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Five Spartans make All-WAC first teams
All-WAC soccer
Lathrop’s Alan Hernandez (2) pressures the Ceres goalkeeper. - photo by Wayne Thallander

The Lathrop High boys soccer team broke through this past season and advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs after contending for the Western Athletic Conference championship.

The Spartans wound up in third place and had three players make the All-WAC first team. Lathrop’s girls narrowly missed their second postseason berth and were awarded with two all-league selections.

Freshman midfielder Alan Hernandez made the list for Lathrop’s boys team (8-3-3 WAC, 13-9-4-overall), joining standout upperclassmen Ociel Mora and Javier Galvez. Midfielder Adrian Valencia of co-champion Grace Davis (9-3-2, 16-6-2) was voted MVP.

All-WAC soccer
Lathrop’s Elizabeth Enriquez-Lopez (4) evades Jessie Kahlon (9) of Beyer. - photo by SEAN KAHLER
Brianna Bedolla and Elizabeth Enriquez-Lopez earned all-league for Lathrop’s girls squad (7-4-3, 10-10-3). Outright champion Beyer (13-1, 14-3) garnered the top prize with Ashlee Leonetti getting MVP.

Mora and Bedolla are both two-time, all-league first-team members.

Only a freshman, Hernandez finished as Lathrop’s overall top scorer on the boys team with nine goals and 15 assists (33 points). The midfielder had three goals and 11 assists in 14 conference contests.

Mora, a junior forward, added nine goals and three assists (21 points) in WAC play. Senior center back Galvez contributed two goals to the attack, including a late game-winner against Grace Davis.

Senior midfielders Raymond Ordona and Reyli Villalpando were selected to the

All-WAC soccer
Lathrop striker Ociel Mora (4) navigates the Grace Davis midfield of Jacob Lara Alvarez (9), Adrian Valencia (18) and Guillermo Vega (1). - photo by Wayne Thallander
All-WAC second team. Andres Hurtado Garcia and Eduardo Torres got honorable mention.

Although the Spartans came up short of their first league title, they were able to pull off a 3-2 thriller at home against Orestimba in their first playoff game.

Lathrop’s girls continued to make strides under third-year coach Diana Nevarez.

Sophomore midfielder/forward Enriquez-Lopez led the way with 20 goals and seven assists, 15 and five of which came in league play. Bedolla added one goal and two assists while solidifying the back line.

Winger Janessa Ward and Guadalupe Zepeda made the second team.