West Valley Preps
For the third straight year, West Valley Preps watched enough soccer to put together a credible all Northwest Valley team. Here it is:
F – Michael Huss, sophomore, Northwest Christian
F – Alex Panduro, junior, Ironwood
F – Rhett Livingston, senior, Paradise Honors
MF – Jay Morrell, senior, Liberty
MF – James Hansen, junior, Sunrise Mountain
MF – Mathew Holmes, sophomore, Ironwood
D – Kolter Nelson, senior, Liberty
D – Gabe Guerrero, sophomore, Ironwood
D – Chayse Geeffre, senior, Sunrise Mountain
D – Alfredo Vega, junior, Dysart
GK – Omair Neazi, senior, Glendale Prep
F – Ryan Galbreath, senior, Liberty
F – Adrian Mitroi, junior, Sunrise Mountain
F – Kenny Samatar, senior, Ironwood
MF – Kody Dehart, senior, Northwest Christian
MF – Oliver Moya Moroyoqui, senior, Valley Vista
MF – Jared Floyd, senior, Kellis
MF – Mark Oaida, senior, Cactus
D – Logan Ritter, senior, Liberty
D – Pablo Malutan, senior, Deer Valley
D – Nate Guzman, sophomore, Ironwood
GK – Nick Olcan, junior, Liberty
Player of the year
Michael Huss, sophomore, Northwest Christian – Not only was his 36 goals nearly 30 more than any teammate, Huss also led the Crusaders with 10 assists. In his second year, Huss is already showing a wide range of striking skills, harnessing a rare combination of technique, pace and strength.
James Hansen, junior, Sunrise Mountain – For those that only thought of him as a football receiver, Hansen quickly showed what his best sport on grass is. In his first season with the Mustangs, the club player was the linchpin for his high school team’s suddenly potent and multifaceted offense with 16 goals and 13 assists.
Coach of the year
Bob Hossain, Sunrise Mountain – Hossain certainly benefitted from Hansen and Geeffre deciding to play from Sunrise Mountain this year. But the coach had nurtured a young group of players — like Mitroi, Andy Robertson, Kieron Hossain, Loranzo Nicolia, Cameron Burns and Tanner Lattie — who now can hang with more experienced players. The Mustangs raced to 5.5 goals per game and wiped out 11 years of losing records, finishing 13-4 and narrowly losing in double overtime of the playoffs.
Tim Beck, Ironwood – Beck has few peers as a tactician, and proved it again, with a second straight trip to the 5A semifinals — and a second straight bitter loss. The coach’s complaints — justified or not — often put the bulls eye on he and his players. However, the Eagles remain the standard bearer for West Valley soccer and knocked off top seeded Queen Creek on another title charge. And they are the safest best of any local team to play for a title again next year.