One of them made controlling the midfield look effortless, speeding past the opposition to set up scoring chances for herself and others.
One of them offered invaluable leadership in the back as a sweeper, as well as booming free kicks that also set up scoring chances.
Without Annie Alvarado and Sydney Raguse, the Corona del Mar High girls' soccer team doesn't have its most successful year in Coach Bryan Middleton's 10-year tenure. Having them on the Newport-Mesa Dream Team was a no-brainer.
You could say Alvarado was the best offensive player in the area, and Raguse was the best defensive player. Both are repeat Dream Team selections.
This year, they share the Newport-Mesa Dream Team Player of the Year honor.
Alvarado, a junior who committed to UCLA last November, was deadly in the open field. As a center midfielder, she led Corona del Mar (22-3-2) with 13 goals and added seven assists. She helped the Sea Kings win their second straight outright league title, and also win a tournament for the first time under Middleton. CdM won the Los Tacos Holiday Tournament at Flintridge Sacred Heart in December.