All-Star Soccer bursting with talent, anticipation

All-Star Soccer bursting with talent, anticipation


All-Star Soccer bursting with talent, anticipation


All that lies between now the start of The Salinas Californian All-Star Soccer Classic festivities is the six Central Coast Section championships to be decided Saturday.

Practices for the all-star event can begin following completion of the boys and girls soccer seasons, meaning the players selected will meet their new teammates in days.

The All-Star Classic, sponsored in part by the Gannett Company, Inc. — owners of The Salinas Californian — will celebrate its 10th anniversary at Everett Alvarez High School on March 10. The event features 64 high school seniors — 16 players on four different teams — playing in two exhibition matches. The boys game will be played at 3 p.m., followed immediately by the girls game.

This year, every single high school in the county that participates in CCS athletics will be represented by a player. This year also saw the highest amount of interest in high school seniors wanting to play in the event. More than 100 players were in the selection pool.

The Californian is not only a sponsor for the game, but the sports staff took over the responsibility of selecting the players in 2004, and continues to do so. Players are nominated by coaches and players themselves are welcomed to pledge their commitment to the game.

The players are chosen by the sports staff, making sure the roster has depth at all positions and that every school in Monterey County is represented by at least one player.

The teams are divided up to create competitive balance on the field. In the first six years of the game, it was the players from the Tri-County Athletic League and Monterey Bay League competing against players from the small-school Mission Trail Athletic League.

Here are some of the notable players competing in the 10th edition of the Stingrays vs. Wind:

Stingrays boys/girls

Jose Mendoza, Salinas, forward: Mendoza finished with nine goals and eight assists (team-high) this season. He was a 20-goal scorer in 2011-12, earning him all-league first team honors and a spot on The Californian’s All-County team.

Eddie Martinez, Alvarez, goalkeeper: Martinez is coming off a masterful CCS semifinal match in which he made 13 saves and helped the Eagles push Alisal to the limits. Martinez was the T-CAL’s Defensive Player of the Year last year.

Roman Arroyo and Ramon Arroyo, Soledad: The twins provided a spark in the midfield for the two-time defending MTAL champions. Roman finished with 10 goals and six assists and Ramon had seven goals and five assists.

Jordan Ataide, Carmel, forward/center midfielder: Ataide scored an area-best 36 goals this season to give her a four-year career output of 101. Ataide is headed to Chico State on a soccer scholarship next fall and was the MTAL’s MVP in 2011-12.

Salina Romero, North Salinas, sweeper: Romero comes in as a seasoned varsity starter, anchoring the Vikings’ defense for the past three seasons.

Xochitl Camacho-Lopez, Salinas, goalkeeper: Camacho-Lopez tallied 50 saves in shared duties in goal for the Cowboys. She is a four-year varsity player and was the T-CAL’s Goalkeeper of the Year in 2011-12.

Wind boys/girls

Lorenzo Vasquez, Alisal, midfielder: Going into today’s CCS Division I championship match with Bellarmine, Vasquez leads the Trojans in both goals (20) and assists (12). He the T-CAL’s Junior Player of the Year in 2011-12.

Fabian Narez, Alisal, goalkeeper: Shares goal-keeping duties with Andy Camacho and came up with a huge save in penalty kicks to help the Trojans advance to the CCS D-I championship match. He was part of a duo that allowed just 12 goals on the year.

Ramon Perez, North County, midfielder: Perez is a powerful midfielder who is dangerous off set pieces. He led the team in assists with six and also had two goals, and was the co-MVP of the MBL in 2011-12.

Jordan Jones, Pacific Grove, forward: Jones enjoyed a breakout season in 2012-13, leading the area with 28 goals. He is on track to continue his career at Oregon State University.

Adela Hernandez, Alisal, midfield/forward: Overcame knee surgery in the offseason to help the Trojans win the MBL Pacific title and a playoff victory. She led the Trojans with 10 assists and also scored five goals. She was a T-CAL first-team selection in 2011-12.

Danielle Acuña, North Monterey County, forward: Acuña busted out with a 21-goal season helping the Condors challenge in the MBL Pacific Division.

Kellyn Rodewald, Pacific Grove, midfielder/forward: Rodewald tallied a team-high 20 goals and also had 10 assists. She is a four-year varsity contributor and was an MTAL all-league first team selection in 2011-12.

Anna Wilcoxon, Stevenson, defender/midfield: Wilcoxon had a goal and four assists in her fourth season as a varsity player. She is a two-time MTAL first-teamer and also qualified for state in cross country 2011.


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