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Two Lady Trojans secure All-Region soccer honors
May 05, 2010 | 422 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Heather McKinney - Midfielder, Second team All-Region
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The A.C. Jones Lady Trojan soccer team picked up some more awards this past weekend, when the All-Region and All-State selections were announced.

The Lady Trojans had two players selected to the Region IV All-Region squads. These players were selected by the Texas Association of High School Soccer Coaches.

The region has more than 60 teams and 1,200 players. Only 28 were selected to first and second All-Region teams.

Midfielder Heather McKinney was one of four freshmen who made the All-Region second team.

“This is another top award picked up by Heather on a great first year. Her scoring and assists led the team and were up there with the top scorers in the region,” said coach Johnny Gonzales.

McKinney helped the Lady Trojans to a second straight District 57-4A title and a 5-1 area win over Calallen, in which she scored three goals, including one that was from 45 yards out.

“Heather and her teammates had a great season and she is being recognized for her accomplishments,” Gonzales said.

For the Lady Trojans to go undefeated until sectionals was a tremendous accomplishment, finishing at 20-1-3.

“Our offensive players should be proud that one of their teammates was picked to this All-Region squad,” Gonzales said.

The defense had a big part in the success of the Lady Trojans’ season, with 18 shutouts and 20 wins, both school records.

Heading that defense was a senior defender. Carissa Elizalde was selected for her great shutout marking of all opponents’ top scorers. With district opponents only scoring three goals in the entire district season, Elizalde was selected as an All-Region second team defender.

“Cari did a superb job in the back, a position she wasn’t used to playing, but that’s where I saw that she could be a tremendous player for us,” Gonzales said.

“She dominated and intimated most opponents, and along with her teammates had another school record with 11 straight shutouts, on their way to back-to-back district titles and a good showing in the state playoffs.”

The Beeville defense did great this year, allowing just nine goals the entire year. Some teams dream about those kinds of seasons.

Their coach added, “We worked very hard to accomplish those kinds of numbers and everyone that played defense for a minute or all game in those 24 games should be proud that one of their teammates was selected to that team and represent A.C. Jones High School on the All-Region team.

“With most everyone coming back next year and only losing three seniors, the Lady Trojans will again try to put together another dream season.

“I know most players are anxious to get back on the field again,” Gonzales said.

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