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This year’s top soccer players are a fascinating, multifaceted bunch

This is one of our most eclectic group of soccer studs yet.

The Journal today announces its 2014 All-Metro boys and girls soccer teams, and this is perhaps the most interesting mix of kids we’ve put together in any season.

Some of the highlights:

Boys

Class 6A state champion Volcano Vista, 6A runner-up Albuquerque High and 6A’s best team in the regular season, Cibola, each had a pair of players make our first team.

The Cougars’ outstanding playmaker, Sergio Rivas, heads the Class of 2014. He led Class 6A in goals and points this season.

One of Cibola’s backliners, Joe Ortiz, also was chosen.

There are two repeat first-teamers from 2013. One is Rivas. The other is Volcano Vista defender Parker Conaway. Teammate Andy Luca, a midfielder, also was selected.

AHS forward Alex Newell and goalkeeper Andrea Seazzu are part of this year’s first team; Seazzu did not have 6A’s best goals-against average, but the consensus was he was the top netminder.

Albuquerque Academy forward Nick Slade, Sandia midfielder Kavi Miller, Los Lunas’ talented Alejandro Garcia (midfield) and Sandia Prep forward Ryan Hunter complete the first team.

Cibola, Volcano Vista and Albuquerque Academy had three players among the 22 chosen to the first and second teams. Both of the Chargers’ Touche twins, Alex and Charles, were recognized.

Girls

Typically, there was excellent depth on the girls’ side this season, and thus some difficult choices to be made.

There are four girls making their second straight appearance on the first team.

That list is headed up by Eldorado goalkeeper Morgan Divine and Eagles forward Alexa Genas.

St. Pius forward Tatiana Limon and Rio Rancho midfielder Mariah Baker are also on the first team for the second year in a row.

Limon and Genas were joined up front by La Cueva junior Jordyn Lacy, the leading scorer for the Class 6A state champion Bears.

Lacy and Genas both had 25 goals and 59 points last season for their sides. Limon had 36 goals in the 5A division.

Through the middle, Volcano Vista’s Caity Acosta, Cibola’s Anna Medina and Hope Christian’s Maddie Starkweather were named to the first team.

La Cueva’s Shelby Garner and St. Pius’ Dominique Rivera join La Cueva’s Cassie Boren on the back line.

Of the 22 girls selected to the first and second teams, St. Pius led the way with four representatives. Rio Rancho and La Cueva had three apiece, as did Eldorado.

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