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2012 All-SCV Boys Soccer: West Ranch's Brandon Dooley, Dooley noted

Wildcats senior grabbed everyone’s attention with his play

Posted: April 5, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 5, 2012 1:55 a.m.
West Ranch senior Brandon Dooley stood out on a talented team for his playmaking and leadership abilities. West Ranch senior Brandon Dooley stood out on a talented team for his playmaking and leadership abilities.
West Ranch senior Brandon Dooley stood out on a talented team for his playmaking and leadership abilities.

West Ranch took an unusual path to becoming Foothill League champions this year.

It could also be said that Brandon Dooley took an unusual path to becoming The Signal’s 2011-12 All-Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year.

With the departure of several key players this year, Dooley, one of the team’s few experienced seniors, was put into a position of great responsibility.

Given his exceptional ball skills, he was counted on to carry much of the offensive load for the Wildcats.

It’s difficult to single out a player on West Ranch because it was a team that spread the ball out and played unselfishly.

Four different players on the team scored at least seven goals, including nine from Dooley.

That was one short of fellow senior Chris Tumasone’s team-high mark of 10 goals.

But no matter who was doing the scoring, it all started with Dooley.

He was the catalyst to most offensive opportunities for the Wildcats. If he wasn’t scoring himself, he’d set up someone else up for a quality shot, which explains his team-high 12 assists.

Dooley was also directly responsible for West Ranch’s unlikely and dramatic completion of a second straight league championship run.

Coming into the final league game of the season against Valencia, West Ranch was in third place.

A twist of fate suddenly put the team in the driver’s seat for a Foothill crown when first-place Canyon had to forfeit games due to a rule violation.

By halftime against Valencia, West Ranch was locked in a 1-1 tie knowing full well a win would secure a league title.

The Wildcats attacked over and over again. Shots went off crossbars and sailed by the goal, but nothing would go in.

At least until Dooley perfectly angled the ball across the net and just into the right side with five minutes to go.

He put another exclamation mark at the end of his high school career a week later in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs against Cabrillo High.

He made a purely individual play, dribbling the ball from midfield, weaving through traffic and into the 18-yard box, where he scored on a left-footed shot.

Head coach Fred McGinn later admitted the play went against his wishes, and that he would have preferred Dooley to pass the ball.

But you can’t argue with results.

As the saying goes, it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.

Dooley can finish his soccer tenure at West Ranch knowing he was part of the program’s first two Foothill titles.

2012 All-Santa Clarita Valley Boys Soccer

First Team

Jesus Fernandez • Valencia • Junior

The junior forward always brought an offensive spark and he delivered some of the biggest goals at the most important times for Valencia. He scored against Hart on Feb. 8 to preserve a 1-1 tie.

Nico Ferrero • Hart • Junior

Plain and simple, he is a guy you want to take a penalty kick at the end of a game. Ferrero finished the season strong and ended up finding the goal a league-best 14 times.

Michael Fischbach • Valencia • Senior

The senior captain played with constant fire and a passion that was tough to match. He was stout on defense, a distributor on offense and a general playmaker all over the field. He had a strong throw-in and displayed good vision in crunch time.

Alex Manzo • West Ranch • Sophomore

Manzo is quickly becoming a mainstay in the Foothill League, finishing his second season as the team’s starting goalkeeper. Just a sophomore, he made 76 saves while starting 19 out of 20 games on the year, posting two shutouts.

Guy Myers • Golden Valley • Senior

A top-notch midfielder no matter the situation, Myers was a definite bright spot on a team that went through a transition this season. He was capable of playing any position in the field.

Brian Perez • Saugus • Junior

In his third year on varsity, Perez was the team’s top scorer for the second season in a row, compiling 12 goals and proving himself to be the team’s clear offensive centerpiece.

Alex Prince • Canyon • Senior

Prince was the sweeper and the anchor of one of the best defensive teams in the Foothill League. His skills helped Canyon preserve a lot of one-goal victories, and his nearly mistake-free play earned him high praise from coaches.

Sammy Reyes • Hart • Senior

On a team already loaded with talent, Reyes brought a refreshing mixture of experience and ability. As one of the few seniors with previous varsity experience on the team, he provided the team with continuity after a strong showing the year before.

A.J. Rochow • Canyon • Senior
In close games, Rochow was always the one calming teammates down and keeping everyone together. He was a good teammate and leader, and his 14 goals tied for best in the Foothill League to go along with seven assists.

Justin Socarras • Saugus • Senior

Socarras had the ability to keep Saugus in just about any game. He posted three shutouts on the season and played in all 24 games, including a CIF-Southern Section Division III first-round playoff game, the school’s first playoff appearance in two years.

Chris Tumasone • West Ranch • Senior

Tumasone was one of the best all-around players in league. His team-high 10 goals to go along with seven assists reflect his speed, ball skills and anticipation of the game in front of him.

Second Team

Ryan Dolan • Hart • Senior

Though Dolan mostly played among the strong three in the back on the Indians’ defensive side, he also made the most of his opportunities on the attacking end. He scored two goals and assisted another, proving his worth as a well-rounded player.

Aaron Gonzalez • West Ranch • Senior

The senior midfielder did all the dirty work, and he did it with great consistency, playing all 20 games for the Wildcats and working hard for every ball that came his way, regardless of the situation.

Zack Jens • Canyon • Senior

Jens was an exciting and determined player, and often an emotional one. His impressive ball skills not only made him fun to watch, they made him one of the toughest players in the league to defend.

Cole Lambert • Hart • Senior

A pure defensive player and one of the main cogs in Hart’s strong back line, Lambert was asked to do a lot with the team’s aggressive, offensive-minded mentality, which often left the defense exposed.

Fernando Lauchu • Golden Valley • Senior

Lauchu went under the radar, but was underrated as a goalkeeper during a season where he was constantly bombarded in the net. His hard work often went unrewarded, but that shouldn’t stop him from being recognized as one of the league’s top keepers.

Garrett McPheeters • Valencia • Senior

The Vikings are always a team known for defense and a team that wins by narrow margins. That’s what made players like McPheeters so valuable on the back line. He scored on a penalty kick which eventually proved to be the game-winner against Canyon on Jan. 31.

Jorge Navarro • Canyon • Senior

As one of the returning captains on the Cowboys, Navarro was a consistent producer on offense and he was an integral part of the team’s stellar attack and highly successful run through the Foothill League.

Zach Nua • Saugus • Junior

His passion for the game showed itself at all times when Nua played. As a defender, he was good enough to cover a lot of ground, and he is another in the long list of talented juniors that will return next year.

Gabe Robinson • Hart • Junior

In addition to his stout defensive skills and end-to-end speed, Robinson was perhaps most known for his throw-in abilities. His long throws gave Hart a big leg up when it came to getting the ball into scoring position.

Mark Silingardi • Valencia • Junior

The forward saved his best for last, accumulating four key goals during Foothill League play and another one in Valencia’s CIF-Southern Section Division III wild-card playoff game against Dominguez High. As the season went on, the first-year varsity player developed into a playmaker.

Daniel Stratton • SCCS • Senior

Stratton was named the Heritage League MVP this year, and he made the all-CIF-Southern Section Division VII team. Rightfully so, given his team-high 33 goals. He finished his three-year SCCS career with a staggering 74 goals.

Honorable Mentions

Nick Potter •  Canyon • Senior
Randy Tapia •  Golden Valley • Senior
Brayon Rodriguez • Hart • Sophomore
Chad Latch • SCCS • Senior
Jordan Pacheco • Saugus • Junior
Michael Stratton • Trinity • Freshman
Thomas Pugliese • Valencia • Senior
Brett Karson • West Ranch • Senior


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