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Oregon’s top high school boys soccer players: Meet the state’s best defenders

Who are the top defenders in Oregon boys soccer this season?
Hood River's Eric Langlouis (13) battles La Salle Prep's Aidan O'Brien for a ball along the sideline.

Hood River's Eric Langlouis (13) battles La Salle Prep's Aidan O'Brien for a ball along the sideline.

This week, we’re taking a position-by-position look at some of the top players in Oregon high school boys soccer. Our second list focuses on the defenders. (Goalkeepers)

There are hundreds of standout soccer players in Oregon and these lists are not intended to be comprehensive! Let us know about any other defenders you think should be added.

Aidan O’Brien (La Salle Prep) photo by Dave Ball

D Jake Beaman, Sr., Brookings-Harbor

Beaman has been one of the top defenders in Class 3A/2A/1A the past three seasons. He was a first-team all-state selection as a sophomore and a first-team all-league pick during the spring season, when the Bruins outscored opponents 71-6 and went 10-1-1. He is a three-sport athlete and class officer who is looking at several smaller colleges to continue his career. “His game intelligence and vision help him control each game,” said his father and coach, Jess Beaman. “He takes quick, good touches under pressure and controls the defense. Virtually nothing gets past him.”

D Joseph Friedman, Sr., Wilsonville

Friedman was an all-Northwest Oregon second-team selection at center back two seasons ago, when the Wildcats made their third Class 5A final appearance in a five-year span. He has played on the varsity all four seasons, and “he brings that experience out as a captain,” said Wilsonville co-coach Ian Reschke. “He’s winning a lot of those aerial balls and really settling the ball down at times, then sending those long balls when we need to stretch the defense.”

D/M Jarom Huntsman, Sr., La Grande

Huntsman moves between center back and a central defensive midfield role for the Tigers, helping them post seven shutouts and allow just two goals in eight games during the spring season. He’s also a top javelin thrower, winning the Greater Oregon district title and placing fourth at the Class 4A state meet.

D Dylan Lee, Sr., Wilsonville

Lee moved from left wing, where he played in the midfield his first couple of seasons for the Wildcats, to left fullback this season. He’s battling through an injury but helps solidify the defense on that side of the field. “He’s very savvy on the ball and knows what to do with it,” said Wilsonville co-coach Ian Reschke.

D Mason Pyne, Jr., Wilsonville

Your first glance at Pyne during warmups won’t hint at what you’ll see from him during a game. “He’s such a quiet kid, and you’d never know he’s such an animal on defense,” said Wildcats co-coach Ian Reschke. “I think that takes some teams by surprise. He reads the game so well, anticipates plays before they happen, and is a good one-on-one defender.”

D Marcos Ulloa-Ford, So., Mazama

Ulloa-Ford is a two-sport standout for the Vikings, pitching for the baseball team and providing a tough defensive presence along the back line on the soccer pitch. “He is physical and anticipates offensive movements extremely well,” Mazama coach Justin Davidson said.

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