By Nick Talbot and Kevin Posival
The Cove Herald
The Copperas Cove Lady Bulldawg soccer team made history this season.
They reached the playoffs for the first time since 2001, doing so a year after not winning a game in district play.
And the Lady Dawgs reaped the rewards from their success.
Kristen Grant, Alyson Sinclair and Shelbie Letzer were all first-team honorees on the 12-5A all-district team. The three then followed with first-team selections to the Daily Herald's all-area team. They were joined by Bulldawg senior Daniel Larson, who was named to the boys second team.
Hadley Young, Belton
After a slew of injuries, Young responded with a season unlike any before at Belton, scoring a whopping 41 goals to break Chelsea Jones' record of 33 set in 2009.
Alonso Rivera, Killeen
After an early knee injury, Rivera scored 27 goals using predominantly his weaker left leg, helped Killeen win nine District 34-4A games, and earned the district offensive MVP.
All-Area First Team
Kristen Grant, Copperas Cove, Sr.
Alyson Sinclair, Copperas Cove, Jr.
Carina Dunnahoo, Belton, Sr.
Shelbie Letzer, Copperas Cove Fr.
Madi Coufal, Belton, Jr.
Jade Rodriguez, Killeen, Sr.
Katie Vinchensont, Ellison, Sr.
Alex Burke, Belton, Sr.
RiccaJ Joslin, Killeen, Sr.
Natasha Garcia, Killeen, Sr.
Kelsi Darr, Belton, Sr.
Tayron Martin, Belton, Sr.
Tyler Pate, Belton, Sr.
Dominik Brame, Harker Heights, Sr.
Nathan Diederich, Ellison, Fr.
Angel Pulido, Harker Heights, Jr.
Ethan Roden, Harker Heights, So.
Quentin Drake, Belton, Sr.
Garret Patterson, Belton, Sr.
Jairo Ortega, Killeen, Sr.
Chris Sanders, Lampasas, Sr.
Nicholas Meurtka, Harker Heights, Jr.
Arantza Trejo, Ellison, Sr.
Madi Woodard, Shoemaker, Sr.
Jamie Boone, Belton, So.
Erica Sorenson, Killeen, Sr.
Kathryn Parker, Belton, So.
Emily Krenek, Belton, Jr.
Alejandra Marquez, Belton, Sr.
Harker Heights, Sr.
Megan Mason, Lampasas, Jr.
Bailey Hilgenberg, Lampasas, Fr.
Shyann Waters, Gatesville, Jr.
Franco Vega, Gatesville, So.
Darrien Nicholas, Shoemaker, Sr.
Harker Heights, Jr.
Sebastian Corrales, Gatesville, So.
Luke Villamaria, Belton, Jr.
Angel Hernandez, Belton, So.
Garrett Strickland, Ellison, Jr.
Logan Hellinghausen, Belton, Jr.
Will Turner, Ellison, Jr.
Daniel Larson, Copperas Cove, Sr.
Alexis Alonso, Killeen, Sr.