Commonwealth Journal

November 24, 2012

Herrrera named Player of the Year

Staff Report
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — The 2012 boy’s soccer season was a very successful one by any measure, considering the fact that both Somerset and Southwestern won district championships, while all three programs advanced to the 12th Regional Soccer Tournament.

Coach Steve Wallace made a triumphant return to the sidelines in 2012, leading a very young and inexperienced Briar Jumper team to a 10-8-2 record and a 47th District Tournament title.

Sean McBride and the Southwestern Warriors bounced back from a disappointing campaign in 2011 to post a very respectable 13-6-3 mark this past season — a year that saw the Warriors win the 48th District Tournament.

Pulaski County meanwhile finished at the .500 mark with a 9-9 record, but for the second consecutive year, coach Casey Inabnitt’s club showed marked improvement in qualifying for the regional tourney once again.

Thanks to outstanding seasons by all three local teams, all three are very well represented on The Commonwealth Journal’s 2012 Boy’s All-County Soccer Team.

Leading the way on our team this year is our Player of the Year, which this year goes to Southwestern’s Pedro Herrera.

Herrera led everyone in town in scoring this season with 23 goals, which was good enough for 15th in the state of Kentucky.

Herrera also tallied 14 assists on the year, in helping coach McBride and the Warriors rebound from that disappointing 2011 season.

“Pedro had a terrific year for us,” stated McBride.

“He was 15th in the state in scoring, and offensively, he is such a dangerous player,” added the SWHS coach. “He forced opposing defenses to key on him, which opened up more opportunities for other players to score.”

Joining Herrera on our squad are two of his teammates, in Jordan Jones and Zach Stolze.

Jones played solid all year long in front of the nets for the Warriors, registering seven shutouts for the season.

Stolze meanwhile had a solid senior year for the Warriors.

Stolze finished 13th in the state with 16 assists for the season, and was a kid that McBride called Southwestern’s most improved player for the year.

Three Pulaski County Maroons make our team — Jose Delgado, Austin Byrd, and Daniel Pitman.

Delgado — a junior — came out of nowhere this season to help coach Inabnitt and the Maroons enjoy the success they had in 2012.

Delgado came off the bench as a reserve for the majority of the season, yet he tied for scoring honors on his team, notching 12 goals for the year.

Byrd meanwhile makes our team for the second year in a row, and tied with Delgado for scoring honors for PC with 12 goals scored this season.

Pitman meanwhile was our Player of the Year in 2011, and he followed that up with another big year this past season as a senior.

Pitman was moved out to a wing position this season, yet he still managed to score five goals and dish out 3 assists for the year.

Rounding out our team for this past season are Mostafa El-Kalliny, Austin Hill, and Nick Henry from Somerset.

El-Kalliny was voted as an All-State Honorable Mention candidate for a solid senior year in 2012 — a year that saw him lead the Briar Jumpers with 17 goals and 12 assists for this past season.

Austin Hill meanwhile had a solid junior season, finishing right behind El-Kalliny with 15 goals scored for the season, to go along with 11 assists.

Nick Henry notched 5 goals and 5 assists this past year, which was good enough to have him selected on both the All-District and All-Region teams, as well as being described by coach Wallace as the most active player on the field for Somerset for the entire year.