Chargers lead way in postseason honors

MGN Online

Postseason honors go beyond all-district for some Brownsville soccer players this year, particularly the Brownsville Veterans Memorial Chargers.

The honors include all-state and all-region.

It was another winning season for the District 32-5A runner-up Chargers, who reached the Region IV-5A final by winning four games in the Class 5A playoffs for the third straight year. They finished 23-3-1 after going 11-3 with 33 points in district.

Leading the way for Brownsville Veterans were junior forward Mark Boswell and senior midfielder Juan Amieva, who were chosen first-team all-state by the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches.

Also, for the Chargers, senior goalkeeper Moises Navarro was named second-team all-state by TASCO. Teammate Albert Maradiaga, a junior midfielder, was selected first-team all-region.

The TASCO selections also included three Porter players. Sophomore Brandon Montes, a midfielder, and senior Edward Rodriguez, a defender, were named second-team all-region. Teammate Jose Mateos, a freshman forward, earned honorable mention all-region.

Regarding the All-District 32-5A selections, Boswell was named offensive player of the year, and Navarro was chosen goalkeeper of the year. Mateos earned 32-5A Newcomer of the Year honors.

Porter’s Oscar Garcia, a senior forward, was tabbed the district’s overall MVP.

Meanwhile, Rivera finished as the District 32-6A champion and advanced two rounds in the Class 6A playoffs.

Rivera’s J.P. Garza was a unanimous selection as the district’s offensive player of the year. Teammate Salvador DeLeon was named utility player of the year. Rivera’s Salvador Garcia was selected coach of the year.

Harlingen South, the 32-6A runner-up behind the Raiders, received three of the top all-district honors. They went to Jose Lerma (unanimous choice as overall MVP), Angel Ortega (defensive player of the year) and Joaquin Ovalle (newcomer of the year).

Hanna was 32-6A’s third-place team. The Golden Eagles advanced to the regional tournament for the first time since 2013, the year they made it to the state final. San Benito was 32-6A’s fourth-place team.

The leading all-district selections for Hanna were first-teamers Roberto Paloma and Miguel Payan, both defenders, Hector Quintero, a midfielder, and Marko Garibay, a forward.

Also on the 32-6A first team were Los Fresnos defender Alexis Silva, midfielder Jaime Casanova, forward Julio Solis and goalkeeper Alexis Gonzalez.

In District 32-4A for the boys, Port Isabel (9-3, 28 points) was the conference champion for the third time in school history. Raymondville (9-3, 27 points) was the runner-up. La Feria and Brownsville IDEA Frontier were the other two teams from the district qualifying for the postseason.

Saul Garcia of Raymondville was chosen the 32-4A most valuable offensive player. Ricardo Macias of La Feria was named the most valuable defensive player.

The other top all-district honors in 32-4A boys soccer went to Brownsville IDEA Riverview’s Gustavo Cardenas and Rio Hondo’s Edgar Cortez as the co-newcomers of the year.

Chosen to the 32-4A first team from Port Isabel were goalkeeper Adrian Mendoza, defender Carlos Portales, midfielder Angel Fernandez and forward Christopher Mosqueda.

IDEA Frontier’s first-team selections included defenders Alex Saldana and Johan Sandoval, midfielder Miguel Reglado and forward Juan Franco.