By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Claremont High goalkeeper Sam Newton, the Tribune Player of the Year, had 14 shutouts this season. Claremont allowed just 22 goals in 27 games while going 22-3-2 and winning the Sierra League. (Watchara Phomicinda / Staff Photographer)
The San Gabriel Valley didn’t produce any boys soccer champions or teams that advanced to the finals.
It had more to do with misfortune than lack of talent, the Claremont High School boys soccer team being a prime example.
Claremont, the defending CIF-Southern Section Division 2 champion, was the top seed entering the Division 2 playoffs after going undefeated in the Sierra League. But the Wolfpack was upset 1-0 by La Sierra in the quarterfinals, finishing the season with a still-impressive 22-3-2 record.
Claremont, a team that did it with defense, allowed just 22 goals in 27 games, anchored by senior goalkeeper Sam Newton.
Newton, voted the most valuable player of his team, finished with 14 shutouts and was named the Sierra League player of the year and was a Division 2 first-team selection.
Newton’s season was so remarkable that he was named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s Player of the Year for the 2011-12 season, an award Wolfpack coach Fred Bruce-Oliver said was much deserved. (To continue, click thread).
SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE BOYS SOCCER ALL-AREA
COACH OF THE YEAR: Nelson Rodriguez, South El Monte
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sam Newton, Claremont, GK, Sr.
Defender: Stephen Barba, Claremont, Sr.
Defender: Michael Montoya, Chino Hills, Sr.
Defender: Jorge Jimenez, Ganesha, Sr.
Defender: Manuel Garcia, Mountain View, Sr.
Midfielder: Jorge Ramos, South Hills, Sr.
Midfielder: Agustine Huazano, La Puente, Sr.
Midfielder: Alex Casas, South El Monte, Jr.
Midfielder: Carlos Zarate, Mountain View, Jr.
Midfielder: Alexander Piceno, Sierra Vista, Jr.
Forward: Dennis Kantor, Claremont,Sr.
Forward: Keyran Kelly, Damien, Sr.
Goalkeeper: Julian Sanchez, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Defender: Martin Ruiz, Ganesha, So.
Defender: Luis Beltran, La Puente, Sr.
Defender: Luis Verdusco, Sierra Vista, Jr.
Defender: Kyle Goodenough, Damien, Sr.
Midfielder: Troy Ford, Claremont, Sr.
Midfielder: Alan Miranda, Mountain View, Sr.
Midfielder: Tommy Baker, South Hills, Sr.
Midfielder: Jordan Bingham, Damien, Sr.
Forward: Jorge Cruz, La Puente, Sr.
Forward: Raul Martinez, Bonita, Sr.