The 2020 girls’ soccer season was looking like a big one for the Fulshear High School team. The Chargers were dominating District 23-4A and they had their hopes set on a deep run in the playoffs.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought play to a halt. The Chargers never returned to the field after spring break.
But head coach Mark Kluppel’s players can still hold their heads high with more than the entire starting lineup selected to the District 23-4A all-district girls soccer team.
Fulshear earned five of the eight all-district superlatives. Besides Kluppel earning coach of the year, freshman Reagan Crawford was named the offensive player of the year, junior Amelia Hebert was chosen defensive player of the year, sophomore Ellie Mikeska was selected utility player of the year and junior Bushra Emiola was named newcomer of the year.
Crawford was unstoppable in her inaugural campaign with the Chargers. She averaged nearly two goals per game, finishing with 38 total goals and 86 points.
Crawford recorded a hat trick (three goals in one game) in five games including two games where she scored four.
Herbert finished with 25 points including 10 goals and one assist.
Herbert led a defense that allowed only 14 goals over 26 games.
Mikeska had 55 points inducing 20 goals and 15 assists.
Emiola joined the team during winter break and had an immediate impact with 29 points including 11 goals and seven assists over nine games.
Senior Ingris Cortez, junior Mikayla Counce, junior Kate Letson, sophomore Mikaela Lopez, junior Abbie Moreno and junior Cynthia Rodriguez were named to the first team.
Cortez had 30 points including eight goals and 14 assists.
Counce had nine points including three goals and three assists.
Letson scored three goals and six assists for 12 points.
Lopez recorded 20 points including seven goals and six assists.
Moreno allowed seven goals in 840 minutes in the net while recording 26 saves.
Rodriguez had 10 points including one goal and eight assists.
On the second team, sophomore Peyton Cole, senior Shelby McPherson, freshman Valeria Reyes, junior Milena Sousa, sophomore Emily Spradley and senior Irlanda Vega represented Fulshear.
Cole appeared in 24 games for Fulshear.
McPherson allowed seven goals while collecting 28 saves in 975 minutes in goal.
Reyes had one goal in 19 games.
Sousa had one goal and two assists.
Spradley had two goals and Vega had one goal.
Senior Alexie Briceno, senior Brittany Onyewuenyi and freshman Tatiana Singhal were honorable mentions.
Briceno had 10 points including four goals and two assists.
Onyewuenyi had five points including a goal and three assists.
Singhal appeared in 17 games with the Chargers.
Fulshear finished with a 20-4-1 record overall and a 10-0 record in District 23-4A.
The Chargers were back-to-back District 23-4A champions and Fulshear will be moving back to Class 5A next season.