Written by Corbett Smith
All-Area Soccer: Even as a marked man, TJ’s Jefry Saravia set school scoring mark
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jefry Saravia, Thomas Jefferson
Yr.: Sr.; Pos.: F
Notable: 44 goals, 17 assists
Even with a target on his back, drawn by the number of goals he’d poured in game after game, Thomas Jefferson senior Jefry Saravia continued to score.
Teams would mark him up and down the field, sometimes putting two or three guys on him.
It didn’t matter. The three-year starter — eventual owner of a school-record 99 goals — continued to pile on points at a startling pace.
“He has a good nose for the goal,” coach Tomas Sanchez said. “There’s no question, he’s a special scorer.”
Coming to Dallas from Tegucigalpa, Honduras just four years ago, Saravia made the most of his senior season. He scored an area-best 44 goals, adding 17 assists, as Thomas Jefferson made its longest run in school history, advancing to the Class 4A regional tournament.
“I liked how we played as a team,” Saravia said. “We played together, and never quit.”
Because of a rule change with the academy teams in the area, most of the heralded boys players in the Dallas/Fort Worth area didn’t suit up for their high school teams this year.
A vast majority of those that remained, however, played for other high-level club teams — but not Saravia.
The club scene didn’t interest him, he said.
Instead, the 6-0 forward chose to compete in a local adult soccer league that played its games on uneven fields that dot the landscape inside the Interstate 635 loop.
When asked if he had a chip on his shoulder because of that, Saravia said no, with a knowing smile.
He didn’t have anything to prove — the goals speak for themselves. He just wanted people to know that he could play at that level if he wanted to.
Colleges are interested, Sanchez said. A few professional opportunities might be also be on the horizon — something Saravia called “mi sueño, my dream.”
About Saravia: He was the leading scorer on Thomas Jefferson’s Class 4A Region II semifinal team. The school won a record 19 games and made the fifth-round of the playoffs for the first time.
Did you know? Saravia attended Irving Nimitz as a freshman but didn’t play soccer. He’s the first player from Dallas ISD to be named the player of the year since 2004, when Bryan Adams’ Michael Gamino earned the honor.
2007: Glen Marshall, FM Marcus
2008: Sam Garza, FM Marcus
2009: Dillon Powers, Plano
2010: Ryan Aubrey, Jesuit
2011: Mac McGuire, Southlake Carroll
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