All Empire soccer selections

LARGE SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DIEGO LOPEZ, junior, Montgomery, F

Diego Lopez, large-school player of the year. Photo by Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat

Diego Lopez may leave the Montgomery High field from time to time, but he doesn’t usually ignore the sport for long. Lopez plays in adult leagues, indoor leagues, pickup games — basically, with anyone willing to kick a ball around.

“It’s what he loves to do,” Vikings coach Mike Murray said. “If he has a moment to play, he’ll play.”

Montgomery went on an unbelievable run this year, winning the North Bay League, entering the NCS playoffs as the No. 1 seed and surviving several close games to emerge as the Division I champion.
Always in the middle of the action was Lopez, who led his team in both goals (16) and assists (10).

“His passion for the game, you can see it on the practice field,” Murray said. “That fire — he wants to have fun. But it’s about the team, whether that means putting everything on his shoulders or bringing out his teammates.”

— Phil Barber, The Press Democrat

FIRST TEAM
F: Jose Hernandez, Ukiah, Sr.
F: Etiandro Tavares, Windsor, Jr.
M: Victor Robles, Sonoma, Sr.
M: James Moberg, Maria Carrillo, Jr.
M: Keenan Whyte, Montgomery, Jr.
M: Diego Leon, Santa Rosa, Sr.
D: Riley Gong, Petaluma, Sr.
D: Keith Pastorino, Analy, Sr.
D: Tyler Seanland, Casa Grande, Sr.
D: Fabian Valdez, Rancho Cotate, Sr.
GK: Keller Lawson, Cardinal Newman, Jr.

SECOND TEAM
F: Armando Coronel, Analy, Jr.
F: Francisco Mendoza, Montgomery, Sr.
M: Diego Perez, Healdsburg, Jr.
M: Eli Munger, Analy, Sr.
M: Marco Perez, Maria Carrillo, Sr.
M: Eduardo Alvarado, Ukiah, Sr.
D: Ryan Willis, Analy, Jr.
D: Tyler Connors, Windsor, Sr.
D: Miguel Galvin, Piner, Jr.
D: Andres Flores, Windsor, Soph.
GK: Chris Kelly, Montgomery, Sr.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Mike Murray, Montgomery