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COACH OF THE YEAR

Tate MacQueen

Owen

MacQueen and the Warhorses (19-2-0) won the Western Highlands Conference championship, marking their first title in the sport in 22 years. Owen posted a school-record 13 shutouts, won a total of eight games by one goal and only lost to one area opponent (Christ School). The Warhorses rose to No. 1 in the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association’s 2-A poll in early-October and remained there until losing 1-0 to Newton-Conover in the first round of the NCHSAA 2-A playoffs. Junior defender Caleb Ford was named the WHC Player of the Year and was joined on the All-WHC team by Matt Brouwer, Hunter Foreman, Jesse Foreman, Rich Kendall and Sam Linton.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Austin Stamey

Roberson

Junior

Forward

Stamey was named the Mountain Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year after scoring 22 goals and dishing out six assists in 21 games for the MAC 4-A champion Rams (24-3-0). He was also a N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 4-A all-state and all-region selection. Stamey began the season playing for a Charlotte-area soccer academy, but returned to help the Rams reach the 4-A Western Regional championship game for the third time in four years. Stamey was one of just 12 North Carolina boys players selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association’s All-Region III team.

ALL-WNC TEAM

Grady Bradshaw

Carolina
Day

Senior

Forward

Bradshaw was named the Carolinas Athletic Association Player of the Year for the second time after scoring 30 goals and dishing out 13 assists. He was an NCISAA 2-A all-state selection.

Jordan Couch

Smoky Mountain

Junior

Forward

Couch earned All-WNC Athletic Conference honors after scoring an area-record 55 goals to go along with 10 assists. Couch was also part of the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association’s 2-A all-region team. He has 90 career goals.

Hector

Gutierrez

Reynolds

Sophomore

Forward

Gutierrez earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference honors after leading the Rockets in goals (21) and assists (16). He was also named to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 4-A all-state and all-region teams. Gutierrez is the youngest boys player in school history to receive all-state recognition.

MacKenzie Tittle

East Henderson

Senior

Forward/midfielder

Tittle was named the WNC Athletic Conference Player of the Year after scoring a team-high 22 goals to go along with nine assists. He was also selected to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association’s 3-A all-state and all-region teams. The Eagles were the only WNC team to beat Roberson.

Juan

Escobedo

Enka

Senior

Midfielder

Escobedo earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference honors after scoring 16 goals and dishing out 20 assists. He was also part of the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association’s 3-A all-region team.

Jonathan Stillman

Roberson

Senior

Midfielder

Stillman earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference honors after scoring 14 goals and dishing out 11 assists. He was also selected to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association’s 4-A all-region team.

Zach Joens

Asheville

Senior

Forward/defender/midfielder

Joens earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference honors after scoring 16 goals and dishing out 19 assists. He finished his career with 64 goals and 55 assists. Joens played three different positions for the Cougars and was named to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 3-A all-state and all-region teams as a striker. He has committed to play college soccer for Appalachian State.

Caleb Ford

Owen

Junior

Defender

Ford was named the Western Highlands Conference Player of the Year after scoring 13 goals and dishing out a team-high 12 assists. He was named to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association’s 2-A all-region team.

Jonah Hodes

Roberson

Junior

Defender

Hodes earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference honors after helping the Rams post 13 shutouts. He also had two goals and four assists. Hodes was part of the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association’s 4-A all-state and all-region teams.

GOALTENDER

Alex Destino

North Buncombe

Junior

Goalkeeper

Destino was named the Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year after making 225 saves and allowing only 1.95 goals per game. He was selected to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association’s all-region team.

SECOND TEAM

Ed Diez, Reynolds senior forward

Hugo Lopez, Roberson senior forward

Brad Smith, Enka junior forward

Jackson Allen, Asheville senior midfielder/forward

Hunter Foreman, Owen senior midfielder

Daniel Kearns, Reynolds junior midfielder

Daniel Shaw, Christ School senior midfielder

Grant Hiriak, Roberson junior defender

John Keenan, Hendersonville defender

Daniel Valdez, East Henderson senior defender

Eric Lenhart, Reynolds sophomore goalkeeper

HONORABLE MENTION

Asheville
: Daniel Lingerfelt, Will Jones, Gabe Hinkle and Iain Parrott.

Asheville
Christian Academy
: Luke Otto, Jiehwan Yang and Hank Gompers.

Asheville School: Michael Holowesko, Vincent Hickl and Brooks Kern.

Brevard: Caleb Hall, J.B. Carnahan and Austin Roberts.

Carolina
Day: Ross Marnock and Cy Gourlay.

Cherokee: Raven Franciewicz and Darius Thompson.

Christ School: Brian Cucchi, Willy Olyslager and Schuyler Krug.

East Henderson
: Gregorio Rodriguez and Cristian Varella.

Enka: Scott Fish, Hernan Aguirre, Carlos Alvarado and Michael Burke.

Franklin
: Miguel Arellano, Krash Gooder, Alberto Gonzalez and Riggy Hernandez.

Hendersonville
: Ryan Combs, Tyler Self, Michael Silvia, Bryan Wallace, Joel Zamudio and Enrique Zuniga.

Highlands
: Taylor Osteen.

Murphy: Thail Welborn, Dylan Ownbey, Tyler Brownlee and Foster Stroup.

North Buncombe: Joseph Hammond, Austin Donnell, Tristan Eckart and Kevin Church.

Owen: Matt Brouwer, Jesse Foreman, Rich Kendall, Sam Linton and Ty Lenk.

Reynolds: Alex Cabe, Robbie Hart, David Rash, Teagan Stalte and Will Ryman.

Roberson: Diego Souza, Kevin Rhash, Ben Chapel, Connor Cowan, Tyler Tison, Alex Lewis, Anthony O’Brien and Cam Wood.

Smoky Mountain: Lane Martin, Zack Bryson and Lance Buskey.

Swain
County
: Matt Mordhorst.

West Henderson
: Nate Condrey, Vincente Gonzalez, Morgan Martin, Tyler Pedersen and Tiernan Turner.

ABOUT THE ALL-WNC TEAMS

The Citizen-Times All-WNC teams are compiled by staff writer Andrew Pearson after nominations are requested from area coaches. Athletes who are not nominated are not eligible for the teams.

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