Gilbert enjoyed its best-ever boys soccer season in 2006, finishing with a school record 18 wins in 24 outings. The Indians finished in second place behind champion Batesburg-Leesville in Region 3-2A with and 8-2 season record, and third round of the 2A state playoffs before being eliminated by eventual state runner-up Emerald.
“The 2009 Indians were over achievers according to everyone except their coach and their moms,” quoi\\ipped coach Kevin Darlington. “The 18 wins set a school record, breaking the 2008 record of 14 wins. The Indians also advanced to the Upper State semifinals for the first time ever and received their highest playoff seed ever at No. 3. The Indians also spent every week of the season ranked among the 2A top 10 and have completed their season at #8. We are very happy with our season as it has been a goal to one day still be standing among the final eight teams in the state playoffs and it came much quicker than we had anticipated thanks to a great group of seniors who led the way for the younger players through their dedication and work ethic.”
The senior leadership was provided by Josh Crout, Jacob Stuckey, Lee Palacios, Matt Yuhas, Cal McCormick.
Junior keeper Christian Lardizabal and sophomore forward Eliese Cedillo joined Stuckey and Yuhas on the all-region team. Cedillo was an all-state pick for the second year in a row.
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Big scoring numbers was the Gilbert calling card in 2009. The Tribe rang up 131 goals this season with Cedillo’s 56-goal eruption leading the way. Cedillo also had 19 goals for a total of 131 points. Yohas was next with 19 goals and 32 assists, good for 72 points. Youhas led all 2A players in assists. Gustavo De Los Reyes (19 goals, 11 assists), Chip ox (5 goals, 18 assists and Jacob Bedenbaugh 5 goals, 9 assists) and Sutckey (7 assists) also joined in the tribe’s offensive fun.
Cedillo, Sox, Bedenbaugh, Lardizabal (1.24 GAA), De Los Reyes and Scott Camp are the returning starters expected to return in 2010.
“The team will be young next season as we will have several current 8th graders that will vie for spots on the varsity,” said Darlington. “Jose Cedillo, the younger brother of Eliese, will be a freshman next season and should fit in well with attackers Bedenbaugh, and De Los Reyes. Sox and Lardizabal both had great junior seasons. Though the team will be made up of two seniors, a few juniors, three sophomores and, more than likely, several freshmen, we’re all excited to see what next season brings.”