Middle Park’s Jaime Rios named 2019 Frontier League Player of the Year
As if the Middle Park boys soccer team’s storied season could get any better, senior standout Jaime Rios was recently named the Class 3A Frontier League Player of the Year.
“Oh my god, it’s huge — it’s massive,” coach Dane Ruttenberg said of the honor bestowed on Rios. “I did not attempt, nor could I have held back my excitement, when it was announced at the coaches’ meeting. He has worked so hard. He has been so dedicated to the sport his whole life, and he is one of the best, I think, in Middle Park history.”
Rios served as one of the team captains for the Panthers, who finished the season 12-3 to break the school’s record for wins. In doing so, Middle Park earned the right to host its first ever playoff game at home and ended the season ranked No. 13 in the state.
Individually, Jaime Rios recorded nine goals and seven assists this fall, as he also lead the team in tackles (54) and was second in steals (77) en route to being named the player of the year.
“I think it just shows that when you pour your heart into something like he did, you get rewarded,” Ruttenberg said.
Goalkeeper Ethan Ruttenberg, who was second in the league with a 1.33 goals against average, was selected first team all conference along with Rios.
Also, Jack Orear, Aidan Carver and Gustavo Galaviz were named second team all conference, while Vinny Triccoli received all conference honorable mention.
Goals — Gustavo Galviz, 18; Akram Hanna, 10; Jaime Rios 9.
Assists — Gustavo Galviz, 8; Jaime Rios, 7; Seth Holestine 5.
Saves — Ethan Ruttenberg 95.
Blocks — Aidan Carver 142; Vinny Troccoli, 136; Seth Holestine, 123.
Steals — Vinny Troccoli, 90; Jaime Rios, 77; Aidan Carver, 61.
Tackles — Jaime Rios, 54; Adrian Rios, 46; Gustavo Galaviz 30.
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