Prep Soccer: Toledo-Winlock United Places Five Players on 1A All-State Soccer Roster
By Matt Baide
After one of the best seasons in program history, Toledo-Winlock United had five players named to the 1A All-State boys soccer team, announced by the Washington State Soccer Coaches Association on Tuesday.
Gustavo Barragan garnered a first-team spot as a forward. The junior recorded 30 goals and four assists this season, even though other teams knew that he was one of the best goal scorers in the state.
“In Port Angeles, everyone knew about Gustavo.There have been great games where he hasn’t scored,” United coach Horst Malunat said. “Even though he doesn’t score, it opens things up for other players. Other teams mark him tight, I think White Salmon had four guys on him the whole game it seemed like.”
Barragan proved how good he was in the opening game of state against Colville in Winlock, recording a hat trick in the program’s first state tournament win.
“I think the interesting thing about Gus this year, he had to work harder for goals and everything. Gustavo does a pretty good job in some games and Colville game was one of his best games,” Malunat said. “He’s very capable of getting a lot of goals and someone on the other team has to mark and contest him.”
Isaac Garibay was the other first-team selection for United as a midfielder. Garibay, a junior, scored 12 goals and 12 assists this season, even though you might not notice his under the radar style of play.
“Isaac always been one of those players that isn’t flashy, but he’s one of the smartest players on the team,” Malunat said. “At midfield, he makes his other teammates around him look better. This year, people noticed him a lot more. He’s stronger and his technical skills are some of the best in the league.”
Isaac’s older brother Adair was a key player for United before graduating in 2016 and playing at Clark College. Isaac has been helped out by having an older brother with experience to improve his skills when he’s not playing with United.
“He’s older, played in college, and having somebody tutor them and fine tune their skills is great,” Malunat said. “Isaac has the ability to work with him whenever, that definitely helps.”
The second team featured Andreas Malunat at midfield. Also apart of the junior class, Malunat scored 24 goals and added 17 assists while stepping into more of a leadership role.
“A lot of juniors that were making that adjustment in leadership, now every game they have to focus. Every team wanted to beat us, we had to battle every game,” Horst Malunat said. “That lesson from last season will help Isaac and Andreas and control the ball in the midfield. Both of them together is a pretty good tandem to have.”
Malunat was a big part of the Toledo basketball team in the winter, coming off the bench and providing shooting from behind the arc that allowed the Indians’ to stretch out opposing defenses. The same concept Malunat helped apply in basketball also helped his team on the pitch, where teams would have to be aware of his shot from outside the box.
“One thing about Andreas, out of all the players, he’ll shoot from distance. Gustavo wants to dribble, but having someone like Andreas, if he’s open and around the 18, he’ll shoot,” Horst Malunat said. “It’s like having an outside shooter in basketball, it stretches the defense out. It definitely opens up some other options and it’s nice having that.”
Dawson Hall was named to the second-team defense. The senior leader on the back line only scored two goals and two assists, but he was a big part of the eight shutouts United recorded during the season.
“He’s a person that’s played all four years. We really told him, he’s a senior, a captain, you’ve got to step up and he responded well every game,” Malunat said. “I don’t like to change my defense at all. I don’t think I ever took him out of a game, otherwise, he was in all the time and I could count on him.”
Malunat noted his improvement this season in helping communicate with the defense and keeping the back line in shape. He also improved his technical ability and ball striking with Adair in the offseason.
“He was tough this year, really solid for us,” Malunat said.
Along with fellow seniors Nicholas Patching and Daniel Guijosa, Hall and the senior class were 56-17-5 in their four seasons playing for United.
Alan Contreras was named the second-team goalkeeper. Contreras had eight clean sheets and had a goals against average of 0.8 while making 113 saves between the pipes.
“Alan really has a lot to do with our success with the new defense. Dawson and Brian were the only two coming back from last season,” Malunat said. “With two new guys back there, Alan does a good job of organizing guys and game management. His shot blocking ability is good.”
Alan is also a junior that has taken a big leadership role this past season.
“The thing about Alan is he’s very passionate. If someone isn’t doing what they’re supposed to, he’ll let them know. He’s very competitive and wants to win and he’s very demanding of his defense,” Malunat said. “As a coach, I can’t joystick my players in everything they do. He developed that the last couple years and the tactical side of (the) game he’s improved a lot at this season.”
With five players making the All-State team, Malunat said this was a season to remember.
“I think it will be a season to remember just because we got to host a game at home against Colville. Then we got to go to the quarterfinal game and play on the road. It was something that a lot of the kids hadn’t done before,” Malunat said. “This team making it out knows they can compete with some of the best teams in the state. Playing some better teams, Royal wants to play us, Skyview wants to play us, Overlake wants to play us again. We’re at the point where the better teams in the state want to play us.”