The Free Press, Mankato, MN

November 3, 2013

Corcoran highlights all-city boys soccer


The Mankato Free Press

---- — MANKATO — Mankato West senior Cameron Corcoran has been named the winner of this year's Lon and Regina Smith Award by the Mankato United Soccer Club.

The award is bestowed every year to a senior boy who has best represented the soccer community during the course of his career. To be eligible for the award, he must have a high grade-point average, no high school league infractions, have shown good sportsmanship, have shown a commitment to Mankato soccer, and have demonstrated leadership on the field.

Corcoran has been involved in high school soccer for six seasons. The defenseman began playing organized soccer at 8 years old with the MUSC. He is also involved as a referee.

Corcoran also participates in Knowledge Bowl, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Leadership Training and Book Club. He has received the Spotlight on Scholarship, the Shining Scarlet Award and participates in Project Lead the Way.

Corcoran has volunteered at Crossview Covenant Church Soccer Camp, Loyola Soccer Frenzy, Book Fair, Rake the Town, Kids Against Hunger and Adopt a Highway.

The MUSC has also announced its selections for the 2013 all-city boys soccer team. The following is a thumbnail sketch of each honoree (in alphabetical order):

Ricky Cano-Hernandez: A junior at Mankato East, Cano-Hernandez has played both forward and midfielder during his five years in the program. He has won the Lad Award and was an honorable mention All-Big Nine pick in 2012. Among his most memorable accomplishments on the field was scoring a goal against Mankato West.

Amin Daess: A right wing for East, Daess has been involved in soccer at the high school level for three years. This is his first time named to the all-city team. He is a junior.

Paul Esslinger: A six-year player at West, Esslinger is a senior midfielders. The four-year letterwinner has won the Gold academic award and is a two-time all-city selection. He says the highlight of his career was getting to know his teammates.

Sam Farley: The West senior is a goalkeeper/midfielder who has been in the program for four years. He was an honorable mention All-Big Nine Conference pick in 2010. His most memorable moment on the field was pitching a shutout against East in the Pack the Stands game.

Reilly Knutson: The six-year player is a senior at Loyola who has played midfielder, stopper and forward. He is a two-time all-city selection and was named the team's Most Improved Player in 2011. Knutson won the Loyola Crusader Award in 2012.

Dillon Lambert: The West junior has been involved in the program for five years, mostly as a forward. This is his second straight year on the all-city team. He reached the state finals with his 2013 MUSC team and was a partner with Jake Makela on Strike Force.

Jacob Makela: A freshman at West, Makela has been involved with the program for two years. The forward is a two-time all-city selection and was named all-state honorable mention this fall. Makela had three hat tricks this year.

Nick Olson: A goalkeeper for East, Olson is a senior who played four years. He helped East to the 2012 section championship and his summer club to the 2013 MYSA district championship. He was 3 for 3 on penalty kicks during his career.

Anjola Onadipe: The three-year player is a junior at East who has played both defender and midfielder. He is a two-year varsity letterwinner and was voted Most Improved Player by his teammates this fall. Onadipe was Academic All-State and helped the team reach the state tournament in 2012.

Andrew Opsal: A defender/midfielder, Opsal is a five-year player at West. The junior qualified for state with his 2013 MUSC team and said he has always enjoyed playing the annual Pack the Stands game against rival East.

Matt Ouren: A junior, Ouren has been a member of the Scarlets program for five years, playing mostly midfielder. He was an all-state honorable mention player this fall and helped his C1 MUSC team win a state championship.

Kier Oxnard: A six-year high school player, Oxnard is a sweeper/striker for West. The senior is a two-time all-city choice and was honorable mention All-Big Nine this fall. The team captain helped West's 2011 team qualify for state.

Ben Schwartz: A sophomore at East, Schwartz is a two-year player. He has played both forward and midfield at the high school level. For two straight years he been both all-city and All-Big Nine. Schwartz helped his 2012 East team to the state tournament.

Brandon Sloniker: A forward, midfielder and defender, Sloniker is a two-year player in the East program. The sophomore is a two-time all-city selection. He was picked for the All-Big Nine team this year and was honorable mention in 2012. He helped East's 2012 team get to state.

Josh Sloniker: The East senior has been involved in soccer at the high school level for three years. Sloniker has played both defender and midfielder for the Cougars. One of his most memorable on-field experiences was beating Totino-Grace in overtime.

Ryan VanBlarcom: A Loyola senior, VanBlarcom is a five-year player at the high school level. He has played midfielder, forward and sweeper. He is a two-time all-city player and won the team leadership award for the Crusaders.