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Provo senior Carlos Rodriguez heads the ball during the away game at Timpview on Friday March 11, 2022. (Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald)

Here are the best men’s soccer players in the Utah Valley region in 2021:

Player of the Year: Tyson Haunga, Sr. D, Lehi

Rock-solid backline performer who kept his team organized and elevated each athlete’s game while providing the foundation for the team to drive the ball from back to front.

Offensive MVP: Carlos Rodriguez, Sr. MF, Provo

Incredible athlete and finisher who regularly made jaw-dropping plays and was almost unstoppable, scoring 24 goals in 15 games.

Defensive MVP: Tanner Wagstaff, Sr. D, Wasatch

A gifted defender who could take opposing attacks out of rhythm with both his footing skills and getting the ball out of the air.

Goalie of the Year: Sean Gutzman, Sr. GK, Provo

Confident stopper and team leader who faced talented scorers but still managed six shutouts.

Coach of the Year: Tim Graham, Lehi

Provo players congratulate goalkeeper Sean Gutzman after the away game at Timpview on Friday March 11, 2022. (Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald)

A gifted program builder who always finds ways to get his teams to improve game by game and year by year, who helped guide his team to the 2022 5A State Championship game.

2022 All-Valley Boys Soccer Team

(alphabetical order)

Clate Bergeson, Jr. F, Orem

Dynamic presences whose creativity and skill created openings for himself (eight goals) as well as for the whole team.

Kaleb Cowley, So. GK, Lehi

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

Lehi head coach Tim Graham hugs one of his players after the 5A Championship game against Alta at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday May 25, 2022.

Solid goaltender who had four shutouts but made many vital saves, including several shots on goal.

Eli Donaldson, F/MF, Timpanogos

Impressive finisher who netted nine goals for the Timberwolves, forcing opposing defenses to always know where he stood.

Clayton Ecalono, Sr. MF/F, Pleasant Grove

Gifted athlete who understands the game and was all over the pitch, tallying five goals and five assists.

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

Orem junior forward Clate Bergeson (right) is congratulated by a teammate after the 5A first round match against Viewmont at Orem on Saturday May 15, 2022.

Gavin Fenn, P. MF, Lehi

Physical athlete who played mature beyond his years scoring eight goals with a knack for making the most of free kicks.

Jon Fritcher, So. MF, Pleasant Grove

Versatile young player who stood out a lot for the Vikings, scoring 10 goals and adding six assists.

Seth Gutzman, Jr.D, Provo

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

Provo and Wasatch players battle for the ball during the Region 9 game in Provo on Thursday, April 21, 2022.

Strong defensive presence that has always been dangerous on offense, scoring nine goals with five assists.

Matthew Hadley, Sr. MF, Pleasant Grove

A constant presence who found ways to involve everyone, including scoring five goals with five assists.

Christian Jones, Sr F, Lehi

Excellent finisher who could put the ball in the net in different ways finishing with eight goals and nine assists.

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

Pleasant Grove student second Jon Fritcher shoots a penalty during the Region 4 game against Lone Peak in Highland on Wednesday April 27, 2022.

Lewis Knecht, P.F, American Legacy

Incredible player who always threatened to shake things up as shown by his 22 goals and nine assists.

Christian Millar, Sr K, Salem Hills

Athletic goalie who was almost always in the right place to make a play on the ball, finishing with 8.5 shutouts.

Cade Preston, Jr. D, Lehi

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

Maeser Boys football players celebrate after scoring a goal in a match against Telos at Lindon on Monday April 11, 2022.

Excellent performer from the baseline who worked perfectly with the rest of the Pioneer defense to limit opposing opportunities.

Nephi Rodriguez, So. MF, Provo

Breathtaking performer who could shake things up for himself (nine goals) or others (12 assists).

Nate Shepherd, Jr. F, Lehi

Talented striker who used his athleticism to break down defenders and put the ball in (10 goals, 5 assists).

Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

Lehi freshman Gavin Fenn heads the ball during the 5A Semi-Final against Stansbury at Juan Diego de Draper High School on Monday, May 23, 2022.

Aidan Simmons, then. F, Maeser Preparation

Standout forward who had one of the best seasons in the state, with 23 goals and 18 assists.

Honorable Mention

American fork: Miller Hall, Tyler McCarthy, Mason Jolley, Dillon Childs

TO THE: Anthony Sunde

American heritage: Mackay Biesinger, Jayce Christofferson, Weston Larsen

Valley of the Cedars: Tyson Carter, Orrin Gifford, Elijah Holman

Preparation for freedom: Alan Soto, Kenneth Aguilar, Adan Arredondo

Juab: Ryker Richards, Jaxon Drake, Jake Peterson, Ethan Roundy

Lehi: Yonelson Aitken, Colton Marsing, Cesar Morales, Jaxson Shepherd, Alfred Vargas

solitary woodpecker: Jackson Gunther, Noah Carlton, Lewis Mason

Deserved: Drexton Hardy, Leonardo Monje

maple mountain: Ethan Christensen, Stefano Cia, Daniel Yee

Maeser preparation: Aidan Simmons, Caleb Johnson, Tristan Brockbank, Alex Cannon, Ethan Valentine

mountain view: Maximo Acuna

Orem: Tyler Klein, Dallas Nixon, Jesse Ruiz, Sam Gibson

Payson: Jorge Del Solar, Eduardo Cabrera, Victor Villatoro

Pleasant grove: Liam Oberhansly, Jeremy Carrère

Provo: Cole Disbrow, Jesse Escobar, Daniel Ochoa, Carlos Cossio

Salem Hills: Will Hansen, Yuto Kikuchi, Ivan Hernandez, Carson Bybee

Skyridge: Gavin Christenson, Leo Rojas, Aratt Rodriguez

Spanish fork: Landon Clark, Caleb Moller, Austin Stevenson

Springville: Westley Dodd, Spencer Thompson, Isaac Sorensen

bones: Mackenzie McAleavey

Timpanogos: Dustin Searle, Collin Glazier, Dexter Gundersen, Brigham Conover

timpview: Colin Gonzalez, Alan Fernandes, Agustin Alemandi

Wasatch: Beto Vargas, Aidan Rowser, Tanner Wagstaff, Diego Magana, Jackson Hanley, Carter Davis

West Lake: Anthony Rassavong, Dexter Bergholm, Elijah Gozo, Ethan Martin



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