Will Winters, Ian Anderson, and Kekai Ferguson were named to the Northern Section Fall Soccer all-league team. Landon Turner received honorable mention, and Ahja Dennis-Florence was chosen as MVP of the girls all-league team.

Mount Shasta Bears soccer players Will Winters, Ian Anderson, and Kekai Ferguson were named to the Northern Section Fall Soccer all-league team. Landon Turner received honorable mention, and Ahja Dennis-Florence was chosen as MVP of the girls all-league team.

The speedy Dennis-Florence ran 13 flat in the 100 meters as a freshman, and, following soccer wisdom, coach Brad Robinson figured on using her as a striker. But when he was down a defenseman in an early season match, he inserted her into the backfield. “She loved it,” said Robinson. She could often be seen streaking down the right side, faking out defenders and outrunning them, advancing the ball to the Bear wings. “She figured it out this year,” Robinson said. “It’s a bonus to have a two-way player.

The coach regrets losing Ahja’s defensive mate, senior Ian Anderson, “a super-smart, super-gifted player” and one of the main reasons Bear goalie Corey Slabaugh  gave up only seven goals in 11 games. Defensive players don’t get a lot of scoring chances, but Anderson knew when to go deep into his opponent’s territory and scored three goals on the year. He also made dramatic sliding kicksaves on a couple of balls that got by his goalie.

Winters scored 12 goals and assisted on three others for the Bears. “His willingness to work hard paid off for him,” said Robinson.  “He’s a multi-talented athlete who can play striker or mid-field.” Ferguson ruled the left corner of the attacking half for the Bears, often foiling opponent’s efforts to clear the ball. He scored three goals and was second on the team in assists with three. “He’s a solid player,” said Robinson, “a battler, not flashy but consistent and with a great attitude.”

Turner was honorable mention. He scored seven goals and led the Bears in assists with four. Robinson said Turner was “a selfless player who played well with everyone.” And “he has  a wicked boot,” added Robinson. As always with all-star teams and academy award nominations, there’s a list of those “snubbed’. Left off was freshman Nathaniel Bekaert who led the Bears with 16 goals, fifth best in the league. Also omitted was goalie Corey Slabaugh, who gave up only seven goals all season while the next best goalkeeper let in 22.