Pepe’s passing highlights 2015 3A All-State soccer team

ST. GEORGE — Dixie’s three championships in the past four seasons in the 3A soccer world are astonishing, considering the parity prevalent in the game of futbol. Unselfish players like Jose “Pepe” Garcia are the big reason why the Flyers are able to keep bringing home the trophy.

Dixie's Jose "Pepe" Garcia, Snow Canyon vs. Dixie, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Apr. 2, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Dixie’s Jose “Pepe” Garcia, Snow Canyon vs. Dixie, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Apr. 2, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

“Pepe’s the only player in the history of my 24 years of coaching that I had to beg to come off the defensive line and play offense,” Dixie coach Burt Myers said. “He’s sure made a big difference for our team. he’s made a lot of people look good.”

Garcia had six goals and a team-high nine assists in leading Dixie to a 15-3-3 record and a 3-0 win in the state championship over region rival Pine View.

“You know, I had to lie to him, too,” Myers said. “I told him I’d just play him a little bit of offense and then back to defense. But with Alex Green getting inured, we really needed Pepe up there and there really isn’t a stat for what he did for our team. His hustle, his making the pass that set up the pass for a goal, his winning the ball, wanting it more than the other guy — he did it all.”

Dixie goalkeeper Ethan Poulton dives for a save, Dixie vs. Snow Canyon, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Apr. 21, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Dixie goalkeeper Ethan Poulton dives for a save, Dixie vs. Snow Canyon, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Apr. 21, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Garcia was named the 3A MVP by the Deseret News and was one of six Flyers on the All-State first team, as voted on by the state’s coaches. Along with Garcia, Dixie placed forwards McLane Keenan and Tyler Bennett, defenders Konner Aitken and Colton Chamberlain and goalkeeper Ethan Poulton on the first team. Av’ry Green was a second-teamer for Dixie.

Other Region 9 stars making the 3A All-State first team were Pine View’s Michael Wade, Michael Cardenas and Ethan Baer and Snow Canyon’s Kevin Guevera Chillin.

 

Here’s the full list:

3A First Team
Forwards
Michael Wade, Pine View, Sr.
McLane Keenan, Dixie, Sr.
Tyler Bennett, Dixie, Jr.
Haden Bunderson, Uintah, Sr.

Midfielders
Jose “Pepe” Garcia, Dixie, Sr. (MVP)
Michael Cardenas, Pine View, Jr.
Kevin Guevara Chillin, Snow Canyon, So.
Ian Thompson, Stansbury, Sr.
Brandon Sands, Juan Diego, Jr.
Defenders
Konner Aitken, Dixie, Sr.
Ethan Baer, Pine View, Sr.
Colton Chamberlain, Dixie, Sr.
Chris Ward, Juan Diego, Sr.
Goalkeepers
Ethan Poulton, Dixie, Jr.
Jordan Hendrickson, Juan Diego, Sr.

3A Second Team
Forwards
Angel Muniz, Snow Canyon, Jr.
Andre Alves, Juan Diego, Sr.
Gunnar Stray-Gundersen, Park City, Sr.
Travis Hanson, Stansbury, Sr.
Midfielders
Federico Resendis, Pine View, Sr.
Casey Monson, Snow Canyon, Sr.
Caden Nerdin, Uintah, So.
Av’ry Green, Dixie, Jr.
Defenders
Chris Ward, Juan Diego, Sr.
Chase Overfelt, Snow Canyon, Sr.
Corban Goodrich, Uintah, Sr.
Dallin Tripp, Canyon View, Sr.
Goalkeepers
Parker May, Grantsville, Jr.
Jacksen Bennion, Uintah, Sr.

3A Honorable Mention
Forwards
Jered Mariani, Juan Diego, Fr.
Jordan Pena, Payson, Fr.
Kalob Dudley, Pine View, Fr.
Axel Nino, Snow Canyon, So.
Javier Zambrano, Ben Lomond, Sr.
Midfielders
Andrew Gagon, Carbon, Sr.
David Hurtado, Juan Diego, Jr.
Kyson Spendlove, Hurricane, Sr.
Mitch Martino, Park City, Sr.
Jordan Helvey, Payson, Sr.
Jaden Spencer, Uintah, Jr.
Abraham Cardenas, Pine View, Jr.
Defenders
Jedd Hyer, Payson, Sr.
Brock Turner, Payson, So.
Dinwoodey Greer, Juan Diego, Jr.
Oscar Jeppson, Carbon, Sr.
Logan Ewell, Uintah, Sr.
Zach Thomas, Stansbury, So.
Goalkeepers
Kaden Jackson, Hurricane, Sr.
Jose Camacho, Snow Canyon, Sr.

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