The 2018-19 All West Valley Preps boys soccer team

The Northwest Christian soccer team poses for a photograph with the runner up trophy after their 3A Championship loss against Coronado on Friday, Feb. 15 2019 at Williams Field High School in Gilbert. [Jacob Stanek/West Valley Preps]

West Valley Preps

For the fourth straight year, West Valley Preps watched enough soccer to put together a credible all Northwest Valley team. Here it is:

First team

F – Michael Huss, junior, Northwest Christian

F – Gabe Guerrero, junior, Ironwood

F – Cameron Burns, junior, Sunrise Mountain

MF – Mathew Holmes, junior, Ironwood

MF – Hassan Razzouki, senior, Dysart

MF – Andy Robertson, junior, Sunrise Mountain

D – Liam O’Neill, sophomore, Northwest Christian

D – Nate Guzman, junior, Ironwood

D – Saul Sepulveda-Ortiz, senior, Deer Valley

D – Kolter Nelson, senior, Liberty

GK – Ben Ogan, senior, Northwest Christian

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Ironwood’s Gabe Guerrero, center right, celebrates with teammates after a goal against Sunrise Mountain on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 at Ironwood High School in Glendale. [Jacob Stanek/West Valley Preps]
Second team

F – Mckinley Ruiz, sophomore, Kellis

F – Alex Panduro, senior, Ironwood

F – Kristian Bilecki, senior, Mountain Ridge

MF – Joseph Martinez, senior, Valley Vista

MF – Jordan Ehlers, senior, Northwest Christian

MF – Lorenzo Nicolia, junior, Sunrise Mountain

MF – Aziz Amirundi, senior, Peoria

D – Grant Gibson, freshman, Northwest Christian

D – Alfredo Vega, senior, Dysart

D – Sebastian Pippins, sophomore, Ironwood

GK – Abdulkareem Jassam, senior, Deer Valley

Dysart’s Hassan Razzouki dribbles up the field against Valley Vista on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 at Dysart High School in El Mirage. [Jacob Stanek/West Valley Preps]
Player of the year

Michael Huss, junior, Northwest Christian – Two years in a row from the Crusaders’ striker. This year, Huss led all players in the state — at least among teams that reported their stats to MaxPreps — with 47 goals. And he led the Crusaders to their first state finals appearance in five years.

Runner up

Mathew Holmes, junior, Ironwood – The on-field maestro of the Eagles, Holmes directed an attack that averaged more than three goals per game. He was named the 5A Northwest Region player of the year for his all-around game. Holmes leads a loaded Class of 2020 at Ironwood.

Coach of the year

Jeremy Witt, Northwest Christian – Witt’s Crusaders are always in the small-schools title mix and this winter they broke through. If not for the two powerhouses in their path at the end, the program’s first state title since 2011 was denied. But Witt devised a strategy to mostly neutralize four-time defending state champion Yuma Catholic in the semifinal, pulling a 2-1 overtime upset for the ages. Witt’s team even carried this strategy over to the first half against Coronado, before the Dons’ relentless pressure and skill finally caused Northwest Christian to cave. Look for this team to be right back on the 3A short list last year.

Runner up

Tim Beck, Ironwood – Like his team, the Eagles’ Hall of Fame coach with more than 400 career wins will always be in the mix. Ironwood had another good season that no doubt will feel like a near miss following a touch penalty shootout loss in the quarterfinal at Tucson Rincon. This junior class and the Beck’s guidance could mean another state title in 2020.

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