All DVL soccer teams released: La Quinta loads up on players

All DVL soccer teams released: La Quinta loads up on players

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All DVL soccer teams released: La Quinta loads up on players

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Two years, one month and nine days have passed since the last time the girls’ soccer team at La Quinta High School lost a game in the Desert Valley League. This year, the Blackhawks won all 12 of their league games by a combined score of 45-3. It was that kind of season at La Quinta.

The Blackhawks’ dominance was reflected in the 2013-14 All-Desert Valley League teams, which were announced this week.

La Quinta was represented by four players on the First Team, headlined by DVL Player of the Year Brielle Leon. The other three are forward Aileen Galicia and defenders Brenda Barniga and Justine Vargas.

Sophomore striker Kailee Prescott was named to the Second Team and midfielders Stephanie Esquivel and Rachael Polk were honorable mentions.

The Xavier Prep girls, who finished third place in the DVL, also have seven players on the All-League team. Cathedral City, the second place team, has six honorees, and Coachella Valley and Palm Springs each had five, providing some balance for a league that had five teams in the playoff hunt during the final week of the regular season.

“It was a very competitive year,” Coachella Valley girls’ coach Francisco Morales said. “It was a really competitive year last year, too, so this is nothing new.

“Obviously La Quinta ran away with it, but everybody was scrambling for those other playoff spots and it made the games really intense.”

As with the La Quinta girls, the Coachella Valley boys were also represented with four players on the First Team — Samuel Retano, Ramon Felix, Gerardo Avalos and Luis Lemus.

The Arabs were co-DVL champions with the La Quinta boys, and both teams had eight players honored on the All-DVL team.

Though the Blackhawks had only two players on the First Team, striker Jason Ocampo was named co-Player of the Year, along with Palm Springs’ Raymundo Vargas.

Palm Springs had a total of six players selected, with three of them — Vargas, George Benitez and Brandon Montano — on the First Team.

Kyle Kabeary, who was an All-DVL First Team selection at four positions in football, has the rare distinction of being the only Palm Desert soccer player selected to the First Team. He headlines a group of five Aztecs honored.

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