On a senior-laden La Quinta High School boys’ soccer team that proved to be tops in the Coachella Valley this season, midfielder Lucas Rosales stood out from the rest.
Rosales led the Blackhawks in goals for the second consecutive season, as well as assists this year, while earning himself the honor as Most Valuable Player in the Desert Valley League. His coach, Gary Nadler, was given the league’s Coach of the Year honor after leading the Blackhawks to a 10-1-1 DVL record.
Rosales totaled 25 goals, along with 10 assists for 60 total points in helping La Quinta reach the quarterfinals as the No. 2 overall seed in the Division 2 CIF Southern Section bracket. He was joined on the All-Desert Valley League first team by four other teammates, including fellow senior midfielders Andrassy Teran and Nick Strange, along with junior goalkeeper Logan Prescott and sophomore defender Liam Manzano.
Cathedral City, who finished in second place in the DVL at 8-4, behind La Quinta who was 10-1-1, followed with three players named to the all-league list. Sophomore Leyver Guzman headlined the list as the team’s leader in goals with 29 and assists with 12. Teammates and fellow midfielders sophomore Erick Guzman and senior Fernando Plata also made the list.
Indio named two seniors to the list in forward Davin Salazar and midfielder Diego Ceja. Palm Desert landed two juniors on the first team in defender Joshua Phillips and forward Jhonathan Urbina. Palm Springs senior defender Vincenzo Costagliola was also honored.
All-Desert Valley League boys’ soccer team
MVP: Lucas Rosales (La Quinta)
Coach of the Year: Gary Nadler (La Quinta)
Sportsmanship: Xavier Prep
La Quinta: Lucas Rosales, Andrassy Teran, Nick Strange, Liam Manzano, Logan Prescott
Cathedral City: Erick Guzman, Leyver Guzman, Fernando Plata
Indio: Diego Ceja, Davin Salazar
Palm Desert: Jhonathan Urbina, Joshua Phillips
Palm Springs: Vincenzo Costagliola
La Quinta: Cesar Rodriguez, Christian Herrera
Cathedral City: Jonathan Silva
Indio: Pedro Rodriguez
Palm Desert: Enrico Meghnagi, Christian Corrales, Aaron Gipson
Palm Springs: Victor Vinales, Darius Ayala
Shadow Hills: Isaac Vargas
Xavier Prep: Christian Cortez
La Quinta: Anthony Ruiz, Steven Poole
Cathedral City: Blake Gonzales, Jose Reyes
Indio: Bryan Hinojosa, Steve Garcia
Palm Desert: Gerardo Serrano, Isidoro Martinez
Palm Springs: Johny Mendez, Angel Valtierra
Shadow Hills: Fabian Rodriguez, Josue Lopez
Xavier Prep: MK Koinage, Trevor Gilroy