This is the time of year for postseason awards and that continued recently with the release of the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches all-state and all-region teams, which featured several standouts from around the area.
The Class 6A honorees includes four players from 9-6A champion Sachse and a pair from North Mesquite, who clinched a playoff berth out of 10-6A.
The Mustangs’ contingent was led by senior goalkeeper Carlos Vasquez, who was named to the all-state second team.
Vasquez, the district goalkeeper of the year, recorded 18 shutouts as Sachse qualified for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season and won its third district title during that span.
Senior defender Reece Spears was named to the all-region first team. One of the top center backs in the area, Spears captained a unit that allowed only 0.54 goals per match, including just 0.36 per game in 9-6A play.
Sachse has two more players recognized on the all-region second team in senior midfielder Ethan Sampson and sophomore midfielder Cooper Tea.
Sampson, the 9-6A co-most valuable player, was one of the top scorers in the district, recording eight goals and a team-high 11 assists.
Tea made an immediate impact, tallying a team-high 15 goals to go along with seven assists on his way to earning district newcomer of the year.
The Stallions made the playoffs for the seventh time in the last eight years and two big reasons were their pair of all-region first team selections.
Senior Lorenzo Dominguez, the 10-6A goalkeeper of the year, eas the key cog in a defense that allowed a district-low 11 goals during 10-6A play.
Another big reason for that success, senior Oscar Hernandez, was named defensive player of the year in addition to his all-region honor.
The 10-team Frisco ISD district is one of, if not the best, in the state top to bottom, and that was reflected on the Class 5A team, where 14 players were recognized from five different programs.
Not surprisingly, that group is led by Wakeland, who captured its third state championship in the last five years with a 3-2 victory over Humble Kingwood Park in the title match.
The Wolverines had four players named to the all-state first team in senior goalkeeper Connor Pettigrew, junior forward Brennan Bezdek, junior midfielder Ryan Greener and junior defender Micah Kelley.
Pettigrew, the 9-5A goalkeeper of the year, recorded 11 shutouts and came up with big save after big save during the playoff run.
Bezdek, the district offensive player of the year, finished the season with 26 goals and 12 assists, but it was when he scored that was just as important, as many of those were game-winners and he tallied a goal and an assist in the state championship match.
Greener was second on the team in scoring with 12 goals and nine assists, while Kelley was an integral part of the back line.
Frisco also had a quartet of players named to the TASCO team, led by sophomore forward Diego Pepi, who was selected to the all-state second team. Pepi, the 9-5A co-most valuable player, faced double and triple-teams from opposing defenses, but still produced as one of the top scorers in the area, tallying 25 goals and nine assists, including 20 goals and six assists during the district slate.
Senior goalkeeper Aidan Pham was an honorable mention all-state pick, while senior defender Matt Diaz and senior midfielder Shirzaad Ghadially were tabbed first-team all-region selections.
Pham was the last line of defense for one of the top units in the area. Diaz missed all of last season with an injury but returned to form to step into a new position. In addition to his work in the back, he was also a key part of the offense, with seven goals and six assists.
Ghadially did not play high school the last two seasons due to club obligations, but made an immediate impact with four goals and six assists playing a variety of positions, including center back and midfield.
Liberty also had four players recognized on the team, with junior defender Ashton Schramek and junior forward Jack Bryan named to the all-region first team.
Bryan was named 9-5A utility player of the year after he led the team with 11 goals and in overall scoring, while Schramek, a two-time all-district pick, was also a key contributor offensively with six goals and nine assists.
Junior defender Tommy Garofalo, a lockdown back who also had five goals and four assists, and junior midfielder Ryan Mayes, who tallied three goals and nine assists, were named to the all-region second team.
Centennial, who returned to the playoffs for the first time in three years, had one player recognized as senior forward Max Flaviani was named a honorable all-region player as he led the team with 16 goals, including four in the playoffs.
Reedy was also represented as senior Aiden Cumbie was tabbed second-team all-region, as the 9-5A co-midfielder of the year recorded eight goals and 10 assists this season.
On the Class 4A team, Sunnyvale had one player recognized as goalkeeper Jake Pecina was chosen to the all-region first team.