The Kingsburg Vikings girls soccer team had 11 representatives on the All-Central Sequoia League honors list for the 2018-19 season.
Marissa Montelongo (player of the year), Emma Price (co-offensive player of the year), and Denise Elias (co-defensive player of the year) all earned the league’s top awards followed by eight other Vikings being named to the first and second teams.
Along with the three top award winners, Khloe Hodges, Shelby Reed, Caitlyn Vela, Jolyssa Venegas, and Peyton Woods earned first team honors. Heidi Ahumada, Taryn Irigoyen, and Brianna Vela earned second team recognition.
Kingsburg’s 11 All-CSL selections was a league high and the team had four more than Exeter’s total of seven. The Vikings eight All-CSL First-Team selections was also a league high.
“I have a front row seat to all the work they put in every day throughout the season,” Kingsburg head coach Scott Hodges said. “It’s really neat to see these girls awarded these league awards where I got to see them put all the hard work to be able to get to that point.”
Scott Hodges was named coach of the year for the third-straight season.
To earn the award three consecutive years was humbling for him.
“I’m in a classic situation of an average coach looking really good because of the phenomenal players that we have,” Hodges said. “I got an incredible group of players that show up everyday and they work so hard. They have great attitudes and they’re all coachable.”
As for the individual award winners, it’s the second straight year where Montelongo and Elias earned recognition in one of the top categories.
Montelongo - a junior - scored a team-high 35 goals and led the team in assists with 18. Montelongo led the Vikings in scoring for three consecutive years. She scored 29 goals last year and 27 as a freshman. The junior was named offensive player of the year last season as a sophomore.
Scott Hodges, who is not allowed to vote for his own players, said Montelongo’s player of the year award was an “unanimous” decision for the other six coaches.
“There was no talk of a co-MVP,” Hodges said.
Elias - a junior - earned the co-defensive player of the year award after leading Kingsburg with 53 steals. The junior shared the award with Exeter’s Isabel Martinez. Last season, Elias was named the league's MVP.
Price was named co-offensive player of the award after scoring nine goals with nine assists. The junior shared the award with Exeter’s Lexe Cortez.
“When we hit league, it is tough,” Hodges said. “Our CSL is a really tough league and you’re going to have to bring your best game for each one. When we get to this point to honor the players, there’s a lot of excellent players considered for these awards.”
Kingsburg won its third-straight Central Section championship after defeating the Exeter Monarchs 1-0 in the Division IV title game on Feb. 22. The Vikings also competed in the CIF State Regional playoffs for the third consecutive season. Kingsburg ended the season with a 22-5-1 overall record and the girls were 12-0 in league play.
Next season, 10 of the Vikings 11 All-league selections are expected to return.
The Kingsburg boys soccer team had a total of three selections on the All-CSL first and second teams for the 2018-19 season.
William Soria and Jacob Torres earned first team honors while junior Conner Thompson was named to the second team.