• July 29, 2014

All-Area First Team includes five Belton players

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Posted: Sunday, June 1, 2014 4:30 am

The 2014 season may not have ended with a district championship, but the Belton Tigers placed plenty of players on the Killeen Daily Herald’s Boys All-Area Soccer Team.

Belton led all area schools with five players on the All-Area team. The Tigers was the second seed out of District 8-5A and made it to the bi-district playoffs.

Belton’s Nick Amato, Brandon Coulter, Cesar Cruz, Jose Guzman and Ryan Parker made the All-Area team. They are joined by Salado’s Clayton Cole, Shoemaker’s James Ford, Killeen’s Min Ji, Ellison’s Jonathon Keene, Copperas Cove’s Antonio Loffredi and Harker Heights’ Austin Roden.

Amato was the district’s offensive MVP after scoring 15 goals and posting seven assists. He was also on the academic all-district team.

Coulter scored six goals as a fullback in 21 games. The junior was an all-district first team selection and also made the academic all-district team.

Cruz, a midfielder, played in all 21 games for the Tigers scoring 10 goals and accumulating five assists. He was a member of the all-district first team.

Ford was the Grey Wolves team captain and an all-district first-team selection as a senior. He finished the season with 11 goals, including a pair of first-half scores against Waco Midway, and had six assists.

Guzman made the all-district first-team as a midfielder. He played two years of varsity soccer and is graduating a year early.

Ji was a first-team all-district selection as a senior for the Roos.

Keene was an all-district first-team selection for the Eagles. The senior helped Ellison make it to the Region I-5A bi-district playoffs and scored their lone goal of the game.

Parker scored two goals and had three assists as a fullback playing in all 21 games. The senior was an all-district first-team selection and also made the academic all-district team.

Roden scored 10 goals and had an assist as a senior to make the all-district first team.

His best performance of the season came against Belton where he came back despite having a minor tear in his right quadriceps to score the tying goal to send the contest into overtime.

Cole was a first-team all- district 34-4A selection for Salado, earning the honor each year of his varsity career, which he began as a sophomore.

He was also a TASCO All State Academic selection in addition to his efforts as a key contributor to the Eagles’ defense.

In his first year playing goalie, Loffredi earned a first-team all-district 8-5A nod after saving nearly 90 percent of the shots on goal he faced.

Loffredi can play essentially any position on the field but lobbied to play in goal where he, ultimately, played a huge role in keeping Cove opponents off the board.

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