Jun. 11 — The Alvarado Indians lead the way in the 2022 All-Johnson County boys soccer team with three superlative selections, led by senior Alan Guerrero as the most valuable player.
At 12-7-2, Alvarado led Johnson County in wins and was one of only two teams to qualify for the playoffs in what was a down year for Johnson County boys soccer.
Guerrero finished off his high school career with a 14-goal, nine-assist season to lead the Indians to the playoffs.
“Alan is an outstanding young man on and off of the field and he helped lead our team to a record-setting year,” said Alvarado Coach Aaron Estes, who is now with a new school district. “On the field, he is calm on the ball and has sound decision-making. His play demands attention from our opponents’ defenders, creating more space and opportunities for his teammates. Alan’s impact on the team this year and for the past four years can not be understated. If Alan was playing well, the team played well. He consistently made those around him better and that is all a coach can ask for. “
Joining Guerrero as a superlative performer for the Indians is senior Isaiah Soto as the All-Johnson County offensive player of the year after putting up 18 goals with seven assists.
“Isaiah was a threat from anywhere on the field,” Estes said. “He is fast, physical and has a phenomenal soccer IQ. He does a great job of holding up the ball and playing runners through and was dangerous on the counter as well. Even when we needed him to play center back, he found ways to score and assist others. He really was an all-around player for us and we could not be more proud of his many accolades and accomplishments. “
The All-Johnson County defensive player of the year goes to Burleson Centennial sophomore Logan Reineke, the Spartans’ leader on the back-end. Reineke’s play helped the Spartans to an 11-9-3 record and playoff appearance.
“Logan Reineke was our defensive captain and we only allowed 11 goals during 14 district games that led our district,” Centennial Coach Jeff Cross said.
The midfielder player of the year for Johnson County is Joshua senior Riley McFarland for the second year in a row. McFarland scored five goals but impacted games in a number of ways.
“Riley was a presence in the midfield this year,” Joshua Coach Thad Goodling said. “Every team knew that he was going to be a guy that could create going forward for us as well as break a team’s defense down. It didn’t matter what the task was for Riley he was going to do that job and make it difficult on the opponent. “
The All-Johnson County utility player of the year is Burleson Centennial junior Guerlain Huffman.
“Guerlain started at forward and center mid but also dropped back to play defense when we needed him there,” Cross said. “He led our team in goals scored with 12 to go along with nine assists.”
The all-county goalkeeper of the year goes to Burleson senior Dylan McMullen, who had eight shutouts and allowed fewer than one goal per game.
Joining McFarland as a superlative winner for the Owls is Joshua freshman Jack Ellis as the newcomer of the year.
“As a freshman, it is very difficult to step onto a varsity roster and contribute at this level,” Goodling said. “Jack played as an outside back for us and we quickly learned that he was not only a great defender but had the ability to help us in the attack. Throughout the season there were very few goals that came from that side of the field.”
The All-Johnson County coach of the year honor goes to Estes after leading the Indians to the playoffs.
“Our county is full of phenomenal coaches that I have so much respect for so it truly is an honor to be named coach of the year,” Estes said. “I was blessed with an amazing group of young men and great coaches such as Dominik Huebl, Stephen Martin and Trevor Stovall, and this honor has much more to do about what they did and what they accomplished than anything that I could have done. I I am proud of this team and proud of our coaches and proud of the way we represented Alvarado and Alvarado ISD. “
The All-Johnson County superlative awards are selected by the Times-Review sports department based on all-district selections, stats, team success and coaches’ nominations.