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 – Allison Veloz, junior, Willow Canyon
F – Maya Lorenzana, junior, Liberty
F – Rajanah Reed, freshman, Deer Valley
MF – Payton Younger, senior, Liberty
MF – Katrina Wetherell, senior, Kellis
MF – Jordan Lafferty, senior, Shadow Ridge
D – Julia Stangler, senior, Willow Canyon
D – Brooke Schuster, junior, Liberty
D – Berkley Baldonado, junior, Deer Valley
D – Logan Maszton, junior, Northwest Christian
GK – Hayden Wallace, senior, Deer Valley
F – Jayden Anderson, senior, Centennial
F – Makenna Barton, senior, Northwest Christian
F – Mari Labansat, senior, Shadow Ridge
MF – Brooke Chavez, senior, Deer Valley
MF – Anna Ramirez, sophomore, Sunrise Mountain
MF – Ashley Armenta, junior, Mountain Ridge
MF – Isabel Quintero, junior, Peoria
D – Sydney Jaeger, junior, Sunrise Mountain
D – Olivia Landis, senior, Centennial
D – Karen Posada Chavez, junior, Dysart
GK – Sierra Colby, sophomore, Sunrise Mountain
Player of the year
Hayden Wallace, senior, Deer Valley – It’s tough for a goalkeeper to stand out among the big scorers in the Northwest Valley — Veloz and Reed were in Arizona’s top 10 for goals. But Wallace did time and again, stopping an early Verrado onslaught in the game that determined the Desert West Region. Then she kept the Skyhawks in their playoff game at Campo Verde. Watch one game and it’s easy to see why the daughter of Deer Valley’s volleyball coach is bound for Grand Canyon next year.
Allison Veloz, junior, Willow Canyon – Without elite midfielder Danielle Egharevba, the Wildcats offense became largely reliant on long balls to its sprinter. But she was more than just a runner. Veloz scored 39 goals, tied for third most in the state, with skill and smarts to spare.
Coach of the year
Kyle Pooler, Liberty – While Liberty has fielded three coaches in three years, the program keeps improving. The end destination was the same – the 5A quarterfunals – and the record showed only one additional win. But the Lions swept through their region after placing third last year. Then, Pooler’s team brimming with young talent pushed eventual state champion Scottsdale Chaparral to overtime before falling. The Lions will enter 6A next year brimming with confidence.
John Brooker, Deer Valley – The Skyhawks fell off the girls soccer map after a great season nine years ago. In his second year as head coach, Brooker brought the program back into the conversation. Deer Valley improved from several years of losing records to win a region title and finishing 14-4 after a tough playoff loss to Campo Verde. Brooker put more effort into preparation than in previous years and talented club players that had stayed away came in thanks to his approach.