One year removed from the season that never was, the Robertson County soccer teams came back to the pitch.
Greenbrier and White House Heritage both had seasons for the record books. The Bobcats finished with an 11-4-2 record in possibly the greatest season in program history. The Patriots, at one point in the season, held a 14-game undefeated streak and fell an overtime period away from the sectional round.
The players had to step in and learn on the fly. Springfield suffered the loss of 11 seniors and eight starters from the 2020 team and had to build almost from scratch.
Let’s honor those that made this season special.
Most Valuable Player: Caleb Oehlkers — White House Heritage
The Heritage senior defender only tallied three goals, but his mark was felt on the Patriots’ back line. During the team’s 14-game unbeaten streak, they allowed just seven goals. He was honored as the District 9-AA Most Valuable Player and deserves this honor as the best player on the best team.
Offensive Player of the Year: Dany Retana — Greenbrier
This is only a sign of what is to come. Retana, a freshman, scored 12 goals and assisted on six in his first year of varsity ball. He represents a promising, young Bobcat team, and their success over the next three years will depend heavily on his continued progression.
Defensive Player of the Year: Brody Thompson — Greenbrier
Greenbrier’s defense was solid throughout the season, allowing more than two goals only twice, both to White House. Thompson, a sophomore, was a vocal and positional leader on the back line and was named District 9-AA’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Goalkeeper of the Year: Will Wilson — White House Heritage
The senior quarterback traded his football pads for a soccer jersey and hung tough in net throughout the season for the Patriots. He totaled eight clean sheets and was named Co-Goalkeeper of the Year alongside Greenbrier’s Warren Bailey.
Coach of the Year: John-Paul Wood — Greenbrier
Wood was very hopeful at the beginning of the season that this group could do something special. They fulfilled those dreams and broke their single-season record for wins with 11. This team has room to grow as many key players were underclassmen. His job is not done, but this season was a definite step in the right direction.
Team of the Year: White House Heritage Patriots
The Patriots finished with a 14-4-2 record in head coach Mark Redferrin’s first full season with the team. He began building the foundation with his 11 seniors last year, and their chemistry helped them have their best season in years. This group of Patriots had never beaten White House, and they defeated their rivals twice. Although the season stopped short of the sectional round, this was a special group on and off the field.
All-County First Team:
Sophomore forward Dylan Tate — White House Heritage
7 goals, 1 assist, All-District 9-AA
Senior forward Joel Sandoval — East Robertson
19 goals, 2 assists, All-District 9-A
Senior forward Tarit Arangure Hernandez — Springfield
6 goals, 4 assists, All-District 9-AA
Freshman midfielder Dany Retana — Greenbrier
12 goals, 6 assists, All-Tournament 9-AA
Senior midfielder Isaac Almanza — Springfield
8 goals, 4 assists, All-Tournament 9-AA
Junior midfielder Jake Thornhill — White House Heritage
4 goals, 5 assists, All-District 9-AA
Sophomore midfielder Pavel Gonzales Perez — Greenbrier
3 goals, 7 assists, All-District 9-AA
Junior midfielder Tyler Holston — East Robertson
3 goals, 9 assists, All-District 9-A
Senior defender Caleb Oehlkers — White House Heritage
3 goals, District 9-AA Most Valuable Player
Sophomore defender Brody Thompson — Greenbrier
District 9-AA Defensive Player of the Year
Senior goalkeeper Will Wilson — White House Heritage
8 clean sheets, District 9-AA Co-Goalkeeper of the Year
Sophomore forward Angel Iniguez Rivera — Greenbrier
3 goals, 11 assists
Sophomore forward Antonio Gill — Greenbrier
15 goals, 1 assist
Senior midfielder/defender Angel Camarillo — Springfield
7 goals, 2 assists
Senior midfielder Jordan Serrano — Springfield
1 goal, 1 assist, All-Tournament 9-AA
Junior defender Sonny Jones — East Robertson
Sophomore goalkeeper Warren Bailey — Greenbrier
7 clean sheets, 1 assist, District 9-AA Co-Goalkeeper of the Year