Season awards, first and second teams

Below are the Dallas Morning News boys’ soccer awards at the end of the season, along with the full first and second All-Area teams.

The Dallas Morning News’ 2022 Boy Soccer Player of the Year: Brennan Bezdek

Looking for a way to get even better, after winning the Class 5A state title in 2021, Brennan Bezdek and his Frisco Wakeland decided to up their mileage in the off-season. They switched from morning two-mile rides to gasser races on the vast expanse of Wakeland’s football practice field.

Bezdek said the work created better condition for the 2022 season but also created something more important.

“All that running has helped us control our emotions,” Bezdek said. “It helped us compete while staying cool at the same time.”

Keeping calm helped Bezdek find even more individual and team success. The senior attacking midfielder scored 15 goals, dished out a school-record 18 assists and helped Wakeland repeat as a 5A state champion. Bezdek is also a repeat pick as The Dallas Morning News Most Valuable Boys Soccer Player.

Wakeland High School’s Brennan Bezdek is the 2022 Boys Soccer All-Area Player of the Year, seen here on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at a Wakeland High School practice field. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)(Stewart F. House / Featured Contributor)

Bezdek said the improved conditioning and emotion control really made itself felt as the postseason kicked off on March 24 with a 4-0 two-county playoff win over Wylie East. Bezdek had an assist on the first goal of the game, which Wakeland took just 13 seconds to score.

Perhaps Bezdek’s best moment for keeping his cool was Wakeland’s shootout win over rival Frisco Lone Star in the Region II Finals on April 9. Wakeland was one player behind for most of the game because of a red card, but the Wolverines held their ground and Bezdek Almost usually won the game with a shot that hit the post just minutes from time.

Bezdek would score the game-winning result in the shootout. This was a reflection of even greater perseverance and mastery of emotions.

“I worked with Ryan Greener, Micah Keller and Brad Shreve on penalties after practice,” Bezdek said. “It was hundreds and hundreds of kicks for the one kick against Lone Star. It made a difference.”

Bezdek had a fairly successful follow-up to his 2021 honors in 2022, but it’s also his footballing swan song. He won’t play competitive football in college.

He said he had hoped to play college football at Dartmouth, but due in part to increasing sporting and academic competition from an enrollment backlog caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, an opportunity has not materialized. In early March, he decided to focus on academics, and he will study electrical engineering and physics at Northeastern University in Boston, near Emerson College, where his twin sister Linae – who helped Wakeland’s girls team win their own state title – is attending will. Bezdek’s last competitive game is against Solar on May 22 for the Dallas Texans U19 club team.

“Will I miss it? Yes and no,” said Bezdek. “It was pretty hard to put on, but I have academic goals that I want to achieve. I will still enjoy it and I will still play home and club football.”

Bezdek said he’s excited about the legacy he’s leaving and is credited in the same sentence as former Wakeland All-Area MVPs Harris Partain and Matt Ribble.

“We’ve always talked about leaving a legacy,” Bezdek said. “We can call ourselves the best Wakeland team of all time. Leaving a legacy like this is pretty surreal.”

Plano Senior High School goaltender Henry Huffstetler (1) is on the Dallas Morning News...
Plano Senior High School goaltender Henry Huffstetler (1) is the Dallas Morning News’ 2022 Defensive Player of the Year. He had 13 shutouts and a .96 goals allowed average. (Stewart F. House / Featured Contributor)

The Dallas Morning News’ 2022 Area Boys Soccer Awards

Attacking Player of the Year: Leo Londe

Senior Grapevine forward

Grapevine didn’t lose a single game until the Class 5A Region I Finals, averaging 3.3 goals per game, and Londe played a big part. He had a team-high 23 goals and 23 assists. Londe was a first-team selection on the TASCO Class 5A All-State team.

Defender of the Year: Henry Huffstetler

Senior Plano Keeper

Plano had an exciting run to the Class 6A State Finals and Huffstetler was an important part. He had 13 shutouts and a .96 goal allowed average. First-team selection for the TASCO Class 6A All-State Team was particularly good in the playoffs, stopping five penalties and making eight saves in the 6A State Championship Game against Lake Travis.

Newcomer of the Year: Hazani Torres

Frisco Wakeland second midfielder

Torres was an important part of Wakeland’s winning the Class 5A state title, and if he continues like he did in 2022, he might still get a ring or two. Torres started in every game this season and was Newcomer of the Year in the rough-hewn District 9-5A. He helped thwart opposing attacks by limiting them to an average of 0.97 goals per game. Torres scored in Wakeland’s 3-0 win over Dripping Springs in the 5A State Title Game.

Coach of the Year: Clinton Hollingworth

Frisco Lone Star

After Lone Star won just two games in 2021, Hollingworth made significant changes and it paid off. Lone Star finished 21-2-3 to win the contested District 9-5A title. Lone Star earned its first four playoff wins in program history before losing on penalties to eventual state champion Frisco Wakeland in the Region II Finals.

Frisco Wakeland midfielder Ryan Greener (18) shoots the ball against Fort Worth Trimble Tech...
Frisco Wakeland midfielder Ryan Greener (18) shoots the ball against Fort Worth Trimble Tech defenseman Lu Ka (5) during the first half of a Class 5A semifinal game at Soccer State’s Birkelbach Field in Georgetown, Texas Thursday, April 14, 2022.(Elias Valverde II / Associate Photographer)

The Dallas Morning News All-Area First Team

position player school classification Remarkable
f Omar Boutari stone wall sir First team TASCO 6A All-State, 10-6A Offensive Player of the Year, 15 goals, 5 assists
f Chris Demon red oak jr Second team TASCO 5A All-State, 14-5A MVP, 32 goals, 7 assists
f Nolan Giles Plano sir First team TASCO 6A All-State, 6-6A MVP, 18 goals, 6 assists, hat trick in 6A State semifinals
MF Anthony Bernal Duncanville So. First team TASCO 6A All-State, 11-6A Midfielder of the Year, 13 goals, 7 assists
MF Ryan Greener Frisco Wakeland sir First team TASCO 5A All-State, 11 goals, 7 assists, Tournament All-State, signer North Carolina-Wilmington
MF Joel Hernandez Frisco Lone Star jr 14 goals, 7 assists, 9-5A MVP, Honorable Mention TASCO 5A All-State
MF Andreas Sanchez basement, cellar sir 4-6A MVP, second-team TASCO All-State, 16 goals, 12 assists
D Alex Gonzalez Frisco Lone Star jr 3 goals, 3 assists, first team TASCO 5A All-State
D Maddox Mallery basement, cellar sir First Team TASCO 6A All-State, 4-6A Defensive Player of the Year, North Carolina-Greensboro signee
D Arath Oliverez Duncanville sir Second team TASCO 6A All-State, 11-6A Defensive Player of the Year, helped Duncanville to 17 shutouts, averaging .66 goals allowed
GC Brad Shreve Frisco Wakeland sir First team TASCO 5A All-State, 9-5A Goaltender of the Year, .68 goals allowed average.
u Diego Ferruzzi McKinney Boyd sir 5-6A Utility Player of the Year, Honorable Mention TASCO 6A All-State in midfield, 13 goals, 7 assists
u Luke Harris Richardson JJ Pearce sir 14 goals, 12 assists, 7-6A MVP, Dallas Baptist signee
u Milton Lopez irving jr Honorable Mention TASCO 6A All-State, 7-6A Offensive Player of the Year, 34 goals, 12 assists
u Francisco Maldonado Owlless Trinity sir 34 goals, 14 assists, 3-6A MVP, Mary Hardin-Baylor signer
u Diego Pepe Frico jr Honorable Mention TASCO 5A All-State, 17 goals, 3 assists, 9-5A Offensive Player of the Year.
Frisco Wakeland forward William Heidman (11) dribbles the ball past Dripping Springs...
Frisco Wakeland forward William Heidman (11) dribbles the ball Saturday, June 16.(Elias Valverde II / Associate Photographer)

The Dallas Morning News nationwide second team

position player school classification Remarkable
f William Heideman Frisco Wakeland sir 16 goals, 7 assists, Class 5A State Tournament MVP, First Team TASCO 5A All-Region II
f Spencer Sarkissian McKinney Boyd sir 5-6A MVP, 15 goals, 13 assists, first team TASCO 6A All-Region I
f Cade Whitmire basement, cellar sir 13 goals, 14 assists, 4-6A offensive MVP, first team TASCO 6A All-Region I
MF Kohyn Gough Celina jr First team TASCO 4A All-State, 11-4A MVP, 10 goals, 12 assists helped Celina to the 4A State runner-up spot.
MF Joel Perez Frico sir First Team TASCO 5A All-Region II, First Team All-9-5A, 6 goals, 4 assists
MF Patricio Solorzano Altamirano Frisco Reedy sir 9-5A Midfielder of the Year. 8 goals, 6 assists in the 9-5A game.
MF Steven Wood Plano sir 6-6A Midfielder of the Year, 6 goals, 9 assists, first team TASCO 6A All-Region I, 6 goals, 4 assists, Incarnate Word signee
D Daniel Carranza Hurst LD Bell jr Honorable Mention TASCO 6A All-State, 3-6A Defensive MVP
D Eva Lupo Frisco Wakeland sir 9 goals, 1 assist, first team All-9-5A, signers North Carolina-Asheville
D Adam vellum Richardson JJ Pearce sir 7-6A Co-Defensive Player of the Year, 4 goals, 7 assists, Gardner-Webb signer
GC Dylan Frazier Duncanville jr First team TASCO 6A All-State, 11-6A Co-Goalkeeper of the Year, 17 shutouts, .66 goals allowed average
u DJ Koulai Lewisville jr 6-6A Offensive Player of the Year, 16 goals, 7 assists
u Caden Marchione Carollton Prince of Peace sir First-team TAPPS Division II All-State, 17 goals for state champions.
u Oscar Martinez Rowlet sir 9-6A Offensive Player of the Year, 7 goals, 15 assists
u Juniber Mendoza Seegoville sir 12-5A MVP, 24 goals, 22 assists
u Aidan Williams Midlothian sir 14-5A Offensive Player of the Year, 9 goals, 9 assists, second team TASCO 5A All-Region II, Univ. by Ozarks signers

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The Dallas Morning News football awards 2022

— Seasonal awards for boys, first and second all-area teams

— Girls’ All-Area Teams First and Second All-Area Team Relay Awards

— All district lists (coming soon)

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