Pirates, Dons Highlight All-Orange Empire Conference Honors

OCC goalkeeper Nathan Brown (left) and SAC forward Leonardo Contreras shared Most Valuable Player honors for the Orange Empire Conference.
OCC goalkeeper Nathan Brown (left) and SAC forward Leonardo Contreras shared Most Valuable Player honors for the Orange Empire Conference.

Orange Empire Conference champion Orange Coast College and runner-up Santa Ana dominated the selections for this year's All-Orange Empire Conference teams, as chosen by conference's head coaches at last week's postseason meeting.

For the Pirates, head coach Kevin Smith was selected as the conference's Coach of the Year and eight members of his squad earned spots on this year's first and second teams.

OCC goalkeeper Nathan Brown and Santa Ana's Leonardo Contreras were named Co-Most Valuable Players for the OEC. Brown, a 6-foot-5 freshman out of Foothill High School, posted an impressive 8-0-3 record during conference play for the Pirates. In 970 minutes of OEC play, Brown allowed just six goals (a 0.56 goals-against average) and a .913 save percentage with six shutouts. For the season, Brown allowed just 10 goals (0.78 GAA) in 1,150 minutes of action.

Contreras, a 5-11 freshman forward out of Santa Ana HS, notched six goals and a team-best 12 assists for the Dons in 2013. He was the offensive playmaker throughout the season and picked up the majority of his assists by feeding passes to the OEC's leading scorer, Luis Venegas (24 goals, six assists).

Venegas earned first-team, All-OEC honors, along with SAC teammates, sophomore midfielder Uriel Rebollar and sophomore defender Antonio Solis.

As for Brown's OCC Pirates, four of his teammates – freshman defenders Josh Madrid and Blake Mooney, along with sophomore forwards Jorge Sanchez and Thales Serra, earned first-team honors as well. Madrid and Mooney helped anchor an OCC defense that allowed just 11 goals in 14 matches – the fewest allowed among all conference teams.

Sanchez, a first-team, All-OEC selection as a freshman, and Serra combined for 15 goals and 11 assists in 2013 for the Pirates.

Third-place Santiago Canyon received three first-team selections and filled them with the freshmen trio of forward Ivan Azpeitia, defender Mitchell Bell and forward Roberto Escudero. Azpeitia had seven goals and four assists, while Escudero led the Hawks with 13 goals and three assists. Bell, who notched a goal and an assist as well, helped a SCC defense that held the opposition to less than one goal per game.

Other first-team, all-conference selections include sophomore defender Joshua Garcia (Golden West), freshman defender Miguel Hernandez (Golden West), freshman defender Edgar Terran (Fullerton), freshman forward Jose Montes De Oca (Fullerton), sophomore defender Joshua Davis (Irvine Valley), sophomore midfielder Daniel Totays (Irvine Valley), sophomore forward Alejandro Moreno (Norco) and freshman midfielder Jesus Ibarra (Cypress).

The Pirates, Dons and Hawks each earned postseason berths and each will play first-round matches on Saturday afternoon, beginning at 2 p.m.

 

2013 ALL-ORANGE EMPIRE CONFERENCE

Coach of the Year – Kevin Smith, Orange Coast

Co-Most Valuable Players – Nathan Brown, GK, Orange Coast; Leonardo Contreras, F, Santa Ana

FIRST TEAM

Name                                                                  School                                    Year                       Position

Josh Madrid                                                     Orange Coast                       Fr                            Defender

Blake Mooney                                                 Orange Coast                       Fr                            Defender

Jorge Sanchez                                                 Orange Coast                       So                           Forward

Thales Serra                                                     Orange Coast                       So                           Forward

Uriel Rebollar                                                   Santa Ana                              So                           Midfielder

Antonio Solis                                                    Santa Ana                              So                           Defender

Luis Venegas                                                    Santa Ana                              Fr                            Forward

Ivan Azpeitia                                                    Santiago Canyon                Fr                            Forward

Mitchell Bell                                                     Santiago Canyon                Fr                            Defender

Roberto Escudero                                          Santiago Canyon                Fr                            Forward

Joshua Garcia                                                  Golden West                       So                           Defender

Miguel Hernandez                                         Golden West                       Fr                            Defender

Edgar Terran                                                    Fullerton                                Fr                            Defender

Jose Montes De Oca                                     Fullerton                                Fr                            Forward

Joshua Davis                                                    Irvine Valley                         So                           Defender

Daniel Totays                                                   Irvine Valley                         So                           Midfielder

Alejandro Moreno                                        Norco                                      So                           Forward

Jesus Ibarra                                                      Cypress                                  Fr                            Midfielder

 

SECOND TEAM

Name                                                                  School                                    Year                       Position

 

Connor Thaete                                                Orange Coast                       So                           Defender

Pedro Etchechury                                          Orange Coast                       Fr                            Midfielder

Tyler Rios                                                           Orange Coast                       So                           Midfielder

Jovanny Lopez                                                Santa Ana                              Fr                            Midfielder

Ivan Bastida                                                      Santa Ana                              Fr                            Midfielder

Luis Trujillo                                                        Santa Ana                              Fr                            Goalkeeper

Andrew Sanders                                            Santiago Canyon                Fr                            Defender

Carlos Moreno                                                Santiago Canyon                Fr                            Midfielder

Matt William Lane                                          Golden West                       Fr                            Defender

David Elias                                                         Golden West                       Fr                            Goalkeeper

Manuel Juarez                                                Fullerton                                So                           Midfielder

Jonathan Negrete                                         Fullerton                                Fr                            Goalkeeper

Andres Valentin                                             Irvine Valley                         So                           Defender

William Joe Rousseau                                   Irvine Valley                         So                           Forward

Cesar Duque                                                    Norco                                      Fr                            Defender

Martin Gonzalez                                             Norco                                      Fr                            Goalkeeper

Omar Castro                                                     Cypress                                  So                           Defender

Shawn Hansen  Cypress                Fr            Forward