SEVEN SPRINGS – Miguel Torres has injected a positive and winning attitude at “The Swamp” since his arrival four years ago.
He’s guided the Spring Creek boys’ soccer program to a pair of conference championships and just the sixth third-round playoff appearance in school history.
Consistency proved to be the Gators’ best characteristic on the pitch this season and their effort didn’t go unnoticed by rival peers. Five players earned either first- or second-team recognition on the 2021 Class 2A All-Region 6 roster released by the NC Soccer Coaches Association.
Juniors Adrian Tavera and Alex Carmona Morales, and senior Fernando Trejo were selected to the first team. Seniors Edgar Victoriano and Jonah Perez Velasquez were second-team picks.
Morales also drew all-state honors.
Torres garnered Class 2A Region 6 coach of the year accolades.
“The players listen to everything I tell them to do and are so unselfish,” Torres said. “I want the glory to go to my players because they are the ones who execute game plans and put in the work day after day. This team was not scared of hard work and it paid off for us by being conference champions.”
The quintet of region honorees emerged as key pieces for Spring Creek this season. The Gators compiled a 16-3-1 record that included two unbeaten marks - 12-0-0 against Neuse Six 2A opposition and 9-0-0 at home.
Midfielder Tavera orchestrated an offense that operated with the precision of a Timex watch. His field vision and ball-handling skills helped the Gators generate five goals and 3.3 assists per game.
Morales emerged as the top beneficiary with 28 goals and 11 assists that translated into 67 points.
Trejo, Victoriano and Perez each provided a work rate that doesn’t always appear on the game-ending stat sheet. Each displayed energy, a hard-nosed effort and leadership during every practice session and game.
Victoriano and Perez were all-region picks during the spring season.
“Alex played with something to prove this season and I think he did just that … a season of top quality [play],” Torres said. “Fernando showed his passion for the game day in and day out, and I am glad he got rewarded for it. He left his mark on this team.
“Adrian brings enormous quality to our team and when he speaks, everyone listens. Seeing the way Edgar’s game has evolved brings a smile to my face because he deserves it. I can’t wait to watch him play at the next level. Jonah wants to improve day after day and works very hard on the defensive side of the game.”
Torres is the seventh different coach in school history to take SC to the postseason. He is the only coach to direct the Gators to league crowns in two different conferences – East Central 2A and Neuse Six 2A.