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Best of the Best: 2021-22 All-Valley Boys Soccer Team

By Staff | Jun 16, 2022
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Provo senior Carlos Rodriguez heads the ball during the non-region game at Timpview on Friday, March, 11, 2022. (Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald)
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Provo players congratulate keeper Sean Gutzman after the non-region game at Timpview on Friday, March, 11, 2022. (Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald)
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Lehi head coach Tim Graham hugs one of his players after the 5A championship game against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
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Orem junior forward Clate Bergeson (right) gets congratulated by a teammate after the 5A first round game against Viewmont in Orem on Saturday, May 15, 2022.
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Provo and Wasatch players battle for the ball during the Region 9 game at Provo on Thursday, April 21, 2022.
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Pleasant Grove sophomore Jon Fritcher takes a penalty kick during the Region 4 game against Lone Peak in Highland on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.
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Maeser boys soccer players celebrate after scoring a goal during a game against Telos in Lindon on Monday, April 11, 2022.
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Lehi freshman Gavin Fenn heads the ball during the 5A semifinal game against Stansbury at Juan Diego High School in Draper on Monday, May 23, 2022.

Here are the top boys soccer players in the Utah Valley area in 2021:

Player of the Year: Tyson Haunga, Sr. D, Lehi

Rock-solid backline performer who kept his team organized and elevated the play of every athlete while also providing the foundation for the team moving the ball forward from the back to the front.

Offensive MVP: Carlos Rodriguez, Sr. MF, Provo

Incredible athlete and finisher who routinely made jaw-dropping plays and was nearly impossible to stop, notching 24 goals in 15 games.

Defensive MVP: Tanner Wagstaff, Sr. D, Wasatch

Gifted defender who could take opposing offenses out of rhythm both with his foot skills and by getting the ball out of the air.

Keeper of the Year: Sean Gutzman, Sr. GK, Provo

Confident stopper and team leader who faced some talented scorers but still tallied six shutouts.

Coach of the Year: Tim Graham, Lehi

Gifted program-builder who always finds ways to get his teams to improve game-by-game and year-by-year, who helped guide his team to the 2022 5A state championship game.

2022 All-Valley Boys Soccer Team

(alphabetical order)

Clate Bergeson, Jr. F, Orem

Dynamic presences whose creativity and skill created openings for himself (eight goals) as well as the entire team.

Kaleb Cowley, So. GK, Lehi

Solid keeper who notched four shutouts but came up with numerous vital saves, including during multiple penalty-kick shootouts.

Eli Donaldson, F/MF, Timpanogos

Impressive finisher who put in nine goals for the Timberwolves, forcing opposing defenses to always know where he was.

Clayton Ecalono, Sr. MF/F, Pleasant Grove

Gifted athlete who understands the game and was all over the field, tallying five goals and five assists.

Gavin Fenn, Fr. MF, Lehi

Physical athlete who played with maturity beyond his years in scoring eight goals with a knack for making the most of free kicks.

Jon Fritcher, So. MF, Pleasant Grove

Versatile youngster who stepped up in a big way for the Vikings, scoring 10 goals and adding six assists.

Seth Gutzman, Jr. D, Provo

Important defensive presence who was always dangerous coming forward, putting in nine goals with five assists.

Matthew Hadley, Sr. MF, Pleasant Grove

Steady presence who found ways to get everyone involved, including scoring five goals with five assists.

Christian Jones, Sr. F, Lehi

Excellent finisher who could get the ball into the net in a variety of ways as he finished with eight goals and nine assists.

Lewis Knecht, Fr. F, American Heritage

Amazing player who was always a threat to make something happen, as shown by his 22 goals and nine assists.

Christian Millar, Sr. K, Salem Hills

Athletic keeper who almost always was in the right place to make a play on the ball, finishing with 8.5 shutouts.

Cade Preston, Jr. D, Lehi

Excellent backline performer who worked flawlessly with the rest of the Pioneer defense to limit opposing opportunities.

Nephi Rodriguez, So. MF, Provo

Jaw-dropping performer who could make things happen for himself (nine goals) or others (12 assists).

Nate Shepherd, Jr. F, Lehi

Talented attacker who used his athleticism to break down defenders and put the ball in (10 goals, five assists).

Aidan Simmons, So. F, Maeser Prep

Standout attacker who had one of the best seasons in the state, tallying 23 goals and 18 assists.

Honorable Mention

American Fork: Miller Hall, Tyler McCarthy, Mason Jolley, Dillon Childs

ALA: Anthony Sunde

American Heritage: Mackay Biesinger, Jayce Christofferson, Weston Larsen

Cedar Valley: Tyson Carter, Orrin Gifford, Elijah Holman

Freedom Prep: Alan Soto, Kenneth Aguilar, Adan Arredondo

Juab: Ryker Richards, Jaxon Drake, Jake Peterson, Ethan Roundy

Lehi: Yonelson Aitken, Colton Marsing, Cesar Morales, Ammon Cannon, Alfred Vargas

Lone Peak: Jackson Gunther, Noah Carlton, Lewis Mason

Merit: Drexton Hardy, Leonardo Monje

Maple Mountain: Ethan Christensen, Stefano Cia, Daniel Yee

Maeser Prep: Aidan Simmons, Caleb Johnson, Tristan Brockbank, Alex Cannon, Ethan Valentine

Mountain View: Maximo Acuna

Orem: Tyler Klein, Dallas Nixon, Jesse Ruiz, Sam Gibson

Payson: Jorge Del Solar, Eduardo Cabrera, Victor Villatoro

Pleasant Grove: Liam Oberhansly, Jeremy Carrere

Provo: Cole Disbrow, Jesse Escobar, Daniel Ochoa, Carlos Cossio

Salem Hills: Will Hansen, Yuto Kikuchi, Ivan Hernandez, Carson Bybee

Skyridge: Gavin Christenson, Leo Rojas, Aratt Rodriguez

Spanish Fork: Landon Clark, Caleb Moller, Austin Stevenson

Springville: Westley Dodd, Spencer Thompson, Isaac Sorensen

Telos: Mackenzie McAleavey

Timpanogos: Dustin Searle, Collin Glazier, Dexter Gundersen, Brigham Conover

Timpview: Colin Gonzalez, Alan Fernandes, Agustin Alemandi

Wasatch: Beto Vargas, Aidan Rowser, Tanner Wagstaff, Diego Magana, Jackson Hanley, Carter Davis

Westlake: Anthony Rassavong, Dexter Bergholm, Elijah Gozo, Ethan Martin



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