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Oregon high school boys soccer: Players, teams to watch in fall 2021

Teams and players to watch in the fall 2021 Oregon high school boys soccer season

By René Ferrán

Teams and players to watch in the fall 2021 Oregon high school boys soccer season


Teams to watch

Central Catholic: It’s been seven years since the Rams won a state title, but under new coach Cristian Arntson, they’ll be one of the contenders this fall.

Franklin: Senior midfielder Caden Davis is one of the remaining players from the Lightning’s surprise run to the 2019 state title.

Grant: The Generals have reached the state quarterfinals for four consecutive postseasons.

Jesuit: Don’t let a season-opening 4-2 loss to Summit fool you — the 2018 champion Crusaders always factor in the state championship conversation.

Lincoln: Led by senior forward Maximillion Edwards, the Cardinals make it three PIL teams that will be in the championship chase come November.

Summit: The Storm, which lost in the past two state finals, return nine starters from the spring and add freshman Kaden Roskowski, who will add scoring punch. 

Players to watch

F Andrew Martinez, Sr., Centennial; F Sergio Tinoco, Sr., Reynolds; M Abraham Alvarez, Sr., Forest Grove; M Josue Dolores Lopez, Aloha; GK Ibrahm Garza, Sr., Cleveland; F Nathaniel Deperro, Sr., Summit; D Alex Grignon, Sr., Summit; M Caden Davis, Sr., Franklin; F Maximillion Edwards, Sr., Lincoln; M Sam Edwards, Sr., South Medford


Teams to watch

Ashland: The Grizzlies are led by senior forward Davidson Graham and fueled by an incoming group of freshmen and sophomores as they try to improve upon their 2019 semifinal appearance.

Corvallis: The 2018 state champion Spartans return 12 players from a team that went 8-1-1 in the spring.

Hood River Valley: Led by senior midfielder/forward Jaden Dubon, the Eagles look to return to their mid-2010s heights (three final appearances and two titles from 2013-15).

La Salle Prep: The defending champion Falcons graduated Wade Nichols and Kai Taylor but bring back 12 players to help soften the blow.

Wilsonville: The Wildcats had an up-and-down spring following their run to the 2019 final but should return to form this fall.

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Woodburn: The Bulldogs opted up to 5A after dominating in 4A for two years. With senior forward Ricardo Chacon leading the way, they start the season No. 1 in the coaches poll.

Players to watch

F Ricardo Chacon, Sr., Woodburn; F Jaden Dubon, Sr., Hood RiverValley; F Diodone Kilongo, Sr., North Salem; F Davidson Graham, Sr., Ashland; F/M Matthew Angel, Sr., Eagle Point; M Mizael Harris, Sr., La Salle Prep; D Christopher Abad, Sr., Hillsboro; D Joseph Friedman, Sr., Wilsonville


Teams to watch

Henley: The Hornets will challenge Phoenix for top honors in the Skyline, led by three all-conference first-team returnees.

Marist Catholic: The Spartans won the Sky-Em title in 2019 and were the No. 1 seed in the state playoff bracket, reaching the semifinals.

North Marion: The Huskies graduated six seniors from the team that went 6-3-1 in the spring but shouldn’t experience too much of a dropoff.

Phoenix: The Pirates return Skyline player of the year Victor Martinez and four others who made the all-conference team as they bid to reach the state final for the first time in the past decade.

Stayton: The Eagles made the state final in 2019, the fifth time in that decade they played for a title. Led by senior forward Jayden Esparza, they’ll be in the hunt for another trip this fall.

Valley Catholic: The Valiants went from a one-win season in 2016 to a state semifinal berth in 2019. The next group hopes to keep the momentum going.

Players to watch

F Jayden Esparza, Sr., Stayton; F Victor Martinez, Sr., Phoenix; M Jorge Mejia, Sr., Phoenix; F Caden Gallegos, Sr., Phoenix; F Eli Hayes, Sr., Henley; GK Andrew Edwards, Sr., Henley; D/M Alberto Castillo, Sr., Marshfield; F/M Ronan Hodge, Sr., Hidden Valley; F Ishmel Esparza, So., Stayton; D Nik Norby, Sr., Marist Catholic; M Justin Guzman, Sr., Marist Catholic; M Charles Bettger, Jr., Valley Catholic; F Sean Molina, So., McLoughlin


Teams to watch

Brookings-Harbor: The Bruins have never been to a championship game, but led by senior defender Jake Beaman and midfielder Fabian Villa, this might be their year.

Catlin Gabel: The two-time defending champion Eagles graduated 11 seniors from a team that went 6-2-3 in the spring, but this is a program that has proven it reloads, not rebuilds.

Dayton: The Pirates reached the culminating week tournament final in the spring and return seven starters, including top scorer Benjie Hudson and three-time all-league midfielder Daniel Anguiano. 

Oregon Episcopal: The Aardvarks went undefeated in the spring (7-0-2) with a roster that featured only four seniors. 

Riverdale: Led by senior goalie Gabriel Stevens and midfielder Teddy Altman, the Mavericks look to crack the Catlin-OES stranglehold atop Special District 1.

Players to watch

​D Jake Beaman, Sr., Brookings-Harbor; GK Jayden Pratt, Sr., Creswell; F Benjie Hudson, Sr., Dayton; M Daniel Anguiano, Sr., Dayton; M Fabian Villa, Sr., Brookings-Harbor; M Connor Mansfield, Sr., Oregon Episcopal; D Braeden Carter, Jr., Oregon Episcopal; F Felipe Rueda Duran, Sr., Catlin Gabel; M Diego Magana, Sr., Riverside; D Humberto Sanchez, Sr., Riverside; F/M Michael Melvin, So., Cascade Christian; GK Nathan Lemley, So., St. Mary’s (Medford)