Lady Spartans Wright shares Defensive Newcomer honors
In seven varsity seasons, Centennial’s girl’s soccer program has never missed post-season play.
Coach Kara Cuellar’s teams are always filled with quality players who earn top honors when all-district plaudits are awarded.
This season, freshman defender Apolonia Wright was one of the Lady Spartans’ top-flight performers as she shared District 9-5A Defensive Newcomer honors with Cleburne freshman Lexi Fry.
“She had a huge impact on the success we had this year,” Cuellar said. “I could put Apolonia anywhere on the field and she would excel. She was our designated person to mark up on the key players from the other team. Apolonia is a smart soccer player who knows how to defend but can also attack, which makes her a dangerous player. Basically, she is a well-rounded soccer player and I look forward to having her for the next three years.”
The Lady Spartans had another fine season, finishing third in the district with a record of 7-4-3. Centennial fell to Midlothian 1-0 in a Class 5A Region II bi-district playoff game and ended the season with a record of 13-7-3.
Cuellar noted that one of the highlights of the season was a shootout win over Joshua in the first-round of district play. It was the first win for the seniors over the Lady Owls and their only district loss.
“I am proud of my girls for what they accomplished this year,” Cuellar said. “We played against many top-ranked schools as well as very competitive teams. We made adjustments throughout the season and felt they were successful. We had a lot of new players to varsity this year and many players that transitioned to other positions. Of course, we would have loved to made it past the first round of playoffs, but I was very proud of how my girls played against Midlothian. This was a special team this year and it was evident in their team chemistry.”
The Lady Spartans had three first-team players in senior midfielder/forward Hannah Walker, sophomore forward Casie Watson and freshman defender Kayla Smith.
“Hannah, Casie, and Kayla had an outstanding season and contributed to much of the success of the program this year,” Cuellar said. “I am very proud of these young ladies. I’m looking forward to seeing what Kayla and Casie have to offer next season. We will miss Hannah Walker’s presence on the field and wish her the best of luck in college.”
Walker finished her final season as a Lady Spartan with five goals and assist.
“Hannah had a great senior year,” Cuellar said. “She mainly played forward this year and did an outstanding job with distributing the ball, applying pressure to the back line, and scoring goals.”
Watson moved forward this season and produced eight goals and three assists.
“Casie was a great offensive player for us as one of our leading goal scorers,” Cuellar said.
In her first season, Smith finished with three goals and three assists while playing great defense.
“Kayla was solid for us in the back and shut down a lot of talented forwards,” Cueller said. “She had great support from Cooper Cowan, Lauren Quintanilla, and Ashli Galupi.”
Centennial had three second-team performers in senior defender Lauren Quintanilla and sophomore defenders Cooper Cowan and Ashli Galupi. Senior forward/midfielder Madison Collier, senior midfielder Mackenzie Southall, and junior midfielder/forward Avery Shutter earned honorable mention accolades.