Loyola Varsity Soccer had a conference-high nine players selected to the All-Mission League First and Second teams, as announced by the Mission League and its coaches in early March. The Cubs dominated the league’s postseason awards list, with seniors Henry Smith-Hastie (Most Valuable Player) and Christian Locateli (Most Valuable Defensive Player) headlining the group of honorees. Joining them on the Mission League First Team were seniors Ben Beuerlein, Matt Stauber, Salvador Ontiveros and junior Grayson Doody, while All-Mission League Second Team accolades went to juniors Eric Arreola, Tomas Griego and senior Harrison Walker.
ALL-MISSION LEAGUE FIRST TEAM:
Henry Smith-Hastie ’19 • Sr. • MF • Most Valuable Player
Smith-Hastie, a four-year varsity starter and team captain, was nearly unstoppable in his senior season for the Cubs, leading Loyola in goals (17), assists (16) and points (50). The midfielder started in 27 of 28 games and scored 7 of his goals during Mission League play, with two braces recorded against rival Harvard-Westlake. Ten of his assists also came during league action, with a season-high and team-high three in a 7-1 home victory over Alemany. He was credited with 7 game-winners and recorded at least one point in 20 of the 28 games this season. Additionally, Smith-Hastie earned a spot on the All-CIF Division I First Team.
Christian Locateli ’19 • Sr. • DEF • Most Valuable Defensive Player
Locateli was one of only five Cubs to start all 28 games this season, patrolling a backline that allowed just 13 goals on the season (0.46 gaa). The captain of a staunch Loyola defense, Locateli and the Cubs recorded 16 shutouts and never allowed more than two goals in a game all season. In Mission League play, only four goals were conceded. He would also score his only point of the season on an assist in a 3-0 victory at Chaminade.
Ben Beuerlein ’19 • Sr. • DEF • All-Mission League First Team
The versatile senior Beuerlein started in 26 of the 28 games for the Cubs this year, finishing sixth on the team with 10 points on 4 goals and 2 assists. He scored in the season opener against Santa Ana, which was the eventual game-winner in a 2-1 decision at Smith Field, assisted the game winning goal against Golden Valley (Bakersfield) at the NCAA College Cup Showcase, and scored the game-winner at St. Francis in mid-December. Beuerlein also added a goal in a pair of 4-1 victories over North Torrance and Harvard-Westlake, and was named All-Tourney at the South Torrance Holiday Tournament. Defensively, Beuerlein was a large part of the stingy Loyola backline that conceded just 0.46 goals per game.
Matt Stauber ’19 • Sr. • MF • All-Mission League First Team
Stauber started all 28 games of the season, finishing tied for third on the team in goals (4) and seventh in points (9). All nine of his points were recorded in different games, and coincidentally enough, all four goals credited to his name were game-winners: two at the NCAA College Cup Showcase in Santa Barbara against St. Ignatius Prep (3-0 W) and Golden Valley (1-0 W), one in the championship game of the South Torrance Holiday Tournament over Santa Barbara (1-0 W), and one in the Cubs’ CIF Playoff Second Round game against Valencia in early February (1-0 W). In addition to his Mission League nod, Stauber also earned a spot on the South Torrance Holiday All-Tournament team.
Salvador Ontiveros ’19 • Sr. • GK • All-Mission League First Team
Ontiveros started all 28 games between the pipes for the Cubs, allowing only 11 goals on the season. With an average of just 0.41 goals-against per game, the steady senior helped keep Loyola’s unbeaten streak in the Mission League alive and secured 15.5 total shutouts in 2018-19. Ontiveros and the Cubs never allowed more than two goals in a game this year and conceded just 4 goals in Mission League action.
Grayson Doody ’20 • Jr. • MF • All-Mission League First Team
Doody emerged as Loyola’s second scoring option behind Smith-Hastie, finishing second on the team in assists (12), goals (5) and total points (22). The junior, who was also one of the five Cubs to start each game, recorded at least one point in 15 games this season, highlighted by a breakout performance in Flower Mound, Texas, where he assisted on goals in each of the three matches at the North Texas Elite Showcase. He also scored against Long Beach Wilson (game-winner), Desert Vista, Coachella Valley and St. Francis (game-winner), and had an assist in 12 different matches.
ALL-MISSION LEAGUE SECOND TEAM:
Eric Arreola ’20 • Jr. • FWD • All-Mission League Second Team
Arreola was a starter in all 28 games and finished tied for third on the team in goals (4) and sixth in points (10). His first point of the season came by way of an assist in a 4-1 victory over North Torrance in the South Torrance Holiday Tournament semifinal before he found his scoring touch in Mission League play. All four of his goals were scored against league opponents (at St. Francis, vs. Notre Dame, at Harvard-Westlake, at Crespi). His goal against Notre Dame at Smith Field was the game-winner (2-0).
Tomas Griego ’20 • Jr. • DEF • All-Mission League Second Team
Griego started 19 games this season for Loyola, scoring his lone goal of the season in a 3-0 road victory over Alemany in Mission Hills back in late January. The junior defender missed time due to injury, but was part of the stout Cub backline that recorded 16 shutouts and conceded a goal in just 12 of the 28 games played.
Harrison Walker ’19 • Sr. • FWD • All-Mission League Second Team
Walker came on strong during Mission League play and finished tied for second on the team in goals (5) and third on the team in assists (6) and points (16). His first goal of the season was a game-winner against Animo Leadership in the South Torrance Holiday Tournament, while the next four were scored against Crespi, Chaminade, and Alemany. Walker had a brace in that 7-1 home victory over the Warriors while assisting in five other games, including two in a 4-1 win on the road over rival Harvard-Westlake. The senior started 13 games at forward for the Cubs and earned his first league honor.
In all, Loyola finished the season with a 24-2-2 record and a CIF Quarterfinal appearance while claiming the school’s 19th Mission League championship. Congratulations to all nine of our Cub honorees!