Five Taft College players shared or won MVP awards

It’s no surprise that the No. 1 men’s community college soccer team in California swept the post-season awards at the conference level.

That’s exactly what happened Thursday when the All-Central Valley Conference team was announced.

Taft College players won or shared all five MVP awards and head coach Angelo Cutrona was named coach of the year.

All totaled, 13 Cougars earned all-conference honors – 10 of them first team selections.

 Edgar Plascencia, a sophomore midfielder from Wasco, was named the most valuable player.

Taft High product Roberto Gonzalez was the goalkeeper of the year.  He ranks fourth in the state with his 75 saves.  He gave up just 12 goals in 20 games.

Defender of the year honors went to Edgar Contreras, a sophomore from Arvin; co-offensive player of the year is freshman forward Ramiro Barraza of Bakersfield High who led the team in scoring with 16 goals and 6 assists; and co-midfielder of the year is Roberto Mariscal, a sophomore from Palmdale.

Five other Cougars made first team.

They are freshman defender Trevon Demison from Bakersfield High, freshman midfielder Gerardo Gonzalez from Wasco; sophomore forward Juan Carlos Gonzalez from Quartz Hill High; sophomore midfielder Andy Reyes from Patrick Henry High in San Diego; and sophomore midfielder Julio Lopez from Mira Monte High in Bakersfield.

Earning second team honors are freshman midfielder Andres Iniguez from Mira Monte, sophomore midfielder Jose Gonzalez from Quartz Hill and sophomore midfielder Julio Lopez from Mira Monte.

Since the Cougars are the No. 1 seed in the northern California playoffs that begin on Saturday they get a first-round bye and next Tuesday will host the winner of the (8) Feather River vs. (9) Lassen game.  

The Cougars have to win two games to earn a trip for the final four at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

Two teams from the north and two from the south will battle for the state crown.  

Taft has won it once and been runner-up twice.  The Cougars have been in the playoffs every year since the program began in 2004.