The Riverside boys soccer team was arguably the most dominant team in the entire state in 2017, breezing through its schedule and the Class 3A/2A/1A state playoffs to capture the schools’ second state championship.
The Pirates were the highest-scoring team across all classifications with 116 goals and allowed a mere 16. In district play, Riverside was a perfect 6-0, winning those games by a combined score of 62-4.
The season officially came to a close this week with the all-district teams being released, with Riverside showing why they were far and away the best team in Special District 4 this season. The Pirates had nine total players voted into the two teams, with seven first team selections and one second team. And for the cherry on top, senior Quincy Castillo was named district Player of the Year and head coach Francisco Velazquez as Coach of the Year.
Umatilla, who finished tied for second in the district, had six selections led by sophomores Jose Alaniz and Roberto Lugo on the first team. Irrigon had just three selections following an 0-14 season.
The full teams are listed below.
Special District 4
Player of the Year — Quincy Castillo, Riverside
Coach of the Year — Francisco Velasquez, Riverside
Kevin Madrigal, Riverside, sr.; Jose Peralta, Riverside, sr.; Kevin Sanchez, Nyssa, sr.; Luis Olvera, Riverside, sr.; Jose Alaniz, Umatilla, so.; Alejandor Alvaez, Irrigon, sr.; Cristoval Alvarez, Nyssa, jr.; Miseal Madrigal, Riverside, sr.; Ulises Lopez, Riverside, so.; Kevin Altamirano, Riverside, sr.; Roberto Lugo, Umatilla, so.
Roberto Amezquita, Nyssa, jr.; Abram Castro, Nyssa, so.; Omar Tellez, Nyssa, jr.; Javier Castro, Nyssa, fr.; Luis Castro, Umatilla, jr.; Cesar De la Cruz, Umatilla, so.; Pedro Arroyo, Umatilla, jr.; Armondo Verdin, Umatilla, sr.; Marcos Rangle, Irrigon, so.; Luis Cardenas, Irrigon, jr.; Kevin Ruelas, Riverside, so.