Vikings sweep Sierra Division honors
When a team wins the 4A state championship, finishes the season 19-1-3 and scores 91 goals for and allows only 14 against, it’s very likely it had some of the best players in the state.
That was the scenario for the South Tahoe High boys’ soccer team, which swept the Sierra Division’s top honors after claiming its second state title in two years.
In a vote by the division’s coaches, Ernesto Mosqueda was named offensive player of the year, Jamie Estrada midfielder of the year and Ismael Mora defensive player of the year.
The only omission was that second-year coach Chris DeLeon wasn’t named coach of the year. Even though he had to replace 13 seniors off last season’s team, DeLeon was nudged by North Valleys’ Sean Canty.
“That’s awesome to sweep that,” DeLeon said. “I don’t think that’s been done around here in a long time. I was disappointed (personally) because I don’t think people outside of South Tahoe realize that this was a totally brand new team.
“We graduated 13 seniors and this year we are graduating 16 seniors. I think it was a big deal for myself and coach Ed McClain to bring this team together.”
Mosqueda, a senior forward, scored a Northern 4A leading 30 goals this season. According to the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association record book, Mosqueda is third all-time among 4A schools for most goals scored in the season.
Bishop Gorman’s Zachary Adams scored 34 goals in 2002 and Douglas’ Jeremy Louthan had 31 in 1999.
Estrada and Mora, who were both top players at their respective positions in 2004, became the division’s best in 2005. Mora, a sweeper, led a defense that posted four postseason shutouts in five games, while Estrada anchored a midfield that had to overcome key injuries.
Milton Montoya, a senior forward who was second on the team with 14 goals, was named to the second team as was midfielder Ian Chandler, a solid wing player for the Vikings. Midfielder Erick Sandoval, who scored two postseason goals, and defender Matt Thompson were both honorable mention selections.
Goalie Alfredo Solorio was left off the list altogether.
“I was a little disappointed with Alfredo for goalie,” DeLeon said. “He made some really big saves against teams that were in the running for No. 1, teams like Douglas and Carson. Because of how he played against teams like that, I think he should have gotten some more recognition.”
In the Sierra Nevada Sports Media Group’s All-Northern Region Teams, Solorio was recognized. The group is comprised of almost a dozen reporters from various news outlets in Northern Nevada. The teams include players from all classifications.
Solorio made the group’s second team along with Thompson. The group named Mosqueda player of the year and voted Montoya, Mora and Estrada to the first team.
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