PLAYER OF THE YEAR
What he did: A four-year varsity starter with a dominating presence in goal. ... Posted 44 career shutouts with a career goals against average of 0.70. ... Had 12 clean sheets with a goals against average of 0.57 this season. ... Breathed confidence into every back line playing in front of him, regularly displaying his soccer intelligence and team leadership. ... At 6-foot-5, used his length and wing span to make seemingly impossible saves. ... Helped Bellingham win the Northwest Conference with an 11-0-1 record and advance to the Class 2A State Tournament quarterfinals. ... Was selected All-NWC Defensive Player of the Year. ... A second-team All-State selection ... Will play for University of Washington next fall.
COACH OF THE YEAR
BRENT DE RUYTER
School: Lynden Christian
What he did: Guided the Lyncs to a third-place finish in the Class 1A State Tournament with a brilliant postseason run. ... The finish matched the best placing Lynden Christian has earned in LC boys' soccer history. ... Won a Class 1A Northwest District title and finished second in tri-districts. ... Helped LC finish 5-4-3 in conference and 15-7-3 overall. ... Finished the highest of any 1A school in the NWC standings.
What he did: Used his crafty footwork and electrifying speed to work around defenders and create open shots. ... Played with an exceptionally high work rate. ... Led Meridian with 10 goals and recorded two assists. ... A first-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Helped the Trojans advance to the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament and compile a 7-8-5 overall record.
What he did: Gave the Lions a solid presence in the middle third and displayed an ability to score as well as control possession. ... Led Lynden with 11 goals and also matched a team high in assists with seven. ... Scored nine more goals than last year and added four more assists. ... A first-team All-Northwest Conference selection in a year filled with midfield talent. ... Helped the Lions finish 6-2-4 in conference and 7-3-6 overall. ... Will play at University of Redlands next fall.
What he did: Made a seamless transition from playing outside back in 2012 to center back this year. ... Displayed an aggressive mentality but played beyond the enforcer-like role, showing an ability to work with the ball at his feet, too. ... Compiled 12 clean sheets and a 0.57 goals against average with teammates Blake Langei, Hunter Hadfield, Noah Silverman and Auden Schilder. ... Helped Bellingham advance to the Class 2A State Tournament quarterfinals and win a Northwest Conference title with a 11-0-1 record. ... An All-NWC second-team selection.
What he did: Was an integral piece in Bellingham's ball-possession game and showed a tremendous ability to create from the middle third. ... Had one of the strongest strikes in the Northwest Conference and used it to compile 15 goals - tied for the league's third most. ... Recorded a league-high 15 assists. ... A team captain who led the Red Raiders to the Class 2A State Tournament quarterfinals and a Northwest Conference title with a 11-0-1 record. ... Selected All-NWC Offensive Most Valuable Player. ... A second-team All-State selection.
TOBY DALLA SANTA
School: Lynden Christian
What he did: Transitioned from a midfielder to a forward and excelled up top, scoring 15 goals - tied for third most in the Northwest Conference - and also chipped in 11 assists. ... Both were team highs. ... His 41 points tied for third most among NWC players. ... Helped Lynden Christian win a Northwest District title, place third in the Class 1A State Tournament and finish with a 15-7-3 overall record. ... An All-NWC honorable mention choice.
What he did: Worked with Brad Dale and Conlon Kiffney to create arguably the strongest midfield in the Northwest Conference. ... Recorded six goals and seven assists, but his value was in controlling possession and setting up scoring chances. ... Helped the Red Raiders reach the Class 2A State Tournament quarterfinals and win a Northwest Conference title with an 11-0-1 record. ... A first-team All-NWC selection in a season packed with midfield talent.
What he did: Possesses similar physical and athletic attributes as Bellingham keeper Auden Schilder. ... Very rangy and capable of making tremendous saves. ... Has the ability to develop into the Northwest Conference's next great goalkeeper during his final two seasons. ... Posted four clean sheets with a goals against average of 1.25. ... Allowed more than one goal only five times. ... Helped Lynden finish 6-2-4 in conference and 7-3-6 overall. ... A second-team All-NWC selection.
What he did: A tough, physical defender who served as the centerpiece of the Lions' back line. ... Got better and better with each year. ... Helped Lynden post a 1.25 goals against average while surrendering more than one goal in a game only five times. ... Also scored a pair of goals. ... Helped Lynden finish 6-2-4 in conference and 7-3-6 overall. ... A second-team All-NWC selection.
What he did: Played a hybrid forward-mid position and showed his ability to create and score with the best in his new role. ... Scored 16 goals - second most in the Northwest Conference - and recorded nine assists. ... His 41 points tied for third most among NWC players. ... Combined with Brad Dale and Emile Diffley to create arguably the league's strongest midfield. ... Helped the Red Raiders reach the Class 2A State Tournament quarterfinals and win a NWC title with an 11-0-1 record. ... A first-team All-NWC selection. ... A second-team All-State selection.
What he did: Headlined a strong Squalicum defense and has distinguished himself as one of the top defenders in the Northwest Conference. ... Has speed, quickness, brings physicality to his play and has a great leaping ability. ... Part of a back line that allowed 20 goals in 18 matches for a 1.11 goals against average. ... Helped Squalicum to a second-place finish in the NWC with a 8-2-2 record. ... A first-team All-NWC selection.
What he did: Developed into a strong goal scorer out of necessity while flourishing in the attack out of the middle third. ... Scored a team-high 11 goals after scoring one goal in 2012. ... Also recorded two assists. ... Provided leadership to a young, up-and-coming team. ... Helped Sehome finish 5-7-0 in conference play and 7-8-1 overall. ... A first-team All-NWC selection.
What he did: A tireless defender with a high motor who anchored Meridian's back line. ... Has separated himself as one of the top defensemen in the Northwest Conference. ... Part of a back line that allowed 36 goals and posted five shutouts. ... Helped the Trojans reach the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament while finishing 3-4-5 in conference and 7-8-5 overall. ... A first-team All-NWC selection.
School: Lynden Christian
What he did: Has been a fixture playing defense, midfield and forward during his four-year varsity career with Lynden Christian. ... Recorded 11 goals and nine assists and showed a tremendous ability to both play in the middle third and out of the attack. ... Helped the Lyncs place third during the Class 1A State Tournament, win a Northwest District title and finish 15-7-3 overall. ... Part of an outstanding LC senior class. ... A second-team all Northwest Conference selection.
What he did: A skillful midfielder who operated the Storm's attack. ... Maintained a positive attitude, exuding strong leadership when Squalicum was struggling early. ... A big reason the Storm won seven straight to close out the regular season. ... Recorded five goals and a team-high six assists. ... Helped Squalicum reach the Class 2A Northwest District Tournament, finishing 8-2-2 in conference and 10-6-2 overall. ... A first-team All-NWC selection.
What he did: A heralded goal scorer who returned to play soccer his senior year at Ferndale. ... A member of the Seattle Sounders' developmental academy who quickly showed why this season. ... Scored 12 goals and recorded four assists and was the only Golden Eagle to score more than three goals. ... Had a six-goal performance against Blaine following a hat trick against Sehome. ... A first-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Will play at Oregon State University next fall.
School: Nooksack Valley
What he did: Quietly was the Northwest Conference's leading goal scorer with 22 goals. ... Drew double teams towards the end of the year and was the focal point of opposing defenses' game plans. ... Compiled six multi-goal games, including hat tricks against Anacortes, Lynden Christian and Blaine. ... Helped the Pioneers add to last year's win total and reach the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament. ... Was a second-team All-NWC selection.
Joel Betancourt-Cruz Bellingham
Noe Betancourt-Cruz Bellingham
Evan Bowen Ferndale
Casey Bromet Meridian
Nick Butschli Blaine
Trevor Dalla Santa Lynden Christian
Wyatt Dunn Ferndale
Cody Fransen Lynden Christian
Luis Garcia Nooksack Valley
Hunter Hadfield Bellingham
Brady Harvey Lynden Christian
Peter Jernberg Lynden
Trevor Kamena Lynden Christian
Liam Kroontje Lynden Christian
Bryce Logan Mount Baker
Charles Linneman Sehome
Pavel Melnyk Meridian
Austin Makela Mount Baker
Arne Peterson Squalicum
Logan Smith Lynden
Arturo Torres Lynden
Alex Tyska Mount Baker
Roman Vetkov Mount Baker
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