P2P NCS Boys Soccer Honors
Dublin's Cole Heinbaugh is the NCS Junior of the Year.

NCS Junior of the Year

After significant losses to graduation from the previous year’s team, which won the DFAL and advanced to the Division I quarterfinals, Heinbaugh shouldered the offensive load, allowing the Gaels to compete in the EBAL and make a return trip to the section playoffs.

The forward was the leader for a young group offensively in the 2016-2017 season, but regardless emerged as a force in the most difficult league in the section. His season totals of 17 goals and seven assists were among the best in the NCS, and resulted in a first-team All-EBAL selection.

Heinbaugh’s play in late January and early February sparked a six-game unbeaten streak for Dublin, moving the Gaels from a sub-.500 team that was just off the bubble of the playoffs to a team which tied for fourth in the league and was a lock to return to the playoffs.

During that six-game stretch, Heinbaugh put up nine goals and three assists, including all three goals in a win over Foothill, contributions to three of the four goals in a win over Livermore, and one of two goals in a big draw with Amador Valley.

Other players considered for this award: Amador Valley’s Ben Blackfield, Miramonte’s Sam Pinto, and Montgomery’s Bryan Rosales.

NOTE: We would like to thank our media partners, coaches, parents, players and fans for contributing photos for our all-section features. We salute all of the players that have made this a wonderful season of NCS soccer.