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COACH OF THE YEAR

Ken Neitz

Franklin

Neitz was named the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after the Panthers (21-2) won the WNCAC championship and outscored opponents, 91-23. Franklin went on to reach the 2-A Western Regional championship game. Prior to this season, the Panthers program only had two previous postseason wins. Senior midfielder Riggy Hernandez was named the Co-WNCAC Offensive Player of the Year and other All-WNCAC picks were Kendrick Manning, Kevin Sanchez, Samuel Vargas, Edgar Chavez and Omar Arellano.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Hector Gutierrez

Reynolds

Senior

Forward

Gutierrez was named the Mountain Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year after scoring 29 goals to go along with a single-season school record 24 assists. Gutierrez was one of 10 North Carolina boys players named to the National Soccer Coaches Association All-South team. He is the all-time leading scorer in Rockets history (86 goals) and a three-time N.C. Soccer Coaches Association all-state selection. Gutierrez made the NCSCA all-region team all four years of his career.

FIRST TEAM

Tristan Eckert

North Buncombe

Senior

Forward

Eckert earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference honors after scoring 30 goals (nine of which were game winners) and dishing out nine assists. He was selected to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 3-A all-state and all-region teams.

Mac Gourlay

Carolina Day

Sophomore

Forward

Gourlay earned All-Carolinas Athletic Association honors after scoring 18 goals and dishing out seven assists. He was named to the NCISAA 2-A all-state team.

Jesse Foreman

Owen

Junior

Forward/midfielder

Foreman earned All-Western Highlands Conference honors after leading the WHC champion Warhorses with 23 goals. He recently withdrew from classes at Owen to potentially play pro soccer in Hungary.

Barret Compton

Asheville Christian Academy

Junior

Midfielder

Compton earned All-Carolinas Athletic Association honors after scoring 10 goals and dishing out six assists. He was an all-state selection for the Lions (13-3-3), who lost in the NCISAA 2-A quarterfinals in a penalty-kick shootout to eventual state champion St. David’s.

Riggy Hernandez

Franklin

Senior

Midfielder

Hernandez was named the Co-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year after scoring 23 goals to go along with eight assists. Hernandez finished his career with 67 goals.

Alex Lewis

Roberson

Senior

Midfielder

Lewis earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference honors after scoring 18 goals and dishing out six assists. He was named to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association all-region and all-state teams. Lewis has signed with UNC Greensboro.

Will Jones

Asheville

Junior

Midfielder/defender

Jones earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference honors after scoring seven goals to go along with five assists. In addition, he was picked for the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association all-state and all-region teams.

Kevin Church

North Buncombe

Senior

Defender

Church earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference honors after scoring two goals to go along with two assists. He was named to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association all-region team.

Tyler Self

Hendersonville

Senior

Defender

Self was named the Western Highlands Conference Player of the Year following his third season as a team captain.

Eric Lenhart

Reynolds

Senior

Goalkeeper

Lenhart was the Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year after making 128 saves with eight shutouts. He was 3-1 in penalty-kick shootouts and finished with the second-most career shutouts (23) in Rockets history. Lenhart was also a N.C. Soccer Coaches Association all-state and all-region selection.

SECOND TEAM

Tyson Hichman, Carolina Day sophomore forward

Cal Jansen, Christ School junior forward

Ben Nickol, Tuscola junior forward

Brendan Mann, Reynolds sophomore midfielder

James Mauney, Roberson senior midfielder

Israel Garcia-Perez, Asheville freshman midfielder

Amil Al-Abed, West Henderson junior defender/midfielder

Nick Frost, Asheville senior defender

Kendrick Manning, Franklin senior defender

Will Mims, Reynolds sophomore defender

Evan Goosman, Roberson sophomore goalkeeper

HONORABLE MENTION

Asheville: Andrew Kiley, Myles Grady and Triston Clark.

Asheville Christian Academy: Coleman Compton, Logan Collie and Matt Sabo.

Asheville School: Chase Jeffries.

Carolina Day: David Jaben, Corban Crosley and Austin Howard.

Christ School: Devon Johnson and Young Perry.

Enka: Alejandro Escobedo and Noah Egle.

Erwin: Arnold Espinosa.

Franklin: Samuel Vargas, Edgar Chavez and Kevin Sanchez.

Hendersonville: Chris Abel, Jacob Dubois and Matthew Mel.

Madison: Johnny Castraneda and Max Gardner.

Murphy: Foster Stroup and J.D. Owens.

North Buncombe: Josh Pruett, Taylor Rozynski, Sam Childers, Daniel Dor-El, Isaiah Hammond and Tal Dor-El.

North Henderson: Jaime Calvillo, Angel Rico, Cele Cardenas and Carlos Lozano.

Owen: Matt Coward, Micah Davis, Noah Box, Jonathan Arias and Matt Begley.

Polk County: Alex Miller, David Sanchez, Will Rimer and Jeremy Allsbrook.

Reynolds: John Diavatis, Patrick Johnston, Brian Kennedy, Urijah Morrison, Teagen Stalte and Daniel Vickers.

Roberson: Holden Upright, Conner Cowan, Alex Swaney and Thomas Douglas.

Smoky Mountain: Travis Holden, Chris Henson and Gabby Fuentes.

Swain County: Jonathan Duncan and Cooper Reinert.

Trailblazers: Saundre Simmons.

Tuscola: A.J. Hawkins and Logan King.

West Henderson: Connor Mayer and Ellis Young.

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.

Tyler Self

Tyler Self

Tristan Eckert

Tristan Eckert

Riggy Hernandez

Riggy Hernandez

Mac Gourlay

Mac Gourlay

Kevin Church

Kevin Church

Ken Neitz

Ken Neitz

Jesse Foreman

Jesse Foreman

Hector Gutierrez

Hector Gutierrez

Eric Lenhart

Eric Lenhart

Barret Compton

Barret Compton

Alex Lewis

Alex Lewis

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