Battle Mountain Huskies soccer crowds all-league roll
Mauricio Castillo, Battle Mountain
Juan Macias, Battle Mountain
Jorge Membreno, Battle Mountain
Christer Serna, Eagle Valley
Jesus Dozal, Battle Mountain
Omar Mata, Eagle Valley
Keegan Moore, Eagle Valley
Alan Villegas, Battle Mountain
Jered Vargas, Battle Mountain
Theo Marston, Vail Mountain
Max Bervy, Vail Mountain
Bridger Gile, Vail Mountain
Yes, Battle Mountain soccer had no shortage of postseason honorees, but it’s always the presence (or lack thereof) of those who didn’t make the all-league team that looms.
“I always think about the guys who just missed out,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “To have six of our players recognized is great. We have a variety of types of players recognized — multi-year players, one-year-players and a goalie.”
Conspicuous by its absence is the Huskies’ defense. Yes, goalie Alan Villegas made honorable mention, yet the Battle Mountain defense that allowed 22 goals in 17 games is nowhere to be seen. Cope had hoped for a nod for Luke Wilson, Gustavo Orona, Tony Velasco or Harry Jaffe.
Battle Mountain offensive players got honors early and often. Juan Macias was a no-brainer all-league selection for the second year in row with 11 goals and five assists.
Jorge Membreno and Mauricio Castillo were gratifying selections as well. Both worked their way through the program, got to varsity their senior year and took advantage of the opportunity.
Membreno led the Huskies with 15 goals, while Castillo had five goals and seven assists. While it didn’t count for the all-league voting, Castillo scored two goals in his team’s first-round playoff win against Northridge.
Christer Serna led Eagle Valley soccer in scoring and, not surprisingly is the Devils’ first-teamer.
At Vail Mountain, goalie Theo Marston made the first-team.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.
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