All-Madera Tribune Boys Soccer team

April 4, 2018

Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera South’s Christian Garcia (17) scored 10 goals and dished out 11 assists to help the Stallions. His efforts earned him The Madera Tribune Most Valuable Player honor for boys soccer

Most Valuable Player


Christian Garcia


Junior, Midfielder, Madera South


All-League: 1st team All-County/Metro Athletic Conference


Christian Garcia, once again, proved his worth to the Madera South Stallions. If it wasn’t the 10 goals and 11 assists he tallied through 23 games, it was his spirit and commitment on the pitch that solidified the Stallions as a whole. Garcia wasn’t your typical midfielder. He possessed the instincts of both a forward and also a defender. His large frame allowed him to bully opponents on both ends, while adding a soft touch on the ball. With another year ahead, Garcia looks to improve even further and that can only be a positive for Madera South. This is Garcia’s third All-Madera Tribune selection.

The Team


Kevin Osuna


Senior, Forward, Madera South


All-League: 1st team All-CMAC


The Stallions were extremely fortunate this past season. Along with an MVP, they had one of the deadliest strikers in the conference. Osuna was a man on a mission. Didn’t matter who it was, where it was, he was going to get a goal. The senior scored 16 goals and added three assists in what was one of his best years in his Stallion career. He was a lock on the All-CMAC team. After earning All-Madera Tribune Most Valuable Player honors last season, this is his second All-Tribune selection.

Seth Valencia


Senior, Midfielder, Madera


All-League: 1st team All-CMAC


The senior gave the Coyotes a punch early in the year. His ability to cut in and out but also play back gave Madera many options. His goal scoring ability was underestimated as well after he scored more than five goals on the year. Although the Coyotes had a tough season, Valencia was a bright spot. He is a two-time All-Tribune selection.

Charlie Smith


Senior, Midfielder, Liberty


All-League: 1st team All-North Sequoia League


There isn’t a position Smith can’t play. Up front, in midfield, in the back, Smith was a jack of all trades, not to mention the 14 goals over all competitions. A combination of speed, strength and a whole lot of skill gave Smith the confidence to excel on the pitch and that’s exactly what he did.

Alexander Castro


Senior, Defender, Madera South


All-League: 2nd team All-CMAC


For a defender, Alexander Castro got on the scoresheet a few times. He ended the season with four goals, however that doesn’t say enough about the defender. His toughness and eye for the goal gave him a chance to flourish in the Stallions’ potent lineup and that’s exactly what he did. He proved himself to be a contributing part playing 22 games. This is his second All-Tribune nod.

Ricardo Lopez


Senior, Forward ,Madera


All-League 2nd team All-CMAC


When the Coyotes needed speed and energy, they turned to Lopez. He was a handful for opposing defenders. Burning players with his pace and instincts all season helped spark the Coyotes. He was strong on the run and with the ball.

Steven Arvizu and Diego Hipolito


Seniors, Defenders, Madera South


All-League: 2nd team All-CMAC


Although Arvizu and Hipolito didn’t grab the headlines like their teammates, Osuna and Garcia, they provided a steady presence to the Stallions that earned him playing time throughout the season. Not only were they great defenders, they were unselfish, giving out four assists combined. Arvizu earned his second All-Tribune nod.

Ryan De Rocha


Sophomore, Midfielder, Madera


All-League: CMAC honorable Mention


The sophomore showed promise for the Coyotes. In a team full of young talent, De Rocha emerged as a promising midfielder. Expect his game to rise as he ages and gets more comfortable on the varsity level.

Juan Perez


Senior, Defender, Madera


All-League: CMAC honorable Mention


The senior was a solid presence all season. From making tackles to cutting out passing lanes, Perez’s consistent play in the back gave the team more confidence to attack more.

Mitchell Bennett


Senior, Goalkeeper, Liberty


All-League: 1st team All-NSL


The senior might’ve been the MVP of his team. Bennet was stout in the net all season. Although he allowed over 40 goals, he made an incredible 113 saves throughout the season. It’s safe to say without him, the Hawks would’ve been on the wrong side of many games. His athletic ability set him apart and he positioned himself as one of the best, if not the best goalkeeper in his conference.

Miguel Duran


Senior, Midfielder, Liberty


All-League: 2nd team All-NSL


Duran was a do-everything for the Hawks. Whether it was pressuring opposing defense or taking the pressure away from Bennett, Duran was there. He was a consistent force for the Hawks.

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