PHCC has four players land on all-Region X first team

November 8, 2013

Four soccer players from Patrick Henry Community College were named to first-team all-Region X recently, and four others made second-team honors.

Three sophomores from PHCC’s men’s soccer team earned first team nods: midfielder Oscar Ulloa, forward Uli Rios and defender Marvin Soyka. Freshman goalkeeper Payton Gregg earned top honors for the women.

“The first teamers, they were unanimous votes by the opposing coaches, and I think that says a lot,” said men’s head coach Scott Haywood of his trio.

Ulloa tallied 7 goals and 5 assists to finish second in scoring on the men’s squad.

“Oscar, I’m gonna miss him,” said Haywood. “He’s got great ball skills, and he’s a great leader. He works hard; he’s just a good kid, and a great player.”

Rios finished with 6 goals and 3 assists as the men’s team worked its way to a 15-7-2 overall record (9-5-1 Region X).

“I wish I had 10 Ulis,” joked Haywood. “At practice, he’s nonstop. During a game, he literally could run for 90 minutes. He wasn’t the leading scorer in the region, but he created so many opportunities and was so dangerous that he always had to be man marked and was often double teamed.”

Soyka helped anchor the defense and also notched 1 goal on the season.

“Marvin is a great player: great skills, great athlete. That goes without saying,” said Haywood. “But he matured so much as a young man and a player. He just really grew into a great leader on this team, and I think the other opposing coaches, when they nominated and they voted for him, that’s what they saw.”

Second-team honorees for the men were sophomore goalkeeper Bill Ison and sophomore Lucas Prillaman, both of whom are Bassett High School graduates. The Region X Player of the Year award went to Louisburg College sophomore Hassan Kouyateh, a midfielder.

Gregg, the Lady Patriots’ goalkeeper, started 12 games in the net, finishing with 123 saves and a .794 goals-against average. She also tallied one goal and one assist while playing in the field early in the year.

“What we did at the end of the season was greatly attributed to Payton,” said PHCC women’s coach Larry Wylie, whose team won the program’s first playoff match this year. “She kept us in every game she played in, and she made some incredible saves. She improved throughout the season, every game, every practice, every training session.”

Second-team honorees for the Lady Patriots were freshmen center back Jailene Cartagena and forward Larissa Ayo.

“Larissa was our scorer. She led the team with 8 goals and 8 assists. She tried to get everybody involved, but when she was attacking the goal, she really opened up things for other people,” said Wylie. “Jailene was another freshman who really stepped up. She played center back for us all year. She kept a lot of stuff from getting to Payton. She did a really nice job as far as stepping up and putting pressure on the ball if an outside defender got beat.”

The Lady Patriots finished 7-12 overall (3-9 Region X), one year after going winless in the program’s inaugural season.

The women’s Player of the Year award went to Louisburg College freshman forward Sam Rowland, who tallied an eye-popping 41 goals and 18 assists on the year.