By Dave Ruthenberg, Sports Editor
Enid News & Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Coming off their first playoff appearance since 2011, the Enid High School Plainsmen soccer team scored big in the postseason awards department.
Senior midfielder Edgar Delgadillo and senior forward Oscar Pena earned Class 6A All-State honors and will participate as part of the Class 6A East All-State team in the annual All-State game June 15 in Newcastle. Enid head coach Craig Liddell, whose Plainsmen team finished 8-6, will be a member of the boys All-State coaching staff.
Delgadillo, the team’s leader in goals and assists this past season, also earned additional accolades as he was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Oklahoma player of the year and is in the running for the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year.
The Pacers also will be represented at the girls Class 6A All-State game as senior midfielder Kaitlin Bell was selected to the 6A All-State girls soccer team.
“It shows a lot of respect for the progam,” Liddell said. regarding the postseason honors. “It shows the coaches from around the state think well of the program.”
Several other members of Enid’s soccer teams also earned postseason recognition.
Plainsmen senior defender Angel Chavez was All-State honorable mention. Delgadillo and Chavez also earned All-District honors for the Plainsmen, while Pedro Braga, Yancarlos Duenas, Victor I. Hernandez, Felix Mora and Pena were named All-District honorable mention.
Earning All-District honors from the Pacers were Bell and midfielder Abigail Resendiz. Sarah Blakely, Sophie Holle and Shelley Mueller earned All-District honorable mention.
“I’m very, very happy for the players,” Liddell said. “They all worked very hard for it. Oscar (Pena) was a decent soccer player, but really worked his socks off to make himself better, and Bell was a four-year starter and was very deserving of her honor.”
Team awards also were handed out Monday night at the teams’ annual awards banquet.
Delgadillo was named Plainsmen MVP. Yancarlos Duenas and Mora shared the Plainsmen offensive MVP award, while Chavez was named defensive MVP.
Other awards saw Samuel Alvarado and Delgadillo earning the “Pride of the Plainsmen” award, David Omar Alatorre, Eliab Favela and Pena were named Leadership Award winners and Jordan Benjamen, Brayan Hernandez and Justin Miles were named “Most Improved.”
Additional Pacers team awards went to Bell and Mueller who each were named team MVP, Holle and Resendiz won offensive MVP, Blakely took home defensive MVP, while Claudia Huerta was named recipient of the leadership award and Katelyne Carrillo and Grace Enmeier were named most improved. Brieanna Glaze received the “Pride of the Pacers” award.
While the Plainsmen and Pacers graduate several players after this season, it doesn’t mean their soccer careers are necessarily coming to an end, as eight seniors are expected to sign collegiate soccer letters of intent next week.
Plainsman MVP Delgadillo is expected to sign with Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa, Alvarado with Midland College (Neb.) and Jesus Camarena, Chavez, Martin Gomez and Pena are headed to Independence (Kan.) Community College.
Pacers’ MVP Bell is going to NOC Tonkawa, where she will be joined by Huerta.
“It’s a really fitting end to a successful season,” Liddell said.