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HSGameTime high school boys soccer players to watch

By in Press Enterprise on December 6, 2017

By Dennis Pope

Here are 17 boys soccer players in the Inland area to watch this season.

Players were chosen from schools within the coverage area of The Press-Enterprise.

Jexson Bueso Enamorado, Sr., Indian Springs: Leads one of the area’s best center half pairings.

Jack Clarke, Sr., King: All-Big VIII League center back returns to league’s best defense.

Oscar Delgado, Sr., Citrus Hill: Two-time All-CIF pick now also is a CIF champion and a Player of the Year candidate.

Christian Duarte, Sr., Indian Springs: An underrated part of the Coyotes’ resilient program.

Alec Fonseca, Sr., Chaparral: Will control the tempo for Pumas against tough Southwestern League schedule.

Francisco Gomez, Sr., Corona: The player who is scoring goals and has all the coaches talking.

Blaine Grillo, Sr., Paloma Valley: Will be looked to for goals after scoring 10 in just nine games.

Ivan Leon, Sr., Arlington: Lions’ machine in middle was the Inalnd Valley League’s Defensive MVP as sophomore.

Carlos Lira, Sr., Chaparral: Pumas’ No. 10 can dribble out of tight spaces and find open teammates.

Elias Mejia, Sr., Citrus Valley: Carried the Blackhawks on offense with 16 goals last season.

Santiago Mejia, Sr., King: Three-year letterman links defense to offense for well-built Wolves.

Jardel Oliveira, Sr., Aquinas: Tallied 16 goals and 11 assists as Falcons made some playoff noise.

Jacob Razo, Sr., Temescal Canyon: Beacon of strength on a gritty defense that is used to winning.

Eduardo ‘Lalo’ Rodriguez, Sr., Arlington: The best player on what might be the area’s best team.

Nathan Shea, Sr., Redlands East Valley: Anchors a squad that has reached consecutive CIF-SS title games.

Angel Soto, Sr., Corona: All-Big VIII League selection was one of league’s best playmakers last year.

David Venegas, Jr., Orange Vista: Had 15 goals and 10 assists for first-year program last season.

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