FOUR & MORE: Best Inland Area Soccer Duos

BOYS SOCCER 2011-’12

1. Carlos Cruz and Jonathan Madrid, Fontana — This duo caught fire early in the season and haven’t let up, combining to score an Inland Area-leading 47 goals and a mind-boggling 136 points. Madrid led all Inland Area players with 21 assists, while Cruz had 17 helpers for the Steelers (21-1-1), CIF-Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinalists.

2. Denes Kantor and Daniel Kim, Claremont — The reigning CIF-Southern Section Division 2 champs have maintained their status mostly because of great overall depth, but these two players have led the team in goals and points all season. Kim, who wears the No. 10 jersey for the Wolfpack (22-2-2), has scored a team-high 13 goals while Kantor has added 10 goals and a team-high 12 assists.

3. Diego Mendoza and Jose Nuno/Sage Smith, Hesperia Oak Hills — Coach Darren Goodman has plenty of options to choose from, but Mendoza and Nuno is the combination that gives defenders nightmares. Mendoza has 10 goals and 18 assists for the Bulldogs (18-2-6), a CIF-Southern Section Division 4 quarterfinalist. Nuno and Smith are tied for the team-lead with 15 goals.

4. Enrique Sanchez and Carlos Trinidad, San Bernardino Cajon — Tied for a team-high 17 goals, this pair of senior forward are Reason No. 1 why the Cowboys (21-4-5) are the No. 1 seed in CIF-Southern Section Division 5 for the first time school history. Scoring goals at will against a tough San Andreas League, which has two quarterfinalists (Colton), Sanchez and Trinidad should be duly prepared to win a title.

AND MORE: Alex Turkson and Miguel Hernandez, MoVal Valley View — Simpy, this pair would be higher on the list had it not been for Hernandez breaking a bone in his foot late in the season. He had scored some crucial goals for the Eagles (17-2-6), a CIF quarterfinalist for the second consecutive season. Turkson, of course, is the reigning Inland Area Player Of The Year.


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