Spartans Webb named to 8-5A boys soccer first team
The 2016 season didn’t go the way Centennial boys soccer coach Chance Rose or his Spartans thought it would.
But the Spartans did managed to land three players on the first or second team of the District 8-5A boys soccer team.
Brandon Webb made the first-team while Casey Wright and Jonnie Rodriguez gained second-team honors.
Centennial finished with a 3-18-0 overall record and a mark of 2-12-0 in District 8-5A play.
“On the field, the season was definitely a disappointment,” Rose said. “At the beginning, we all felt we had a great chance to challenge for a playoff spot and really push our district competitors to the limit. We just didn’t execute in our games this season, our heart and effort were in the right place but you still have to perform at a high level and we didn’t.”
The season was also the last one for Rose, who is eaving to start the boys soccer program at Denton Braswell.
“I am sad to be leaving the Spartans this year, especially since I was so fortunate to have started the program in 2010 when the school opened,” Rose said. “I am blessed to have been able to experience the district championship and playoff run we made in 2013, as well as, the humbling year of 2016. I am proud to have coached these great young athletes at Centennial and I’m excited to see what they will accomplish in the coming years with the foundation that has been laid before them.”
Webb started all 21 games for the Spartans at defender and stepped up for Centennial when Walker Stewart went down with a season-ending injury.
“It’s tough when you lose a four-year starter but Brandon saw that as a challenge for him to step up and lead the defense,” Rose said. “I think he did an exceptional job of that this year. Not only does his skill and knowledge of the game show he deserves this award but his work ethic and commitment are second to no one.”
Wright, a sophomore forward, scored five goals and has one assist while starting all 21 game. As a freshman, Wright notched five goal in 11 games but found things a little tougher this year because opposing defenses were ready for him after seeing him last season.
“Despite that the fact opponents were prepared for him, Casey still led the team in scoring,” Rose said. “He is one of the fastest guys in the district and he plays with a chip on his shoulder that really gets under defender’s skin. I fully expect him to reach the 10-goal mark next year as a junior.”
Rodriguez, a senior midfielder, started 20 games and scored one goal. Rose said Rodriguez was a Spartans’ thankless play this season and his stats didn’t reflect his true value to the squad.
“As a center mid, he played box to box for 80 minutes constantly going from offense to defense,” Rose said. “He is a dangerous player when going forward from the midfield and although he did not record many assists, he was often the spark of our offense and even more so, he was our first line of defense from the midfield.”
Centennial had two honorable mention players in junior midfielder Alejandro Duran and sophomore midfielder Alex Miranda.