Pirates land five on Skyline first team

The Phoenix boys socccer season came to abrupt end in the second round of the state playoffs, but the co-Skyline champion Pirates were rewarded with five first-team all-conference selections.

Phoenix players named to the top unit were sophomore forward Jose Macias, junior sweeper Geoff Jensen, junior midfielder Carlos Mena, junior forward Chris Solis and senior goalkeeper Gresham Prehn.

The dynamic Macias was the Pirates leading scorer and Solis was second on the squad finding the net. Macias tallied 15 goals to go with 13 assists, while Solis contributed 12 goals and seven assists.

"(Macias) is one of the most exciting soccer players I've coached in a long time," said Phoenix veteran coach Dennis Flenner. "When you put him on the field you know something is going to happen. He is one of most skilled kids handling the ball. He takes people out of their comfort zone."

Team captains Jensen and Mena were a big reason why the Pirates allowed just 10 goals all season.

"They were both a big part of the game structure," said Flenner. "They were the backbone of keeping us organzied and directing the offense."

Prehn, a two-year starter, registered eight shutouts for the 13-3 Pirates.

"(Prehn) is really athletic and a strong player," said Flenner. "Above all else is his mature, positive attitude."

Co-conference champion Henley took home player of the year, senior midfielder Matt Kelly, and coach of the year, Lupe Gonzales.

All Skyline Conference


M — Matt Kelly, Henley Sr.

F — Daniel Celemin, Henley Jr.

F — Michael Kelly, Henley So.

S — Jordan Rupp, Henley Sr.

F — Jose Macias, Phoenix So.

S — Geoff Jensen, Phoenix Jr.

M — Carlos Mena, Phoenix Jr.

F — Chris Solis, Phoenix Jr.

M/F — Tyler Goens, North Valley Sr.

D/F — Matthew Wessels, North Valley So.

GK — Gresham Prehn, Phoenix Sr.

Player of the Year — Matt Kelly, Henley

Coach of the Year — Lupe Gonzales, Henley


D — Brett Latva, Illinois Valley Sr.

M — Anthony Realmuto, Illinois Valley So.

F/M — Jordan Crouse, Illinois Valley So.

D/M — Weston Gastaldi, Henley So.

M — Lalo DelaCruz, Phoenix Sr.

M — Miguel Diaz, Phoenix Jr.

M — Danny Giardina, Phoenix Jr.

F — Gavin Rodgers, North Valley So.

M — Tyler Moye, Hidden Valley Sr.

M/F — Robbie Erkeneff, Hidden Valley Jr.

GK — Nick Golden, Henley Sr.


Moises Mendoza, Illinois Valley, Sr.; Eddie Toro, Henley, So.; Bobby Hamlin, Henley, Sr.; Kevin Hagenbuch, North Valley, Sr.; Josh Smith, Hidden Valley, Sr.; Jhonah Klimczak, Hidden Valley, Sr.; Blake Andreasen, Hidden Valley, Jr.; Ben Kendal, Illinois Valley, Jr.; Sean Demaris, Henley, Jr.; Andy Buell, Phoenix, So.; Zane Willing, North Valley, So.; Austin Maue, North Valley, Sr.; Matthew Knitter, North Valley, So.

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