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Awards Parade: HDL soccer honors announced
by Dan Eckles
Nov 15, 2012 | 4211 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo - Spanish Springs' Alyssa Bertuleit (in white) works against a Damonte Ranch defender during a crossover league match earlier this fall. Bertuleit was recently named the High Desert League's midfielder of the year.
Tribune file photo - Spanish Springs' Alyssa Bertuleit (in white) works against a Damonte Ranch defender during a crossover league match earlier this fall. Bertuleit was recently named the High Desert League's midfielder of the year.
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Tribune photo by John Byrne -  Spanish Springs girls soccer players (left to right) Kirsten Lealtad, Sam Ryckebosch, Baylie Krutsinger, Alyssa Bertuleit and Karen Corral all earned all-league honors for the Cougars.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs girls soccer players (left to right) Kirsten Lealtad, Sam Ryckebosch, Baylie Krutsinger, Alyssa Bertuleit and Karen Corral all earned all-league honors for the Cougars.
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High Desert League girls soccer coaches released their postseason awards list this week and Rail City student athletes were well represented. Seven players from league champion Spanish Springs earned all-league honors while eight from third-place Reed garnered eight all-league selections.

           

"I kind of thought maybe we deserved one more kid as defender, but I thought for sure the process was fair," Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. "In our division, the coaches are pretty good about older kids come first if there's a tie. It was fair for everybody. It went well."

           

Reed coach Jason Saville had similar sentiments.

"Obviously, there's always another kid or two you wish could've made the list," Saville said. "I'm only one vote of six, but overall I'm happy with the eight girls we got on all-league teams.

"What's nice about that list for us is only one kid honored is a senior. We're getting all the other girls back, which is good for our program. We're headed in the right direction. We need to improve our team success. We've found some individual success, but now we need to get ourselves back as a team. These girls seem ready to be able to do that."

           

Reed won three straight northern Nevada large school championships from 2006-2008, but the Raiders have not gotten out of the first round of the playoffs in any of the last three years.

           

Spanish Springs won its first girls soccer league title in its 12 years of existence this fall and then went on to win a first-round playoff game for the first time by knocking off Galena in its postseason opener a few weeks ago.

           

Alyssa Bertuleit was a big reason Spanish Springs had its most successful season ever. HDL coaches agreed on that and she was named the league's midfielder of the year.

           

"I pretty much figured that was a given and it wasn't very tough to get everyone to vote for her when that award came up," Faker said. "In my personal opinion, she is the best player in the league. I think she's one of the most well-rounded players to come out of northern Nevada. No matter who we played, she was able to control the middle of the field. She did it all."

           

Reno's Eleanor Small and McQueen's Gabrielle Warren were named the offensive player of the year and defensive player of the year respectively.

           

Spanish Springs put a pair of players on the HDL's first team. Audrey Barham (forward) and Karen Corral (defender) took home those honors.

           

"Throughout the season, we often had seven people behind the ball, while most of the time, other schools had eight. I believe we gave up or were tied for giving up the fewest goals in the league," Faker said. "Karen Corral was a big part of that, controlling the back. Her leadership was huge.

           

"And then you look at Barham. She's a sophomore who didn't play in four games and she scored 13 goals. She was very dangerous. She got behind a lot of people and caused problems for defenses."

           

The SSHS crew also put a trio of players on the HDL's second team. Forward Sam Ryckebosch, midfielder Kirsten Lealtad and goalkeeper Baylie Krutsinger comprised that group.

           

Additionally, Kiley Diesner was an honorable mention selection for the Cougars.

           

At Reed, the Raiders also put a pair of players on the first team, forward Katelynn Raatz and midfielder Kennady Whitehead.

           

"Katelynn got hurt in the second game of the season, but she gutted through," Saville said. "She just wasn't right all year. It's a credit to her she was able to work through that and the other coaches recognized that.

           

"Kennady is a kid who has been overlooked in years past. She put the team on her back a few times. She's got more soccer knowledge than most girls. Her vision is unmatched in northern Nevada."

           

Three Raiders got the nod as second-team all-stars as well, forward Aubrie Ciesynski, midfielder Vanessa Arzaluz and defender Kendra Bujnovsky.

Reed forward Danielle Uptain, midfielder Lindsay Marsh and defender Cambria Croney were placed on the league's honorable mention list.

"A lot of teams rely on one or two players and we rely on a whole team," Saville said. "Our productivity came from all the way around the roster. Katelynn and Kennady were deserving of the first team. I thought a couple others could've been there too but a couple things didn't go our way. You're really splitting hairs when you talk about first team, second team, honorable mention. It's just good to get eight kids on all league. There's a limited number of spots and eight of those went to the Blue and Gold. That's great."

At Sparks, the Railroaders saw a handful of players earn all-Mt. Rose League honors. Three SHS standouts were placed on the first team, forward Andrea Gumina, midfielder Norma Robles and defender Maria Sanchez.

The Railroaders did not get a second-team selection but four more SHS athletes grabbed honorable mention nods. Goalkeeper Val Guerrerro, defender Yasmine Felipe and midfielders Ana Torres and Ivette Mendoza comprised that group.

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