The 2019 boys soccer season featured plenty of high-scoring players. All three county teams possessed one scorer of at least 11 goals for the season.
Those three players highlight the 12-player Daily Clarion Boys Soccer All-Area Team.
Gibson Southern, who made it to the Class 2A Washington Sectional Championship match, landed five players on the team.
Princeton Community lost to Gibson Southern in the sectional semifinals, placed four players on the team while a trio of players from Wood Memorial round out the list.
MOSAB ALSHWIKH -- The sophomore made a splash in his first varsity season for the Titans. Alswikh, whom his teammates dubbed "Moose," tallied seven goals and seven assists on the season.
"He made great improvements in his game from last season," Gibson Southern coach Chris Barthel said. "We normally used him as an attacking player because he is great with the ball at his feet. But "Moose" did a great job of filling various roles on the pitch for us."
Alshwikh also was also an all-conference selection in the Pocket Athletic Conference.
JUSTIN BARTHEL -- The Gibson Southern co-captain led the team and the area with 22 goals on the season. His mark was also second best among goal scorers in the PAC.
"He was by far the most versatile player on our team," the Titans coach said. "He could play any position on the pitch. He began the season as a center midfielder and forward, but we moved him to center back near the end of the season to shore up our defense."
In addition to being named a First Team All-PAC for the second straight year (honorable mention as a freshman), Barthel was also named selected to the First Team All District for the second straight season.
CHRISTIAN HILLYARD -- The senior was one of the top scoring threats for the Trojans this season. Hillyard found the back of the net nine times and dished out eight more assists -- both marks were second on the team.
"Christian has always been a hard worker," Wood Memorial coach Josh Stolz said. "He has come a long way since he started soccer as a freshman and was a large contributor for our team this year. He is very deserving of all the accolades he receives."
Hillyard was also an all-conference selection in the Blue Chip Conference.
ERICK HIRSCH -- The sophomore played all over the field for the Titans. Hirsch registered two goals in addition to six assists. He was also a key defender for the Titans.
"Erick is great with the ball at his feet and he can take on 2-3 defenders and still find a way to split them," coach Barthel said of his sophomore. "He also has very good defensive skills."
COLE HURT -- Another player who ran all over the field for Princeton Community. The senior was often assigned to shut down opposing teams' best players and could also be brought into the attacking zone to provide another viable scoring option. Hurt registered five goals and added four assists on the season.
"He is a great all-around player who we played in an attacking role occasionally," Tigers' coach Brad Woods said. "He was just so dominant on defense that we always had him play in the back in our tougher games."
Hurt was also an All-Big Eight Conference selection.
BRADEN MATTHEWS -- The senior was a two-way player for the Tigers. Matthews, an all-state selection last season, started in goal during the first half of games before being pulled into the field for the final 40 minutes of matches.
He finished the season with 89 saves with a .900 save percentage.
Matthews also scored three goals and added three assists while playing the field.
"Braden is undoubtedly the best goalkeeper we have ever had at Princeton," Wood said. "We expect him to be playing for a on the all-state team once again this year."
In addition to being named to the Big Eight All-Conference Team, Matthews was also a First Team All District performer.
KADEN NEWTON -- The only freshman to make the list, Newton made a big splash as he led Wood Memorial in scoring. The talented freshman totaled a team-high 11 goals in addition to four assists.
He recorded the only goal of the match in the Trojans 1-0 win over White River Valley midway through the season.
"Kaden had a strong freshman season which was helped by playing with an experienced group of seven seniors," Stolz said.
ETHAN REINBRECHT -- The senior was a co-captain for Gibson Southern. The center back was another one of the top defenders for the Titans.
"Ethan did a tremendous job for us this season after switching from outside back," the Titans coach said. "His effort was critical to our success in some big games including our two wins against Princeton by dominating air balls and denying the attackers' ability to turn on us. We are really going to miss him next year."
Reinbrecht was also named to the PAC All-Conference Team.
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LICSON REGIS -- The Princeton senior was one of the most dynamic players in the area. Regis could weave his way through opposing defenses with some slick moves with the ball at his feet. The senior led the Tigers with 17 goals in addition to dishing out eight assists.
"Licson is right up there as one of the best field players we have ever had," Woods said of his scoring machine. "Like Braden, Licson will also be playing for a spot on the all-state team. He is undecided on where he is playing next year but he will definitely be playing at the next level."
Regis was also a Big Eight All-Conference selection and First Team All District performer.
JAKE ROMERSHAUSEN -- The sophomore did a little bit of everything on the pitch for Gibson Southern. Romershausen netted seven goals and seven assists on the season.
"Jake mostly played center mid for us this year and played great," Barthel said. "He was a good distributor of the ball in the middle of the pitch."
JUSTIN STRICKLAND -- The senior was the heart and soul of the Trojans this season. He played all over the field and proved to be one of the top defenders as well and possessing the ability to step into the attacking third of the field and helping the team.
Strickland totaled three goals -- two in the Trojans win over Washington Catholic on senior day -- and led the team with 10 assists.
"Just was great for us at the sweeper position for us," Stolz said. "His assist total was the most for us since 2009."
OSCAR VILLALOBOS -- The senior was one of the vocal leaders on the pitch for Princeton. The senior defender missed making the Big Eight All Conference team by one vote. Although he did not register any scores, Villalobos finished with a trio of assists.
"Oscar was one of the most consistent players for us and on absolute workhorse in the midfield.," Woods said. "He lost over 40 pounds in the offseason to better prepare himself for his senior year. He was one of the best leaders I have coached."