2017 All-Area Boys Soccer Team

FIRST TEAM

Seth Redd

Senior forward

Hillcrest

SEASON: One of the Knights’ best scorers, Redd finished with 16 goals and 6 assists during regular season. He also scored a goal during the state tournament and was a key cog in Hillcrest’s third-place finish at state. Missed five games due to hamstring injury.

WHAT COACHES SAID: “He sliced our defense a part. You gotta know where he is at, because he goes where the ball is. He’s a smart player.” — Rigby coach Bart Mower

Sam Reyna

Senior forward

Blackfoot

SEASON: A contributor to the Broncos’ undefeated regular season, Reyna was known for his creativity when finding scoring opportunities.

WHAT COACHES SAID: “He’s a quiet, creative one. He has strength and power on the right side with a touch of creativity at the forward position.” — Blackfoot coach Liam Pope

Ace Christensen

Senior forward

Sugar-Salem

SEASON: Had 33 goals his senior season and played varsity under head coach Oscar Bustos for two seasons. Helped the Diggers to their first undefeated regular season under Bustos and their first district title since 2014.

WHAT COACHES SAID: “Ace is a very coachable and hard working player. He scored over 50 goals in the two years he was with the team. He has a goal scoring instinct.” — Sugar-Salem coach Oscar Bustos

Ryker Ritchie

Senior forward

Rigby

SEASON: One of the Trojans’ quicker ball handlers around the net, Ritchie was known for his ability to find the goal often. Had Rigby’s only goal against Madison during the state play-in game.

WHAT COACHES SAID: “He knows how to put the ball in the net. All he needs is a half of a second to put the ball in the net and he’s your man.” — Hillcrest coach Bryan Johnston

Junior Labra

Senior midfielder

Blackfoot

SEASON: A key component to Blackfoot’s 16-0-0 regular season and fourth consecutive trip to the 4A state tournament, Labra was known by local coaches for his constant motor and emotional linchpin as the season progressed.

WHAT COACHES SAID: “He was a machine. He was consistent with winning tackles and creating goals on the other end. Just tremendous energy. He’s our engine.” — Blackfoot coach Liam Pope

Frankie Garcia

Freshman midfielder/forward

Blackfoot

SEASON: Garcia’s name was constantly found in local box scores, creating scoring opportunities for himself and others as the Broncos scored 83 goals in 16 regular season matches.

“He likes to get players one-on-one and go at them and beat them consistently. He’s got a heck of a nose for the goal. No intimidation factor.” — Blackfoot coach Liam Pope

Freddy Mendoza

Senior midfielder

Bonneville

SEASON: His second time receiving All-Area first team honors, Mendoza was a staple of the Bees’ backline despite Bonneville’s struggling season.

WHAT COACHES SAID: “He’s very strong. Very physical, and holds the midfield line well. He almost always gets the ball back.” — Bonneville coach Zach Wilson

Carson Meredith

Senior midfielder

Madison

SEASON: A staple of the Bobcats’ back-line, Meredith helped the Bobcats hold four of their last five opponents to one goal or less. Madison went 4-1 during that span, including a 1-0 win over Mountain View to win the state consolation trophy.

WHAT COACHES SAID: “Not really in the spotlight, but he directed that defense well. He was kind of like having a coach on the field.” — Rigby coach Bart Mower

Jackson Monk

Senior centerback

Hillcrest

SEASON: Received all-conference selections and was praised by local coaches for his control of the backline. Helped Hillcrest shut out five different teams, two in the last three games.

WHAT COACHES SAID: “I think he’s a phenomenal player. He just controls so well and defends well. He always knows how to get involved.” — Idaho Falls coach Ryan Cook

Dan Shirley

Senior defender

Sugar-Salem

SEASON: Highly regarded for his defensive skills, Shirley also scored 11 goals and was named Player of the Year by 3A All-Mountain Rivers Conference coaches. Was a four-year starter for coach Oscar Bustos.

WHAT COACHES SAID: “He brought leadership and experience. Being a defender, was with (the Diggers) for a second and third place at state. He always managed to score goals.” — Sugar-Salem coach Oscar Bustos

Ethan Hatch

Senior goalkeeper

Hillcrest

SEASON: Known for his tremendous instincts, Hatch receives first team honors after allowing just six goals in 14 games this season. He allowed just two in the postseason.

WHAT COACHES SAID: “He leads through example. When he had that really nasty injury up at Madison, he helped rally his teammates from the sidelines. Was a great inspiration during that time. He also had good instincts and reads the game well.” — Hillcrest coach Bryan Johnston

SECOND TEAM

Forwards: Jojo Harris, Idaho Falls; Jesse Arellano, Hillcrest; Hunter Westico, Rigby; Spencer Dayley, Sugar-Salem

Midfielders: Daniel Martinez, Blackfoot; Hector Suarez, South Fremont; Jace Baron, Shelley

Defenders: Adan Murillo, Rigby; Juan Quiroz, Skyline

Goalkeepers: Harry Feinberg, Madison; Tyson Lott, Idaho Falls; Kimbal Smith, Shelley senior

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