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Madera midfielder Mariah Zapata keeps the ball away from Madera south’s Adela Alvarez during a conference match. She was a first team All-County/Metro Athletic Conference player and earned The Madera Tribune’s Most Valuable Player for girls soccer.
Most Valuable Player
Midfielder Jr. Madera
Mariah Zapata has made a habit of coming up big when it matters most. The junior had one of those moments when she scored two goals, including an overtime winner, against Madera South in January. She had another two-goal performance against Sunnyside in December. Zapata scored eight goals on the season and she was named to the County/Metro Athletic Conference’s first team. She was also named to last year’s All-Tribune team.
Halfback Fr. Madera South
Aliah Avila recorded the first three-goal game of her high school career in the Stallions’ 4-0 victory against the Liberty Hawks in December. The freshman led the team in scoring with 12 goals. Avila also showed that she’s not afraid to fire, taking 30 shots during the season. She will be a force to be reckoned with for the next three years. She was named All-CMAC first team.
Forward Sr. Madera
Penelopi Leach made a mark at Madera with her energy. Whether her team is up or down, the senior has shown that she is always capable of playing with a non-stop motor. Leach scored 12 goals for the Coyotes. She also added five assists. Leach was named first team All-CMAC. The senior earned an All-Madera Tribune award after her freshman and junior year.
Forward Fr. Liberty
Marissa Lopez quickly made herself comfortable on the varsity team at Liberty. The freshman scored eight goals on the season and notched three assists. Her performance included two games, against McLane and Chowchilla, where she scored a goal. Lopez had another memorable goal in a blowout win against Chowchilla in January. Lopez earned a second team North Sequoia League selection and was the league’s Co-Underclassman of the Year.
MIdfielder Sr. Liberty
Morgan Durazo’s experience proved to be valuable for Liberty. The senior scored eight goals for her team and stepped up as a leader for the younger players. Durazo scored one of her goals on a penalty kick when the Hawks beat Sierra 7-0. This is Durazo’s third All-Tribune selection.
Forward Sr. Liberty
Jayden Woolley contributed to her team’s success with an all-around performance. The senior scored seven goals and recorded four assists on the year. Woolley scored two goals in a blowout win against Chowchilla. She came on late in the season and was a pleasant surprise for coach Erick Walker’s team. The Hawks had trouble scoring early in the season, but Woolley’s presence helped lift the offense. She was a member of the All-NSL second team.
Forward Soph. Madera
Adela Alvarez is another young player who has quickly blossomed into a standout. The sophomore scored nine goals on the season and stepped up during crucial moments. She scored two goals in a 4-2 win against Sanger. Alvarez earned second team All-CMAC honors.
Defender Jr. Madera
Natalia Mata was a big part of the Coyotes’ defense. The junior also stepped up as a leader with her positive attitude in front of different goalkeepers. She was named to the All-CMAC second team.
Forward Fr. Madera
Jazzell Ruiz made her presence felt right away as a freshman. The forward scored five goals and totaled five assists on the year. She received honorable mention on the All-CMAC team.
Halfback Jr. Liberty
As a sophomore last year, Seven Moreno showed off her playmaking ability, along with her speed down the sidelines. She continued to show her brilliance as a junior, scoring seven goals with eight assists. She earned an All-NSL first team selection after the season. Moreno was also named to last year’s All-Tribune team.
Midfielder Jr. Madera South
Anahi Casillas made a difference for the Stallions with her hustle and energy. The junior had one of her signature moments of the season in a game against the Coyotes, when she covered for her keeper and cleared the ball out before it reached the empty net. Casillas received honorable mention recognition on the All-CMAC team.
Forward Soph. Madera South
Brianna Maciel is a sophomore who plays like a seasoned vet. She scored a pivotal goal in a comeback victory against Madera earlier this year, finding the back of the net two minutes into the second half. The sophomore received honorable mention on the All-CMAC team.
Goalkeeper Jr. Liberty
Carly Tynan logged a heavy amount of minutes for the Hawks and came up with several big saves. She was the lead goalkeeper for the Hawks and was there to save the defense. This season, the Hawks’ defense shined more than the offense and Tynan was a key part of that. She showed her durability in overtime games against Mclane and Porterville, where she logged all 100 minutes. Tynan was the NSL’s Defensive Player of the Year. This is her third straight All-Madera Tribune award.
Defender Fr. Madera South
Valerie Rocha played a big part for the Stallions defense. She recorded 12 steals on the year. The freshman received honorable mention on the All-League team.
Defender Soph. Madera South
Brianna Velasco showed off her versatility, playing whatever position she was asked to play. The sophomore especially showed her strength on the defensive side. She received honorable mention on the All-League team.
Midfielder Jr. Liberty
Sara Garibay, once again, showed her ability to do a little bit of everything. The junior scored five goals and recorded five assists on the season in 22 games. Garibay was also voted onto the NSL second team this season and was also on the All-Tribune team last year.
Defender Soph. Madera South
The sophomore was key to the Stallions’ attack. She played numerous positions for head coach Ramon Delgadillo. Delgadillo said she was best as a defender and helped keep the ball way from goalkeeper Melani Rinder. She was the perfect complement to Aliiah Avila on the other side of the field. She earned a second team All-CMAC nod.
Forward Soph. Madera South
She was the second leading scorer for the Stallions. She was the one in position to receive passes in the middle from Avila and came on strong during the CMAC season. She was an All-CMAC honorable mention.