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Francisco Aguilera picked up where he left off last season and developed into the top scoring threat for the Redskins.
He finished the season with a team-high 30 goals scored on 94 attempts. He also tied for first with six assists.
Aguilera was instrumental in helping the Redskins return to the Class 2A state tournament for a second year in a row and capture back-to-back District 5-2A and Region 3-2A titles.
In addition, Aguilera was named the District 5-2A Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year. He is the 2019 All-County Player of the Year.
Mauro Perez was expected to step into a major role this season as a senior and quickly evolved into one of the top players in District 4-3A and the state.
Perez primarily served as a defender, but managed to score five goals in 1,700 minutes of playing time.
Perez was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class 3A All-State team and was also selected to the All-District 4-3A first team.
Despite being out for more than a month during the regular season, Loudon High School senior Jesus Garcia still made an impact and helped lead the Redskins to their second straight Class 2A state tournament.
Garcia connected on 10 goals and recorded five assists on 65 shots attempted.
“He’s fast, strong and committed,” Yoni Espinoza, LHS head soccer coach, said. “He helped the offense generate so much. He didn’t score as much as the other forwards, but he acted in a way to create space by pulling people off the other two.”
Charlie Cano has been a steady force for the Lenoir City High School Panthers over the last four years and helped lead the team to their best record since 2011.
As a midfielder, Cano netted seven goals and recorded seven assists in 1,748 minutes of playing time.
Cano was also named to the All-Region 3-3A and All-District 4-3A first teams.
Brian Mejia proved a versatile player this season for the Panthers, starting as a midfielder, striker and forward.
Mejia led the team with eight goals and 11 assists. He also led in minutes played with 1,749.
Due to his impact this season, Mejia was named to the All-Region 3-3A second team and the All-District 4-3A second team.
Two years ago, Greenback School did not have a boys soccer program and Creed Ramsey wanted to do something about it.
Ramsey helped organize the first boys team and was vital in helping move the program forward for years to come.
As a team captain, Ramsey started as a midfielder and served as an attacker and defender. In 1,301 minutes of play, Ramsey put up 46 shots, with 29 on goal.
Ramsey finished the season with three goals.
Arturo Lopez exploded onto the scene last year as a sophomore and continued to build on that success this season with the Redskins.
Lopez tied for fourth on the team with five goals made and attempted just 18 shots on the year.
He scored a critical corner kick goal against Sequoyah High School to help send the Redskins to the Class 2A tournament and was named to the All-District 5-2A first team.
Alessandro Carrozzo did not see a whole lot of action this year, but when he did, he came through in clutch moments for the Panthers as the team’s leading goalkeeper.
One of Carrozzo’s biggest plays of the season came April 5 when he leaped over several defenders to come up with a save on a penalty kick in a 0-0 tie against a powerful West High School team.
Although he was primarily charged with defending the net, he also added five goals and had one assist in 1,718 minutes of playing time.
Carrozzo was named to the All-District 4-3A second team.
Kevin Navarrete joined the Loudon High School Redskins soccer team last year and enjoyed two straight trips the Class 2A state tournament.
He attempted just 15 shots and scored two goals, but was a crucial part of the Redskins’ offense and defense.
“He will win every ball and stick to his mark every time,” Yoni Espinoza, LHS head soccer coach, said. “If Kevin had a bad day, the team had a bad day. Our defense was solid this year and Kevin made that happen.”
Erick Huichapa was a key defender for the Panthers this season and even though he did not put up eye-popping statistics, he played a vital role in helping the defense give up less than one point per match.
As a defender, he recorded two assists, played in 1,656 minutes and was named to the All-District 4-3A second team.
Since a heartbreaking 3-1 loss to Greeneville High School last year in the Class 2A state championship, Jesus Lara took major steps ito become an integral part of the Redskins’ state tournament run this year.
From bench player to team captain, Lara stepped up as a defender and netted four goals on 33 shot attempts.
Lara was named to the All-District 5-2A first team and was selected as the team’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Brock Robinson became a team captain this season for the Cherokees and was often relied upon to handle ball movement down the field as an attacking center midfielder.
In 959 minutes, Robinson recorded eight shots on goal and finished the season with three goals.
Vince Perry has wrestled most of his life and appeared in several state tournaments for Greenback, but he also proved a valuable asset for the Cherokees in their second season as a program.
As a forward and midfielder, Perry finished the season with three goals and 23 shot attempts, with 15 of those on goal.
“He has very good footwork, combined with great speed and determination,” Rob Fox, Greenback head soccer coach, said. “Vince has the ability to fight through traffic and get to the goal.”