All-Madera Tribune Girls Soccer Team
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Despite missing the last part of the season due to injury. Madera’s Natalia Mata’s play was impressive enough to earn First Team All-CMAC honors as well as The Madera Tribune’s Girls Soccer Most Valuable Player.
Natalia Mata, MF. Sr. Madera
Voted First team All-County/Metro Athletic Conference for her strong 2021 campaign, Mata finished the season with the All-Madera Tribune MVP. Mata’s season was cut short due to injury, but that didn’t stop the talented Coyote from scoring and showcasing her technical ability within the CMAC. Mata’s ability to play in defense and in attack gave head coach Cameron Hill a versatile player that, before her injury, was arguably the best player in the league. Mata’s heroics and goals will live long in the history of Madera high as she closed out her career with a playoff berth. She is also a two-time All-Madera Tribune selection and is the third straight Coyote to earn All-Tribune Most Valuable Player honors.
Defensive Player of the Year
Madison Barba, MF. Jr. Madera
A second team All-CMAC awardee, Barba exhibited the toughness and courage needed to play as a defensive midfielder. Didn’t matter who was on the pitch with Madera High, Barba was the first to find herself committing to a tackle and the first to dust the dirt and grass off and continue down the pitch. Expect Barba to continue to instill fear into her opponents.
Carly Tynan, GK. Sr. Liberty
Liberty’s rock between the posts was awarded the NSL Co-MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. Tynan’s time with the Hawks might be up, but the senior proved to be a serial winner with multiple league titles under her belt. Tynan leaves big shoes to fill at Liberty. She was the school’s Senior Female Athlete of the Year and is a rare four-time All-Tribune selection.
Breanna Salazar, GK. Sr. Madera
Salazar came into the season facing some of the best teams in the Central Valley. Salazar stepped up each and every time and delivered when the Coyotes needed it. Salazar ends her time with the Coyotes with her head held high.
Autumn Moreno, Def. Jr. Madera South
With an attacking team, someone had to defend and for Moreno, she was used to doing the dirty work. Man marking, clearances and tough tackles, Moreno was a key piece for Ramon Delgadillo and his girls. She is a two-time All-Madera Tribune selection.
Samantha Ruiz, Def. Jr. Madera
Madera’s Ruiz was a rock in the heart of Madera’s defense. Although the Coyotes had numerous playmakers, Ruiz’s hardhat and lunch pail mentality gave the Coyotes an edge in the back. Ruiz was instrumental in the Coyotes’ playoff run.
Kinsey McIntosh, Def. Fr. Liberty
NSL underclassmen of the year, McIntosh proved age was just a number after a strong freshman season. With experience on her side, expect McIntosh to take a bigger role in the Hawks backline.
Anahi Casillas, MF Sr. Madera South
The Stallions’ production in 2021 came in part from many factors, including play in the midfield from Casillas. She might not show up in the stat sheet every game, but her intelligence and quick play in the midfield was evident. She is a two-time All-Tribune selection.
Sofia Garibay, MF Sr. Liberty
Sofia Garibay ended her high school career with the Hawks on top as league champions, but also as a member on the All-NSL First team. Like her twin sister, Garibay was a force on the pitch and gave the Hawks four strong years. Sofia leaves a lasting legacy of winning that many will follow. She is a two-time All-Tribune selection
Sara Garibay, MF Sr. Liberty
NSL First team member Sara Garibay proved to be a vital member of the Hawks tradition. The senior captain and midfielder was a talented footballer, but an even better leader. Garibay helped guide the Hawks to multiple league titles throughout her tenure, including 2021. She is a three-time All-Tribune selection.
Mariah Zapata, MF. Sr. Madera
CMAC Midfielder of the Year, Zapata, was a jack-of-all-trades. Going forward in attack, tracking back to defense and holding ground in midfield, Zapata was the best in the league. Zapata’s unselfish nature allowed her to become the glue that often kept Madera together. Despite 2021 being her last season, Zapata walks away as one of the best players the Coyotes have had in years. She is also an All-Madera Tribune selection for the second time.
Adela Alvarez, Forw. Jr. Madera
After a strong season, Alvarez earned Second team All-CMAC honors and a second All-Tribune selection. Alvarez was a strong piece to the Coyotes last year playing both in midfield and up front in attack. Expect big things for the Coyote footballer in 2021-22.
Aliah Avila, Fwd So. Madera South
CMAC’s Co-Forward of the Year, Avila burst onto the scene as a last year as a freshman and kept that up last season. Pace, firepower, intellect, Avila has it all. The Stallions’ star showcased her ability and potential and, with two seasons left, expect the Stallions’ striker to bring more punch to an already loaded arsenal. She earned All-Tribune selections her first two years.
Brianna Maciel, Fwd. Jr. Madera South
Maciel has been a constant force for the Stallions. In 2021, Madera South employed an attacking philosophy and, without Maciel, the Stallions would’ve been without one of their best. Regardless of stats, Maciel not only can provide a goal from distance, but also an accurate ball. Look towards a strong 2021-22 for Madera South’s forwards. Maciel joins Avila as a two-time All-Tribune selection.