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Sunny Hills' Herminio Padilla was the Register's player of the year in 2015-16 and he will be one of the county's top players to watch this season.

Boys soccer preview: Top five players to watch (2016-17)

STAFF WRITER

OCVarsity’s list of the top players to watch for the 2016-17 season:

Herminio Padilla, Sunny Hills: The senior midfielder returns finishing with 12 goals and three assists last season and being selected the Register’s player of the year and CIF-SS Division 2 player of the year. Four of the five postseason goals he scored were game winners.

Bryan Ibarra, Godinez: The senior forward was the Orange Coast League offensive player of the year and CIF-SS Division 4 player of the year last season while leading the Grizzlies to their first CIF-SS title in boys soccer. He scored 27 goals, including two in the Grizzlies’ 2-0 victory against South Torrance in the Division 4 championship game.

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Dom Bair, Edison: The senior forward is a fast, dynamic player. Coach Charlie Breneman predicts Bair will “score goals in bunches this season.” He scored 14 goals last winter.

Devin Cornejo, Valencia: The senior midfielder was selected as the Empire League offensive MVP after finishing with nine goals.

Chris Lopez, Katella: The senior was selected the Sunny Hills Summer League MVP. He scored eight goals during the month-long tournament, including one that tied the score in the championship match.

Contact the writer: ddottore@scng.com


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