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Boys Soccer 2012 All-State Teams

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D4 >
TRIB
PREPS » TUESDAY,
JUNE
5,
2012
THE SALT LAKE
TRIBUNE
CLASS
5A
»
JOHN
TAYLOR,
DAVIS
Taylor
helped
Darts
focus
on
winning
one
game
at a
time
ByBILL
ORAM
The
Salt Lake Tribune
John
Taylor's career didn't peak with his
first Class 5A
state championship.
Nor
withthe second.
Davis
senior
midfielder
John
Taylor led the
Darts
to a
state
title
twice in
hiscareer.
Taylor
won't
play
soccer
in college, but
will
focus
on
studying
business.
PHOTOS
BY
MICHAEL
MANGUM
Instead,
the
height
of a
remarkable career,
the
Davis senior said, came when
he was 12.
"Those were my glory days," Taylor said."I'd score bicycle kicks and headers. I'd al-
ways
tell people if I died and went to heav-
en,
I'd want to play soccer 24/7."
NOW,
he's ready
to
move
on
from soccer.
So
it's a fitting end to
that
career
that
Tay-
lor
goes
out as the
Class
5A
MVP,
a
dynam-
ic
attacking
midfielder
who won
state cham-pionships
as
both
a
sophomore
and a
senior.
To
think, it almost
didn't
happen. As a
freshman,
Taylor nearly quit soccer
to
helphismother, Caroline,who wassickandcouldn't live
at
home.
But
Caroline,
who
Taylor said thinks
hersonis
even better
at
soccer than
he is
(thinkCristiano Ronaldo), wouldn'tlet himquit.
She
pushed him.
"I
wouldn't have
won two
state champion-ships without her," Taylor said, "I'll tell youthat right now."
So
when
the
Darts beat
favored
Brighton
on May 24,
Caroline
was
there, crying right
along
with
her
weepy son."I think she was the only person that want-
ed
to win it more than I did," he said.
It was
something
that
Taylor,
the
team's captain, toldtheyearbook
that
be-came
the
quote
that
rallied
the
team."In any sport," he said, "great teams lose be-
cause
they overlook weaker opponents. Theythink about winning state without realizing
how
hard
it is to get
there.
So by
going game
by
game, you emphasize all the little steps
you
have
to
take
to get
there.
If you
take your
next
game like it's your most important game,
you
will succeed."Instead
of
soccer,
Taylor
wants
to focus his
future
on
studying business."IthinkI'd begood with people,"hesaid,"and leading
a
team."
In
fact,
he's already proven
it.
CLASS 4A »
ETHAN
CASH,
OLYMPUS
Soccer
fuels
Cash to
make
the
grade
on and
off
the
field
By
BILL
OR
AM
The
Salt Lake
Tribune
It's probablyagood thing Ethan Cash'shigh school career is over. Otherwise, hemight expect every year
to be
like this.State championship. Class 4A MVP.What's not to like about high school soccer?Cash did not play for two years at Olym-
pus, as he
failed
to
post
the
minimum GPA.
He
debuted this season, thanks to other Ti-
tans
pushinghim inschool,and was thestate's most important player, making criti-
cal
saves throughout
a
late-season push thatincluded
a 3-2 win
over Murray
in the May24
title game."Not playing
for two
years
is a
huge moti-vation," Cash said.
His
biggest game
may
have come
in a 1-0
shutout against top-ranked Mountain View
in the 4A
semifinals
on May 22.
Cash record-
ed 11
shutouts
hird highest
in the
state
but on
that
day at
Woods Cross High School
Cash
had his best day. Twice in the second
half
he found himself in one-on-one situa-tions against
the
Bruins' star
forward
Chris
Reyes.
Both times, Cash charged Reyes
and
halted the scoring opportunities.
"I
love playing against
the
best player,
the
best team," Cash said, "because
you
really
getto see how
strong
you are as a
player."
On
a Titans team
that
did not reach the
playoffs
in
2O1O,
Cash made
a
huge
difference.
However,
that
difference
paled
to the one the
Titans
and
soccer made
for
Cash.It's not hard to see the connection: With-
out the
possibility
of
playing soccer, Cash
likely
would
not
have raised
his
grades,
andtherefore
he would have been less likely to
playin
college.
NOW,
he has
several
offers
from
small schools
that
wanthim toplay
goalkeeper.
"Itwent fromahope," said
Jared
Cash,Ethan's father,
"to
more
of a
reality."
boram@sltrib.com
Olympus senior goal-
keeper Ethan
Cash
led
the
Titans
to a
title
and
won the
MVP
award af-ter
playing
just one
year
of
high
school
soccer.
CLASS 3A » DAVID IGNACIO,
DIXIE
Known
as a
'game-changer/Ignacio
gave
Flyers
wings
By BILL
ORAM
The
Salt Lake Tribune
David
Ignacio uses
soccer to try new
things: some ball tricks, passing througha
defender's
legs.Winning
a
state championship.The senior made all the difference for a
Flyers
team that,
in its first
year
in
Class
3A,was
dominant en route to its first boys' soc-
cer
championship.The best evidence of Ignacio's
import
came
from
Wasatch coach Dawain
Wheat-
ley,
whose top-ranked Wasps beat Dixie
1-0
in
the
preseason,
but lost in the
state
semi-finals.
The
goal that made the
difference
thesecond time around? It came on a penalty
kick
from
Ignacio.In the first meeting between the teams, Ig-
nacio sat out
with
an
injury.
"He was a
handful
and
made them
a
muchbetter team," Wheatley said."Weplayedthem early without him and
then
at the endwith him. They wereamuch
better
teamwhen he was on the field."
Tell
Dixie about
it.Ignacio
did not play his first two seasons
at
Dixie, choosing insteadtocarefor
three
younger siblings while his mother, Maria,
was
sick.
Of
course,
he
missed
a lot of
school
and his
grades
fell off.
His
missed playing."Inside," he said, "I'd always be thinking,'Oh, what
are
they doing
at practice
right
now?'"
Last
year, to help him get his grades back,
his
teammates helped
him
study.
The
effort
paid
dividends, bothforIgnacioand theFly-
"David's a
game-changer," coach Burt Myersaid. "He can
enter
a game and within sec-onds,two or
three
different
times
this
year,he's gone in and scored a goal."
boram@sltrib.comTwitter: @oramb
ers.
Dixiesenior
forward
David Ignacio
was
the
spark
that
ignited
the
Flyers
todominate
Class
3A,
sometimes scoring
within
seconds
of
entering
a game.
CLASS 2A » CARLO GARCIA,
MANTI
Energetic Garcia
scored big
for
Templars
all
year
long
By BILL
ORAM
The
Salt Lake
Tribune
Did
you see the little boy in the earlymorning? Running
the
streets
of
Ephraim?
Dribbling a
soccer ball? Chasing
his
uncle?
Mantijunior
for-
ward
Carlo Garcia
did drills
with
his
uncle
as a
kid.
The
practice
paid off forthe
Templars.
Did
you see him
grow
up? Did you seehim
score
all 22
goals this year?
Did yousee him
score any?
HOW
about
the
free
kick
against Gunnison
that
curved big
like a
rainbow
and
past
the
best goalkeep-
er in
Class
2A?
Did
you see him win a
state champion-ship? The first sanctioned title for Man-
ti? The first of any
kind since that uncle,Juan
Vasquez
the
goalkeeper,
won a
club
soccer
championship
all
those years ago?
Carlo
Garcia
was
still chasing
his
uncle."He'd like
get me to do
some drills like
passing
drills, heading, shooting, runningwith
a
ball, dribbling
it,
juggling it," said
Garcia,
Manti's junior leader. "All sorts
of
things."When Manti
won the
Class
2A
cham-pionship
on May 12,
becoming
the firstpublic
school
to do so,
Vasquez
was in the
stands.That
was one of the few
games Garcia
didnot
score.
He
scored
five
goals
in the
Templars' first three tournament games.
He
scored
five
goals
in one
game against
Millard on
Feb.
28.
"I've practiced really
hard,"
he said,"and I've worked really hard this year to
score
this much."That's when
he
told
of the
early morn-
ings
with Juan and working harder thanmost kids should. But, like
he
said:
"I wasa
kid.
I had a lot of
energy."
Not
much
has
changed since then.
He
still
has a lot of
energy.
He
bounced past
defenders
all
year, most
of his
goals coin-
ing in
one-on-one situations.
The
result
bespoke
work."I don't think it was luck," Garcia
said.
boram@sltrib.comTwitter: @oramb
Titans'
Sonntag guided his alma
mater
to
4A
title
By BILL
ORAM
The
Salt Lake
Tribune
It just took a little bit of
confidence,
and
then
Chris
Sonntaggot out of the
way.
The
best coaching jobsare
generally
done
by
people
who
believe they have donetheleast. Sonntag, the Olympuscoach,
falls
squarely in
this
category.
Despite leading theTitans to a 15-3-2 record andthe school's first soccer cham-pionship, the coach quickly
COACH
OF THE
YEAR
»
CHRIS
SONNTAG,
OLYMPUS
credited his players and assis-tant coaches.
"I
would love
to say I'm
won-
derful
and I did all
these won-
derful
things," he said, "butthis
was a
great group
of
kids
and
they deserve
all the
credit."
But
Sonntag's impact was
much
deeper
and
more layered.
The
ninth-
year coach,andformerOlympusplayer, tooka team
that
didn't
makethe playoffs
in
2011
and
Chris
didn't
have
a
Sonntag
»
large influx
Olympus
of
talent this
season,
to its best season.
"Along
the
way,
I
think
it was
kind
of a
learning experiencefor the boys to decide that they
couldget
there," Sonntag said.Andhe was the one whotaught them.Sonntag doesn't deservethe credit alone, of course.
But
hedoes earnithere.He
looked
at a goalkeeper whowantedtoplay, Ethan Cash,but couldn't because of poorgrades. Sonntag assigned
ev-
ery senior a class in whichthey would help Cash improve.Some may say
that
was ma-nipulating the system to win
and
make
a
future
MVP
eli-
gible.But
Cash will
now go tocollege,
which may not have
happened
before.
Sonntag
played
at
Olympusin the early 1970s, when only
a
handful
of
schools played
the
sport
as a
club
and
then
he
coachedhischildren through
age-group
play.
Nine
years ago, he began
coaching
the Titans to be with
his son
Jeff.
It
took until
now
for him to break through and
win a
title.
"It
makes
you
appreciate
all
these other coaches that do it
so
often,"
he
said.
He
means
the
coaches likeAlta's
Lee
Mitchell, Brigh-
ton's
Russ Boyer and Moun-tain View's Mark Graham, ten-
ured
coaches
who
always seemtohavethestate's best teams.
But
the
truth
is, not
even those
coaches are
able
to do
annual-
ly
what Chris Sonntag accom-
plished in
2012.
And
it was more
than
just
win a
state championship.
D4
>
TRIB PREPS
TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012 THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
CLASS 4A •ETHAN CASH, OLYMPUS
SoccerfuelsCashtomake thegradeonandoffthefield
It’s probably a good thing Ethan Cash’shigh school career is over. Otherwise, he
mightexpecteveryyeartobelikethis.
State championship. Class 4A MVP.
 What’snottolikeabouthighschoolsoccer?
Cash did not play for two years at Olym-pus,ashefailedtoposttheminimumGPA.Hedebutedthisseason,thankstootherTi-tans pushing him in school, and was thestate’smostimportantplayer,makingcriti-
calsavesthroughoutalate-seasonpushthat
includeda3-2winoverMurrayintheMay
24titlegame.
“Notplayingfortwoyearsisahugemoti-
 vation,Cashsaid.
Hisbiggestgamemayhavecomeina1-0shutoutagainsttop-rankedMountainView
inthe4AsemifinalsonMay22.Cashrecord-
ed11shutoutsthirdhighestinthestate
butonthatdayatWoodsCrossHighSchool
Cashhadhisbestday.Twiceinthesecondhalf he found himself in one-on-one situa-
tionsagainsttheBruins’starforwardChris
Reyes.Bothtimes,CashchargedReyesand
haltedthescoringopportunities.
“Iloveplayingagainstthebestplayer,the
bestteam,”Cashsaid,“becauseyoureallyget
toseehowstrongyouareasaplayer.
On a Titans team that did not reach the
playoffsin2010,Cashmadeahugedifference.However,thatdifferencepaledtotheonethe
TitansandsoccermadeforCash.
It’snothardtoseetheconnection:With-out the possibility of playing soccer, Cashlikelywouldnothaveraisedhisgrades,andthereforehewouldhavebeenlesslikelytoplay in college. Now, he has several offersfrom small schools that want him to play
goalkeeper.
“It went from a hope,” said Jared Cash,
Ethan’sfather,“tomoreofareality.
boram@sltrib.com
By BILL ORAM
TheSaltLakeTribune
Olympus senior goal-keeper Ethan Cash ledthe Titans to a title andwon the MVP award af-ter playing just one yearof high school soccer.
TaylorhelpedDartsfocuson winningonegameatatime
JohnTaylor’scareerdidn’tpeakwithhis
firstClass5Astatechampionship.Norwith
thesecond.
Instead,theheightofaremarkablecareer,
theDavisseniorsaid,camewhenhewas12.
“Those were my glory days,” Taylor said.“I’d score bicycle kicks and headers. I’d al-ways tell people if I died and went to heav-
en,I’dwanttoplaysoccer24/7.”
Now, he’s ready to move on from soccer.So it’s a fitting end to that career that Tay-lorgoesoutastheClass5AMVP,adynam-
icattackingmidfielderwhowonstatecham-pionshipsasbothasophomoreandasenior.
To think, it almost didn’t happen. As afreshman,Taylornearlyquitsoccertohelphis mother, Caroline, who was sick and
couldn’tliveathome.
ButCaroline,whoTaylorsaidthinksher
sonisevenbetteratsoccerthanheis(think
Cristiano Ronaldo), wouldn’t let him quit.
Shepushedhim.“Iwouldn’thavewontwostatechampion-
shipswithouther,”Taylorsaid,“I’lltellyou
thatrightnow.
SowhentheDartsbeatfavoredBrightononMay24,Carolinewasthere,cryingright
alongwithherweepyson.
“Ithinkshewastheonlypersonthatwant-
edtowinitmorethanIdid,hesaid.
It was something that Taylor, theteam’s captain, told the yearbook that be-came the quote that rallied the team.“Inanysport,”hesaid,“greatteamslosebe-
causetheyoverlookweakeropponents.They
thinkaboutwinningstatewithoutrealizinghowharditistogetthere.Sobygoinggame
by game, you emphasize all the little steps
youhavetotaketogetthere.Ifyoutakeyournextgamelikeit’syourmostimportantgame,
youwillsucceed.
Insteadofsoccer,Taylorwantstofocushis
futureonstudyingbusiness.
“IthinkI’dbegoodwithpeople,”hesaid,
“andleadingateam.”Infact,he’salreadyprovenit.
By BILL ORAM
TheSaltLakeTribune
 
Davis senior midfielderJohn Taylor led the Dartsto a state title twice inhis career. Taylor won’tplay soccer in college, butwill focus on studyingbusiness.
PHOTOS BY MICHAEL MANGUM
CLASS 5A •JOHN TAYLOR, DAVIS
H
CLASS 3A •DAVID IGNACIO, DIXIE
Knownasagame-changer,IgnaciogaveFlyerswings
David Ignacio uses soccer to try newthings: some ball tricks, passing through a
defender’slegs. Winningastatechampionship.
The senior made all the difference for a
Flyersteamthat,initsfirstyearinClass3A,
wasdominantenroutetoitsfirstboys’soc-
cerchampionship.
The best evidence of Ignacio’s importcame from Wasatch coach Dawain Wheat-ley,whosetop-rankedWaspsbeatDixie1-0inthepreseason,butlostinthestatesemi-
finals.Thegoalthatmadethedifferencethe
second time around? It came on a penalty
kickfromIgnacio.
Inthefirstmeetingbetweentheteams,Ig-
naciosatoutwithaninjury.
“Hewasahandfulandmadethemamuch
better team,” Wheatley said. “We played
themearlywithouthimandthenattheend
with him. They were a much better team
whenhewasonthefield.TellDixieaboutit.
IgnaciodidnotplayhisfirsttwoseasonsatDixie,choosinginsteadtocareforthreeyounger siblings while his mother, Maria,
wassick.Ofcourse,hemissedalotofschoolandhisgradesfelloff.Hismissedplaying.
“Inside,”hesaid,“I’dalwaysbethinking,‘Oh, what are they doing at practice right
now?’Lastyear,tohelphimgethisgradesback,histeammateshelpedhimstudy.Theeffortpaiddividends,bothforIgnacioandtheFly-ers.
“David’sagame-changer,”coachBurtMyer
said. “He can enter a game and within sec-onds,twoorthreedifferenttimesthisyear,
he’sgoneinandscoredagoal.
boram@sltrib.comTwitter: @oramb
By BILL ORAM
TheSaltLakeTribune
Dixie senior forward David Ignaciowas the spark that ignited the Flyers todominate Class 3A, sometimes scoringwithin seconds of entering a game.
 
es soccer to try newc s, passing t roug a
ampions ip.
ll the ifference for a
ts rstyearinClass3A,
tetoits rstboyssoc-e of Ignacio’s importcoach Dawain Wheat-dWaspsbeatDixie1-0tlostinthestatesemi-
adethedifferencethe
? It came on a penalty
betweentheteams,Ig-
injury.
ndmadethemamuch
tley said. “We played
imandthenattheend
e a much better team
eld.”.
yhisfirsttwoseasonssteadtocareforthreei e is mot er, Maria,
emissedalotofschoolf..
Ia ways et in ing,oing at practice rig t
imget isgra es ac ,dhimstudy.TheeffortforIgnacioandtheFly-
“Davi ’sagame-c anger,”coac BurtMyer
sai . “He can enter a game an wit in sec-onds,twoorthreedifferenttimesthisyear,
e’sgoneinan score agoa .
oram@sltrib.comTwitter: @oramb
ior forward David I naciospark that ignited the Flyers toe Class 3A
 
, sometimes scoringconds of entering a game.
TitansSonntagguidedhisalmamaterto4Atitle
It just took a little bit of confidence, and then Chris
Sonntaggotoutoftheway.
Thebestcoachingjobsaregenerallydonebypeoplewhobelieve they have done theleast. Sonntag, the Olympuscoach, falls squarely in thiscategory.DespiteleadingtheTitanstoa15-3-2recordandtheschool’sfirstsoccercham-pionship, the coach quicklycreditedhisplayersandassis-
tantcoaches.“IwouldlovetosayI’mwon-
derfulandIdidallthesewon-derful things,” he said, “butthiswasagreatgroupofkids
andtheydeserveallthecredit.”
But Sonntag’s impact was
muchdeeperandmorelayered.
The ninth-year coach,and formerO l y m p u splayer, tooka team thatdidn’t makethe playoffsin 2011 anddidn’thavealarge influxoftalentthis
season,toitsbestseason.
Alongtheway,Ithinkitwas
kindofalearningexperience
fortheboystodecidethatthey
couldgetthere,Sonntagsaid.
 And he was the one who
taughtthem.
Sonntag doesn’t deservethe credit alone, of course.But he does earn it here. Helooked at a goalkeeper whowanted to play, Ethan Cash,but couldn’t because of poorgrades. Sonntag assigned ev-ery senior a class in which
theywouldhelpCashimprove.
Some may say that was ma-nipulatingthesystemtowinand make a future MVP eli-
gible.ButCashwillnowgoto
college, which may not have
happenedbefore.SonntagplayedatOlympus
intheearly1970s,whenonlya handful of schools played
thesportasaclubandthenhe
coachedhischildrenthrough
age-groupplay.
Nine years ago, he began
coachingtheTitanstobewith
hissonJeff.Ittookuntilnowforhimtobreakthroughand
winatitle.
“Itmakesyouappreciatealltheseothercoachesthatdoit
sooften,”hesaid.
Hemeansthecoacheslike Alta’s Lee Mitchell, Brigh-ton’s Russ Boyer and Moun-
tainView’sMarkGraham,ten-uredcoacheswhoalwaysseem
tohavethestate’sbestteams.
Butthetruthis,noteventhose
coachesareabletodoannual-lywhatChrisSonntagaccom-
plishedin2012.
 And it was more than just
winastatechampionship.
By BILL ORAM
TheSaltLakeTribune
ChrisSonntag •
Olympus
COACH OF THE YEAR CHRISSONNTAG,OLYMPUS
Didyouseehimgrowup?Didyouseehimscoreall22goalsthisyear?Didyou
seehim scoreany?Howabout the freekick against Gunnison that curved big
likearainbowandpastthebestgoalkeep-
erinClass2A?
Didyouseehimwinastatechampion-
ship?ThefirstsanctionedtitleforMan-ti?Thefirstofanykindsincethatuncle,
JuanVasquezthegoalkeeper,wonaclubsoccerchampionshipallthoseyearsago?CarloGarciawasstillchasinghisuncle.
“Hedlikegetmetodosomedrillslike
passingdrills,heading,shooting,running
withaball,dribblingit,jugglingit,saidGarcia,Manti’sjuniorleader.“Allsorts
ofthings.”
 WhenMantiwontheClass2Acham-pionshiponMay12,becomingthefirst
publicschooltodoso,Vasquezwasinthe
stands.ThatwasoneofthefewgamesGarciadidnotscore.HescoredfivegoalsintheTemplars’firstthreetournamentgames.HescoredfivegoalsinonegameagainstMillardonFeb.28.
“I’ve practiced really hard,” he said,“andI’veworkedreallyhardthisyearto
scorethismuch.”That’swhenhetoldoftheearlymorn-ingswithJuanandworkingharderthan
mostkidsshould.But,likehesaid:“Iwas
akid.Ihadalotofenergy.”Notmuchhaschangedsincethen.Hestillhasalotofenergy.Hebouncedpastdefendersallyear,mostofhisgoalscom-
inginone-on-onesituations.Theresult
bespokework.
“Idon’tthinkitwasluck,Garcia
said.
boram@sltrib.comTwitter: @oramb
CLASS 2A •CARLO GARCIA, MANTI
EnergeticGarciascoredbi forTemplarsallyearlon
Did you see the little boy in the early
morning?RunningthestreetsofEphraim?Dribblingasoccerball?Chasinghisuncle?
By BILL ORAM
TheSaltLakeTribune
Manti junior for-ward Carlo Garciadid drills with hisuncle as a kid. Thepractice paid off forthe Templars.

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I am a little surprised that a team that played in the 2A quarter finals, Layton Christian Academy, does not seem to have any representatives on either the first or second team. How are the players picked for this honor, and why would one of the top four teams in the 2A division not have any one mentioned? Are foreign exchange students excluded from this honor?
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