The 2024 high school boys soccer season got underway this week for teams in Class 2A and throughout the state. To prepare fans for the upcoming season, the Deseret News has compiled capsules for every team in 2A. Every coach was invited to participate and submit information.

The region rankings are based on coaches’ preseason projections.

There are six new boys soccer coaches in 2A this year: Troy Sheen (St. Joseph), Ryan Judd (Waterford), Blake Garfield (Freedom Prep), Kyle Conant (Telos), TBD (Wendover) and Greg Northrup (South Sevier).

Here are the 2A teams and players to watch this upcoming season.


1. St. Joseph Jayhawks

2024 schedule

Head coach: Troy Sheen (first year).

2023 record: 13-1 (tied for first in Region 2A North with a 7-1 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 1 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Beat Maeser Prep, 3-0, in the 2A championship.

2023 offense: 6.6 gpg (No. 1 in 2A).

2023 defense: 0.4 gpg (No. 2 in 2A).

Returning contributors:

  • Daniel Fonte, ST, Jr.
  • Tomas Paraizo, MF, Sr.
  • Bento Lima, D, Sr.

Key newcomers:

  • Alex Hernandez, ST, Fr.
  • Ammon Stanger, D, So.
  • Michel Ramos, ST, So.

Coach comment: “Exciting mix of upper and underclassmen.”


2. Maeser Prep Lions

2024 schedule

Head coach: Dustin Simmons (14th year).

2023 record: 16-2 (first in Region 2A Central with a 12-0 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 2 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to St. Joseph, 3-0, in the 2A championship.

2023 offense: 4.7 gpg (No. 3 in 2A).

2023 defense: 0.9 gpg (No. 4 in 2A).

Returning contributors:

  • Aidan Simmons, ST, Sr.
  • McKay Brimhall, GK, Sr.
  • Ethan Valentine, D, Sr.
  • Jack Stevenson, MF, Jr.
  • Devin Black, MF, Sr.
  • Jayden Helquist, D, Sr.

Key newcomers:

  • Kale Garner, D, So.
  • Gavin Dayton, D, So.
  • Joe Memmott, D/MF, Fr.
  • Caleb Chavez, MF/ST, Fr.

Coach comment: “We’re excited to return lots of seniors and make a deep run in the playoffs.”


3. Rowland Hall Winged Lions

2024 schedule

Head coach: Joe Murray (fourth year).

2023 record: 11-4 (tied for first in Region 2A North with a 7-1 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 4 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to American Heritage, 2-1, in the 2A quarterfinals.

2023 offense: 4.3 gpg (No. 4 in 2A).

2023 defense: 1.3 gpg (No. 6 in 2A).

Coach comment: “Looking forward to new challenge post realignment of regions. Tough region.”


4. American Heritage Patriots

2024 schedule

Head coach: Stephen Blake (fourth year).

2023 record: 13-4 (second in Region 2A Central with a 9-2 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 5 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to St. Joseph, 5-0, in the 2A semifinals.

2023 offense: 2.4 gpg (No. 10 in 2A).

2023 defense: 0.9 gpg (No. 3 in 2A).

Returning contributors:

  • Westin Larson, GK.
  • Luke Stratton, D/MF.
  • Cael Tillman, MF/F.
  • Kyle Mena, D/MF.
  • Willard Sanders, MF.

5. Waterford Ravens

2024 schedule

Head coach: Ryan Judd (first year).

2023 record: 6-7 (fifth in Region 2A North with a 3-5 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 11 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to Maeser Prep, 8-1, in the 2A semifinals.

2023 offense: 1.8 gpg (No. 13 in 2A).

2023 defense: 2.3 gpg (No. 9 in 2A).

Returning contributors:

  • Oliver Morton, F, Sr.
  • Adrian Walker, M, Sr.
  • Tristan Richardson, D, Sr.

Coach comment: “Waterford is coming off an impressive playoff run last season, and we hope to be able put ourselves in a position to do the same again this season. We return several key dynamic players from last season, but we will need to discover and develop some young talent to round out our starting 11 and create some depth off the bench.”


6. American Leadership Eagles

2024 schedule

Head coach: Juan Gonzalez (second year).

2023 record: 6-6 (third in Region 15 with a 4-4 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 11 in 3A.

2023 postseason: Lost to Juab, 4-0, in the 3A second round.

2023 offense: 1.6 gpg (No. 13 in 3A).

2023 defense: 2.5 gpg (No. 13 in 3A).

Additional info not provided.


7. Draper APA Eagles

2024 schedule

Head coach: Josh Lockwood (second year).

2023 record: 5-8 (fourth in Region 2A North with a 4-4 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 15 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to Maeser Prep, 5-1, in the 2A second round.

2023 offense: 2.5 gpg (No. 6 in 2A).

2023 defense: 2 gpg (No. 8 in 2A).

Returning contributors:

  • Luciano Martinez, CB, Sr.
  • Richard Escobar, CB, Sr.
  • Sadik Delmo, MF, Sr.
  • Spencer Headlee, MF, Jr.
  • Juan Giraldo, MF, So.

Key newcomers:

  • Paul Makoma, D, So.
  • Angel Perozo, MF So.
  • Jonathan Ramirez, MF, Fr.

Coach comment: “Very excited this year as we have many key contributors from last year returning and are welcoming some quality players in key positions to support us throughout the season.”


1. APA West Valley Eagles

2024 schedule

Head coach: Matthew Nelson (third year).

2023 record: 7-5 (third in Region 2A North with a 5-4 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 7 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to Maeser Prep, 6-1, in the 2A quarterfinals.

2023 offense: 3.4 gpg (No. 5 in 2A).

2023 defense: 2.4 gpg (No. 11 in 2A).

Additional info not provided.


2. Freedom Prep Academy Eagles

2024 schedule

Head coach: Blake Garfield (first year).

2023 record: 3-10 (sixth in Region 2A Central with a 2-9 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 17 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to St. Joseph, 15-0, in the 2A second round.

2023 offense: 0.7 gpg (No. 20 in 2A).

2023 defense: 3.4 gpg (No. 15 in 2A).

Coach comment: “Excited to get going. We have a lot of boys returning and look forward to improving through the season.”


3. Intermountain Christian Lions

2024 schedule

Head coach: Sam Begg (fourth year).

2023 record: 5-8 (tied for third in Region 2A Central with a 5-7 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 10 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to APA West Valley, 6-1, in the 2A second round.

2023 offense: 1.8 gpg (No. 13 in 2A).

2023 defense: 2.8 gpg (No. 12 in 2A).

Returning contributors:

  • Keaton Okino, CB, Sr.
  • Eli Squire, MF, So.

Coach comment: “Young team, looking at a rebuilding year after losing six seniors.”


4. Wasatch Academy Tigers

2024 schedule

Head coach: Anthony Monticello (second year).

2023 record: 6-7 (fifth in Region 2A Central with a 4-6 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 9 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to St. Joseph, 9-2, in the 2A quarterfinals.

2023 offense: 2.4 gpg (No. 9 in 2A).

2023 defense: 3.2 gpg (No. 14 in 2A).

Returning contributors:

  • Kai Monticello, MF/ST, Jr.
  • Max Rife, D, Sr.
  • Wyatt Walker, MF/ST, Sr.

Key newcomers:

  • Jojo Kittel, CMF, Jr.

Coach comment: “We are looking forward to a new year and a wonderful season.”


5. Merit Academy Knights

2024 schedule

Head coach: Everett Wren (second year).

2023 record: 7-8 (tied for third in Region 2A Central with a 5-7 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 13 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to Rowland Hall, 13-0, in the 2A second round.

2023 offense: 2.5 gpg (No. 8 in 2A).

2023 defense: 2.4 gpg (No. 10 in 2A).

Returning contributors:

  • Erick Bedolla, MF, Jr.
  • Joaquin Orozco, D, Sr.

Key newcomers:

  • Luis Ramos, MF, Fr.
  • Ailton Herrera, MF, Fr.
  • Jason Vasquez, MF, Fr.

Coach comment: “We believe if everyone works hard and wins their individual battles each game, we can do something special this year with a young team.”


6. Wendover Wildcats

2024 schedule

Head coach: TBD.

2023 record: 1-11 (seventh in Region 2A North with a 1-6 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 20 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to Merit Academy, 8-0, in the 2A first round.

2023 offense: 1.1 gpg (No. 18 in 2A).

2023 defense: 7.1 gpg (No. 20 in 2A).

Additional info not provided.


7. Telos Titans

2024 schedule

Head coach: Kyle Conant (first year).

2023 record: 3-10 (seventh in Region 2A Central with a 2-8 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 16 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to Freedom Prep, 1-0, in the 2A first round.

2023 offense: 0.9 gpg (No. 19 in 2A).

2023 defense: 4.5 gpg (No. 19 in 2A).

Additional info not provided.


8. Utah Military Hillfield Thunderbirds

2024 schedule

Head coach: Nick Lopez (third year).

2023 record: 1-10 (sixth in Region 2A North with a 1-7 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 19 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to South Sevier, 6-2, in the 2A first round.

2023 offense: 1.5 gpg (No. 16 in 2A).

2023 defense: 8.3 gpg (No. 21 in 2A).

Returning contributors:

  • Juan Montero, Sr., MF/F.
  • Adrian Botello, Sr., GK/MF.
  • Christopher Trejo, Jr., F/MF.
  • Teagan Scharp, So., MF/D.
  • Pedro Flores, So., F/D.
  • Evan Petersen, Jr., MF.
  • Christopher Echavarria, So., F/MF.
  • Ethan Richards, D/F.

Key newcomers:

  • Alexander Schultz, CB, Fr.
  • Damien Berg, F/MF.
  • Kasen Byram So.
  • Ian Patino So.
  • Alejandro Ruiz So.
  • Hector Botello Fr.
  • Anthony Cuenca Fr.

Coach comment: “I am excited for the new region. I have a very young and eager group of freshmen and sophomores. I’m excited to see what they can do. I have a great core of returning players to support the new talent.”


1. Grand Red Devils

2024 schedule

Head coach: Laura Reed (third year).

2023 record: 5-9 (fifth in Region 12 with a 2-6 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 14 in 3A.

2023 postseason: Lost to Manti, 8-0, in the 3A second round.

2023 offense: 1.9 gpg (No. 9 in 3A).

2023 defense: 2.8 gpg (No. 14 in 3A).

Additional info not provided.


2. Millard Eagles

2024 schedule

Head coach: Aaron Trejo (third year).

2023 record: 6-8 (fourth in 2A South with a 6-6 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 12 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to American Heritage, 1-0, in the 2A second round.

2023 offense: 2 gpg (No. 11 in 2A).

2023 defense: 3 gpg (No. 13 in 2A).

Additional info not provided.


3. Parowan Rams

2024 schedule

Head coach: Tom Carlisle (sixth year).

2023 record: 8-7 (tied for second in 2A South with an 8-4 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 8 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to Wasatch Academy, 3-2, in the 2A second round.

2023 offense: 1.7 gpg (No. 15 in 2A).

2023 defense: 1.1 gpg (No. 5 in 2A).

Returning contributors:

  • Austin Edwards, F, Sr.
  • Dallas Evans, CMF, Sr.
  • Jacob Judd, CMF, Sr.
  • Jason Carlisle, Wing, Jr.
  • McCoy Leydsman, D, So.

Key newcomers:

  • Nathan Cooke, D, So.
  • Kendall Wilkey, GK, Sr.
  • Ansley Morales, MF, Fr.

Coach comment: “This will be an interesting season and it’s a little difficult to know how things will shake out. I know last year’s Region champs Gunnison graduated a lot of their key players and we will be adding a new school to the Region in Grand County who competed 3A for the majority of their existence so they are a bit of an unknown to us at this point but I expect they will probably do pretty well. As for us, we have a few question marks especially at the back have graduated all but one of our starting defenders and our starting GK, but we definitely have a number of young up and coming players who will likely be able to fill those positions.”


4. Gunnison Valley Bulldogs

2024 schedule

Head coach: Chandler Christensen (fourth year).

2023 record: 14-1 (first in Region 2A South with a 12-0 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 3 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to Waterford, 2-1, in the 2A quarterfinals.

2023 offense: 4.7 gpg (No. 2 in 2A).

2023 defense: 0.4 gpg (No. 1 in 2A).

Returning contributors:

  • Pearson Just, Sr., MF.
  • Andreas Valencia, Sr., D.
  • Zach Overly, Sr., F.

Coach comment: “We are excited and ready for another season.”


5. Beaver Beavers

2024 schedule

Head coach: Pancho Chavez (eighth year).

2023 record: 8-7 (tied for second in 2A South with an 8-4 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 6 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to Gunnison Valley, 8-0, in the 2A second round.

2023 offense: 2.5 gpg (No. 7 in 2A).

2023 defense: 1.3 gpg (No. 6 in 2A).

Returning contributors:

  • Mace Robinson, MF, Sr.
  • Cesar Vargas, MF, Sr.
  • Kelton Langston, D, Sr.

Key newcomers:

  • Raul De Arce, MF, So.
  • Emmet Lurth, MF, Fr.
  • Jose Requejo, D, Fr.
  • Lucas Guedes, D, Jr.
  • Trey Vasquez, F/D/M, Fr.

Coach comment: “We will have a decent amount of kids with some experience. Which we hope will make up for a lack of speed and quickness. This year we will be adding our largest freshman group in years. Which is exciting for the years to come.”


6. South Sevier Rams

2024 schedule

Head coach: Greg Northrup (first year).

2023 record: 6-9 (fifth in 2A South with a 5-7 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 14 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to Gunnison Valley, 8-0, in the 2A second round.

2023 offense: 1.9 gpg (No. 12 in 2A).

2023 defense: 3.5 gpg (No. 16 in 2A).

Returning contributors:

  • Peyton Gibson, F, Jr.
  • Joseph Elison, MF, Jr.
  • Dashel Bringhurst, D Jr.
  • Kole Mills, MF Jr.

Coach comment: “Excited to build on the success our team had last year. We have a large group of freshman coming in to help support the upperclassmen. We look forward to the season.”


7. San Juan Broncos

2024 schedule

Head coach: Jay Jones (seventh year).

2023 record: 4-10 (sixth in 2A South with an 3-9 record).

2023 RPI ranking: No. 18 in 2A.

2023 postseason: Lost to Draper APA, 7-0, in the 2A first round.

2023 offense: 1.1 gpg (No. 17 in 2A).

2023 defense: 3.9 gpg (No. 18 in 2A).

Coach comment: “We have a very good outlook for this year. I feel like we will have a very solid team with many new additions to our team in both offense and defense.”