ALL-CENTRAL COAST SECTION
Player of the Year
DYLAN PENN, ST. IGNATIUS
By NATE SMITH
The top goal scorer for all four of his varsity soccer seasons at St. Ignatius High School, Dylan Penn led the Wildcats to the pinnacle of Central Coast Section achievements in the 2017 season. With a 5-2 victory
over Carlmont in the CCS Open Division title game, Penn’s illustrious career ended with a championship, and fittingly so.
“He’s a great kid, and someone who has a great spirit,” said St. Ignatius coach Alan Downey. “You could see the tears streaming down his face after winning the section title.”
Penn, who will continue his soccer career next season at UC Berkeley, led SI with 18 goals scored this season, as part of an offense that spread the wealth and had multiple players tally double-digit
goal totals this year. He is also a skilled passer who repeatedly assisted his teammates for key goals, finishing with seven assists.
“He has all the tools you look for in a leader and a top player,” Downey said. “He’s a great practice player, super skilled but also humble. After the season, we gave him our award for the player who best
represented our program.”
Penn also displayed the ability to come through in clutch moments. In the CCS final, he registered a goal and two assists, as the Wildcats turned the tables on a Carlmont team which had beaten them
early in the regular season. St. Ignatius also broke the West Catholic Athletic League record for most goals scored during league play, and it was Penn who put the ball in the net to break the record
in a season-ending win over Valley Christian.
His two assists in the championship game might have best exemplified his talent level, and ability to see the field. On both occasions, in the 21st and 61st minutes, Penn executed beautiful passes on
sliding crosses, allowing fellow senior Dominic Galletti to tap in a pair of goals. Both passes came off quick runs by Penn, displaying hard to match speed on the field, and his ability to find voids in the defense.
“Having a player like Dylan, it made it possible for us to game plan a certain way for the championship game,” Downey said. “We were able to exploit their high line of defense, and he was able to get into
those voids in their back line.”
For an amazing career, and especially a memorable senior season, Dylan Penn is our 2017 Prep2Prep Central Coast Section Player of the Year.
Coach of the Year
ALAN DOWNEY, ST. IGNATIUS
Alan Downey led St. Ignatius to an undefeated WCAL league title and CCS Open Division championship.
By NATE SMITH
Having just completed his fourth season at the helm of the St. Ignatius boys’ soccer program, Alan Downey has witnessed the growth of his first graduating class, the first class of seniors which
played in his program for four seasons. The growth could not have been more evident, as the Wildcats raced to the WCAL championship and CCS Open Division title in the 2017 season.
The Wildcats were not even a playoff team in Downey’s first season as head coach, but improved after that, falling in the quarterfinals of the Division II bracket in each of the next two seasons. Still, it is a big jump to go from Division II quarterfinalist to Open Division champion.
The 2016-2017 season did not start off looking like St. Ignatius would be a title contender. In fact, after a pair of non-league wins to open the year, the Wildcats four straight and five of six games. Losses to Napa and Menlo-Atherton were followed by a stunning defeat to Marin Academy, and then another setback against Carlmont. After a win over Fresno-area power Bullard, SI dropped one final contest, this time to perennial NCS contender Richmond.
“We were missing a couple guys early in the season, but really we just weren’t together as a team early in the year,” Downey said. “We also lost our starting goalkeeper to a broken leg, and that took time to adjust.”
Despite knowing his team was going through an adjustment period, and struggling to mesh on the field, Downey expressed his concerns during a key team meeting following the loss to Marin Academy.
“We had a key moment after that (Marin Academy) loss, where we challenged everyone to start playing together in order to reach our goals for the year,” Downey said. “We started to turn the corner during the Carlmont game, even though we did not win. Our practices also got a lot sharper, and once we started winning, we never looked back.”
The Wildcats conducted some team bonding activities during the Christmas break, and starting focusing on creating success during 2017. Team captain Dominic Galletti made a promise to Downey, stating that the team “would not lose a game during 2017.” He was right.
St. Ignatius opened the new year with a January 4 victory over Riordan, and continued its success from there. The Wildcats finished the WCAL schedule with a 13-0-1 in league play, the only blemish being a tie with Serra. Along the way, they broke the league record for goals scored in a single season.
“We knew we could score a ton of goals going into this year,” Downey said. “It was a big achievement to get that record, though.”
The Wildcats had the opportunity to get the record in their final league game, facing Valley Christian on Senior Day. That meant a large number of players who did not usually see significant minutes would do so in that match, even with the record at stake. As it turned out, three players who had not scored all season contributed four of the team’s eight goals in the win, including a hat trick from Downey’s son, Aodhan. The team needed six goals for the record, and surpassed that total, with senior Dylan Penn providing the record-breaking shot.
That explosive offense came in handy during the post-season, as the Wildcats trailed early in the semifinal and championship games. That included an early 2-0 deficit to Pioneer in the semifinals, before SI reeled off four straight goals, and an early one-goal deficit to Carlmont in the 5-2 title game victory.
“We never panicked, and had a lot of belief in our ability to come back in both of those situations,” Downey explained. “We knew we could score goals. We had proven that to ourselves all season long.”
For instilling that belief in his team, going unbeaten in their final 17 matches of the season, and capturing the school’s first boys soccer title since the 2009 Division II championship, Alan Downey is the 2017 Prep2Prep Central Coast Section Coach of the Year.
Other coaches considered for this award: Pioneer’s Nick Hoffman, Monterey’s Josimar Herrera, and Branham’s Danny Kadah.
FIRST TEAM ALL-CCS
Dominic Galletti, St. Ignatius
Whereas Penn did much of his damage in the center, Galletti was a terror down the left wing throughout his St. Ignatius career, forming a spectacular attack
that accounted for a stunning 58 goals and 13-0-1 mark in the WCAL, one of the toughest leagues in the Bay Area. Galletti, who had the game-winning assist
in the semifinal win over Pioneer, finished with 16 goals and 8 assists.
Andrew Kettle, Pioneer
The speedster led Pioneer to a nearly perfect season, as the Mustangs (18-1-3) suffered their only defeat of the season in the CCS Open Division semifinals to
eventual champ St. Ignatius. Kettle finished with 20 goals and 10 assists as Pioneer dominated the BVAL-Santa Teresa Division to the tune of a 44-4 goal
differential and 13-0-1 record.
Ty Shikashio, Branham
The BVAL-Mount Hamilton Player of the Year led Branham to its first-ever "A" Division championship, as the Bruins went undefeated in league play until the final
week of the regular season. A highly technical center midfielder, Shikashio served as the fulcrum of the team's attack and defense and also contributed 11
assists, including several from his spectacular long throw-ins.
Louis Sanchez, Monterey
The Monterey Bay League-Pacific Division co-Player of the Year, Sanchez racked up 10 goals and 14 assists for a Monterey team that had a spectacular season.
The Toreadores finished the league season undefeated and stunned nationally ranked Alisal in the first round of the CCS Open Division playoffs before falling
to Carlmont in penalty kicks in the semifinals. In all, Monterey finished the season 15-1-3 with Sanchez leading the way.
Eduardo Miranda, Alisal
The MBL-Gabilan Player of the Year, Miranda played both in a holding midfield role and in the backline as needed as the Trojans finished the league season with
a perfect 12-0 mark and were nationally ranked by most ranking services throughout the year. Alisal conceded just four goals all season in league play thanks in large
part to Miranda's organizational, positional and defending qualities, as the Trojans were odds-on favorites to capture the Open Division title before being stunned
by Monterey in the first round.
Michael Bertiglia, St. Ignatius
The rock at the center of the St. Ignatius defense, Bertiglia combined aerial strength with poise on the ball to lead the Wildcats to a historic season. After going through the
preseason 1-5, St. Ignatius rolled through the WCAL with a 13-0-1 mark, allowing just 16 goals against some of the toughest competition in the Bay Area.
The Wildcats continued their run through the Open Division playoffs with Bertiglia serving as the stabilizing force in a defensive system designed to complement a wide-open attack.
Brian Ocampo, Lincoln
The cool, solid defender was a mainstay on two Central Coast Section Division I championship teams the past two years. Ocampo, the BVAL-Mount Hamilton Senior of the Year,
helped the Lions concede just 18 goals all season in 24 matches as Lincoln finished tied for second in the BVAL-MH and swept through the playoffs allowing just one goal
during the postseason.
Brando Yanez, Homestead
Along with Alisal, Homestead is the only team to appear in the first two CCS Open Division playoffs and much of that is attributable to the play of Yanez, a first-team
all-SCVAL defender. The Mustangs finished the league season undefeated and conceded just six goals in 12 matches.
Jesus Parra, Alisal
The first-team all-MBL selection was instrumental in an extremely stingy Alisal defense that allowed just 13 goals in 21 total matches and only four
in 12 matches against rugged Monterey Bay League-Gabilan Division competition.
SECOND TEAM ALL-CCS
Ramon Inda Felix
Inda Felix helped Lincoln to its second straight CCS Division I championship, scoring timely goals during the postseason after an effective regular season that saw him earn
BVAL-Mount Hamilton Division Junior of the Year honors.
Leo McBride, Carlmont
The co-Forward of the Year in the Peninsula Athletic League-Bay Division, McBride led Carlmont to a league title and trip to the CCS Open Division playoffs, where the Scots
put a scare into eventual champs St. Ignatius in the first round. A tall, rangy athletic striker, McBride led Carlmont with 12 goals and eight assists.
Josh Robertson, Archbishop Mitty
A first-team all-WCAL selection, Robertson is a defensive midfielder who was usually tasked with taking away the opposing team's path of attack. An excellent
ball-winner who covers a lot of ground, Robertson helped Mitty finish in a tie for third in the loaded WCAL.
Adam Joss, Serra
The WCAL Midfielder of the Year led the Padres to the CCS Division II championship with wins over Soquel, Gonzales, Hillsdale and El Camino. With Joss pulling the
strings, the high-scoring Padres finished the season with 62 goals, including an impressive 29 in 10 matches against non-WCAL competition, 14 of which came during the
Rohan Sarathy, Mountain View
The speedy and talented winger led Mountain View to another successful season as the Spartans finished 2nd in the SCVAL-De Anza Division and reached the CCS Division I
semis with wins over Woodside and Mitty (in penalty kicks). Sarathy led the team with 12 goals and nine assists.
Ricardo Soza, Alvarez
Soza, an attacking midfielder and first-team all-MBL-Gabilan selection, led Alvarez to a third-place finish in one of the most competitive leagues in the Bay Area and
an upset of top-seeded Bellarmine in the first round of the CCS Division I playoffs.
Francisco Rivas, Pioneer
The speedy center back roamed like a center fielder as the final man in the Pioneer defense, helping the Mustangs to a record-setting season which saw them
register 13 shutouts and concede just 15 goals all season - including just four in 14 league games.
Noe Robledo, Watsonville
The first-team all-MBL-Gabilan selection helped Watsonville turn its season around after a slow start. The Wildcatz won their final five league games - conceding just
two goals over that span - and carried that momentum into the playoffs, where they reached the CCS Division I championship match, losing 1-0 in overtime to Lincoln.
THIRD TEAM ALL-CCS
Matthew Keeth, St. Francis
The powerful, athletic senior was named WCAL Striker of the Year for his efforts, as Keeth scored 17 goals and notched eight assists in just 20 matches. He registered hat
tricks in wins over Valley Christian and Archbishop Riordan and had a goal and an assist in a key non-league win over Prospect early in the season.
Ronald Vargas, Del Mar
The powerful striker led Del Mar to the BVAL-West Valley championship and into the second round of the CCS Division II playoffs. Vargas scored 15 goals and added
10 assists for the Dons, who went undefeated in league and finished 14-2-6 overall.
Joey Kettle, Pioneer
Joey formed a dynamic duo with brother Andrew, scoring 12 goals to go along with 15 assists during Pioneer's epic season. Kettle, a tall, athletic attacking
midfielder, will be called upon to take on even more of the attacking load with the graduation of his brother as Pioneer moves into the BVAL-Mount Hamilton
"A" Division next year.
Grant King, Branham
The first-team all-BVAL Mount Hamilton midfielder displayed a knack for scoring goals at key times and was particularly dangerous converting set pieces. Despite playing
primarily as a holding midfielder, King finished with seven goals to help Branham to its first-ever BVAL-Mount Hamilton title.
Tyler Khan, Branham
Typically called upon to match up with the opposing team's top striker, Khan was also a dangerous presence on set pieces, scoring four goals and contributing two
goals to help Branham to a BVAL-Mount Hamilton Division title.
Ricky Diaz, Nathan Machak
BELLARMINE COLLEGE PREP:
Paul Bastaki, Brett Fitzpatrick
Leo Gonzales-Smith, Morgan Goldschmidt, Ben Webber
CRYSTAL SPRINGS UPLANDS:
Deji Agunbiade, Alex Berman
Marco Medina, Luis Langarica
EASTSIDE COLLEGE PREP:
Shayan Charalaghi, Ivan Stus, Nate Deinla
Joseph Salazar, Jonathan Valdovinos, Rolando Mendes, Jose Chavez
Jeremy Mendoza, Ellias Diaz
Edwin Arias, Javier Martinez
Juan Jimenez, Carlos Lopez
HALF MOON BAY:
Misa Acosta, Luis Escalante, Angel Salgado
Sparsh Chauhan, Rohit Shah
Oisin Dougherty Fagan, Damon Prasad
Michael Robles, Guillermo Hernandez
Albin Moellerstad, Victor Yu, Coby Zorn
Tommy Kharisov, Vihan Gunaratna
David Quezada, Daniel Hausen, Alistair Shaw, Ben Lasky
Nicolas Jandeleit, Carlos Mangandi
Luke Yee, Toshi Hensley
MONTE VISTA CHRISTIAN:
Isaac Lomeli, Jonathan Cortes, Fernando Cardenas
Cam Martin, Gerson Perez
NORTH MONTEREY COUNTY:
Ronaldo Aguilera, Tony Ruiz, Jorge Tellez
Adrian Luera, Paulino Lazaro, Eddy Juarez
Alexis Rincon, Jairo Membreno
Branden Werner, Francisco Arevallo
Neil Verwillow, Thomas Crouch, Derek Schoenberger
Adan Avila, Jashua Ortiz
Alexis Barajas, Greg Escola
SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL:
Herminio Umanzor, Ian Eadie
SACRED HEART PREP:
Zach Haire, Liam Johnson, Peter Love, Juan Rascon
Luis Alvarez, Danny Salinas
Manuel Ceja, Gerardo Ramirez
SAN LORENZO VALLEY:
Blake Kuehl, Max Stein
Matthew Smith, Jamal Adam
Eder Montesino, Nick Courtright
Kyle Raymond, Brendan Magee
Franco Contreras, Irving Rodriguez
Sam Ludley, Max Brown
Alexis Sanchez, Omar Gallegos
Ryan Jordan, Jalen Graves
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO:
THE KING'S ACADEMY:
Ethan Nelson, Franklin Jurasek, Troy Rotler
Victor Aguila, Alex Caceres