The Daily Herald is proud to honor the best area boys soccer players this year by naming them to the 2018 All-Valley Boys Soccer Team:

2018 Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Connor Ecalano, Sr. MF, Pleasant Grove

Versatile player who moved around frequently to fill whatever gaps the Vikings needed. His speed, determination and relentless effort made him dangerous wherever he was on the field.

Offensive MVP: Kadon Black, Jr. F, Orem

One of the most dangerous players in the attacking third in the state, he tallied an impressive 16 goals and tacked on six more assists as he led the Tigers to the Region 10 title.

Defensive MVP: Cameron Pennock, Jr. D, Pleasant Grove

Vital stopper on the backline for the Vikings as he made countless deflections to prevent opponents from getting scoring opportunities.

Goalkeeper MVP: Chris Jenkinson, Jr. GK, Pleasant Grove

Although there were ups and downs during the season, he found another level for the 6A state tournament as he made numerous key saves, including stymying two of Herriman’s penalty kicks to secure the state championship.

Coach of the Year: Chris Ecalono, Pleasant Grove

Experienced and crafty, he took the tremendous Viking talent and tweaked it around until he got it clicking on all cylinders as Pleasant Grove went all the way to its first state title.

All-Valley team

Tyler Ashby, Jr. MF, Pleasant Grove

Relentless speedster who never stopped making plays on the wing as he scored seven goals and added two assists.

Carson Ecalono, Jr. F, Pleasant Grove

A proven finisher who scored nine goals and set up 15 assists, even though he was limited by injuries.

Jorge Valdizan, Jr. MF, Pleasant Grove

Gifted athlete with dazzling foot-skills who could create gaps in opposing defenses, opening up space for other attackers.

Talmage Woodhouse, Jr. MF, Pleasant Grove

Talented player who could make plays in a variety of ways, as he proved by scoring six goals and setting up three assists

Nathan Mumford, Sr. MF, American Fork

Talented, versatile athlete who played a key role in the Caveman run to the 6A semifinals, including scoring seven goals in 2018.

Cristobal Zamorano, Sr. F, Mountain View

A dynamic presence for the Bruins throughout the year who scored 14 goals as well as setting up six more with his passing.

Ryan VandenBos, Sr. MF, Mountain View

A strong central presence who consistently made big plays for the Bruins, including eight goals and 11 assists.

Walter Henriquez, Sr. MF, Provo

One of the best ball-handlers in the state who could stay calm under pressure and force opponents to make mistakes.

Edson Uribe, Jr. F, Provo

The top finisher for the Bulldogs with a knack for finding the back of the net, tallying 16 goals to spark Provo to the Region 8 title.

McCoy Evers, Jr. MF, Skyridge

Solid distributor who could move the ball effectively across the field in the Falcon passing system.

Andy Witt, Sr. GK, Skyridge

Used his athleticism and knack for making key saves to earn seven shutouts on the season.

Jair Gonzalez, Sr. F, Orem

Quick and shifty, always dangerous with the ball at his feet as he scored 10 goals and tacked on two assists.

Eric Gomez, Sr. MF, Orem

Key ball-handler and passer in the middle of the field who also scored six goals and finished with eight assists.

Dallin Stevens, Sr. MF, Westlake

The most potent offensive threat for the Thunder, he scored seven goals with two assists to lead his team to a solid year.

Joseph Valle, Sr. F, ALA

Amazing finishing ability as Valle finished with 20 goals, the third most in the state.

Daily Herald sports editor Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or jlloyd@heraldextra.com. Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

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