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All-NWC boys’ soccer Sehome heavy

Sehome’s Noah Byford (12) was selected the All-Northwest Conference MVP by league coaches. He led the Mariners to 12 shutouts.
Sehome’s Noah Byford (12) was selected the All-Northwest Conference MVP by league coaches. He led the Mariners to 12 shutouts. For The Bellingham Herald

The Sehome boys’ soccer team put together the best season of any Whatcom County club, reaching the Class 2A State Tournament semifinals, so it should be no surprise the Mariners were thoroughly represented on the All-Northwest Conference Boys’ Soccer Team.

Senior defenseman Noah Byford, who was critical in helping Sehome post 12 shutouts and allowed a league low 15 goals all season, was selected the NWC’s defensive MVP, while Meridian’s Alan Eyoub, who was one of the league’s top scorers, was selected offensive MVP.

The Mariners garnered a league-most six selections. Besides Byford, those included midfielders Mason Rathkamp (first team), Gabe Weight (first team), forward Jack Willis (first team), defender Manny Pacheco-Rodriguez (second team) and midfielder Charlie Lahud (second team).

Bellingham’s Joe Worley was a first-team selection at goalkeeper, and Lynden’s Jonathon Lara, Anacortes’ Kenji Nystrom, Squalicum’s Riley Zehnder and Ferndale’s Sam Boulos were picked first-team defense.

Squalicum’s Tyler Hughes, Bellingham’s Dane Thurston and Ferndale’s Josh Seig were first-team midfield selections, and Anacortes’ Milan Kassa, Lynden’s Nick Parris and Squalicum’s Ben Peterson were first-team picks at forward.

Sehome coach John Sylvester, who led the Mariners to a league title and an 18-3-3 record, shared Coach of the Year honors with Anacortes’ Darren Bell.

All-Northwest Conference Boys’ Soccer Team

Offensive MVP: Alan Eyoub, Meridian

Defensive MVP: Noah Byford, Sehome

Coach of the Year: John Sylvester, Sehome; Darren Bell, Anacortes

First team

Player

Team

Position

Joe Worley

Bellingham

GK

Jonathon Lara

Lynden

Def

Kenji Nystrom

Anacortes

Def

Riley Zehnder

Squalicum

Def

Sam Boulos

Ferndale

Def

Tyler Hughes

Squalicum

Mid

Dane Thurston

Bellingham

Mid

Mason Rathkamp

Sehome

Mid

Gabe Weight

Sehome

Mid

Josh Seig

Ferndale

Mid

Milan Kassa

Anacortes

F

Nick Parris

Lynden

F

Ben Peterson

Squalicum

F

Jack Willis

Sehome

F

Second team

Player

Team

Position

Julian Houston

Burlington-Edison

GK

Vadim Kostyuba

Mount Baker

Def

Manny Pacheco-Rodriguez

Sehome

Def

Nate Hielkema

Lynden Christian

Def

Mike Montero

Ferndale

Def.

Alex Woodard

Burlington-Edison

Mid

Wylie Suda

Mount Baker

Mid

Ethan Isakson

Sedro-Woolley

Mid

Charlie Lahud

Sehome

Mid

Miguel Gonzalez

Lynden

Mid

Eduardo Perez

Bellingham

F

Adrian Vasquez

Sedro-Woolley

F

Eli Guidroz

Squalicum

F

Andrea Sa

Mount Baker

F

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