The George Ranch boys soccer team showed promise and held its own against some good teams this past season, but could not break through against a very deep field in District 23-6A.

The Longhorns won some matches against good competition in non-district play, beating teams like Travis, Kempner, C.E. King and Houston Lamar.

But in district play, George Ranch could only get two wins against 23-6A teams, both against Pearland Dawson. The Longhorns went 2-6-2 in district, good for sixth place. The overall record was 7-7-4.

Four players from George Ranch were named all-district, with two named to the first team in junior forward Neftali Tekie and senior midfielder Erik Michel.

Junior midfielder Alex Ortiz and senior defender Evan Elkins were second-team selections, with junior midfielder Martin Tamez Nunez, junior midfielder Josh Kiyaga and junior midfielder Kyle Nguyen as honorable mention picks.

Alief Elsik won the district title, winning almost every match by going 13-0-1. The Rams made it all the way to the 6A state championship match, falling to Flower Mound, 3-2.

Elsik took three spots in the district awards. Junior forward Edgar Renteria was named the district’s most valuable player and junior forward Mayno Linares the offensive player of the year by leading the team with 24 goals and 25 assists.

Freshman midfielder Javier Ordonez was named the district’s newcomer of the year by scoring seven goals for Elsik.

Strake Jesuit senior goalkeeper Andrew Karcher was the defensive player of the year, and Alief Hastings’ Leonardo Andrarde was the goalkeeper of the year. Hastings also had its head coach, Jesse Castanon, named the district’s coach of the year.

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