Several area players were among those honored on the recently announced Western Athletic Conference boys soccer all-star team.
Six area players were selected to the overall all-star team, while 15 other players were named division all-stars.
Mayfield's Dylan Toscano and Mekeel Christian Academy's Tai Aderounmu shared the Most Valuable Player award and were named to the WAC overall team.
Mayfield’s Dylan Toscano, left, battles Fort Plain’s Zach Sweet (4) for the ball during a Section II Class C playoff game in Fort Plain on Oct. 26. Toscano recently was named the co-Most Valuable Player in the Western Athletic Conference. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
"Dylan's combination of speed and field vision made him the focal point of every team's defense. Despite this, he was not held scoreless once in the regular season," Mayfield coach Jon Caraco said. "He was able to create his own goals as well as finish off opportunities created by others. He worked tirelessly to find open space on the field and stretch the opponents' defense."
Toscano, a senior forward, finished the season with 31 goals and 10 assists. In his career, Toscano piled up 64 goals and 20 assists.
"Dylan was remarkable at putting shots on target and challenging goalies. Both his accuracy and his range are uncommon attributes," Caraco said. "His talent has been recognized by area coaches as he is one of the few players I have seen be a league MVP two times."
Toscano also was the WAC MVP last season and earned second-team all-star honors as a sophomore.
Fort Plain senior goalkeeper Chris Hanifin also was named to the overall team and was named the Central Division's Most Valuable Player.
"Chris [Hanifin] and our team recorded seven shutouts this season, and to have a goalkeeper named as a MVP is a tremendous accomplishment," Fort Plain coach Casey Russom said.
Mayfield's Jordan Ryder, Fort Plain's Joe Ray, St. Johnsville's Dakota Mereness and Northville's Jimmy Grega also were named overall WAC all-stars.
Ryder, a senior forward, finished the season with 14 goals and 10 assists.
"Jordan is a forward that did all the small things you need a forward to do. He made smart runs without the ball, passed well with both feet, challenged and won many 50-50 balls and pressured defenses in the back," Caraco said. "Jordan is a streaky scorer that could carry our offense through a game when necessary. His most impressive attribute is his ability to work in tight space, both holding and passing the ball."
Mereness, a senior defender, was a four-year player for St. Johnsville.
"Dakota [Mereness] put a lot of time in the offseason and it showed," St. Johnsville coach Travis Heiser said. "He was one of the top defenders in the league and I am glad that the others coaches agreed and voted him onto the overall WAC all-star team. "
Grega, a senior center midfielder, led Northville with 13 goals this season. He also had four assists.
"Jimmy Grega was our leading scorer this year. He played in the central midfield, had a great touch on the ball, and really set up options for us offensively," Northville coach Steve Clapper said.
Also named to the WAC overall all-star team were Galway's Josh Bailey, Mekeel Christian's Kenny Aderounmu, Mekeel Christian's T.K. Majekdounmi, Galway's Andrew Izzo, Middleburgh's Sean Green and Galway's Casey Mello.
Green also was named the South Division's Most Valuable Player.
In addition to the six overall all-stars, 15 other area players were named division all-stars.
Northville's Tim Monette, Matt Scunziano and Barcley Hayward were named North Division all-stars.
"It's a great honor for Jimmy Grega, Matt Scunziano, Tim Monette, and Barcley Hayward to be recognized as WAC all-stars. All of these players are great leaders both on and off the field," Clapper said. "Scunziano, Barcley, and Monette were keys defensively for our team."
Senior defenders Scunziano and Hayward helped the Northville defense to nine shutouts this season. Monette, a junior goalkeeper, posted all nine of those shutouts for the Falcons.
"Barcley always had the task of marking the best striker on the opposing team, Scunziano played sweeper and was always in the right spot at the right time acting as the unsung hero of many games," Clapper said. "Monette stepped into the nets this year and did a super job earning, with the help of his defense, nine shutouts this season."
Mayfield's Eric Wilcox, James Winsman and Josh Ivancic also were named North Division all-stars.
Ivanic, a junior midfielder, had a league-high 14 assists and also scored two goals this season.
"Josh [Ivancic] has great field vision and can play a beautiful pass. He is adept at finding gaps in the defense and getting the ball where it needs to be," Caraco said. "His ability to move the ball quickly and accurately went a long way in determining how quickly and where we attacked as a team."
Wilcox, a senior defender, was named a WAC all-star for the second straight season after earning second-team honors last year as a junior.
"Eric [Wilcox] was the anchor in our back this year. He is a very athletic back and does a tremendous job of marking a team's main offensive player," Caraco said. "He always keeps his mark in front of him and has the speed to track when he gets beat. His passing out of the back started many of our attacks."
Winsman, junior, played the defensive midfielder role for the Panthers.
"James [Winsman] was the player that linked the backs to the forwards. He was often assigned with the task of disrupting the other team's best passer," Caraco said. "He is a very strong ball winner and very skilled at making the small pass that takes us out of pressure and into a situation where we have time. His combination of being a tough tackler and a good passer helped us to control the pace of games."
Rounding out the North Division all-stars were Mekeel Christian's Tyler Guido and Gideon Armeo, and Galway's Ryan Pappalau, Keith Sowle and Austin Izzo.
Nine area players were among those named Central Division all-stars.
Central Division champion Fort Plain had three players earn division all-star honors along with overall all-stars Hanifin and Ray.
Senior defender Chris Kilmartin, senior midfielder Jacob Sardina and senior forward Marcus Failing all were honored as division all-stars for the Hilltoppers.
"I thought all of our players were very deserving of their awards. Our scoring was done by committee this season and Joe [Ray], Marcus [Failing] and Jake [Sardina] had a big part in that," Russom said. "Chris Kilmartin provided us with great leadership and composure as our sweeper. With the efforts of these boys and the rest of the team we beat the other two division champions and won our division for the first time in boys soccer."
St. Johnsville had three players earn Central Division honors as senior Kyle Smith, senior Brandon Campione and sophomore Johnny Vicciarelli were named all-stars.
"I am very proud of all the four players that were chosen as WAC all-stars. I am not only proud of these individuals but the entire team," Heiser said. "This was a good year for us as we won the Schoharie tourney, finished second in our division, won 11 games, won two sectional games, knocked off the No. 1 1 seed and made it to the semi-finals. The success we had was a credit to everyone associated with our program and I look forward to working with the returning players this off-season."
Smith finished the season with eight goals and eight assists for the Saints.
"Kyle [Smith] was a constant threat on the field. He has tremendous ball skills and sees the game very well which was a result of him playing soccer all year," Heiser said. "He was all over the field and was always marked by opposing teams who still had trouble stopping him when he was clicking on all cylinders."
Campione had five assists and 10 goals for St. Johnsville.
"Brandon [Campione] was a player who came into his own this year. He worked very hard in the off-season and its showed this year as he was dangerous from his midfield position," Heiser said. "He was very good at crossing and finishing on set pieces."
Vicciarelli finished the season with three assists and nine goals for St. Johnsville.
"Johnny [Vicciarelli] was another player who is a very versatile player. He is both offensive threat and defensive stopper and a nightmare for anyone marking him," Heiser said. "His ball skills and speed will make him a dangerous player the next few years."
Canajoharie had three of its players named to the Central Division all-star team.
Senior midfielder Zach Bowerman, junior midfielder Mike Mazzarella and junior forward Logan Sala earned the honors for the Cougars.
Bowerman finished with seven goals and eight assists for Canajoharie.
"Zach played central midfield and rarely came out. He showed great endurance, toughness and the ability to cover the opponent's best player," Canajoharie coach Blake Smith said.
Rounding out the Central Division all-star team were Sharon Springs' Nick Roach and Vernon Kennedy.
Berne-Knox-Westerlo placed five players on the South Division all-star team.
The Bulldogs' contingent included sophomore goalkeeper Trevor Haack, junior defender Maclin Norray, sophomore forward Nick Nagengast, sophomore defender Sam Abbott and junior midfielder Travis Fairlee.
Middleburgh had four players named South Division all-stars, including junior forward Austin Roney, senior defender Taylor Lucas, junior defender Ryan Bechtold and junior midfielder Jake Thorington.
Rounding out the South Division all-stars were Schoharie senior defender Tanner Stone, Duanesburg junior defender Jason St. John and Schoharie junior defender Zach Frisbee.
Western Athletic Conference Boys Soccer All-Stars
Co-MVPs: Dylan Toscano (Mayfield), Tai Aderounmu (Mekeel Christian)
Chris Hanifin (Fort Plain), Josh Bailey (Galway), Kenny Aderounmu (Mekeel Christian), T.K. Majekdounmi (Mekeel Christian), Andrew Izzo (Galway), Jordan Ryder (Mayfield), Joe Ray (Fort Plain), Dakota Mereness (St. Johnsville), Sean Green (Middleburgh), Jimmy Grega (Northville).
North Division All-Stars
Co-MVPs: Dylan Toscano (Mayfield), Tai Aderounmu (Mekeel Christian)
Tim Monette (Northville), Matt Scunziano (Northville), Barcley Hayward (Northville), Tyler Guido (Mekeel Christian), Gideon Armeo (Mekeel Christian), Ryan Pappalau (Galway), Keith Sowle (Galway), Austin Izzo (Galway), Eric Wilcox (Mayfield), James Winsman (Mayfield), Josh Ivancic (Mayfield).
Central Division All-Stars
MVP: Chris Hanifin (Fort Plain)
Zachary Bowerman (Canajoharie), Mike Mazzarella (Canajoharie), Logan Sala (Canajoharie), Nick Roach (Sharon Springs), Vernon Kennedy (Sharon Springs), Jacob Sardina (Fort Plain), Marcus Failing (Fort Plain), Chris Kilmartin (Fort Plain), Kyle Smith (St. Johnsville), Johnny Vicciarelli (St. Johnsville), Brandon Campione (St. Johnsville)
South Division All-Stars
MVP: Sean Green (Middleburgh)
Trevor Haack (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), Maclin Norray (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), Nick Nagengast (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), Sam Abbott (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), Travis Fairlee (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), Austin Roney (Middleburgh), Taylor Lucas (Middleburgh), Ryan Bechtold (Middleburgh), Jake Thorington (Middleburgh), Tanner Stone (Schoharie), Zach Frisbee (Schoharie), Jason St. John (Duanesburg).