The 2019 girls soccer season saw a lot of players do their best to help their teams go from good to great.
Teams like Fulshear, Foster and Needville had strong seasons and each made the playoffs. Teams like George Ranch and Travis surprised with big wins and playoff appearances.
One of those great players tops The Herald’s list for our All-Area team in Foster senior striker Jasmin Badillo. The Alabama A&M signee led the Lady Falcons not only on the field, but also off of it with her leadership.
Foster went 21-2 and 16-0 in District 24-5A play. The Lady Falcons did get a playoff win over Houston Wisdom, but fell 1-0 to Port Neches-Groves in the second round.
Junior defender/midfielder Elise Cheramie was named the defensive player of the year by manning the Foster defense. Three other Lady Falcons were named to the first team, including senior midfielder Tola Ajayi, freshman midfielder Angelica Bochus and junior goalkeeper Grace Shivers.
In its second year as a varsity squad, Fulshear has become a regional power in Class 4A. The Chargers won 19 games, including an undefeated 12-0 in District 23-4A play and two playoff wins. For putting together a strong team full of sophomores and no playoff experience to reach the postseason, head coach Mark Kluppel was named the area’s coach of the year for the second consecutive season.
Five Fulshear players were first-team selections, the most of any team in the area. Junior midfielder/forward Ingris Cortez, senior midfielder Maggie Letson, senior defender Karesen Jones and sophomore defender Amelia Hebert each were named to the team.
Needville also had a strong season by going 22-8 and 10-2 in District 23-4A. The Lady Jays won two playoff games before a 3-1 loss to Huffman Hargrave in the third round.
Pacing the Needville attack was senior striker Annalise Rangel, who scored 50 goals on the season, averaging 1.9 goals per match. Rangel’s eye-popping output made her an easy choice for the offensive player of the year award. She was last season’s most valuable player.
Three other Lady Jays were first-team picks, including junior forward Chayla Ambriz, senior defender Madison Schultz and sophomore defender Brianna Pena.
George Ranch struggled with only two wins when District 23-6A play began, but the Longhorns got back on track by winning eight matches in district play to clinch a playoff spot, and got a 4-1 win over Alvin in the first round before being eliminated in a 8-0 loss to regional power Kingwood.
Two players that led the way for George Ranch was freshman forward Cassidy Hoang and junior goalkeeper Emilee Ulke. Hoang scored 10 goals and had three assists to lead the Longhorns, which led to her being named the area’s newcomer of the year.
Ulke was named the goalkeeper of the year after she allowed only 10 goals in 10 district matches and had 3.5 shutouts for George Ranch. Her teammate, sophomore midfielder Paige Klase, was a first-team selection.
Travis found its groove in District 20-6A play, winning nine matches in the district to tie for third place with a 10-9-1 overall record. The Lady Tigers had a rough task for their first-round playoff match, falling to eventual state finalist Katy Tompkins.
A pair of Travis players, sophomore defender Kendra Burton and senior goalkeeper Emma Menke, were second-team picks.
Lamar Consolidated got seven wins in District 24-5A to finish with an 11-14 overall record. A trio of Lady Mustangs was named to the all-area team in junior forward Marissa Garcia, freshman midfielder Emma Dominguez and freshman defender Natalee Schell.
Terry struggled to win five matches this season, three in district play. Senior defender Kimberly Rivas and freshman midfielder Jayden Garza represents the Lady Rangers as second-team selections.