Centennial’s Mattinson 8-5A’s top offensive player
Playing in one of the most competitive Class 5A district’s in the state, Centennial senior forward/midfielder Hanna Mattinson nabbed Offensive Player of the Year honors on the District 8-5A girls soccer team for the second consecutive year.
Mattinson played a key role helping the Lady Spartans finish third in 8-5A with a record of 9-1-5. Centennial went on to beat Fort Worth South Hills in the opening round of the playoffs then lost to eventual state champion Grapevine in the area-round. The Lady Spartans finished with a record of 16-5-4.
“Hanna was our leading goal scorer and four of those goals were game-winners in district play,” Centennial coach Kara Cuellar said. “It has been a pleasure coaching her for the last four years. I enjoyed watching her play and the amazing skills she possessed on the field. She will be greatly missed and I’m looking forward to seeing what she can do at the collegiate level.”
In her senior year, Mattinson played on all 25 games. She scored 26 goals and registered six assists.
“I know I say it every year but I am so proud of my team,” Cuellar said. “Not every team gets a chance to make it to playoffs. I am looking forward to next year as we drop Aledo out of our district and pick up Arlington Seguin and also move to Region II. There will be some changes next year so we will see how we adjust.”
Centennial had three players make the first-team in senior forward/midfielder Brooke Wilkinson, junior forward/midfielder Chelsie Rodriguez and junior midfielder Lindsey Beckrich.
Wilkinson tied for second in goals with Beckrich at 11 goals. Wilkinson and Mattinson formed a powerhouse up front, Cuellar said.
“They worked great together,” Cuellar said. “Brooke’s speed and aggressiveness was fun to watch. There was no doubt she deserved to be selected for the first team. She contributed to the success of the team this season. She will be greatly missed.”
Rodriguez, who earned Offensive MVP honors for the team, scored a crucial game-winning goal in district play. The junior finished with 11 goals and six assists.
“Chelsie is very skilled with the ball and can distribute it well,” Cuellar said. “She contributed to the success of the team this season. Having her return for one more year will be great. I can’t wait to see what she does for her senior year.”
Beckrich led the squad in assists with eight and was fourth on the squad in goals scored with four. Cuellar called her one of the most versatile players I know.
“I can put her in any position on the field and she would be effective,” Cuellar said. “She started the program as a sweeper, last year she was a defender and this year she started as a center mid. She too contributed to the success of the program. I am excited to see what she can do for her senior year. Who knows, she may play forward her last year with me.”
Centennial had three players on the first team in sophomore midfielder/defender Lauren Quintanilla, sophomore midfielder Reyna Ramirez and freshman midfielder/forward Maddie Pewitt. Sophomore defender/midfielder Madi Gilbert was the Lady Spartans lone honorable mention selection.