P2P NCS Boys Soccer Honors
Midfielder Max Peterson will continue his soccer career in the United Kingdom.


Player of the Year


When it comes to ball handling, setting up the offensive attack, and quickly disrupting any attacks at his own end, there were few in the class of Max Peterson, the skilled midfielder from Berkeley who is headed to the United Kingdom for college and continuing his soccer career after this season.

Despite leading the Yellowjackets to their first NCS title in 13 years, some of Peterson’s best contributions might have even come during the league schedule, which had a couple hiccups. After one of those hiccups, a draw with San Leandro, Peterson set the tone in the next match against second-place Bishop O’Dowd, drilling a free kick for a lead going into the half, one which Berkeley would maintain in the second half.

Later, after a shocking loss to Mt. Eden, Peterson made sure the offense caught fire, leading the Yellowjackets to score nine times in the final three regular-season matches, and multiple goals again in the first three rounds of the post-season. That led to the NCS title game against De La Salle, where Berkeley prevailed in a shootout, with Peterson drilling his kick into the net during the second round.

Now, after a standout three-year varsity career which has culminated with 43 wins in the last two seasons, a berth in the 2016 section semifinals and a 2017 section title, Peterson is headed to York St. John University in England, and will also join the i2i International Soccer Academy.

For his standout career and senior season, Max Peterson is our 2017 Prep2Prep Player of the Year.

Coach of the Year

Paul Curtis is Prep2Prep's NCS Coach of the Year.


Just like his first year at the helm of the Acalanes program, the second seed proved kind to Paul Curtis, as he led the Dons to their first section title since 2009, defeating Montgomery, 1-0, to win the 2017 North Coast Section Division II championship.

After the Dons failed to post a winning record in each of the last three seasons, this title might be a bit sweeter, combined with a 20-win season. The 20 wins posted by Acalanes is the second-highest in Curtis’ tenure as head coach, but this season ended with something even better than the 23-win campaign in 2012-2013 – a section title.

Having struggled for the previous three years, Acalanes was sent to the DAL-Valley Division in the structuring of the newly aligned Diablo Athletic League. Considered the ‘B’ Division, the Dons steamrolled to the division title, going 9-1 in league play and overcoming an early loss to division foe Concord. After the 2-0 loss to the Minutemen on January 20, the Dons never lost again.

Acalanes did not allow a goal in its final six division matches, rolling into the post-season with some serious momentum. The Dons routed Casa Grande in their first round match, 4-1, before facing DAL-Foothill counterpart Campolindo, one of the teams placed in the ‘A’ Division. The defense continued to play stout against a strong Cougars’ attack, making Gabe Singer’s first half goal stand up in the 1-0 victory.

After the quarterfinal win over Campolindo, Curtis’ coaching and preparation were tested in a pair of double overtime matches. The first game, in the semifinals against 2015 NCS and 2017 TCAL-Rock championship Richmond, resulted in a 2-1 win for the Dons, which placed them opposite Montgomery in the title game. Again, the Acalanes defense held strong, and the offense did just enough, scoring in double overtime for the 1-0 victory, once again using a goal from Singer to make the difference.

For his ability to turn back around the Dons’ program, and lead them to their fourth overall section title and second during his tenure, Paul Curtis is our 2017 Prep2Prep North Coast Section Coach of the Year.

Other coaches considered for this award: Berkeley’s Andre Hebert, Marin Academy’s Josh Kalkstein, University’s Deejae Johnson, and Montgomery’s Jonathan Schwan.


Justin Bedig, College Park
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

The Sacramento State-bound Bedig was the MVP of the DAL-Foothill Division, Bedig led the Falcons to a second-place finish in the difficult division and a berth in the Division I playoffs. He finished the year with a team-high 27 points scored.

Cole Heinbaugh, Dublin
Position: Forward
Year: Junior

The first-team All-EBAL selection led the Gaels with 17 goals and seven assists, including a hat trick in a late January win over Foothill.

Oscar Munoz, Freedom
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

The two-time BVAL MVP led the Falcons to an unbeaten record in league play and a berth in the NCS Division I semifinals. He led all scorers in the section with 23 goals and 23 assists.

Ryan Leake, Tamalpais
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Leake was named Player of the Year in the Marin County Athletic League after leading the Red-Tailed Hawks to their first league tournament title in three years, and scoring two of the team’s three goals in the title game victory over Terra Linda.

Mario Gomez, Rancho Cotate
Position: Foward
Year: Senior

Gomez was named the MVP of the North Bay League as a prolific goal scorer for the Cougars. The Cal State Fullerton commit opened the season with a five-goal performance and never looked back, leading Rancho Cotate back to the Division II playoffs.

Garrett Howell, Amador Valley
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

The MVP in the East Bay Athletic League, Howell was a premier attacking mid for the Dons, notching 12 goals and eight assists. That included the go-ahead goal in an early-season win over eventual NCS champion Berkeley and multi-goal performances late in the season against both Livermore and Dublin.

Max Peterson, Berkeley
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

Regarded as the most skilled ball handler in the section, Peterson is headed to York St. John University in the United Kingdom, also joining the i2i International Soccer Academy. The first-team All-WACC selection converted his penalty kick in the title game win over De La Salle, and controlled the middle of the field in every match this season.

Jack Mortensen, San Ramon Valley
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

The first-team All-EBAL midfielder notched 10 goals to lead the Wolves, who captured the EBAL title and advanced to the NCS Division I semifinals.

Grant LaFleur, Freedom
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

Freedom had three of the top leading scorers in the section at the front of its attack, but for that to happen, someone had to set things up, and that was LaFleur, a first-team All-BVAL selection. The senior had six goals and eight assists, but also 52 steals to help control the ball for the Falcons.

Drew Wondolowski, Acalanes
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

The Most Valuable Offensive Player in the DAL-Valley Division, Wondolowski led the Dons to a Division II championship, and his ability to create the offensive attack was key for the Valley Division champions. In the Division II semifinals, he scored a key goal in the first half against Richmond, a match which resulted in a double overtime victory for Acalanes.

Arlo Moore-Bloom, Berkeley
Position: Defender
Year: Senior

The skilled defender was the backbone of the Yellowjackets’ stingy defense, one which allowed just 17 goals all season long, and no more than one in any of their post-season matches, resulting in a Division I section title. He was also named Player of the Year for the WACC-Foothill Division.

Wils Martin, Monte Vista
Position: Defender
Year: Senior

The first-team All-EBAL defender also showcased his ability to score when moved up on set pieces, scoring seven goals to go with two assists, including one in a first-round playoff win over Clayton Valley.

Ian Nicolas, De La Salle
Position: Defender
Year: Senior

De La Salle allowed just 10 goals all season, on its way to reaching the Division I championship game. A first-team All-EBAL selection, Nicolas was a primary reason for the defensive prowess.

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

The first-team All-EBAL keeper posted 11 clean sheets this season, including five straight during EBAL play, during which he did not lose a match.


Trey Miller, Bishop O’Dowd
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

A first-team All-WACC selection and multi-sport standout, Miller led the Dragons with 13 goals and three assists, including the game-winner in a 1-0 win over Miramonte in the Division III quarterfinals.

Cristian Guzman, Tennyson
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

The WACC-Shoreline champion Lancers made a surprise run to the NCS Division II semifinals, and league MVP Guzman was a big reason why. He finished the year with 14 goals and 12 assists.

Jonathan Negrete, Ygnacio Valley
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

The Most Valuable Offensive Player in the DAL-Foothill led the Warriors with 16 goals and seven assists, helping the Warriors to a league title and the top seed in the NCS Division II playoffs.

Sergio Barba, Concord
Position: Forward
Year: Sophomore

The Most Valuable Player of the DAL-Valley Division led the Minutemen with 20 goals and eight assists, helping them reach the NCS Division II quarterfinals.

Refugio Garcia, Richmond
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

The Most Valuable Offensive Player in the TCAL-Rock, Garcia led the Oilers to an unbeaten season in league play and a berth in the Division II semifinals, beating Rancho Cotate and Las Lomas in the first two rounds.

Ryan Murray, Dublin
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

The first-team All-EBAL defensive mid controlled the back third for the Gaels, and became an offensive force when needed, scoring the game-tying goal in an early-season draw with Santa Rosa and another in a key 2-1 win over Granada in February.

Bryan Rosales, Montgomery
Position: Midfielder
Year: Junior

Rosales’ ability to control the ball in the midfield and use crisp passing to set up his teammates on the attack led the Vikings to the Division II championship game, and resulted in a first-team All-NBL selection for the speedy junior.

Mo Moussaoui, Irvington
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

The MVP of the Mission Valley Athletic League, Moussaoui led the Vikings to an unbeaten run in league play, scoring eight goals with five assists, including both goals in a late-season 2-1 win over runner-up Newark Memorial.

Adrian Ortiz, Northgate
Position: Defender
Year: Senior

The Broncos may not have won a match in the DAL-Foothill, but there was little more that Ortiz or the Northgate defense could have done. The Most Valuable Defensive Player of the DAL-Foothill led a defense that allowed just 13 goals all season long.

Sam Pinto, Miramonte
Position: Defender
Year: Junior

Pinto was named the DAL-Valley’s co-Most Valuable Defensive Player, as the rangy sweeper anchored a Matadors’ defense which excelled down the stretch, shutting out San Rafael in the first round of the playoffs and allowing just one goal in the quarterfinals against Bishop O’Dowd.

Marvin Navarro-Ceja, Concord
Position: Defender
Year: Senior

Navarro-Ceja was named the DAL-Valley’s co-Most Valuable Defensive Player, anchoring a back line for the Minutemen which carried them to a 8-1-1 record in league play and a berth in the Division II quarterfinals.

Andrew Guertin, University
Position: Goalkeeper
Year: Senior

Guertin allowed just 10 goals all season, getting the Red Devils to the Division III championship game, where he held Marin Academy scoreless through regulation and overtime. University lost just once in regulation with him in goal, and he posted eight clean sheets.



Daniel Cervantes (Freedom), Jose Gomez (De Anza), Edwin Montoya (Pinole Valley), Ben Blackfield (Amador Valley), Rupert Dusauzay (Campolindo), London Lombana (Newark Memorial), Omar Jiron (De La Salle), Pedro Hernandez (Clayton Valley), Gabe Singer (Acalanes)


Asib Khamush (Dublin), Alan Soto (Montgomery), Arian Mogharel (Monte Vista), Joseph Ciobanu (Castro Valley), Peter Carroll (Drake), Ramon Briseno (Tennyson), Ryan Anderson (Bishop O’Dowd)


Kevin Bobadilla (Rancho Cotate), Trent Wakaluk (Dublin), Jacob Wright (San Ramon Valley), Jesus Aguirre (De Anza)


Jacob Bauer (Monte Vista), Roin Flynn (Berkeley), Javier Hernandez (Pittsburg)


ACALANES: Bryan Bamford
ALAMEDA: Nicholas Nguyen, Owen Sowerwine
ALBANY: Pedro Moura
ALHAMBRA: Jack Fuller, Corey Drevno
AMADOR VALLEY: Nick Mann, Jimmy Thompson
AMERICAN: Bruno Sanchez
ANTIOCH: Carlos Lopez
ARROYO: Julio Pena
BERKELEY: Arturo Verdin, Darius Wekwerth
BISHOP O'DOWD: Liam Carmody, Max Deck
BRANSON: Callan Capitolo
CALIFORNIA: Blake Hazelton
CAMPOLINDO: Matt Ringquist, Seppi Ortman
CASA GRANDE: David Luis, Danny Ajquiy
CASTRO VALLEY: Sergio Cortez, Caleb Mendoza
CLAYTON VALLEY: Taylor Heuerman
COLLEGE PARK: Sean Roarty, Dylan Ban
CONCORD: Roberto Barahona, Edilsar Melendres-Gomes
DE ANZA: Juan Alejandre
DE LA SALLE: Luke Giusto, Wyatt Hattich
DEER VALLEY: Fabian Wence
DRAKE: Ian Sobral, Sasha Tcherepanov
EL CERRITO: Kevin Navarrete
ELSIE ALLEN: Jesus Torres
ENCINAL: Luca Altaffer
FOOTHILL: Imran Matir, Mike Desisto
FREEDOM: Eruvey Arceta
HAYWARD: Ramses Perez
HERCULES: Ali Kostali
HERITAGE: Jihobanny Lopez
IRVINGTON: Armon Olaee, Andrew Chen
JAMES LOGAN: Jason Martinez, Jonathan Argueta
KENNEDY-RICHMOND: Anthony Gamez, Edwin Perez
LAS LOMAS: Tim Weidinger, Ben Borglin
LIBERTY: Cohen Mix, Alexis Alvarez
MARIA CARILLO: Henry O’Donnell, Josue Cabrera
MARIN ACADEMY: Stefan Jung, Leo Biral
MARIN CATHOLIC: Miguel Maldonado
MIRAMONTE: Ben Hodder, Michael Ramirez
MONTE VISTA: Cameron Atkinson
MONTGOMERY: Carson Wyatt, Alejandro Oliveras
MOREAU CATHOLIC: Jacob Kilmartin
MT. DIABLO: Aryan Hissan
MT. EDEN: Ignacio Moreno, Brian Torres
NEWARK MEMORIAL: Omar Jauregui, Jesse Esparza
NORTHGATE: Zachary Lamb
NOVATO: Lawrence Dickow
PIEDMONT: Eduardo Calvo-Salinas, Dara Kasrovi
PINOLE VALLEY: Sal Rodriquez, Franklin Suazo
PITTSBURG: Brian Frias, Miguel Romo
RANCHO COTATE: Adrian Fontanella, Martin Flores
RICHMOND: Adrian Gonzalez, Santos Argueta
SAINT MARY'S: Cristian Garcia, Jose Villanueva
SALESIAN: Jaime Rodriguez, Eugenio Coronel
SAN LEANDRO: Feliciano Cardenas, Raul Moreno
SAN LORENZO: Shadrack Adom, Jorge Martinez
SAN MARIN: Kevin Briggs
SAN RAFAEL: Bryan Dardon, Randy Beltran
TAMALPAIS: Owen Schwartz
TENNYSON: Salvador Navarro
TERRA LINDA: Osbaldo Zacarias, Joe Archer
WASHINGTON: Muhammed Salam
WINDSOR: Carlos Rosas, Rigo Barragan
YGNACIO VALLEY: Pepe Diaz, Jairo Alas