Brena-Ochoa named Soccer Player of the Year for Boys Across the Region

As the 2021 season approached, there were a lot of unknowns surrounding the Bloomington South boys’ soccer team.

But one player quickly rose to prominence.

Junior midfielder Sebastian Brena-Ochoa emerged as the driving force behind the Panthers’ offense, finishing with eight goals and five assists and winning the Herald-Times All- Men’s Football Player of the Year award. Area.

“He’s in full control when he’s out there,” South coach Kevin Sparks said. “He can make his own decision and it really challenged him. He’s a better player because of it, a better leader because of it.”

Opponents also noticed that Brena-Ochoa was the focal point of their defense during the playoffs, which saw the Panthers win a sectional championship and reach the regional title game.

“When you have a player like Sebastian who is dangerous, teams have to watch him,” Sparks said. “… He learns and grows.”

And make yourself known.



Jallah Barbu, Sr., Bloomington North: Returned to the front after playing as a defender last season, he has scored seven goals and three assists.

Sebastian Brena-Ochoa, Jr., Bloomington South: The All-District team’s top pick and HT Player of the Year led the Panthers with eight goals and five assists.

Aidan Goerges, Sr., Edgewood: Area’s top scorer had a breakout campaign for the Mustangs, finishing with 21 goals and five assists.

Owen Graham, Sr., Edgewood: Provided impartial leadership while keeping the Mustangs connected with nine goals and seven assists.

Ronan Hancock, Sr., Edgewood: The veteran Mustang put pressure on opposing defenses to the tune of 10 goals and three assists.

Nathanael Huck, So., Lighthouse Christian: The region’s second-leading scorer led the Lions with 20 goals and five assists.

Noah Nelson, So., Bloomington North: Regular away player who added two assists for the Cougars offense.

CJ Santiago, Jr., Bloomington South: The center-back has landed on All-District’s second team while scoring four goals this season.

Christian Smith, Sr., Bloomington South: Emerged atop a trio of talented goaltenders with a .983 goals-against average and five shutouts.

Sandro Smith, Sr., Bloomington North: Cougars’ top scorer with 13 goals and five assists, earning him an All-District first team selection.

Nathan Zurface, Sr., Bloomington South: Contributed three goals and an assist while setting a high-pressure tone for the Panthers.


Aidan Ball, Sr., Bloomington North: Both relentless and versatile, able to play anywhere on the pitch and score a goal.

Russell Bilohlavek, Jr., Bloomington North: Contributed a pass while roaming the field for the Cougars.

Nathan Dale, Sr., Lighthouse Christian: Veteran playmaker capable of creating an offense with four goals and 10 assists.

Gabe Headdy, Sr., Edgewood: The Mustangs midfielder’s safety blanket managed to reignite the offense with eight assists.

Ethan Kiang, Jr., Bloomington South: The left winger is a constant threat for the Panthers with four goals and three assists.

Broc Murphy, Jr., Bloomington North: The relentless striker has scored six career goals with three assists.

Jakob Orth, Jr., Bloomington South: One of the many emerging upper class students of the Panthers with seven goals and two assists.

Zack Raake, Sr., Edgewood: The striker has become a defender wherever he has played with three goals and six assists.

Clint Shockney, Sr., Edgewood: A seasoned midfielder, a key part of the Mustangs’ offense with five goals and four assists.

Elliot Thurston, Jr., Bloomington South: The outside back isn’t afraid to move forward, scoring two goals and two assists.

Will Wickstrom, Jr., Lighthouse Christian: He strengthened his role and production with five goals and three assists.