By Matt Smith
Friday, July 3rd, 2009 at 10:06 am in Boys soccer.
As if going 23-1, winning the North Coast Section’s 3A title and being one of the top ranked teams in the United States wasn’t enough.
The De La Salle High School boys soccer team has another accolade to add to its fantastic 2009 season after Cal-Hi Sports announced that the Spartans were the state’s boys soccer team of the year.
De La Salle ended the year as the top-ranked team in the state, and ranked No. 2 in the entire country by ESPN Rise.
The Spartans ended the year with 18-match unbeaten streak, getting upset just once at a tournament in San Diego early in the year.
They were led by the fantastic play of defender Dominic Daley, who was probably being considered for state player of the year.
He was the East Bay Athletic League’s MVP, he was the East Bay player of the year and he was an ESPN All-American.
The state player of the year honors, however, went to Paul Islas of Bullard-Fresno. He scored 20 goals, as Bullard won the Central Section Division I title, and reached the CIF Southern Regional final.