It was a strong year for the local girls soccer teams and that was demonstrated by the number of Cougars, Raiders and Railroaders (25) who received all-league accolades.
Spanish Springs (15-4-2) won the High Desert League and was a loss in penalty kicks away from advancing to the DI North title game and a state tournament berth. Reed (11-7-0) took the HDL No. 2 seed to the postseason. And Sparks (10-8-2) finished third in the DI-A North to qualify for the playoffs after missing out a season ago.
The Cougars led the charge with 11 selections.
Senior Makayla Long was named the HDL Offensive Player of the Year after scoring 16 goals and passing out seven assists.
Coach Mike Faker was named the HDL Coach of the Year.
Behind the two, senior forward Halley Morgan, senior midfielder Allie Lepori and junior defender Jessica Burkhard were first-team selections.
Morgan scored 11 times and passed out four assists. Lepori scored nine goals and also finished with a quartet of assists.
Cougars littered the second-team selections, grabbing five of the 12 spots. Sophomore forward Ashlee Pittard, senior midfielder Regan Henry, junior midfielder Madison Escolar, senior defender Alyssa Kruger and junior defender Camryn O’Neil all received the honor.
Sophomore forward Kendall Kingery and junior midfielder Brionna Wood received honorable mention.
Six Raiders were named to all-league squads.
Sophomore forward Taylor Anderson and senior midfielder Ali Miller collected first-team honors. Anderson found the net 14 times this fall and finished with nine assists. Miller finished with five goals and six helpers.
Sophomore forward Hannah Anderson and senior defender Kailey Salter were named to the second team.
Senior defender DeAdre Harvey and senior keeper McKayla Ford received honorable mention.
The Railroaders were undoubtedly led by Angie Hurtado. And the coaches around the DI-A North noticed, naming Hurtado the league’s MVP.
Hurtado scored 20 goals this season and passed out 21 assists, playing a role in 41 of the team’s 56 goals.
She is also the daughter of coach Art Hurtado.
“As a coach, she worked hard on doing what she needed to do. All the other coaches nominated her. I tried to not to make personal,” Sparks’ coach said. “As a dad, I’m ecstatic. I couldn’t wait to tell everybody.”
Sophomore midfielder Zahori Toledo was the team’s lone second-team selection.
Seniors Liz Mendez, Marlyn Arce, Paola Corral, junior Daniela Casillas, sophomore Juanita Lopez and freshman Evelyn Munoz received honorable mention.