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Provo senior Carlos Rodriguez heading during an out-of-region game at Timpview on Friday, March 11, 2022. (Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald)

Here are the top boy soccer players in the Utah Valley region in 2021:

Player of the Year: Tyson Haunga, Senior Guard, Lehi

A reliable back row player who organized his team and lifted the game of each athlete, and also provided the basis for the team to move the ball forward from back to front.

Offensive MVP: Carlos Rodriguez, senior linebacker, Provo

An incredible athlete and finisher who consistently delivered amazing performances and was almost unstoppable, he scored 24 goals in 15 games.

Defensive MVP: Tanner Wagstaff, Senior Guard, Wasatch

A gifted defender who could knock the opponent out of the rhythm both with his kicking skills and by kicking the ball out of the air.

Goaltender of the Year: Sean Gutzman, Senior Goaltender, Provo

A confident stopper and team leader who faced several talented scorers but still scored six shutouts.

Coach of the Year: Tim Graham, Lehi

Provo players congratulate goaltender Sean Gutzman after playing outside the region at Timpview on Friday, March 11, 2022. (Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald)

A gifted software engineer who always finds ways to get his teams to improve game by game and year by year, helped lead his team to the 2022 5A State Championship game.

2022 All-Valley Boys Football Team

(Alphabet order)

Clayt Bergeson Jr. F., Orem

A dynamic presence whose creativity and skill opened up opportunities for themselves (eight heads) as well as for the entire team.

Caleb Cowley, So. GK, Lehi

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

Lehi head coach Tim Graham hugs one of his players after the 5A Championship match against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

A reliable goalkeeper who scored four shutouts but made many vital saves, including during the penalty shootout.

ELee Donaldson, F/MF, Timpanogos

An impressive finisher who scored nine goals for the Timberwolves, making the opposing defense always know where he is.

Clayton Ekalono, Senior Assistant/Female, Pleasant Grove

A gifted athlete who understands the game and has gone all over the field scoring five goals and five assists.

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

Orem Jr. forward Kleith Bergeson (right) receives congratulations from a teammate after a 5A first round game against Viewmont in Orem on Saturday, May 15, 2022.

Gavin Fenn, Fr. MF, Lehi

A physical athlete who played with maturity beyond his years, scoring eight goals and making the most of free kicks.

Jon Fritcher, So. MF, Pleasant Grove

An all-around youngster who advanced strongly for the Vikings, scoring 10 goals and adding six assists.

Seth Gutzman Jr. D, Provo

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

Provo and Wasatch players battle for the ball during a Region 9 game in Provo on Thursday, April 21, 2022.

An important defender who has always been dangerous, taking the lead with nine goals on five assists.

Matthew Hadley, Senior MF, Pleasant Grove

A constant presence that found ways to get everyone involved, including scoring five goals with five assists.

Christian Jones Sr. F, Lehi

A great finisher who could get the ball into the net in many different ways, scoring eight goals and nine assists.

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

Pleasant Grove sophomore John Fritscher takes a penalty during a Region 4 game against Lone Peak in the Highlands on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.

Lewis Knecht, Fr. F, American heritage

An amazing player who has always been a threat to do anything, as evidenced by his 22 goals and nine assists.

Christian Millar, Sr. K., Salem Hills

An athletic goalie who was almost always in the right place to play the ball, finishing the game with 8.5 shutouts.

Cade Preston Jr D, Lehi

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

Maeser Boys players celebrate after scoring a goal during a game against Telos in Lindon on Monday, April 11, 2022.

A great defender who worked flawlessly with the rest of the Pioneer defense to limit the opponent’s options.

Nephi Rodriguez, So. MF, Provo

An amazing player who could succeed himself (nine goals) or others (12 assists).

Nate Shepherd Jr. F., Lehi

A talented striker who used his athleticism to break down defenders and score (10 goals, 5 assists).

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

Lehi freshman Gavin Fenn heads in during the 5A semi-final game against Stansbury at Juan Diego High School in Draper on Monday, May 23, 2022.

Aidan Simmons, So. F, Maser Prep

An outstanding striker who had one of the best seasons in the state with 23 goals and 18 assists.

Honorable mention

American plugCast: Miller Hall, Tyler McCarthy, Mason Jolly, Dillon Childs

ALAStory by: Anthony Sunde

American heritageCast: McKay Bisinger, Jace Christofferson, Weston Larsen

Cedar ValleyCast: Tyson Carter, Orrin Gifford, Elijah Holman

Preparing for FreedomCast: Alan Soto, Kenneth Aguilar, Adan Arredondo

JuabCast: Riker Richards, Jackson Drake, Jake Peterson, Ethan Roundy

LehiCast: Yonelson Aitken, Colton Marsing, Cesar Morales, Jackson Shepherd, Alfred Vargas

lonely peakCast: Jackson Gunther, Noah Carlton, Lewis Mason

PriceCast: Drexton Hardy, Leonardo Monge

maple mountainCast: Ethan Christensen, Stefano Sia, Daniel Yi

Maser PrepCast: Aidan Simmons, Caleb Johnson, Tristan Brockbank, Alex Cannon, Ethan Valentine

Mountain View: Maximo Acuna

OremCast: Tyler Klein, Dallas Nixon, Jesse Ruiz, Sam Gibson

PaysonCast: Jorge Del Solar, Eduardo Cabrera, Victor Villatoro

pleasant groveCast: Liam Oberhansley, Jeremy Carrere

ProvoCast: Cole Disbrow, Jesse Escobar, Daniel Ochoa, Carlos Cossio

Salem HillsCast: Will Hansen, Yuto Kikuchi, Ivan Hernandez, Carson Bybee

skyridgeCast: Gavin Christenson, Leo Rojas, Arat Rodriguez

spanish plugCast: Landon Clark, Caleb Moller, Austin Stevenson

springvilleCast: Westley Dodd, Spencer Thompson, Isaac Sorensen

TelosStory by: Mackenzie McAleavey

TimpanogosCast: Dustin Searle, Colleen Glazer, Dexter Gundersen, Brigham Conover

TimpviewCast: Colin Gonzalez, Alan Fernandez, Agustin Alemandi

WasatchCast: Beto Vargas, Aidan Roeser, Tanner Wagstaff, Diego Magana, Jackson Hanley, Carter Davis

western lakeCast: Anthony Rassawong, Dexter Bergholm, Elijah Gozo, Ethan Martin



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