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Metro Conference senior all-star game showcases local talent Phillip Brents | Fri, Mar 15 2013 04:07 PM

For those who have followed the fortunes of Metro Conference girls soccer for the past 25 years, last Friday’s senior all-star game at Mater Dei Catholic High School was a sight — and delight — to behold.

The Mesa League all-stars and the South Bay League all-stars battled to a scoreless draw through regulation play. In fact, the traditionally lower-performing South Bay League team actually had the better run of play until the very end of the match.

The Mesa League all-stars pulled out a 4-2 victory on kicks from the mark to highlight the game, played during a break between torrential rain showers.

Event organizer Robert Bonilla, who coaches at Sweetwater High School, felt the game was a success.

“It was nice to see the coaches and players on the field together,” said Bonilla, who had five players chosen to represent the South Bay League team. “We had a good crowd, almost all of the teams were represented, community colleges were able to see some of South Bay’s finest in action, and the players got to play together and make new friends.”

Bonita Vista’s Coco Guerrero blocked two PKs during the tie-breaker shootout. She gave the game a thumbs-up afterward.

“It was a lot of fun,” she said.

The game showcased the 2012-13 Mesa League Player of the Year, Hilltop’s Maxia Espino, and the 2012-13 South Bay League Player of the Year, San Ysidro’s Samantha Arellano.


Mesa League all-star roster

Olivia Serna (Hilltop)
Alexia Reyes (Hilltop)
Jalissa Pressley (Hilltop)
Maxia Espino (Hilltop)
Elena Aguilar (Hilltop)
Thianna Guillon (Hilltop)
Daniella Gutierrez (Otay Ranch)
Stefanie Tellez (Otay Ranch)
Russia Zamparripa (Otay Ranch)
Jenny Rodriguez (Otay Ranch)
Alexis Ramirez (Otay Ranch)
Priscilla Guardado (Mater Dei Catholic)
Yasmin Gilbert (Mater Dei Catholic)
Coco Guerrero (Bonita Vista)
Daria Magee (Bonita Vista)
Alexis Tirado (Olympian)
Erica Hornbuckle (Olympian)
Mercedes Richardson (Olympian)

South Bay League all-star roster
Angela Gamby (Southwest)
Edna Gudino (Sweetwater)
Alma Cruz (Sweetwater)
Beatriz Mateo (Sweetwater)
Kelly Arguello (Sweetwater)
Angelica Jalate (Sweetwater)
Adriana Santiago (Montgomery)
Airam Urrea (Montgomery)
Andrea Valencia (Montgomery)
Brandi Sanchez (Montgomery)
Jacqueline Ramos (Montgomery)
Nikkie Paredes (Montgomery)
Sammy Arellano (San Ysidro)
Aishah Abdala (San Ysidro)
Elisa Garcia (Chula Vista)
M.J. Lopez (Chula Vista)
Lynette Sandoval (Chula Vista)
Priscilla Estrada (Chula Vista)


Metro Conference Girls Soccer 2012-13 All-League Teams
All-Mesa League
First Team

Maxia Espino (Hilltop) 12
Bianca Mora (Hilltop) 11
Alexia Reyes (Hilltop) 12
Mary Reilly (Hilltop) 10
Jojo McCaskill (Eastlake) 12
Gillian Stargensky (Eastlake) 11
Ariana Rahim (Eastlake) 11
Kassie Castillo (Bonita Vista) 12
Kianna Brevig (Bonita Vista) 11
Briana Hamawandi (Otay Ranch) 11
Yasmin Gaines-Ramos (Olympian) 10
Championship Team
Hilltop Lancers
Player of the Year
Maxia Espino (Hilltop)

Second Team
Olivia Serna (Hilltop) 12
Hannah Teague (Hilltop) 11
Sashia Alvarez (Hilltop) 10
Dylan Christensen (Eastlake) 12
Kacie Morton (Eastlake) 12
Aleena Cruz (Bonita Vista) 11
Amanda Castillo (Bonita Vista) 9
Shayne Mojica (Otay Ranch) 11
Alexis Vargas (Otay Ranch) 11
Ralaina LiDrazzah (Olympian) 10
Priscilla Guardado (Mater Dei Catholic) 12

Honorable Mention
Elena Aguilar (Hilltop) 10
Jalissa Pressley (Hilltop) 12
Daniela Gutierrez (Otay Ranch) 12
Julia Kershaw (Otay Ranch) 10
Rebecca Torres (Eastlake) 12
Janelle Prado (Eastlake) 12
Ridley Gatlin (Eastlake) 11
Blyss McCann (Eastlake) 12
Ariana Rahim (Eastlake) 11
Pascale Dumesnil (Bonita Vista) 10
Daria Magee (Bonita Vista) 12
Yaira Guardado (Mater Dei Catholic) 10
Andrea Stonehouse (Mater Dei Catholic) 10
Madeline Hornbuckle (Olympian) 11
Erica Hornbuckle (Olympian) 12
Alexis Tirado (Olympian) 12



All-South Bay League

First Team

Sammy Arellano (San Ysidro) 12
Georgina Herrera (San Ysidro) 10
Tarra Moore (San Ysidro) 10
Natalie Morales (San Ysidro) 10
Angela Gamby (Southwest) 12
Julianna Campos (Southwest) 11
Brittany Martinez (Southwest) 12
Edna Gudino (Sweetwater) 12
Alma Cruz (Sweetwater) 12
Kimberly Mederos (Chula Vista) 10
Yaritza Felix (Montgomery) 11
Championship Team
San Ysidro Cougars
Player of the Year
Sammy Arellano (San Ysidro)


Second Team
Danessa Escajeda (San Ysidro) 12
Jenyfer Tapia (San Ysidro) 10
Dahlia Sandoval (San Ysidro) 11
Victoria Gonzalez (Southwest) 12
Kimberly Avalos (Southwest) 11
Letty Urenda (Sweetwater) 10
Carissa Garcia (Sweetwater) 11
Linette Sandoval (Chula Vista) 12
Adriana Santiago (Montgomery) 12
Kelly Tomlinson (Mar Vista) 11
TBA (Castle Park)

Honorable Mention
Kendra French (Mar Vista) 11
Briana Morales (Mar Vista) 12
Desiree Arellano (Chula Vista) 9
Maria Mendez (Chula Vista) 9
Airam Urrea (Montgomery) 12
Beatriz Mateo (Sweetwater) 12
Angelica Jalate (Sweetwater) 12
April Valencia (Sweetwater) 11



Metro Conference Standings
Mesa League:
Hilltop 8-1-1, Eastlake 7-1-2, Bonita Vista 7-3, Otay Ranch 2-6-2, Olympian 1-6-3, Mater Dei Catholic 0-8-2

South Bay League: San Ysidro 9-1-2, Southwest 8-2-2, Sweetwater 6-4-2, Chula Vista 6-5-1, Montgomery 3-6-3, Mar Vista 3-7-2, Castle Park 1-11-0

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