All-Whatcom County boys' soccer capsules

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 21, 2014 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

ARNE PETERSON

School: Squalicum

Year: Senior

Position: Midfield

What he did: Squalicum's lone team captain, guiding the Storm to a 21-0-2 season, Class 2A state championship, district championship and Northwest Conference title. ... Finished year with seven goals and team-leading eight assists. ... Had a goal and two assists in the state tournament. ... Scored two goals against Lakewood in district opener. ... Second-team All-Northwest Conference selection.

NOE BETANCOURT-CRUZ

School: Bellingham

Year: Junior

Position: Midfield/forward

What he did: Was tenacious for Bellingham coach Matt Zigulis in the midfield and up front, often drawing double-teams given the Red Raiders' trouble scoring. ... Scored four goals and accounted for three assists. ... First-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Scored game-winner over Sedro-Woolley on April 21. ... Helped Bellingham to 8-4-4 overall record.

LARS BOTTERILL

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

Position: Defense

What he did: Keyed Bellingham's young team, captaining a squad that only had five seniors. ... First-team All-Northwest Conference selection after leading Bellingham to an 8-4-4 overall recording. ... Part of a defense that allowed 11 goals. ... All-Whatcom County first-team selection last season. ... Scored his first and only goal during Bellingham's final game against Ferndale.

BRANDON BURBANK

School: Squalicum

Year: Junior

Position: Midfield

What he did: Joined with Arne Peterson, Quinn Carpenter and B.J. Flood to make best midfield in the Northwest Conference. ... Broke out during the state tournament, accounting for three of his four goals in four game state run. ... Scored two goals against Toppenish in state semifinal. ... First-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Physical and tough-minded midfielder.

NICK BUTSCHLI

School: Blaine

Year: Senior

Position: Forward/midfield

What he did: Led all Whatcom County players with 13 goals and 29 points. ... Guided Blaine to a 8-10-4 overall record, including the program's first ever state tournament berth. ... Had three multi-goal games. ... Scored three key playoff goals to spur Borderites into the state tournament. ... Was a leading voice in changing the culture of Blaine's soccer program.

QUINN CARPENTER

School: Squalicum

Year: Junior

Position: Midfield

What he did: Epitomized the type of player coach Joe McAuliffe wanted in the midfield with his high work rate and tough defense. ... Finished year with seven goals and four assists. ... Had two goals and one assist in the Storm's state tournament run. ... Quickness and ability to possess ball helped spur offense that scored 79 goals.

CHRISTIAN CHALA

School: Squalicum

Year: Senior

Position: Forward

What he did: Selected All-Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year after scoring 10 goals and adding six assists for the Storm. ... Was a force at the beginning of the season, scoring four goals in the Storm's first four games, including two against Burlington-Edison on March 26. ... Had a key goal for Squalicum against Hockinson in the state quarterfinal.

SAM DIEHL

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Defense

What he did: Coach John Sylvester called him the heart and sole of Sehome's boys' soccer program. ... Helped lead Sehome to within one game of the state tournament. ... First-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Arguably best free-kick taker in the league, scoring four goals, including being the last person to score on Squalicum.

GARREN ECONOMY

School: Blaine

Year: Senior

Position: Midfield

What he did: Along with fellow senior Nick Butschli, helped changed losing culture in Blaine and led Borderites to first ever state tournament berth. ... Accounted for six goals and two assists, including the game-tying goal against South Whidbey in the 74th minute that kept Blaine's season alive in tri-district. ... Was as physical a player as can be found in midfield.

GABE GUIDROZ

School: Squalicum

Year: Senior

Position: Forward

What he did: Paired with fellow senior Christian Chala to make one of the best 1-2 combos in the league up front. ... Scored a team-high 11 goals to go along with one assist. ... Scored two goals at state, including the final goal of the season against Capital in the title game. ... Had a run of five goals over a six-game span.

HECTOR GUTIERREZ

School: Lynden

Year: Junior

Position: Keeper

What he did: Voted the All-Northwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year after captaining a young backline at Lynden to a 5-5-6 overall record. ... Recorded four shutouts. ... Held teams to one goal or fewer 13 times and only allowed 19 goals all season. ... Best performance came against Squalicum, holding the state champions to just one goal.

TYLER HUGHES

School: Squalicum

Year: Freshman

Position: Midfield/forward

What he did: Emerged as a premier talent despite just being a freshman, scoring nine goals and accounting for six assists. ... Scored three goals during state tournament, including first two goals in Squalicum's 4-0 win over Capital in the title game. ... First-team All-Northwest Conference selection, as voted by the coaches. ... Will be a force for years to come.

B.J. JAMES

School: Squalicum

Year: Junior

Position: Defense

What he did: Like Hans Kogan, was paramount to Storm's run to a state championship, playing on the outside and continually frustrating attacking forwards. ... Second-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Maybe most athletic defender in the NWC, rarely ever getting beaten. ... Helped spur offensive opportunities, pushing ball forward to Christian Chala and Gabe Guidroz.

HANS KOGAN

School: Squalicum

Year: Senior

Position: Defense

What he did: Led a defense that went more than 1,300 minutes to end the season without allowing a goal. ... Was the guiding voice for coach Joe McAuliffe on a backline that conceded just five goals all year en route to a state title and 21-0-2 record. ... First-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Keyed a group that recorded 19 shutouts.

TRENTON LANGER

School: Squalicum

Year: Senior

Position: Goalie

What he did: Backed a defense that didn't allow a goal over Squalicum's final 16 games and gave up five goals on the season. ... Made several key stops in the Storm's run to a class 2A state championship. ... Recorded 19 shutouts. ... Held a high-scoring Capital team scoreless in the state championship game.

KEEGAN NUTT

School: Bellingham

Year: Sophomore

Position: Forward/midfield

What he did: Emerged as Bellingham's go-to scorer, accounting for seven goals, three assists and a team-leading 17 points. ... Helped Bellingham to an 8-4-4 overall record. ... Second-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Scored three goals in Bellingham's final four games and continually showed the ability to break down a defense and win headers in the air for coach Matt Zigulis.

SAM WILLIS

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Forward

What he did: Led Sehome with 11 goals and four assists, both team-highs. ... Helped Mariners to within one game of going to state, lifting them to an 11-4-4 overall record. ... Broke out as the Mariners' go-to scoring option by season's end, scoring six goals over their final seven games, including game-winner over Burlington-Edison.

COACH OF THE YEAR

JOE MCAULIFFE

School: Squalicum

What he did: Guided talented team to a Class 2A state championship, a district title and a Northwest Conference championship en route to a 21-0-2 season. ... Team recorded 19 shutouts and had a 79-5 goal differential this year. ... Defensive mindset led his team to outscoring its four state opponents 19-0. ... Showed willingness to use all his players in key situations, no matter their age.

HONORABLE MENTION

David Abbott-Smith, Squalicum

Jake Birnel, Meridian

Max Diehl, Sehome

Colton Economy, Blaine

Alan Eyoub, Meridian

B.J. Flood, Squalicum

Cody Fransen, Lynden Christian

Eli Guidroz, Squalicum

Trevor Kamena, Lynden Christian

Charlie Lahud, Sehome

Manuel Mendez, Mount Baker

Alex Otano-Guenther, Lynden

Nicolas Parris, Lynden

Logan Schilder, Bellingham

Conner Stevens, Squalicum

Devin Trueb, Sehome

Alex Tyska, Mount Baker

Zach Wallace, Squalicum

Spencer Wallace, Squalicum

Gabe Weight, Sehome

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