PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Bayne Bentley, senior, Lake Travis
Bentley, a three-year starting forward for the Cavaliers’ powerful boys program, saved his best for last. Five of his 19 goals came in the three postseason matches as Lake Travis reached the quarterfinals in Class 6A’s rugged Region IV, including a hat trick in the postseason opener against San Antonio MacArthur. The fleet-footed forward will play next season for the U.S. Naval Academy.
COACH OF THE YEAR
John Brockway, Taylor
Before this season, Taylor’s boys soccer team had never won a playoff game. But the Ducks’ memorable 2018 campaign didn’t end until a shootout loss to state-ranked Progreso in the Class 4A, Region IV semifinals. Brockway taught his team the value of patience in three playoff wins as well as the narrow loss. In the process, he raised his program’s standards. “This program has reached a tipping point, and from now on, year in and year out, we know that we are capable of winning it all,” he told the Taylor Press.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Nikola Djordjevic, freshman, Westwood
A rare freshman starter for a boys varsity team, the midfielder/forward started every match except for senior night and tied for team-high honors in scoring for a squad that tied for second in District 13-6A and reached the second round of the playoffs.
Hayes Ewald, senior, Austin High: Maroons coach Jesus Arreola says if there were an award for a playoff MVP, “Hayes would be the one.” The All-District 25-5A goalie also earned all-state honorable mention from the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches while helping the Maroons reach the regional tournament.
Devin Francois, senior, Hendrickson: The team captain not only played every match but also lined up at every defensive position for coach Jacob Stern, who said Francois was “the heart and soul” of a side that went 9-8-4 and reached the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Guillermo Carrillo, senior, East View: The Patriots reached the playoffs in the challenging District 19-5A primarily because Carrillo anchored a defense that gave up less than a goal per match in district play.
Cameron Dicker, senior, Lake Travis: A four-year varsity starter, Dicker — a Texas football signee as a kicker — proved particularly effective when playing centerback down the stretch. During the team’s final 15½ games, the Cavs gave up just four goals.
Ronaldo Garcia, sophomore, Austin High: Creative and productive, the District 25-5A offensive player of the year scored 19 goals and added nine assists while leading the Maroons to the Class 5A, Region IV tournament.
Jose Galindo, senior, Dripping Springs: A powerful offensive force for the 19-4-3 Tigers, Galindo produced 31 goals and 17 assists.
Ahmed Mohamed, senior, Eastside Memorial: The speedy winger provided 16 goals and eight assists to a gifted and gritty Panthers squad that went 19-4-1 and reached the third round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Andres Amaro, senior, Bowie: District 14-6A’s MVP spent as much time up top as in the middle of the Dawgs’ formation, and he produced 32 goals and 12 assists for a 20-4-3 squad.
Jaron Frye, sophomore, Liberty Hill: The explosive youngster had a stellar varsity debut while earning District 26-4A MVP honors and scoring 31 goals with six assists for a regional finalist.
Bayne Bentley, senior, Lake Travis: District 25-6A’s MVP capped a splendid varsity career that featured 50 goals and 22 assists.
Christian Ammonds, senior, Marble Falls: The all-time leading scorer for Marble Falls with 64 career goals and 31 career assists earned his third all-state selection while powering the Mustangs to an 18-9-2 record and a spot in the Class 5A, Region IV semifinals.