7 Trojans earn soccer all-conference honors


MENDOTA – Seven Mendota Trojan soccer players were recognized with Big Northern Conference all-conference honors for the 2021 spring season.

Two Trojans were unanimous first-team selections. MHS junior Yahir Diaz was chosen to the first team as was sophomore teammate Rafael Romero. Diaz led the Trojans this season with 20 goals and 11 assists.

Three MHS players were second-team selections. They included junior Josue Arteaga and sophomores Ricky Orozco and Johnathan Cortez.

Garnering honorable mention all-conference honors were junior goalkeeper Manny Trejo and junior Alex Mandujano.

Also, Diaz was chosen as an Illinois NHSSCA All-Sectional player and Arteaga was voted as an Illinois NHSSCA All Sectional honorable mention player.

FIRST TEAM

Yahir Diaz, Mendota; Rafael Romero, Mendota; Ethan Fox, Dixon; Graesen Blumhoff, Dixon; Boston Glessner, Dixon; Bradyn Langloss, Dixon; Ben Wood, Rockford Christian; Alan Acosta, Oregon; Eagen Reams, Genoa-Kingston; Jorge Leon, Genoa-Kingston; Aydin Lambert, Byron; Ryan Pitzer, Dixon (goalkeeper)

SECOND TEAM

Josue Arteaga, Mendota; Ricky Orozco, Mendota; Johnathan Cortez, Mendota; Liam Dickson-Harriett, Oregon; Griffey Rodriguez, Dixon; Austin Pleskovitch, Dixon; Ben Younker, Genoa-Kingston; Omar Gallardo, Stillman Valley; Tyler Barefield, Rockford Christian; Sam Hauff, Rockford Christian; Connor Curry, Rockford Christian; Owen Ketter, Oregon (goalkeeper)

HONORABLE MENTION

Luis Xique, Dixon; Tristan Smith, Dixon; Braylon Garrigan, Winnebago; Brandon Melin, Winnebago; Manny Trejo, Mendota; Alex Mandujano, Mendota; Jamison Graber, Rockford Christian; Noah Reese, Rockford Christian; Ben Abel, Byron; Luke Mathieu, Byron; Louis Avendano, Stillman Valley; Jacob Fitzsimmons, Stillman Valley; Grant Cermak, Oregon; Adam Thorsen, Oregon; Alejo Pacheco, Genoa-Kingston; Angel Tapia, Genoa-Kingston

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