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2013 All-SCV Boys Soccer: Valencia's Zach Klindworth

Klindworth came through when it mattered most

Posted: April 2, 2013 11:04 p.m.
Updated: April 2, 2013 11:04 p.m.
Senior Zach Klindworth may not have started most games for the Foothill League champion Vikings, but he was their biggest factor in finishing them with victories. Senior Zach Klindworth may not have started most games for the Foothill League champion Vikings, but he was their biggest factor in finishing them with victories.
Senior Zach Klindworth may not have started most games for the Foothill League champion Vikings, but he was their biggest factor in finishing them with victories.


The most peculiar thing about Zach Klindworth is he hardly ever started games.

He just finished them.

The Valencia High senior forward was often subbed into games midway through to provide a spark, but he ended up doing much more.

No player changed the game more than Klindworth and no single player in the area was bigger to his team than him, which is why he is The Signal’s 2012-13 All-Santa Clarita Valley Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

Valencia Vikings head coach Tony Scalercio had coached Klindworth for years going into this season and Scalercio knew what the senior’s raw abilities were.

The idea of bringing in Klindworth later in games was a strategic move, Scalercio explained.

He was such a game-changer and he played at such a high speed, it would throw opposing defenses off to bring him in amid all the action.

If Klindworth wasn’t scoring goals, he was directly contributing to scoring them.

He tallied eight goals this year, seven of them during Foothill League play. Though Valencia was a team known for its stifling defense all season, that was more of a team effort. As an individual, Klindworth was the one who started it all.

Were it not for him, Valencia likely wouldn’t have won its first Foothill championship in school history and may not have won its first playoff game since 2006.

Valencia went 17-4-3 overall after falling in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IV playoffs and it finished 7-0-3 in league.

The formula for the Vikings’ success was simple in theory, but difficult in execution. The idea was score fairly early and then sit back and play tough defense the rest of the way to preserve the shutout.

It just so happened that most of the time, the guy scoring that goal was Klindworth with his shifty, quick ball skills and superb field vision that made him a nightmare for defenders trying to take him on in a one-on-one situation.

Klindworth scored six of his goals in a five-game stretch beginning Jan. 8 and concluding with his game-deciding score against then-first place West Ranch on Jan. 22.

Even when he wasn’t scoring, he was clearly making an impact on the game.

Case in point was a contest against Canyon on Feb. 1, which ended up as a 4-0 win for the Vikings. In that game, Klindworth was knocked down in the 18-yard box on a breakaway, which led to a Jake Veiga score on a free kick.

Klindworth later assisted a Jesus Fernandez goal and, finally, Klindworth scored himself late in the game.

It was a microcosm of the entire season for the Vikings, where nearly all of the team’s offense began with him.


First Team

Jesus Fernandez • Valencia • Senior

As one of three talented forwards on Valencia, Fernandez was one of the biggest scoring threats in the league. He had six goals and two assists this season, but his scores came in the biggest moments. He scored the game-winner against West Ranch to clinch a Foothill crown and he scored all three of Valencia’s goals in two playoff games.


Daniel Foster • Canyon • Senior

Despite it being a transition year for Canyon, Foster was a bright spot. The midielder displayed his skill and speed and played with the same level of effort regardless of Canyon’s difficulties as the season went on.


Alex Manzo • West Ranch • Junior

For the third straight season, Manzo earns a spot on the Signal’s All-SCV first team. This season, he’s the league’s only goalkeeper on the first team, and for good reason. This season, he saved 68 shots overall, 31 in league play and he recorded five shutouts in goal by himself while playing for part of a sixth. Three of those shutouts came against Foothill opponents.


Wade McMillon • West Ranch • Senior

On one of the more balanced teams in the league McMillon was as close to a standout, star player as there was on the team. He was good enough to not only create offense, but finish the play. The forward led the league with 13 goals, seven of which came against Foothill teams. He also scored a goal in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IV playoffs.


Zack Nua • Saugus • Senior

Though Nua is a natural defender, he was asked to play up top for most of the season to fill in for injured players. He was just as effective and aggressive. He caused all kinds of issues for opposing defenders with his fierce competitiveness and relentless effort. Nua also scored two goals and assisted another.


Brian Perez • Saugus • Senior

The fourth-year varsity player put together another strong season and made the All-SCV first team for the second straight year. He led the team with nine goals and also added nine assists on a team which was struggled to fight through injuries. Perez concludes a tremendous career with the Centurions.


Francisco Perez • Golden Valley • Freshman

A strong finish to the season and players like Perez provide a glimpse into a promising future for Golden Valley. Perez was a distributor, a scoring threat and a strong defender. He stood out on a team which had early struggles but finished league play with a tie and a win.


Justice Rodrigues • West Ranch • Senior

The Wildcats were a team that often played with a lead, which put extra emphasis on maintaining possession of the ball. That was Rodrigues’ job in the midfield, and he was among the best in the league at keeping the ball away from defenders and distributing it to his forwards. Rodrigues’ 13 assists was by far the best on the team.


Jonny Rose • Hart • Senior

After fellow Hart defender Gabe Robinson went down with a hamstring injury, the pressure was on Rose to hold down the defense in the center. Rose took on the role of defensive leader admirably as he used his body well to get in the way of offensive threats without needing to foul. It also helped that Rose had a powerful kick and throw-in to help keep the ball out of harm’s way.


Jake Veiga • Valencia • Senior

Playing at the center of the defense, Veiga was a true game changer and a big reason why Valencia was so tough to catch from behind. Veiga broke his nose during a league game against Saugus on Jan. 8, but came back and played a week later and ended up missing just two games. Veiga was the leader of a defense which might go down as one of Valencia’s best ever.


Derek Waldeck • Hart • Freshman

Waldeck injected energy and intensity into Hart’s lineup, which was filled with new players. Waldeck was one of those newbies, but he played like a veteran senior in the midfield. He also scored two goals and assisted two others this season.


Second Team

Gino Ferraro • Valencia • Senior

Valencia’s defense and goalkeeper, Ferraro, worked hand in hand in recording seven shutouts in 10 league games. During that stretch, Ferraro let just five goals get by him.


Jake Ferry • Valencia • Senior

Ferry was both the spiritual and physical leader of the team. He was one of the most aggressive midfielders in the league, he was a great defender and he managed to score four goals and assist three others.


Jake Hirst • West Ranch • Senior

Yet another on the long list of unsung heroes for West Ranch this season. Hirst provided experience and stability in the midfield and he contributed on free kicks with his powerful leg. He scored three goals and had three assists.


David Knopf • Hart • Senior

A season spent as the football team’s kicker paid off for Knopf, who displayed his strength as a free kicker and also excelled as a defender. Knopf scored a goal from 65 yards away to help Hart win the Hart Soccer Showcase.


James Lemus • West Ranch • Senior

Lemus was another member among the strong core of seniors on West Ranch. His speed and tenacity made him a force all over the field as he was a key piece of the team’s relentless defensive style.


Sebastian Martinez • Golden Valley • Senior

Martinez was Golden Valley’s true finisher. He played at a high speed and high level at all times, which came to fruition at the end of the season when he scored both of his team’s goals to help win the season finale against Saugus.


Zachary Sage • West Ranch • Junior

Sage possessed a rare combination of defensive ability and the skill to play up top and become involved in the offense when needed. He scored three goals and assisted two while serving as the team’s top defender.


Austen Scheff • Saugus • Senior

He overcame a knee injury early in the season and came out on the other side as a top-notch defender for Saugus. He helped the team recover from a rough start to put together a run late in Foothill play.


Harrison Sidell • Hart • Senior

After the departure of forward Nico Ferrero from the team, Sidell was Hart’s top scoring option. He came through late in the season, tallying a team-high six goals on the season.


Marc Silingardi • Valencia • Senior

Silingardi completed the three-forward rotation that Valencia played with. The senior recorded six goals and added three assists to help round out the team’s offense.


Chad Ybarra • Canyon • Senior

The majority of Canyon’s offense came from Ybarra, who added some much-needed positivity into a season of struggles for the one-time league powerhouse.

Honorable Mention

Niko Nuyda • Canyon • Canyon

Grant Ellfeldt • Golden Valley • Senior

Gabe Robinson • Hart • Senior

Elijah Kliewer • SCCS • Junior

Jordan Pacheco • Saugus • Senior

Aaron Chamness • Valencia • Senior

Michael Stratton • Trinity • Sophomore

Carlos Porcayo • West Ranch • Senior



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