With the 2013 high school boys soccer season getting underway this week, many of the usual suspects are expected to be in the hunt in 5A. To prepare fans for what should be another exciting season, the Deseret News has put together capsules for every team in 5A.



Each coach was invited to participate and submit information. The region rankings are based on coaches' preseason projections.

Davis High School

Head Coach: Souli Phongsavath

2012 Record: 16-3-1 (2nd in Region 1 with 7-2-1 record)

2012 Postseason: Beat Brighton 1-0 in 5A championship

Returning Contributors:

Mitch Parkinson

Braden Johnson

Cooper Vandemerwe

Coach Comment: “We lost several key players at key positions. We need several players to step into the void. Team could be average or really good depending on how those players respond to pressure.”

Weber High School

Head Coach: Jan Swift

2012 Record: 15-2-1 (1st in Region 1 with 9-0-1 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Brighton 3-1 in the 5A semifinals

Returning Contributors:

Jaden Bybee

Jayce Call

Zach Dixon

Taylor Kunz

Coach Comment: “We had a lot of great players graduate, which left a lot of open positions to fill this season. We need a lot of younger players to step up and fill those positions. We are optimistic about the coming season. I think we should be competitive.”

Layton High School

Head Coach: Rick Talamantez

2012 Record: 8-7-1 (4th in Region 1 with 4-5-1 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Brighton 3-2 in the 5A first round

Additional information not provided

Syracuse High School

Head Coach: Todd Schwartz

2012 Record: 5-10-0 (3rd in Region 1 with 5-5-0 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Copper Hills in the 5A first round

Additional information not provided

Fremont High School

Head Coach: Fred Smith

2012 Record: 2-14-0 (6th in region with 0-10-0 record)

2012 Postseason: None

Additional information not provided

Northridge High School

Head Coach: Braeden Mitchell

2012 Record: 4-9-1 (5th in region with 3-6-0 record)

2012 Postseason: None

Returning Contributors:

Christian Hall

Landon Farnsworth

Steven Cannavina

Coach Comment: “I'm really excited about the team we have here at Northridge. Being a new head coach I'm trying to turn the perspective of Northridge soccer around, and I think we have a team here that can do that. We have strong senior leadership with good skill behind them.”

Viewmont High School

Head Coach: Dave Wigham

2012 Record: 11-3-2 (1st in Region 2 with 8-1-1 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Riverton 4-3 in the 5A first round

Returning Contributors:

Zach Beckman

Matt Hanson

Mike Johnson

Austin Johnson

Braxton Bassett

Landon Brown

Porter May

Coaches Comment: “We have good returning players on defense. We have seven players that started at some point last year. We have players coming up from a successful JV team that need to step up to the varsity level. We should be good if we have someone that can get hot and score for us.”

Taylorsville High School

Head Coach: George Sirstins

2012 Record: 9-8-0 (3rd in Region 2 with 6-4-0 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Lehi 2-1 in the 5A first round

Additional information not provided

West High School

Head Coach: Kris Hamlet

2012 Record: 9-6-2 (2nd in Region 2 with 7-2-1 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Bingham 2-1 in the 5A first round

Returning Contributors:

Mo Hassan, Sr., Defender

Coach Comment: “Looking like a transition year. Lost our four top scorers from 2012, but there is a lot of young talent looking to step in and take over. We have scheduled an extremely difficult preseason with the hope of testing our young players early. It is our expectation that we will compete in every game and be in contention for the Region 2 title.”

Granger High School

Head Coach: Hyrum Okeson

2012 Record: 6-10-0 (5th in Region 2 with 3-7-0 record)

2012 Postseason: None

Returning Contributors:

Jose Perez, Goalkeeper

Uriel Heredia, Forward

Coach Comment: “Still young but talented.”

Hunter High School

Head Coach: Larry Garahana

2012 Record: 5-10-2 (4th in Region 2 with 4-6-0 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Lone Peak 5-0 in the 5A first round

Returning Contributors:

Nathan Palmer, Sr., Defender

Nick Davis, Sr., Defender

Coach Comment: “I think we have a solid team with some outstanding talent. Although the weather conditions have hampered our practices, we have the most competitive team I've seen since I have been with the program and think we will be strong contenders for the Region 2 title.”

Kearns High School

Head Coach: Donald Knapp

2012 Record: 1-15-0 (6th in Region 2 with 1-9-0)

2012 Postseason: None

Coach Comment: “We believe that our outlook is better for this year as many of those making the team work well together, which should lead to a better offense and better team defensive effort.”

Copper Hills High School

Head Coach: Eddie Moura

2012 Record: 11-6-2 (Tied for 2nd in Region 3 with 7-3-0 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Davis 1-0 in the 5A semifinals

Returning Contributors:

Connor Thompson

Saul Morales

Diego Serna

Luis Vargas

Keaton Gallegos

Marcos Melchor

Coach Comment: “Lost a few players in key positions. Team can be very good depending on how hard (the players) work on and off the field. If they believe in their capabilities, stay mentally strong and work together to accomplish our team goals we will have a great season.”

Brighton High School

Head Coach: Russell Boyer

2012 Record: 17-2-0 (1st in Region 3 with 10-0-0 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Davis 1-0 in the 5A championship

Returning Contributors:

Matt Coffey

Seth Fankhauser

Brandon Wilde

Dylan Brog

Andrew Cambell

Andy Siddoway

Coach Comment: “We look to compete for the region and state championships.”

Alta High School

Head Coach: Lee Mitchell

2012 Record: 11-5-1 (Tied for second in Region 3 with 7-3-0 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Davis 2-1 in the 5A first round

Returning Contributors:

Connor Sheffield, Defender

Aaron Wooden, Defender

Tanner Valerio, Midfielder

Michael Porter, Midfielder

Coaches Comment: “I think we have some growing to do, but we’ll be good by the end of the season.”

Jordan High School

Head Coach: Milenko Novakovich

2012 Record: 4-11-1 (4th in Region 3 with 3-6-1 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Weber 4-1 in the 5A first round

Additional information not provided

Cottonwood High School

Head Coach: Jared Willis

2012 Record: 4-10-2 (5th in Region 3 with 2-7-1 record)

2012 Postseason: None

Returning Contributors:

Peter Ahorukomeye

Mich Brady

Daniel Lopez

Anthony Skeeters

Peter Martinez

Coach Comment: “Better than last year!”

West Jordan High School

Head Coach: Daniel Luna

2012 Record: 2-13-0 (6th in Region 3 with 0-10-0 record)

2012 Postseason: None

Additional information not provided

Lone Peak High School

Head Coach: Blaine Hale

2012 Record: 15-3-0 (1st in Region 4 with 10-0-0 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Davis 1-0 in the 5A quarterfinals

Additional information not provided

Lehi High School

Head Coach: Jerry Preisendorf

2012 Record: 14-4-0 (2nd in Region 4 with 7-3-0 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Weber 2-0 in the 5A quarterfinals

Returning Contributors:

Aaron Caprio, Forward

Taylor Watkins, Goalkeeper

Braden Smith, Defender

Ty Nielson, Midfielder

Caide Ramos, Sr., Midfielder

Coach Comment: “Lehi should be competitive with seniors returning in key positions.”

Bingham High School

Head Coach: Matthew Kennaley

2012 Record: 12-5-1 (3rd in Region 4 with 6-3-1 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Brighton 4-1 in the 5A quarterfinals

Returning Contributors:

Tyler Devenberg

Trenton Peterson

Mitch Doman

Gabe Altheman

Gage Davis

Coach Comment: “Graduated 10 seniors last year who all contributed heavily for our team. We are looking to rebuild and grow and develop our underclassmen. We think we should be able contend for Region 4 and make state again this year.”

Riverton High School

Head Coach: Paul Moizer

2012 Record: 7-9-2 (4th in Region 4 with 3-6-1 record)

2012 Postseason: Lost to Copper Hills in a shootout in the 5A quarterfinals

Returning Contributors:

Gabe Hatton

Tanner Sylvies

Coach Comment: “Defense should be solid. Will be looking for someone to put the ball in the net. If the boys work hard, we may surprise a few teams.”

Pleasant Grove High School

Head Coach: Chris Ecalono

2012 Record: 4-11-1 (5th in Region 4 with 3-7-0 record)

2012 Postseason:

Returning Contributors:

Aaron Williams

Nathan Spencer

Coach Comment: “Young team. We only lost three starting seniors last year. We are much deeper and have talent at every position this year. The questions is: Can we put it together and play as a team?”

American Fork High School

Head Coach: Nathan Lowe

2012 Record: 3-11-2 (6th in Region 4 with 0-10-0 record)

2012 Postseason: None

Returning Contributors:

Tyler Staten

Drew Dailey

Justin Rootseart

Joe Garlick

Dallin Preece

Coach Comment: “We have a very young team with a few key older players. How they mesh and how the young guys play will determine much of our success.”