LOUISBURG — Eight players from the Wildcats were first-team selections on the Tri-County Spotlight Soccer Team.
The Spotlight soccer team had 13 players named to the first team and 10 players earn honorable mention honors.
The Louisburg Wildcat soccer team won a school-record 16 games this season. The Wildcats captured a Frontier League title, going 7-1 in league play. Louisburg also captured a Class 4A regional championship before having its season come to an end against eventual state champion Bishop Meige, 3-0, in the state quarterfinal playoffs.
Goalie Garrett Rolofson, forward Cade Gassman, forward Treston Carlson, midfielder Ryan Haight, midfielder Braden Yows and outside back Michael Seuferling were first-team selections. Defender William Frank, midfielder Ethan Ptacek and midfielder Landon Johnson were honorable mention selections.
Paola forward Ryan Wokutch, forward Jonathan Villalobos, defenders Ben Timpe and Ian Heid and midfielder Mason Escobar were first-team selections.
Goalie Austin Weaver, midfielder Gabriel Talledo Lena, defender Carden Escobar and midfielder Justice Reed were honorable mention selections.
The Paola Panthers tied the school record with 10 wins a year ago and set a new standard with 11 wins in 2019. Paola also advanced to the regional title game, falling to Eudora in triple overtime, 2-1.
Jackson Rainforth and Keen Kittle were first-team selections for the Spring Hill Broncos. Chenzy Haney, John Santos and Hunter Williams were honorable mention selections.
Rolofson, the Tri-County Spotlight Goalie of the Year, was a first-team Spotlight selection for the Wildcats. He posted eight shutouts and allowed just 17 goals in 19 games for a goal-against average of 0.894.
Gassman led the Wildcats in goals with 18. He added five assists.
“Cade is incredibly talented,” Conley said. “He is a holding midfielder on his club team, but we play him up top because of how dynamic he is.”
Carlson scored 12 goals with five assists. He was clutch for the Wildcats, scoring four game-winning goals. Carlson moved from outside midfielder last season to forward.
“Treston has improved so much this summer by his individual skill and learning the game,” Conley said.
Haight was a tough defender and helped push the attack from the midfield with his speed and vision of the field.
“Ryan was named a captain by his peers,” Conley said. “He was our best player the past three years concerning all aspects of leadership, defensively and offensively.”
Yows was a playmaker, scoring 11 goals with 14 assists.
“Braden has been the best player on the field in just about every game, if not every game, we have played,” Conley said.
Seuferling attacked the dribble as outside back and protected the Wildcat goal.
“Michael accepted the challenge and played extremely well. We are constantly under fire in the back, and he held his own,” Conley said.
Wokutch, the Tri-County Spotlight Soccer Player of the Year, led the Panthers with 27 goals on the season. Villalobos had six goals and 12 assists.
Escobar helped push the attack. Paola utilized his speed on offense and defense. He scored 14 goals with six assists.
“He was huge as we had several injuries towards the end of the season,” Troast said. “Without a doubt in my mind, he is a first team player. He should have been first-team all-league.”
Timpe, Heid and Weaver were part of a Panther defense that allowed just 21 goals all season, giving up an average of 1.31 goals per game. Both set new school records for the program.
Weaver posted a school-record six shutouts on the season. Paola allowed just 21 goals this season. He had a 275-minute scoreless streak that stretched over three and a half games. Weaver helped lead Paola to a pair of four-game winning streaks.
Talledo Lena, an exchange student from Spain, was a talented playmaker at midfield and forward for the Paola Panthers.
Carden Escobar was a tough defender who attacked the dribble and cleared the ball.
Williams scored a team-leading eight goals for Spring Hill. Santos had seven goals. Rainforth led the team in assists with 10. Haney saved 85.6 percent of the shots taken against him.