Plano MF named Texas' best in boys soccer

Plano senior midfielder Tony Santibanez was named the 2011-12 Gatorade Texas Boys Soccer Player of the Year on Tuesday.

Santibanez becomes a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in later this month.

The District 8-5A MVP scored 11 goals and had nine assists for the Wildcats, who reached the Class 5A Region 1 semifinals this season.

“Tony always had an impact on the game,” Monte Pace, coach of rival Hebron, said in a news release announcing the award. “He was good on possession, able to attack with great speed and was a good finisher. He was a player that you always had to account for. Even then, you could only hope to contain and slow him down. You could never truly stop him.”

Santibanez, who is signed to play at Furman University, is the third Plano player to win the state award, joining Corben Bone (2006-07) and Dillon Powers (2008-09).