT Carlson, San Ramon Valley
Position: Goalkeeper
Year: Senior

The first-team All-EBAL keeper had 91 saves, and put together 15 clean sheets this season.



HONORABLE MENTION:

ACALANES: Ian Franklin
ALAMEDA: Cameron Burns
ALBANY: Dylan Hayton-Ruffner
ALHAMBRA: Jose Diaz
AMADOR VALLEY: Jeff Klei
AMERICAN: Ernesto Villegas
ANTIOCH: Bernardo Mendoza
ARROYO: Edgar Gonzalez
BEREAN CHRISTIAN: Kaei Kamiya
BERKELEY: Ivan Jutamulia, Alex El Ghaoui
BISHOP O'DOWD: Nick Braithwaite, Johnnie Flynn
BRANSON: Jack Singer, Adam Singer
CAMPOLINDO: Rupert Dusauzay, Matt Ringquist
CARDINAL NEWMAN: Kevin Flanagan
CASA GRANDE: David Luis, Jeff Mondragon
CASTRO VALLEY: Diego Ojeda-Juarez
CLAYTON VALLEY: Taylor Heuerman
COLLEGE PARK: Justin Bedig
DE ANZA: Mario Santos, Ben Doherty
DE LA SALLE: Kai Squires
DEER VALLEY: Enrique Fajardo, Rudy Saucedo
DOUGHERTY VALLEY: Laith Jamil Anqud
DRAKE: Max Vibert, Isaac Vernon, Bennett Fries
DUBLIN: Stefen Dillon
EL CERRITO: Adonis Dias
ENCINAL: Prawat Somwongsa
FREEDOM: Grant LaFleur
GRANADA: Alec Foster
HAYWARD: Danny Hernandez
HERCULES: Eric Gill
HERITAGE: Jihobanny Lopez
IRVINGTON: Tiger Chen
JAMES LOGAN: Kenneth Amaral, Emmanuel Alvarado
KENNEDY-FREMONT: David Ngandu, Adrian Cisneros
KENNEDY-RICHMOND: Edgar Rivera
LAS LOMAS: Matias Cassino
LIBERTY: Carlos Hernandez, Miguel Larios
LIVERMORE: Matthew Petrie
MARIA CARRILLO: Diego Huerta, Josue Cabrera
MIRAMONTE: Joseph Wang
MONTE VISTA: Connor Lynn, Peter Davis, Kyle Colonna
MONTGOMERY: Bryan Mora, Jordan Secchitaro
MOREAU CATHOLIC: Aaron Havard
MT. DIABLO: Agustin Mejia
MT. EDEN: Armando Betanzos
NEWARK MEMORIAL: Jesus Morales, Sergio Fuentes
NORTHGATE: Dean Lewis
NOVATO: Gabriel Estrada
PIEDMONT: Eduardo Salinas
PINOLE VALLEY: Jorge Poblano
PITTSBURG: Javier Hernandez, Abraham Rosales, Brian Frias
RANCHO COTATE: Kevin Juarez, Guillermo Irizarry, Kiki Gomez
REDWOOD: Julian Ulrich, Isaac Perper, James Ingledew
RICHMOND: Luis Mendoza, Osbaldo Bramvila
SAINT MARY'S: Lalo De Loa
SALESIAN: Raul Garcia
SAN LEANDRO: Feliciano Cardenas, Efrain Gomez
SAN LORENZO: Emmanuel Lara, Emerson Ochoa, Jorge Briseno
SAN RAFAEL: Edenilson Blano, Alex Argueta
SAN RAMON VALLEY: Jacob Wright, Jackson White
SANTA ROSA: Brian Sanchez, Jairo Villalobos
ST. PATRICK-ST. VINCENT: Zach Richards
TENNYSON: Cristian Guzman, Daniel Ceja
TERRA LINDA: Marcus Eriksson
UKIAH: Isauro Cabada
WASHINGTON: Jesus Radillo
WINDSOR: Alex Mejia, Mauricio Madrigal
YGNACIO VALLEY: Jonathan Negrete, Eric Zaragoza, Jorge Regalado
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