Four Dragons Make First Team All-Conference
The Dragons great success on the soccer field this season was noticed by the conference as Howard Community College (HCC) saw four student-athletes make first team All-Conference and nine overall earn All-Md Juco honors.
On the women's side, Nikki Vieira (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colégio Adventista) finished third in the conference in goals (19), assists (13), and points (51) and was second in shorts with 80 which resulted in her earning first team All-Conference honors. She scored the game winning goal in a 1-0 regular season win over rivals Anne Arundel and tallied assists on two of the three goals the Dragons scored to win their two games in the regional tournament.
Busi Sokoya (Columbia, MD/Long Reach), one of the most dominating central defenders to ever play for the Dragons earned second team honors while Leigh McDonald (Loveland, CO/Mountain View), Hailey Montoya (Redlands, CA/Redlands East Valley), Grace Pritchett (Dayton, MD/Linganore) and Kylie Toler (Fulton, MD/Reservoir) were all named as Honorable Mentions.
For the men, HCC earned three of the 11 All-Conference first team awards with Daniel Fuentes (Clarksville, MD/River Hill), Anderson Mejia Marroquin (Elkridge, MD/Hammond) and Bryce Waller (Clarksville, MD/River Hill) earning recognition.
Fuentes scored 14 goals from his midfield position, sixth most in the conference, and tied for sixth in the conference with 35 points. His best game of the season may have been his last one as a Dragon, where he scored two goals including the game winner in the National Tournament upset win over Camden County.
Marroquin tied for the most goals in the conference with 24 for the year and was second with 54 points with a staggering 97 shots on the year including the game winning goal in a 1-0 win over Prince George's and a hat trick in a 3-0 win over Harford.
Waller was one of the most active central defenders in the conference this year and earned a reputation as a shutdown defenseman. Waller also scored four goals, all from the penalty spot including one each in the last three games of the season that included the game winning goal in the regional championship game against Anne Arundel as well as National Tournament contests versus Nassau and Camden County.