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