Post-season honors reflect Tide soccer's historic year
Glencoe's run to the state semi-finals — where they fell to eventual runner-up Sunset 2-0 — culminated with four girls being honored on this season's All-Metro teams.
Junior Celeste Molina-Sanchez was honored as the Metro League Player of the Year and first-team selection, while her teammate and fellow junior Michaela Kirschten joined her on the league's list of elite competitors. This season marked the second consecutive time Sanchez made the first-team and also the second straight for Glencoe garnering Player of the Year honors, as the Tide's Olivia Dendinger — who's currently playing for the University of Portland — staked that claim last year. Kirschten was a second-team selection last season as a sophomore.
Coach Josh Richards spoke glowingly of the two first-teamers following their playoff win over West Salem.
"They're both just special players," said the coach. "I'm not sure there's a better center back in the state than Michaela."
Other Glencoe honorees included junior Sarah Mauk, a second-team selection, and fellow junior Matty Bullis, who was selected as honorable mention.
Glencoe finished third in the conference to state finalists Jesuit and Sunset, then went on to defeat St. Mary's Academy, West Salem and South Eugene before their semifinal defeat at the hands of the Apollos Nov. 7. The Tide had previously never advanced beyond the playoffs' second round.
"I'm so proud of my team, and while winning a final would've been a great way to end, this was pretty good," said Glencoe senior Claire Graves. "I wouldn't trade my team for anyone."
The Tide weren't the only Hillsboro school represented on the list of honorees. Liberty, who also qualified for the playoffs after a 2-0 play-in win over Madison in just their second year in the 6A classification, claimed two spots, with sophomore Ivette Garcia and senior Hallie Roberts selected to the second-team. Also, Century was represented by seniors Brittney Bertrand and Abby Lyda and junior Abby Frazie, all honorable mention selections.
On the boys side, seven Hillsboro area athletes were recognized on the all-league teams, with Liberty boasting three selections and Glencoe and Century garnering two apiece.
Liberty senior Eric McDonald, Century's Khalid Aden and Glencoe's Jabree Sanchez Diaz were first-team selections; Glencoe senior Jeremy Ravelo-Romano and Liberty senior Evert Dominguez were second-team selections; and senior Anthony Mejia of Century, along with Liberty junior Eduardo Flores, were honorable mention selections.
State finalists Westview and Jesuit dominated the first-team selections, claiming eight of the 13 spots.
Westview's Zachary Velasco was the Player of the Year, while Coach of the Year went to the Wildcats' Jon Fresh.