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March 25, 2023

MVC’s Alexa Malespina named Mission Division’s top defender | PCAL girls soccer

WATSONVILLE—Monte Vista Christian junior goalkeeper Alexa Malespina was named the Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission Division’s Defensive Player of the Year for her stellar performance in front of the net this season.

According to the Monterey Bay Preps website, she recorded 76 saves and two shutouts for MVC, which finished with a 5-10-4 overall record and placed fifth in the Mission Division with a 4-6-2 record in league play. 

Malespina also earned all-league first team honors along with fellow freshman teammate Ashley Drago, who finished with three goals according to MBayPreps.

Pajaro Valley sophomore Valeria Acosta and senior Kalra Leyva earned All-PCAL Mission Division First team honors.

Acosta finished with a team-best 15 goals and a pair of assists, while Leyva played a key role in the defensive midfield for the Grizzlies (9-9-2, 5-6-1), who placed fourth in the Mission Division standings.

Jocelyn Llamas, a senior, and sophomore Leslie Carrisoza both earned all-league second team honors. Carrisoza finished with 11 goals and a pair of assists for Pajaro Valley.

Watsonville High senior Kiana Arela earned All-PCAL Gabilan Division First Team honors, while fellow teammate freshman Jasleen Hererra earned all-league second team honors.

St. Francis High’s Olivia Chavez-Arce, Alondra Martinez and Emma Pettersen earned All-PCAL Cypress Division First Team honors.

Fellow teammates Samantha Martinez, Monserrat Ramirez and Miriam Abonce–who finished with a team-best 14 goals–earned all-league second team honors.

Ceiba College Prep junior Janelle Quinero earned All-PCAL Santa Lucia Division First Team honors, while fellow junior teammate Delia Arana earned all-league second team honors. 

Gabilan Division

Watsonville High senior Kiana Varela earned All-PCAL Gabilan Division First Team honors this season. (Juan Reyes/The Pajaronian)

Individual Awards

Most Valuable Player: Susana Juarez (Sr.), Salinas

Offensive Player of the Year: Delilah Vega Aguilar (So.), Salinas

Defensive Player of the Year: Natalie Vargas (Jr.), Alvarez

First Team
Quinn Eastman (Sr.), Salinas

Susana Juarez (Sr.), Salinas

Kate Nunes (Fr.), Salinas

Delilah Vega Aguilar (So.), Salinas 

McKenzie Heckman (Sr.), Hollister

Sydney Stacy (So.), Hollister

Zamaya Rivera (Fr.), Hollister

Stephanie Zarate (Fr.), Alisal

Isabella Salazar (Jr.), Alisal

Danya Rodriguez (Jr.), Alvarez

Natalie Vargas (Jr.), Alvarez

Kiana Arela (Sr.), Watsonville

Layla Chu Coloma (Sr.), Monterey

Alison Vega (Jr.), North Salinas

Second Team

Elizabeth Pozas (Sr.), Salinas

Cathrine Pozas (Jr.), Salinas

Morgan Retterer (Fr.), Salinas

Veronica Borowski (Sr.), Salinas

Trinity Arias (Sr.), Hollister

Karen Alvarado-Castillo (Fr.), Hollister

Elyssa Hernandez (Fr.), Hollister

Massiel Hernandez (So.), Alisal

April Cervantez (Fr.), Alisal

Roselyn Olivo (Sr.), Alvarez 

Jennifer Montes (Fr.), Alvarez

Jasleen Herrera (Fr.), Watsonville

Emma Esparza (Jr.), Monterey

Karla Paredes (Sr.), North Salinas

Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team

Elizabeth Pozas (Sr.), Salinas

Saavedra Allen (Sr.), Hollister

Elizabeth Oretga (Jr.), Alisal 

Emma Reyes (Fr.), Alvarez

Gimena Garcia (Sr.), Watsonville

Adrienne Runas (Jr.), Monterey

Clarissa Cervantes (Jr.), North Salinas

Elgie Bellizio Team Sportsmanship Award: Hollister 

Mission Division

Pajaro Valley High senior Karla Leyva earned All-PCAL Mission Division First Team honors this season. (contributed)

Most Valuable Player: Sophia Martel (Jr.), Soledad

Offensive Player of the Year: Cadence Walters (Jr.), Rancho San Juan

Defensive Player of the Year: Alexa Malespina (Jr.), Monte Vista Christian

First Team

Glendy Torres (Sr.), Rancho San Juan

Jenna Emerson (Jr.), Rancho San Juan

Cadence Walters (Jr.), Rancho San Juan

Maddie Gallagher (Sr.), Carmel

Morgan Mayer (Jr.), Carmel

Nikki Benak (Sr.), Carmel

Larissa Rodriguez (Sr.), Soledad

Sophia Martel (Jr.), Soledad

Valeria Acosta (So.), Pajaro Valley

Kalra Leyva (Sr.), Pajaro Valley

Alexa Malespina (Jr.), Monte Vista Christian

Rosalyn Bourdow (Sr.), Pacific Collegiate School

Hailey Ortega (Sr.), North Monterey County

Second Team

Natalee Morales (So.), Rancho San Juan

Angelica Medina-Guerrero (Jr.), Rancho San Juan

Karina Vargas (So.), Rancho San Juan

Ryan Lott (Fr.), Carmel

Sophia Bone (Sr.), Carmel

Olivia Bartle (Jr.), Carmel

Giselle Zepeda (So.), Soledad

Clarissa Mojia (Sr.), Soledad

Leslie Carrisoza (So.), Pajaro Valley 

Jocelyn Llamas (Sr.), Pajaro Valley

Ashley Drago (Fr.), Monte Vista Christian

Anna Walker-Edwards (So.), Pacific Collegiate School

Andrea Ibarra (So.), North Monterey County

Richard Chamberlin Sportsmanship Team

Chantal Ramos-Verdin (Jr.), Rancho San Juan

Peyton Kelly (Sr.), Carmel

Mariana Leon (So.), Soledad

Ashley Cadenas (So.), Pajaro Valley

Alexa Malespina (Jr.), Monte Vista Christian

Claire Protti (So.), Pacific Collegiate School

Paige Ramirez (So.), North Monterey County

Elgie Bellizio Team Sportsmanship Award: North Monterey County

Cypress Division

Individual Awards: Jacky Vazquez, Seaside

Offensive Player of the Year: Samantha Ortiz-Naranjo, York

Defensive Player of the Year: Jadie Martinez, Seaside

First Team

Iran Ibarra, King City

Jessica Lane, Notre Dame-Salinas

Olivia DaSilva, Santa Catalina

Federica Hernandez, Santa Catalina

Lexie Cabrera, Seaside

Jadie Martinez, Seaside

Joelle Salagan, Seaside

Jacky Vazquez, Seaside

Olivia Chavez-Arce, St. Francis

Alondra Martinez, St. Francis

Emma Pettersen, St. Francis

Chole Vogel, Stevenson

Sam Ortiz-Naranjo, York

Sarah Tate, York

Second Team

Kayla Andrade, King City

Elizabeth Fuqua, Notre Dame-Salinas

Regina Ortega, Santa Catalina

Liliana Pedroni, Santa Catalina

Dayana Benitez, Seaside

Patricia Cavero, Seaside

Gyzelle Mata, Seaside

Kimberly Perez, Seaside

Miriam Abonce, St. Francis

Samantha Martinez, St. Francis

Monserrat Ramirez, St. Francis

Katrina Bauer, Stevenson

Eleanor Johnson, York

Alessia Torrente, York

Richard Chamberlin All Sportsmanship Team

Samantha Paramo, King City

Paula Mendez, Notre Dame-Salinas

Delilah Fujita, Santa Catalina

Brianna Munson Perez, Seaside

Yatzell Velazquez, St. Francis

Mia Schlenker, Stevenson

Maddie Gill, York

Elgie Bellizio Sportsmanship Team Award: King City

Santa Lucia Division

Individual Awards 

Most Valuable Player: Sophia O’ Connor (Sr.), Pacific Grove

Defensive Players of the Year: Yaquelin Patricio (Sr.), Greenfield; Abby Hostetter (Sr.), Marina 

First Team

Marbella Barron (Jr.), Anzar 

Janelle Quintero (Jr.), Ceiba

Emily Ochoa (Jr.), Gonzales

Samantha Oliva (Sr.), Gonzales

Alessandra Tejeda (So.), Gonzales

Yaquelin Patricio (Sr.), Greenfield

Aundrea Sanchez (So.), Greenfield

Jadah Gustus (So.), Marina

Abby Hostetter (Sr.), Marina

Ashley Kaur (Jr.), Oakwood 

Sophia O’ Connor (Sr.), Pacific Grove

Ivana Reynolds (Sr.), Pacific Grove

Athena Walling (Sr.), Pacific Grove

Emily Torres (Sr.), Trinity 

Second Team

Scarlett Capuano (Jr.), Anzar 

Delila Arana (Jr.), Ceiba

Jacqueline Estrada (Sr.), Gonzales

Janelle Garcia (Fr.), Gonzales

Valerie Oliva (So.), Gonzales

Lelsly Ibarra (Sr.), Greenfield

Marlen Zamarripa (Sr.), Greenfield

Sunndy Huynh (Sr.), Marina

Hennessy Ybarra (Sr.), Marina

Diya Krishna (Fr.), Oakwood

Sydney Amaditz (Fr.) Pacific Grove

Samantha Barragan (Sr.), Pacific Grove

Alexis Deford-Garcia (Jr.) Pacific Grove

Lauren Kelley (Fr.), Trinity

Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team

Marbella Barron, Anzar

Janelle Quintero, Ceiba

Jeslyn Garcia, Gonzales 

Daisy Picazo, Greenfield

Sediqa Karemsha, Marina

Ayana Wilmot, Oakwood

Zoe Cronin, Pacific Grove 

Courtney Hill, Trinity Christian 

Elgie Bellizio Team Sportsmanship Award: Trinity Christian 

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