Ton of talent on SFL’s all-league first team
That Roseville’s Tanner Roland was named soccer MVP in the Sierra Foothill League (see related story at www.rosevillpt.com or www.placersports.com ) was a significant accomplishment considering the amazing talent spread throughout the conference.
The Tigers’ senior striker earned the top honor from the league’s coaches, and was joined by four of his Roseville teammates and four Granite Bay players on the all-league first team. The top two teams in the league’s regular season were highly honored, along with third-place Rocklin, the team that won the section title after winning the postseason tournament.
League champion Granite Bay’s first-team contingent came from its back line and midfield, an area of the field the Grizzlies dominated on the way to a 10-2 league mark. Senior defenders Jonathan Beach and Jordan Weber were joined by junior midfielders Kyle Howarth and Kendall Modiste on the first team.
“Jon was our captain and defensive leader,” said Granite Bay coach Steve Fischer. “One of his greatest weapons is his long throw-in. Jordan is quiet and unassuming, but he shuts down his side of the field. He rarely makes mistakes, and when he does, he recovers quickly.”
“Kyle is big, tall, solid and tough,” Fischer added. “He controls the game from his defensive midfield position. Kendall is extremely talented, with great ball skills and quick feet, and he controls the tempo of almost every game.”
In addition to league MVP Roland, three seniors and a talented sophomore were critical to Roseville’s resurgence and earned first team recognition. Seniors Tyrone Richardson and Micah Hayes were the anchors of the Tiger defense in front of first-team goalkeeper Joshua Pulver. Sophomore Giovanni Reader began the year as the Roseville sweeper before making the move to midfield.
“Micah Hayes was given the assignment of marking the fastest player on the other team,” said Roseville coach Pablo Gutierrez. “He was willing to move from left to right and from stopper to sweeper without hesitation. Tyrone Richardson broke his arm in the second game and was out for four games. He came back playing harder and stronger than before. He was one of the toughest players on our defense.”
“In the second half Josh was the best goalie in the area and Giovanni was able to play any position without any difficulties.”
Senior sweeper Conor Delaney and three juniors earned selection to the first team from section champion Rocklin. Midfielders Seth Casiple and Chris Streeter and striker Walter Finney will return a strong core next year for the Thunder.
Del Oro senior midfielder Casey Meuser heads a strong group of three Golden Eagles who earned first-team recognition. Senior goalkeeper Alec Lyons and junior forward Kolby Mitnick were the other Del Oro selections.
Seniors Cole Alexander, Kody Duff and Roy Pedro carried the banner for Oakmont on the league’s first team. It was a disappointing year, record-wise, for the Vikings, but this trio was solid all season long.
“Cole Alexander (the league’s No. 2 scorer) created many of the chances on his own using his strength, determination and creativity,” said Oakmont coach Mark Broers. “He is a team leader and one of the few true goal scorers in the league.”
“Roy Pedro played defender, midfield and winger. He can put a lot of pressure on the defense or clamp down on the other team's strikers. He has been a team captain for the past two years and a real leader on and off the field. Kody Duff is one of the top players in the league when it comes to all-around ability. He truly loves to play, and he can shoot, pass, dribble, tackle, and see the entire field. He is one of the best I've ever coached in 16 years and a true pleasure to work with.”
A pair of players who showed the diversity to play multiple positions are Woodcreek’s first-team representatives. Matt Glasgo and Bobby Reeves were the leaders of a young group of Timberwolves.
“Matt started the year as a midfielder, but in order to stabilize the defense I moved him to play sweeper,” said Woodcreek coach Chris Branson. “He made a huge difference in the strength and decision-making of our of our defense.”
“Bobby Reeves was the leading goal-scorer on the JV team last year and started the year at striker for us. I moved him to defense for the second Rocklin game and he played there for most of the second half of the season. He is exceptionally fast and that is what the defense was lacking through the first half of the 0-6 SFL season.”
SFL all-league team
MVP- Tanner Roland, senior forward, Roseville
Jon Beach, senior defender, Granite Bay
Kyle Howarth, junior midfielder, Granite Bay
Jordan Weber, senior defender, Granite Bay
Kendall Modiste, junior midfielder, Granite Bay
Tyrone Richardson, senior defender, Roseville
Giovanni Reader, sophomore midfielder, Roseville
Joshua Pulver, senior goalkeeper, Roseville
Micah Hayes, senior defender, Roseville
Cole Alexander, senior forward, Oakmont
Kody Duff, senior midfielder, Oakmont
Roy Pedro, senior defender, Oakmont
Matt Glasgo, senior defender, Woodcreek
Bobby Reeves, junior defender, Woodcreek
Seth Casiple, junior midfielder, Rocklin
Conor Delaney, senior defender, Rocklin
Walter Finney, junior striker, Rocklin
Chris Streeter, junior midfielder, Rocklin
Casey Meuser, senior midfielder, Del Oro
Alec Lyons, senior goalkeeper, Del Oro
Kolby Mitnick, junior forward, Del Oro
Christian Grapel, senior midfielder, Nevada Union
Corey Mortara, senior forward, Nevada Union
Roseville/Granite Bay area second team:
Greg Holman, senior defender, Woodcreek
Tyler Crandall, junior forward, Woodcreek
Dylan Rogo, junior defender, Roseville
Darrell Brown, senior midfielder, Roseville
Alex Both, senior forward, Roseville
Jeff Mann, senior goalkeeper, Granite Bay
Nico Mamone, junior defender, Granite Bay
Cody Giddings, sophomore forward, Granite Bay
Connor Hallisey, junior forward, Granite Bay
Robert Work, senior forward, Oakmont
Tyler Kuresa, senior defender, Oakmont
Brett Alexander, junior defender, Oakmont