By René Ferrán
With only six weeks of competition and no state championship events, it won’t be a normal high school sports season. Nevertheless, we examine the top returning players and outlook for every Class 6A boys soccer league in Oregon.
Vincent Rose (Franklin) photo by Leon Neuschwander
First team: F Mo Mohamed, Sr., Cleveland; D Vincent Rose, Sr., Franklin; F/M Caden Davis, Jr., Franklin; F Sam Denton, Sr., Lincoln; F Hawk Baxter, Sr., Franklin.
Second team: F Saul Sosa, Sr., Cleveland; F Noah Tai, Sr., Grant; F Colin Quinn, Sr., Madison; D Sebastian Snover-Pattie, Sr., Franklin; D Carter Kroenke, So., Wilson; GK Ibrahm Garza, Jr., Cleveland.
Honorable mention: F Maximillion Edwards, Jr., Lincoln; M Carlos Escalera, Sr., Madison; M Seb Buscaglia, Jr., Cleveland; M Alex Martens, Sr., Wilson; M Rory Alspaugh, Sr., Wilson; M Michael Mejia, Sr., Benson; D Calder Slingerland, So., Roosevelt; D Owen Hardy, Sr., Lincoln; M Desmond Wendt, Sr., Wilson; GK Diego Carrasco, Jr., Madison.
Last season, Franklin became the third PIL team in the 43-year history of the boys soccer tournament to win a state title, joining Grant (2008) and Lincoln (2015). Rose won 6A player of the year honors — fitting for a team that allowed just 19 goals in 19 games — and leads three players on the back line who return. Davis made the all-state second team. The Cardinals shared the league title with Franklin but were the team most hit by graduation. The Generals finished fourth in the PIL but reached the quarterfinals for a fourth consecutive season. Tai had six assists, and senior F Sam Bacon-Brenes (four goals) should step into a leading scoring role after the graduation of all-PIL F Nicholas Lattai. Cleveland made a surprise run to the state semifinals (its first appearance since 2007) and brings back two key weapons in PIL co-offensive player of the year Mohamed (an all-state first-teamer) and Sosa up front from the state’s top offense (78 goals).
First team: M Josue Dolores Lopez, Jr., Aloha.
Second team: D Trevor Hunt, Sr., Mountainside; D Jessie De La Cruz, Sr., Aloha; D Daniel Escobar, Jr., Beaverton; D Keaton Klym, Sr., Beaverton; M Gabriel Rincon, Jr., Westview; M Aidan Azavedo, Sr., Jesuit.
Honorable mention: D Saan Chang, Jr., Westview; D Gabe Richard, Sr., Mountainside; M Ryan Melschau, Jr., Mountainside; F/M Max Lansing, Sr., Westview.
Jesuit won the 2018 title (the school’s 15th) and was the No. 1 seed in the 2019 playoffs before falling in the quarterfinals to Summit. The Crusaders graduated 10 players, but don’t expect them to drop off too far. Still, this is an opportunity for the rest of the league — which was pretty evenly balanced behind Jesuit and Sunset — to catch up a bit. The Apollos also were hit hard by graduation and will be hard-pressed to hold off rivals such as 2018 Metro champion Aloha and fast-rising Mountainside, which made the playoffs for the first time last season and returns Hunt and leading goal scorer Omar Al Barkouli (10 goals).
First team: F Antonio Cipriano, Sr., Forest Grove; F Omario Stewart, Sr., Liberty; M Abraham Alvarez, Jr., Forest Grove; M Oscar Calixto, Sr., Glencoe; M Christian Morales, Sr., Newberg; M Alexis Saucedo, Jr., McMinnville.