Pajaro Valley junior Valeria Acosta, No. 7, was named the co-Most Valuable Player of the Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission Division for the 2023-24 regular season. She finished with 19 goals and one assist for the Grizzlies girls' soccer team. (Juan Reyes/The Pajaronian)

Pajaro Valley High senior Valeria Acosta was named the Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission Division’s co-Most Valuable Player for the 2023-24 girls soccer season.

Acosta and Giselle Zepeda of league champion Soledad High will share this year’s top honors after both players had superb seasons on the pitch. 

Acosta finished with 19 goals and one assist, while Zepeda had 18 goals and nine assists, according to statistics on the MaxPreps website. 

“I was very happy and proud of myself for achieving this because to me it’s a big deal,” Acosta said. “All that hard work you put in the season and there could be a good outcome at the end, it made me happy.” 

Pajaro Valley head coach Kristian Flores said each team they faced knew Acosta was their go-to player, yet they still weren’t able to stop her from either scoring a goal or creating an opportunity for a teammate. 

The amazing part is that Acosta, a junior, sat out for most of the preseason and still scored 10 goals from the midfield position before making the move to a striker. 

“I think she was the best player, hands down,” Flores said.

Flores was hoping Acosta would solely win the MVP award, but coaches within the Mission Division believed Zepeda was deserving of it, as well.

Soledad senior standout Sophia Martel was on her way to winning back-to-back top honors after scoring 20 goals in just eight games played. But she graduated in December and did not play with the Aztecs the rest of the way.  

Acosta said she always put the team’s success ahead of her individual accomplishments, especially when it came to qualifying for the Central Coast Section playoffs.

“I’m gonna work for my team and if [the MVP award] happens, I’ll get it,” she said.

Acosta helped lead Pajaro Valley to a 10-6-3 overall record and runner-up in the Mission Division with an 8-1-3 record in league play just behind Soledad (9-2-1). The Grizzlies lost, 4-1, to Alvarez High in the CCS Division IV playoffs.

Acosta had major help from fellow teammates Scarlet Gomez and Leilanie Vazquez, who all earned All-PCAL First Team honors. Jennifer Martinez, Aniah Federico and Rocio Acosta—Valeria’s younger sister—earned all-league second team honors.

On the defensive side, Federico had 60 saves as the main goalkeeper and Rocio Acosta helped the Grizzlies’ defense concede just 10 goals during Mission Division action this season. 

“It goes to show that we were good in both regards of being able to defend and being able to score,” Flores said. “But I think it’s good that as a team they were all recognized with those first team and second team awards.”

Flores said that each player contributed in a different way, which helped Valeria Acosta score from anywhere on the pitch. Gomez, who led the team with 10 assists, and Vazquez were a midfield duo that would find Acosta to cap it off.

“It’s good that they’re being recognized for the amazing players that they were all season,” Flores said.

Valeria Acosta said everyone put in 100% of an effort and at the end of the day she’s proud of how the season resulted regardless of the outcome. 

“I know that we’ll be back and I know that everyone tried their best to make it as far as we did,” she said. “Their motivation, it really showed.”

Acosta will continue to play during the offseason with her club team, PV United out of Watsonville.

Below is a complete list of this season’s PCAL all-league individual awards and teams.

Mission Division

co-Most Valuable Players: Valeria Acosta, Pajaro Valley; Giselle Zepeda, Soledad

Defensive Player of the Year: Mariana Leon, Soledad

First team

Scarlet Gomez, Pajaro Valley

Leilanie Vazquez, Pajaro Valley

Valeria Acosta, Pajaro Valley

Julia Reiland, Monte Vista Christian

Alexa Malaspina, Monte Vista Christian

Giselle Zepeda, Soledad

Mariana Leon, Soledad

Belen Diaz, Soledad

Jennifer Troncoso, Soledad

Anna Walker-Edwards, Pacific Collegiate

Kate Lane, Pacific Collegiate

Ryan Lott, Carmel

Alison Vega, North Salinas

Jadie Martinez, Seaside

Second team

Aniah Federico, Pajaro Valley

Rocio Acosta, Pajaro Valley

Jennifer Martinez, Pajaro Valley

Ashley Drago, Monte Vista Christian

Amanda Pasag, Monte Vista Christian

Precious Aguilera, Soledad

Alyssa Rico, Soledad

Audrey Gonzalez, Soledad

Mayrin Amilpa, Soledad

Kaia Gurdak, Pacific Collegiate

Amelie Pan, Pacific Collegiate

Olivia Bartle, Carmel

Isabelle Vazquez, North Salinas

Patricia Cavero, Seaside

Richard Chamberlin Sportsmanship team

Marla Licea, Pajaro Valley

Ashlyn Hoffman, Monte Vista Christian

Belen Diaz, Soledad

Kat Buckley, Pacific Collegiate

Kaitlyn Myrick, Carmel

Jessica Lopez, North Salinas

Jazly Arango, Seaside

Elgie Bellizio Sportsmanship team 

Monte Vista Christian

Gabilan Division

Most Valuable Player: Deliah Vega-Aguilar, Salinas

Offensive Player of the Year: Danya Rodriguez, Alvarez

Defensive Player of the Year: Kate Nunes, Salinas

First team

Deliah Vega- Aguilar, Salinas

Kate Nunes, Salinas

Morgan Retterer, Salinas

Isabella Flores, Salinas

Natalie Vargas, Alvarez

Danya Rodriguez, Alvarez

Jennifer Montes, Alvarez

Lauren Green, Hollister

Itzel Florez, Hollister

Karina Vargas, Rancho San Juan

Sherlyn Farfan, Rancho San Juan

Jackie Cano, Watsonville

Emma Esparza, Monterey

Elizabeth Ortega, Alisal

Second team

Praisa Lowe, Salinas

Mia Grijalva, Salinas

Nathalie Sanchez, Salinas

Catherine Pozas, Salinas

Destiny Lopez, Alvarez

Emma Reyes, Alvarez

Brandy Corona, Alvarez

Summer Forrest, Hollister

Jimena Heredia, Hollister

Jenna Emerson, Rancho San Juan

Angelica Medina-Guerrero, Rancho San Juan

Julienna Ramirez, Watsonville

Tillie Joseph, Monterey

Stephanie Zarate, Alisal

Richard Chamberlin Sportsmanship team

Mia Grijalva, Salinas

Angie Zamora, Alvarez

Jesseira Allen, Hollister

Chantal Ramos-Verdin, Rancho San Juan

Jayleen Zamora, Watsonville

Isabella Licea, Monterey

Aileen Cardenas, Alisal

Elgie Bellizio Sportsmanship team 


Cypress Division

Most Valuable Player: Alessia Torrente, York

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

Defensive Player of the Year: Samantha Martinez, St. Francis

First team

Alessia Torrente, York

Samantha Ortiz-Naranjo, York

Eleanor Johnson, York

Izabella Tejeda, York

Sophia Martinez, North County

Melissa villa Alvarado, North County

Isavela Valadez, North County

Gianna Castello, Notre Dame

Paula Mendez, Notre Dame

Destiny Mosqueda, King City

Samantha Paramo, King City

Olivia DaSilva, Santa Catalina

Alexis DeFord, Pacific Grove

Samantha Martinez, St. Francis

Second team

Alexa Arango-Cuevas, York

Sarah Tate, York

Rose Finn, York

Minx Adelman, York

Isabella Hernández, North County

Andrea Ibarra, North County

Tatiana Hernández, North County

Allison Guerra, Notre Dame

Norah Macdonald, Notre Dame

Lesley Arreola, King City

Iran Ibarra, King City

Delilah Fujita, Santa Catalina

Olivia Amaditz, Pacific Grove

Monserrat Ramirez, St. Francis

Richard Chamberlin All Sportsmanship team 

Rose Finn, York

Arianna Jimenez, North County

Jenna Alaniz, Notre Dame

Ruby Morales, King City

Fatima Cortes, Santa Catalina

Kennedi Biondi, Pacific Grove

Hailey Mae Ritter, St. Francis

Elgie Bellizio Sportsmanship team 

King City

Santa Lucia Division

Most Valuable Player: Chloe Vogel, Stevenson

Defensive Player of the Year: Siena Bullock, Stevenson

Offensive Player of the Year: Valerie Oliva, Gonzales

First team

Chloe Vogel, Stevenson

Ava Edwards, Stevenson 

Siena Bullock-Martinez, Stevenson 

Georgia Bonifas, Stevenson

Emily Ochoa, Gonzales

Katherine Toledo, Gonzales

Valerie Oliva, Gonzales

Andrea Marquez, Gonzales

Aundrea Sanchez, Greenfield 

Fatima Jaime -Jimenez, Marina

Jadah Gustus, Marina 

Isabella Briceno, Anzar 

Jenelle Quintero, Ceiba 

Desiree Peraza, Trinity 

Second team 

Macey Torres, Stevenson

Mia Schlenker, Stevenson 

Nini Stewart, Stevenson

Mack Bellomo, Stevenson 

Alessandra Tejeda, Gonzales 

Grecia Valdez, Gonzales 

Janelle Garcia, Gonzales 

Kim Zavala, Greenfield

Aideliz Moreno, Greenfield 

Cindy Fernandez Vasquez, Marina 

Gracy Ruiz-Gamino, Marina

Jasmin Salinas, Anzar 

Martha Garciaguirre, Ceiba 

Isabelle Combs, Trinity

Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team

Georgia Bonifas, Stevenson 

Isabella Camargo, Gonzales 

Destiny Hernandez, Greenfield 

Gizelle Jeronimo, Marina 

Marbella Barron, Anzar

Tatum Ramones, Trinity

Ariela Longoria, Ceiba

Elgie Bellizio Team Sportsmanship Award 

Anzar and Trinity Christian

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