Of Maldonado's 24 goals (14 in district), six of them came on free kicks from more than 40 yards out. One was amazingly from approximately 65 to 70 yards away against Pace, and another couple of them were made from right around the midfield stripe.
I also wanted to make it to state (as a Lopez player), and thank God we did this year.
Along with good friend and fellow ball boy Juvian Escandon, the son of coach Amadeo Escandon, Maldonado was with the team in 2004 when it won the Class 4A state championship and again in 2009 when the Lobos advanced to the Class 5A state final.
"It's great news and it's an amazing feeling (to be named MVP)," Maldonado said. "It's all thanks to the coaches, to my teammates, to God and to my parents (Mario and Victoria Maldonado) for all their support. Without them, I wouldn't be here (as MVP)."
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Actually, Maldonado played in the Lopez starting lineup only one season. He was on the bench as a freshman and sophomore and transferred to IDEA Frontier as a junior before coming back to Lopez for his senior season of soccer.
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The Brownsville Herald's 2014 All Metro Boys Soccer Team
"Ever since I was a ball boy with Lopez, I always wanted to go to state, and this year we had that opportunity. It's just pretty good to have something like that happen. We went to state this year because of all the hard work our coaches gave us to do to prepare us."
The Lobos are glad he came back.
Lopez is all about, having kids like Kevin that come from our area (of Southmost). They give everything they have for Lopez and they're proud to wear our jersey."
"I just wanted to hit the net so bad and give our team the lead," Maldonado said of his long range free kicks that came at key times against Rivera and in the bi district playoffs against PSJA Memorial.
Defenders Misael Nava, Port Isabel; Hector Gomez, Brownsville Veterans Memorial; Jaime Martinez, Brownsville Veterans Memorial; Hector Lopez, Pace; Adrian Moncada, Hanna; Diego Acevedo, Hanna;
"It was pretty amazing to be around those teams and have those players to look up to," said Maldonado, who scored a team best 24 goals this season as the Lobos won 32 5A with a 15 1 record and finished with a 22 3 1 mark after suffering a 3 2 loss to eventual 5A state champion Fort Bend Clements in the UIL state tournament semifinals April 17 in Georgetown.
"To be around 'Chicle' (Enrique Rivera) and 'Bebo' (Jose Ramos in 2004) and then 'Moy' (Moises Gonzalez) in 2009, they were all incredible players and they were like idols to me, so it was an amazing experience," Maldonado added. "That was the plan that Prada Cahier Small Leather Trunk Crossbody Bag
Forwards Alexis Herrera, Rivera; Andres Cervantes, Hanna; Pedro Adauto, Port Isabel; Jose L. Prado, Pace; Felipe Chavez, Lopez; Felix Nava, Lopez; Leo Martinez, Lopez; Liam Dunn, St. Joseph; Adrian Gutierrez, St. Joseph
The standout senior midfielder also was chosen overall MVP for the All District 32 5A team.
Midfielders Adrian Delgado, Hanna; Ray Alvarez, Rivera; Liverth Camarillo, Los Fresnos; Manuel De Alba, Los Fresnos; Jesus Muiz, Brownsville Veterans Memorial
"I think it's been a double blessing and privilege because Kevin grew up with us at Lopez (and he became a great player for us)," said Amadeo Escandon, the All Metro coach of the year. "He's been basically a part of my family, and he's performed so well for us on the field.
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"(All Metro defensive MVP) David (Longoria) was in charge of the defense and Kevin was in charge of the offense," Escandon added. "He was the motor of the offense, and he never let us down. More than his strong leg, or anything else, Kevin is an intelligent soccer player. He knows how to decipher defenses, and he knows how to place balls (with his kicks and passes) wherever we would ask. He's going to be dearly missed next season.
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